San Pedro has a history of use spanning over 300 centuries in traditional Andean medicine. The name San Pedro derives its name from the fact that in Christian mythology Saint Peter was said to hold the keys to the gates of heaven, and in the ancient traditions of the Andes, San Pedro cactus is thought to hold the key to heavenly gates. In South America, it is also known as Huachuma and drank as a sacred medicine to cure emotional, spiritual, physical and mental conditions, as well as to treat addiction; it has also been used traditionally for religious divination. San Pedro is found throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru and is considered a highly sacred plant, along with tobacco, Ayahuasca and coca leaves, all of which are protected by the government.
San Pedro is said to have a Grandfather like spirit and is a teacher of great compassion and understanding. It shows us how to live in balance and harmony; how to love, respect, and honor all living beings. It connects us to the natural energies of Pachamama (mother earth) and opens up and clears our chakras, especially our heart. It is common for participants drinking to report seeing the life energy in the form of luminous fibers emanating from mountains, fingertips and people alike. It is a window into the spiritual dimensions that normally go unnoticed in our day-to-day lives and it is a place where you can draw meaning from the invisible world, a world the shamans have been pointing us to since humans had a relationship with the natural world. San Pedro teaches us the correct attitude, a moderate approach, and a harmonious relationship to the physical and spiritual worlds.
San Pedro can produce powerful visions and induce a rich tapestry of beautiful colourful images. Often these visions are accompanied by an inner knowing and direct spiritual guidance to the questions you are seeking answers to. San Pedro can also make you purge if you are working through energetic blocks or any un-digested emotions that you have held on to over the years. You will usually feel a great sense of relief and healing after you get it out, you should always allow it and never fight it, it is all part of the healing process working with San Pedro.
An interesting note, according to the Andean shamans, San Pedro creates a portal of the un-manifested possibilities and it is the shaman’s work to find the best possibilities in each individual or situation, then speak to that possibility, in this way the best version of that person or situation is supported by the shamans prayers and intentions and then ushered into the present matrix reality. It is also why shamans spend a great deal of time praying with tobacco in ceremonies and making offerings. It is a time of new possibilities that transcend the fabric of time and space. So it is with this understanding the shamans offer their prayers promoting beautiful ideas and intentions of healing into the universal consciousness. It is through this relationship a shaman has with San Pedro, his intentions and the spirit world that unexplained and spontaneous healing happens. And does!
Ceremonies begin in the early morning and last until the early evening, right before sunset. Group sizes are usually anywhere between 1 or 20 people so everyone will get a chance to work directly with the shaman, ask questions and get the healing they need.
It is advised that you only drink water in the morning and eat small piece of fruit, the day of the ceremony if you need to. San Pedro can make you purge if you are working through energetic blocks so it is best not to have a lot of food in your stomach. Refrain from red meat, pork and alcohol the night before. In terms of diet San Pedro is a lot more forgiving than the Ayahuasca diet, but generally if you eat healthy and honour your body the days leading up to the ceremony you will get the most benefit.