*This is a guest post by Sadie from Eclectic Trekker on the Peruvian Jungle.
Arriving in the Peruvian Jungle
After 2 hours in a car, a long boat ride, and 1.5 hours of hiking, I had finally arrived at the camp that was going to be my home for the next 2 weeks.
It’s funny how life works out. I never in a million years would have thought I would actually one day find myself camping in the Peruvian Amazon looking for spiritual enlightenment.
I was elated!
This was my chance to really reach a higher level of consciousness not just about the world around me but also about myself.
My life had been changing dramatically over the past few years. I had finished college and moved to LA to start my career. I was trying to figure out who I truly was and where I wanted to be.
This experience could not have come at a better time. This was just what I needed!
My Spiritual Experience within the Peruvian Jungle
Our first day at camp was spent acclimating ourselves with our surroundings and to think about the work we were about to go through.
The camp wasn’t very big, but it was spaced out enough where everyone in our group had their own personal space.
Each person stayed in their own open aired hut equipped with a bed and mosquito net, hammock, and desk.
We bathed in the river and showered in a small waterfall.
The shaman we were working with wanted us as close to nature as possible, so we were not allowed to use anything from the western world. Instead we were given leaves that could be broken up into a bucket of water and used to clean ourselves.
My hut just so happened to sit right at the top of the waterfall, so everyday for those 2 weeks I would lay in my hammock and listen to the soothing sound of the water rushing over the rock’s edge.
I was in heaven that first day.
This was my paradise!
A Spiritual Cleansing in the Peruvian Jungle
The next day we started our spiritual cleansing.
I wish I could say the first ceremony was beautiful and perfect. That it was everything I ever thought it would be, but that just wasn’t the case.
To be honest…..the first ceremony was awful!
I was taken to a place of total darkness. Every bad feeling inside me came out. I kept going back and forth between anger and hate to being scared completely out of my mind.
I didn’t want to feel this!
I wanted to find the beauty in everything and see the light that surrounds us, but I couldn’t because some unseen force was holding me back.
Every time I tried to leave I couldn’t.
It wasn’t until I smelt the smoke that the shaman was blowing over me that I came to and found myself back in the room.
My mind and heart felt empty.
I had been to hell and back, and I didn’t know if I wanted to continue on with the cleansing.
The next day was spent reflecting on what had happened the night before, and all I could do was cry.
I didn’t want to face myself or anyone else. I just wanted to be home. Back where life was common and comfortable.
I finally opened up and started talking with other members of the group. Then I realized this is all part of why I was there.
When you are taking a look deep inside yourself, everything isn’t going to be bright and beautiful.
Sometimes you have to go through darkness to find the light.
I decided to continue on with the cleanse and joined the group that next night for the second ceremony.
It definitely wasn’t as bad as the first, but I still was very uncomfortable in my skin.
It wasn’t until the third ceremony that I actually began to see how this cleanse was helping me.
The shaman gave everyone their own personal healing during this ceremony. This was kind of a breakthrough for me.
I could feel all the negativity and self-judgment wash away.
Once he was done, I felt like a new person.
That night I finally went to sleep feeling happy and content. I was ready to take on the next one and embrace whatever came at me.
The fourth ceremony in the Peruvian Jungle was where I really found myself. The whole time I was in total bliss. I didn’t care where I was or who was around. I didn’t think about things that had happened in the past or about feeling negative and awkward.
It was just me and the universe, and I couldn’t have been happier.
This was bliss, and I could have stayed in that moment forever.
That feeling happened to me many years ago now. After the cleanse was done, I went back to LA and resumed my life as usual.
The Peruvian jungle seems so far away now, but I have held on to that feeling ever since, and when I find myself at a place where it is once again just me and the universe, I make sure to sit back and just be in the moment.
About the Author:
Bio: My name is Sadie and I’ve been traveling the world looking for new opportunities to experience and give back to this beautiful planet we call home. I’ve helped track and monitor rhinos, rebuild coral reefs, and collect data on great whites. And that’s not the end of it! My goal is to work with as many organizations as I can and hopefully inspire more travelers to consider doing the same.
You might also like to read the following guest posts…