The dietas originated as a plant-based practice for developing connection to the Spirit that underlies all of life. In traditional indigenous Amazonian cultures, dietas had broad purposes, such as hunting, healing, communication with ancestry, community development, etc. For the purpose of this article I would like to keep it narrowly focused on dietas for healing of self, or others. Dietas can be done in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and are found in Shipbo tribal tradition. Please note that what this article is not about is a traditional Dieta followed by a tribal member.
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However, when used in Amazonian herbalist traditions that deal with the more powerful and often reality-altering and visionary varieties of plants known as plantas maestras or teacher-plants, the word comes to mean much more than that. It then describes dietary and behavioral regimens that allow one to move most safely and effectively into working relationships with such plants. These relationships can bring about profound transformations, and the dietas are designed to best facilitate them. The dietas originated as a plant-based practice for developing attunement to the currents of spirit that underlie the material world. Traditionally, this has been applied to such skills as hunting, divination, ancestral consultations, healing, leadership, and so on. The dietas are part of broader systems of human-plant relationships food taboos, garden magic, and so on that characterize many of the indigenous people of Amazonia. In modern times this list often includes rice, quinoa, oatmeal, and chicken.
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A shamanistic diet is a way of eating soberly without too many stimulants or stimuli. In the end, you are going to 'soften' a lot. In the beginning you can experience that everything that comes your way and it all becomes much more difficult. You can experience some headaches that are very normal, your body starts with a thorough detox.