Dieta is the Spanish word for diet and in the shamanic tradition, simply means that we are inviting into our body the body and spirit of a plant. We drink this plant medicine twice a day. The process also allows us the opportunity to live more consciously and presently. We do this by limiting or eliminating external distractions, noise, or stimulants in order to be able to hear the deep wisdom the healing teacher plant wants to share. We might simplify our diet or limit TV and recreational computer use. We might choose to avoid stressful situations or people and to create time for reflection and meditation. We become aware of the activities that drain us of our energy and those that enliven us. It becomes easier to live in the flow of our soul’s unique divine path and by the guidance of our inner knowing. In return for our dedication to cultivating our relationship with the plant, our inner ear becomes open to the teachings of the spirit of the plant and our life begins to heal.
Typically in South America, a dieta would be done in isolation in the middle of the jungle with only the sounds of the wind in the trees and the rush of the river, with only plantains and fish to eat. Because of our culture, this level of sacrifice is nearly impossible. In order to do this here in America, we amend the Amazon dieta to be more compatible with our American lifestyle, also known as a social dieta. The compassionate spirits of the plants are eager to meet us where we are and support us in deep connection to nature and spiritual awakening.
We offer guidance with three different dieta options; one that is the bare basics for a successful journey, a less restrictive choice and another that is more restrictive for those looking to connect at the deepest level. We provide suggested guidelines to inspire you to clean and clear all the distractions in your life that keep you from connecting to your true best self and connect you to the plant spirit wisdom that can lead you there.