Manataka American Indian Council

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Sacred Plant Medicine: Tobacco Ceremony (Rapé)


By Peter Bowden, Australia


This is a sacred personal journey, overseen by an experienced Medicine Person, where legal organic tobacco is prepared in a ceremonial way and then used as a healing snuff. This is known is Brazil, Peru and other countries as Rapé, which is pronounced ‘ha-peh’ in English.

Who Is It For?
For People who are seeking to remember the spirit of Tobacco and our plant spirit allies. We have done spent more time with these medicines then we have without, and now it is time to reconnect with these spirit plant allies to help us stepping into our authentic selves.

If you feel the need to awaken deeper into self, empower your being and transcend blockages this medicine is for you as the spirit of Tobacco works through you.

People who are seeking more to life, to move through any challanges or to simply get more grounded and open themselves more to the connection with Mother Earth.

What do people experience during and after the ceremony?
A feeling of reconnection to self, Mother Earth and the Spirit Plant Allies. They feel more awakened and heart centered as if they have let go and remembered things.

During the ceremony they may feel tingerling, heat, emotions (happiness and love to sadness and grief), they may feel the need to release (burp, cry, nausea, purge, laugh, sing)

The Process
The snuff is applied by using a pipe, which the Medicine Person will blow up each nostril – your left side first, then your right side – you MUST DO BOTH SIDES! Doing just one side would exacerbate any existing imbalances.
This process may then be followed by drumming, rattling, singing, sacred smoke and other support determined by the Medicine Person. This will aid you in clearing energies, moving you through different experiences and empowering your being.
Helping you wake up and remember.


The Effects

Generally, tobacco snuff can have the following physical effects – profoundly helps to re-align and open all your chakras (energy centres), improves your grounding, releases any sickness on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, opens-up the third eye to more visual clarity, de-calcifies the pineal gland, clears any mental confusion, releases any negative thoughts, removes any entities, connects you to your sacred breath and elevates your connection with Spirit. There may also be additional insights, wisdoms or connections that are related to the ceremony.

Please make sure to fast 3 hours before the event!