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My Medicine Bag

Manu Sai Malasquez shares his viewpoint on medicinal plant use

My mother Ananda Mai knitted and gave me my first medicine pouch to wear around my neck when I was thirteen years old. She gave it to me with crystals and medicine items inside with counsel about how to live in a good way. The same year my father Inti smoked the pipe with me for my birthday and reminded me about the three main Inkan morals of life, " don't steal, don't lie and don't be lazy". It took many years to learn to walk a good path and I must admit that I fell many times and did not follow the advice of the Inkas nor my parents.

I am now sitting at Pachamama Wasi, a beautiful retreat center on holy land here in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas that my Mother and Father have created and nurtured, listening to the sounds of a waterfall while feeling the cool Andean mountain breeze nurture my heart and I am grateful, for my parents and understanding for what they went through raising a wild child like me. Thankfully, time has passed and the road has taught much and the wild child has grown into the man that my parents advised and prayed for me to be.

As I look into the medicine bag that I carry with me, I see spiritual items from India, crystals from Europe, Vibhuti manifested by Satya Sai Baba, water from the rivers Jordan, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. I don't see Ayahuasca nor San Pedro in the bag that I travel around the globe with. Many shamans and medicine men now represent these plant medicines around the globe, far from where they originally grew and were intended for use. The world is smaller, we have western union to send money through and fed ex to send medicines by. I have asked creator many times wether I should share the wisdoms of these plant medicines outside Peru and expect for some extremely healing circumstances, I keep hearing no.

Yesterday while feeding the fire, I saw how blessed I am to live in and come from Peru, a land that is full of healing medicines that are completely legal and accepted by society, government and religion for centuries. I do not need to fill my bag and go around the world with them . As my beloved divine father Satya Sai Baba says, "follow the laws of the land". If you want to do sacred plant ceremony with me, then come to Peru, where we are surrounded by Ancient mountains, rivers and mystic energies, I am happy to facilitate and guide the ceremonies in a safe, humble, loving way. In your country, we can sit around the holy fire, make healing mandalas and sing sacred songs together, weaving tapestries of light while praying for the Earth to feel our love. The creator is great and has gifted us all with so much. My medicine bag is open as is my heart.

Manu Sai Malasquez