Kambo is a beautiful, an wild medicine. When you think you understand it the medicine will change to reveal new things and, like other spiritual and physical processes, those changes will always reflect what you need most- not necessarily what you think you need. The intensity of the experience is brief but a sense of lingering clarity will go on for a long time after ceremony. I believe that the physical benefits have stood out the most for me- as someone with an incredibly weak immune system I have noticed a slow building toward vitality that certainly draws me back to the medicine with regular frequency. I am grateful not only to the medicine but also to Raymond whose wisdom is well balanced between the three spheres of body mind and heart. Clarity in body mind and heart expresses itself as grace peace and happiness, and I have seen with many returns to ceremony that the work of kambo is like a very fine tuned finger on these three dials working what needs to be worked and tuning what needs to be tuned.
Beautifully facilitated ceremony! Raymond held a strong container, with a nurturing softness, rooted in love, devoid of ego. His words and energy helped me feel safe, tended, and open. Thank you!
Putting into words how profoundly kambo has impacted me is a challenge. In short, it changed my life.
My first (and so far only) ceremony happened when I really needed to make some changes, but before I realized it.
I had suffered chronic insomnia for over a decade, and the medicine helped me immensely with regulating my sleep cycle, as well as the underlying issues of anxiety and depression.
In doing so, kambo also helped me on a journey to discovering that I was highly dependent- not just on the alcohol and substances I was using to self-medicate, but also technology (mostly in the form of constantly checking my email and messages on my cell phone).
As I continue on the journey to releasing myself from these addictions, I am gaining increased clarity around my life's purpose, and aligning my work as the owner of a health and wellness company with my true values. It helped me organize my time and improved my handwriting and also my personal style, as weird as that sounds.
I knew the moment I walked into Ray's circle that I was in good hands, and I was right. As I continue on my path of deepening my spirituality, and I look forward to continue working with Ray and this amazing medicine.
Founder, Portland Juice Co.
I heard this medicine has great benefits when it comes to helping one release unconscious patterns, release emotional attachments, and also other spiritual benefits, and as Kambo is not a psychedelic/hallucinogenic, I felt drawn to it and thought the experience would only bring positive outcomes. I was trepidatious prior to my first Kambo ceremony. After reading what to expect from various sources, I completely forgot about the small surface-skin burn that is involved until I was physically at the ceremony; obviously, this was not a deterrent for me. My apprehension surrounded the unknowns: not knowing what it would feel like, how my body would respond, and wondering how long the effects would last until I felt physically grounded again. After speaking with Raymond via phone, my mind was put to ease and I felt I was in "good hands". This is truly a medicine that invites one to physically surrender.
I sincerely appreciate that Raymond makes the experience a CEREMONIAL one around this sacred medicine. As I am accustomed to respecting medicine with offerings, prayers, songs, mindful intention and balance, the ways in which Raymond opens us up to receiving this medicine are truly a rare blessing.
Physically speaking (as spiritual shifts are ever-evolving), I was "Okay" after about 30 minutes and able to drive, eat, etc. It is definitely a "body" experience. After day one, the two areas wherein I received the Kambo felt like a bee sting for about 8 hours and then the pain went away. I felt inspired and invigorated, albeit, also hungry. I kept my diet only fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish with no caffeine (skipped my morning coffee, as I figured the increased heart rate from coffee would not a be a good thing to combine with the increased heart rate from the Kambo). After day two, there was very little discomfort after the ceremony; not at all like the first day. After day three, I received 3 on my lower back and thought I would definitely feel it afterwards, but did not. During my 2 hour drive home, no pain and was able to sleep on my back without pain that very night. Physically speaking, all 3 days, I could feel the Kambo working in my lower gut during the 30 minutes of receiving, and on day 4 (no ceremony), I noticed a difference in my bowel movements and the way my body digests food. Day 4 was a magical day for me. I felt connected to my environment and nature; very inspired and invigorated ... "mind chatter" that was typically present has not been there. I noticed on the morning of day 5, when getting out of bed first thing in the morning, I typically have a small "kink" in my lower back and every morning, I work it out ... this "kink" was not there on the morning of day 5. My skin and eyes are full of vitality.
I feel a deeper connection to mySelf. I can still hear the prayer songs in my mind and this is a comfort for me. I am excited to experience what is to come from this ceremony.