Iboga Tabernanthe is a plant (like a shrub) that comes from central Africa and has been used by the Bwiti, since the beginning of time, to guide people through life’s trials and tribulations.
The Bwiti maintain that Iboga connects you to your soul. The Iboga plant is considered to be a “spirit” essence, in the form of a root bark. Its sole purpose, is to introduce you to your soul, in order to facilitate personal transformation.
Bwiti is an oral tradition of the peoples of central Africa, where Iboga initially presented itself. Bwiti is a tradition rather than a religion, therefore one partakes in an Bwiti Iboga “ceremony.” There is no leader or guru that one must follow.
Once initiated, anyone can teach anyone else about the Bwiti tradition and the use of Iboga. Teachers utilize the transformative powers of Iboga, to guide students within and towards their truth, revealed by one’s soul.
As much as we’d like to say “yes”, this is not the case.
Prospective participants must first answer a questionnaire and have a face to face interview, to determine if they are a good candidate. One’s medical conditions, medications and use of other drugs, may influence this decision.
The first step is to reach out to discuss your current situation and status. Then together we’ll create a “game plan” for your potential Iboga ceremony.
During an Iboga ceremony, participating students will be shown their “truth” and be provided with the resources needed to move forward in their own transformation.
Ultimately, there is no magic pill. Participants must have the intent to clear their past traumas and transform their lives, and be prepared to face themselves head on.
An Iboga ceremony is the start. It’s the beginning of the process towards changing one’s life and existing situation. With the help of Iboga, one’s willingness to recognize their truth, their determination to stop certain patterns and one’s intent to change – will bring one toward success and a clear and present life.
The true difference is that Iboga is a root bark in its natural form. It is an unadulterated “spirit.”
Ibogaine is simply a pharmaceutical drug. The active ingredient in the Iboga plant is extracted and manipulated. It’s used in rehab clinics for curing addictions and other ailments, but it no longer has a spirit essence. It must be administered by medical professionals and it can be dangerous.
True personal transformation is achieved during a Bwiti Iboga ceremony, where the unadulterated, natural plant root is used. Iboga’s natural form has the most impact on one’s body and mind. It’s very much like comparing the benefits to your body from eating raw vegetables versus eating processed “veggie” chips. The “spirit” essence of the vegetables in the “veggie” chips are long gone, and other ingredients have been added, that may have little benefit, if any.
Both are plant medicines from different parts of the world, as is cannabis. Iboga’s source is central Africa and Ayahuasca is from South America.
Both are used in ceremony with distinct guidelines.
Iboga is both a male and a female spirit essence, while Ayahuasca is considered to be a female spirit essence. Both are effective, however, Iboga will deliver your soul to you, while providing you with a “clean” slate from which to see life from a fresh perspective.
Participants in an Ayahuasca ceremony have reported that Ayahuasca keeps them wanting more, and that’s why people tend to do the ceremony more frequently.
The Bwiti consider Iboga to be the “Godfather of all plant medicine.” Iboga provides true personal transformation, without the need for “more.”
The simple answer is no.
There is a protocol in place in which to do a proper ceremony. Iboga is a spiritual plant medicine. As providers/facilitators, our job is to ensure that you have a safe and transformative Iboga journey.
At Bwiti Canada, our Iboga ceremonies are held with only 6-8 participants, and 2 facilitators per ceremony. Our groups are small so that we can ensure a good experience. In this small setting we can offer consistent support, in a safe and nurturing environment, with plenty of one to one attention.
Our small groups offer an intimate, and comfortable setting, where participants can achieve the best results.
Yes, it is as long as the following protocols are met:
Safe environment, high quality provider, Iboga from the source, honesty from the participant, good intentions, purpose.
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