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JíKuri Ceremony

"Tata" Jíkuri (peyote) is a small, spineless cactus that provides colored visions, sent by the spirit who inhabits it.  In addition to curing fever, peyote inspired warriors with unshakeable courage, protected them from injury, and could sustain them with no food or water.

Lophophora williamsii, peyote or in Rarámuri jíkuri, is a small, soft, bluish-green spineless cactus native to northern Mexico and the southern United States.   This cactus plays an important role in ritual ceremonies of Indian tribes belonging to the Ute-Aztec linguistic family of which the Rarámuri are a member.  The plant is incorporated in their ritual, healing, and funeral ceremonies.  Interestingly, this cactus contains mescaline and many other alkaloids with hallucinatory properties.  The ceremonies centered on jíkuri are called by the same name.  At least two other popular plants occasionally are used, including Ariocarpus fissuratus and Epithelanta micromeres.  It should be noted that L.williamsii grows in the desert away from the lands populated by the Rarámuri.

Throughout Mexico, peyote is thought to help with:

  • wound care (powder form)

    • fractures​

    • orchitis

  • to treat (ground in metate or chewed)​

    • bruises​

    • snakebites

    • joint pain

    • headaches

    • psychotherapeutic usefulness

Peyote has been considered an ultimate cure when all others have failed.  

Jíkuri plants contain diverse pharmacological agents.  Several alkaloids have been isolated, including mescaline, anhaloidine, peyotine, lophophorine, and anhalamine.  Mescaline and peyotine have morphine-like effects, while the properties of lophophorine and anhaloidine resemble those of strychnine.  These phenethylamine and isoquinoline alkaloids appear to be responsible for the auditory and visual hallucinations induced after ingesting the cactus.  In addition, to the alkaloids mentioned, more than fifty-five related compounds have been isolated from peyote extracts.

 

There are many accounts of the therapeutic benefits attributed to the plant.  In addition, to analgesic properties, it has been claimed that peyote improves circulation, increases renal filtration, and produces a state of mild intoxication.  Prominent in the many reports on the effects of the plant are descriptions of perceptual and behavioral phenomena, including colorful kaleidoscopic visions and states of depersonalization and dissociation.  Psychotherapeutic usefulness also has been claimed.  

The Jíkuri Ceremony takes place around a sacred fire. Participants sing and pray in a circle following the guidance of a healer. Specific songs are sung accompanied by a water drum. There are four parts to this ritual.  These four stages are represented by the red hot coals which are raked out and formed into designs. Individuals are helped with just about anything one could need help within their life. These meetings are also a celebration of life. We welcome all faiths and traditions to this life-changing spiritual evening of prayer.

There are many reasons why we pray in this type of ceremony. At the conclusion of the Vision Quest Ceremony, we sometimes will sit up in a Jíkuri Ceremony. We have facilitated marriages, healings, baby blessings, funerals, birthdays, land blessings, coming of age, and more. Every ceremony has a main intention along with personal intentions that each individual feels in needing attention. This may be for each of us or for others we know who are in need of help. We make the sacrifice to sit up and pray in this way to make real changes where needed.

After someone has attended a Jíkuri Ceremony then they may have an opportunity to sponsor one for a specific purpose. This is an amazing experience and responsibility. 

Preparations

This is a time to appear as we would like to be seen by our Creator, Wakan Tanka, or God. Women, this is a nice time to wear a dress or a skirt and shawl. If it is your moon time please let us know and we will make the proper arrangements. Bring an extra towel and change of clothing if needed for the sweat lodge in case we have one. Some people fast before the ritual but we do not advise this. Avoiding excessive salt the day can help. If you drink alcohol, clean out fully as the spirits of the medicine react to those kinds of ”spirits”.  This ancient ritual will take place in a tipi so please be prepared for hot or cold conditions. 

We do not allow pets, children, alcohol, or drugs on the premise. Before arriving it is also helpful to start thinking about what areas in your life are needing attention in order to project those prayers clearly.

  • If you suffer from Schizophrenia you can expect a safe episode free experience. Peyote does not interfere with medications associated with Schizophrenia.

  • Persons regularly using Alcohol and other narcotics will find their experience to be one of discomfort.

  • If your conscience is burdened with guilt or regret, you may become aware of why you have those feelings.

  • Know too that Peyote is not a cure-all, it is the sacrament in a Jíkuri Ceremony in which we rely upon our prayers to enlist healing.

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