The story of Ruá, and the birth of the plants of power...
This week I would like to share a part of the Yawanawá creation story ‘Puyeihunihu’—the story of Ruá and the birth of the plants of power. This story is about how, a long time ago when there was yet no death and disease on the Earth, through the great Serpent, the creator came in and brought in the first death, and with that, the plants of power were birthed into being on our planet.
Puyeihuninu is a part of the Creation Stories of the Yawanawá, and, as I shared before, there are some instructions that are offered regarding how to listen, and how to attend, to the sharing of this story:
So that you can fully receive this story, choose to listen at a time when you can be fully present.
Mark the moment that you are going to listen, and commit to being fully with the story.
You’ll hear in the introduction that these stories are based in the Spiritual Force, and that when this Force sees you paying full attention, it will show up. As I mentioned in the first Musings post, there is a Yawanawá saying that goes:
“Listen well, open your ears, and listen to what is inside of this message.”
With your full attention on the story, it is possible for a deeper message, or perhaps a new layer of understanding, to come through.
It’s also good to understand these stories completely, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I would love to hear how this story landed for you. Personally, it is my favourite story that I heard while spending time with the Yawanawá.
I have been contemplating what the proper reciprocity of sharing these stories should be; wanting to honour both the time and energy I’ve put into learning and studying these stories with the tribe over the last decade—and want to ensure that something is given back to the tribe, in acknowledgement of their generosity in allowing the sharing of these ancient, and profound, stories.
What feels most appropriate is to make these stories available for paying members of this Substack. As a paying member, you will receive four more parts of the creation stories in the upcoming months. Next to Tetepāwā Tukaini, and Puyeihunihu, I plan to share Shuvini, the story that tells about the birth of the Indigenous tribes. I also plan to share the Prophecy of Mukaveini, the story that tells of a great leader of the Yawanawá, Mukaveini, that had a vision on his deathbed of a tribe that would be coming to their territory from the other side of a Great Water, and speaks about an alliance between the Yawanawá and those people in the future, a time that we are living in this moment. And, I plan to share the vision of Kairao that pajé Tatá had a few decades ago. In this vision, he is asked to go back to his tribe and reignite the knowledge of his people. It is really precious to see how this vision of Kairao has come to fruition in the last few years.
For every Founding member that subscribes, one Ayahuasca vine will be planted in the Yawanawá territory. In the last decades, with an increasing amount of Westerners visiting the tribe in their territory, and more and more people drinking Ayahuasca, the territory of the Yawanawá is almost fully depleted of vines. With so many Westerners receiving so much Medicine and wisdom through the Amazonian tribes at this time, I think this is a small reciprocity that we can give to the tribe.
So, if you want to plant a vine (which could be a beautiful gesture for all of us who have received the Medicine and the wisdom of the Vine), and listen to some special stories, you can do so by becoming a Founding member. We began planting when this Substack was launched, and 300 young vines and 100 Chacruna bushes have already been planted in the Yawanawá territory.
I believe that these stories hold a lot of teachings and value for humanity at this time.
Thank you so much for being here, much love,
PS: You’ll see at the top of the post that I have included a portion of the audio of Puyeihuninhu that is available for all. This is not the full version of the story. The full version of the story is available for paying and Founding members and is 1 hour and 20 minutes long.
PPS: A gentle request to learn from this story with respect. I share these stories with permission, and with the intention for them to be listened to with reverence, and in a respectful way. These stories are not shared to be learned and re-told in other places.
I am so grateful to Matsini, my brother, friend and teacher from the tribe, for giving me permission to share these stories. One traditional path of receiving these stories, and receiving permission to share these stories, is to enter the path of dieta with the tribe. To deepen the connection with the people, study their stories in-depth, learn some of the deeper meanings and receive permission from your teacher to share. I feel deeply grateful and blessed for my connection with the tribe and the time we spent in study.
I share these stories with the utmost respect for the Yawanawá and their rich culture.
I hope that by listening to these ancient stories, there is the potential for a string being plucked inside of us. A vibration we have maybe never felt or heard before, one that resonates so deeply it can remind us of a calling…a calling home. A calling into a time of great alliance. Because, if that time of the great alliance is really here, as the story of Mukavuine will reveal to us in future musings, I believe it is very important to honour these practices and the cultures they come from.
Let’s respect these stories, and respect the instructions that come with them. When you honour the instructions, you are showing your respect. The spiritual force is watching, remember… and you might miss the gift that is waiting for you inside this message ;-)
So, I request that you please respect these stories and the instructions that come with them.
Please do not share these stories without the appropriate permission of the tribe.