Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a slow growing cactus that is spinelss and grows into a button form, close to the ground and often in groups. It is native to to Mexico and southern Texas in the United States. Peyote contains a chemical compound called mescaline which is a psychoactive alkaloid. The Huichol are an indigenous group from Mexico who maintained their pre-Columbian culture, living high up in mountainous areas. Each year they go on a pilgrimage into the desert in order to find their sacrament peyote. The use of peyote also made its way up north into the United States and Canada, used by more than forty native American tribes. Even though peyote is listed in the U.S. as a Schedule I controlled substance the Native American Church in the is legally entitled to use peyote in their ceremonies. Schedule one applies to substances that are thought to bear a big potential of abuse and to have no medicinal value. Nonregarding this almost worldwide ban of the peyote cactus, it is being used nowadays all over the world and traveling roadmen share it with people looking for spiritual insights and healing. Peyote is generally referred to as “medicine” by native and non-native users. Not only is it thought to have healing potential for physical diseases, but it is also referred to as a medicine because it heals the soul, it provides profound insights into the nature of reality and it unites the community.

Interview with Hugo Marroquin

Hugo is of Guatemalan descent and is initiated in various ancestral practices, he is a sun dancer for nearly two decades. Together with his partner he founded Tomorrow`s Ancestors Speak. An initiative to make native and ancestral wisdom accessible for people from all over the world.

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Six years ago I, I had just turned 27, I received my master’s degree in Anthropology. At that moment I was supposed to transition into a working life mode. My passion was with documentary film making, which had been a substantial part of my education. I imagined how a job in that field would be like: I saw myself taking the metro everyday to work, sitting in an office and realising other peoples’ ideas. My heart cramped up at this outlook on life. It just seemed wrong, I didn’t want to be stuck in a treadmill, executing other people’s ideas, I wanted to realise my own. So instead of looking for a job, I separated from my boyfriend, moved back in with my parents and began looking for myself. I spent 9 months exploring shamanism, meditation, systemic therapies, past-life therapies and meditation. I participated in a vision-quest and spend 4 days alone without food in a forest and encountered my deepest fear - the fear of death. I participated in camps that practiced community life and taught the way of the circle, the ancestral way of sharing oneself in a talking circle. I felt the power and the beauty of the shamanic approach and by the end of that year I finally encountered with the amazonian plant teacher ayahuasca. She showed me the perfect harmony of the universe and then she brought me all the way from Germany into the savanna of central Brazil, where I am based now. For the last 5 years I have been drinking a lot of Ayahuasca in various lineages, intensely exploring my Self. I passed through various crises and got stronger along the way. Since the plant medicines and healing modalities that I have encountered have helped me greatly on my path of deconditioning myself of everything alien to me and of becoming more and more who I am meant to be, I feel the call to share this information and my experiences with healing and medicine with more people. I wish for all of us to be conscious and openhearted human beings so we can co-create a new reality on this beautiful earth. Mapping Medicine is a project straight from my heart to yours. I hope it inspires you on your healing journey!