For traditional Amazonian tribespeople, sananga is a powerful eye medicine used to sharpen night vision. For modern seekers of spiritual healing, however, sananga does more than help with hunting. Often used as a precursor to entheogenic ceremonies by the Kaxinawa and Matsés tribes of Brazil, Huni Kuin of Peru, and other tribes use these powerful eye drops for the healing power that’s more energetic than physical, and that has the capacity to increase spiritual insight in the minds of those who use it. Sananga is potent medicine, and while you can administer sananga for yourself without undergoing a guided ceremony, it’s important to find a reputable source and to educate yourself on its proper usage beforehand.
Benefits of Sananga
I have a deep and personal relationship with Sananga working with it since 2011. Sananga can be a stand-alone treatment, which shows powerful potential to treat a spectrum of physical and psychospiritual illnesses:
- Treats and prevents ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and blindness
- Detoxifies the body
- Increases visual perception and enhances colors
- Clears long-standing inner anger
- Used in conjunction, helps with mental disorders such as addiction, depression, and anxiety
- Resets energetic field
- Treats spiritual diseases (“panema”) caused by negative energies in the body. These spiritual diseases can accumulate in a person’s energetic body and make a person depressed and anxious.
Sananga is a traditional eye medicine made from the roots and bark of the Tabernaemontana undulata plant, native to the Amazonian rainforest. Here are ten potential benefits of sananga:
- Pain relief: Sananga is believed to have analgesic properties and may be used to alleviate pain, including headaches and migraines.
- Vision improvement: Sananga is thought to have a positive effect on visual acuity and may help to treat a range of eye conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma.
- Anti-inflammatory effects: Sananga has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to alleviate symptoms of inflammation throughout the body.
- Anti-bacterial properties: Sananga is believed to have anti-bacterial properties and may help to fight off infections.
- Mood enhancement: Some people report feeling a boost in mood and overall well-being after using sananga.
- Spiritual connection: Sananga is sometimes used in shamanic ceremonies and may be thought to enhance spiritual connection.
- Increased focus: Sananga may help to increase mental clarity and focus.
- Improved respiratory function: Sananga is believed to have a positive effect on respiratory function and may be helpful for people with respiratory conditions.
- Boosted immunity: Sananga is believed to have immune-boosting properties.
- Skin health: Sananga is sometimes used topically to improve skin health and treat conditions like acne and eczema.
The human eye is a particularly sensitive organ, which means a sananga ceremony can be painful. These sacred, shamanic eye drops cause an intense burning that usually lasts a few minutes, and experienced practitioners say this pain is an important part of the healing process. Shamans advise you breathe deeply into the intensity to gain the most from its benefits—it is by leaning into the pain that you can cleanse not only your eyes but your mind and spirit as well. Once the pain leaves and the sananga is no longer in your body, you’re left with a feeling of immense relaxation. Because of its cleansing properties, sanaga is often used in preparation for other intensive experiences to cultivate an arc of catharsis. Be mindful when using in environments with a lot of light, you may need sunglasses afterwards to relax deeper.
Proper Conditions for Use
If you’re interested in experiencing the healing power of sananga, you can administer the eye drops yourself, but it’s important to find a reputable source and to educate yourself before use. If you want to learn more about the proper set and setting for your personal sananga ceremony at home let us know, we would love to support you adding this practice into your daily practices if you see how this can benefit you.
Some Suggestions of Use
When cultivating a daily practice you can begin to work with this medicine either in the morning to start your day and/or in the evening to end your day. The more consistency you add to this practice, the deeper and more profound the results you will begin to notice. This practice is not for the faint of hearts, and as you continue to go deeper within your practice the process will dawn powerful truths upon you in regards to routine and rhythm. Sananga teaches the power of allowance which some might call “letting go” or “surrendering”. Sananga is more of a teacher on being-ness rather than doing-ness. If you feel this sacrament can take your results and lifestyle to a whole new place of being-ness, it is totally worth a shot!
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