Traditionally, the dietero(a) spends his/her days in solitude and silence, in a tambo or small open air casita surrounded by the dense and very much alive jungle. An important part of healing is removing ourselves from our usual environment and immersing ourselves in the healing frequency of Mother Nature. For many reasons, there are certain disciplines to be practiced during this time. It's an energetic exchange from person to plant to cultivate a relationship with these highly intelligent plant teachers. These practiced disciplines create a one-pointed focus, eliminate distractions and stimulants, and communicates to the plant that the person is ready to receive healing and knowledge. Through abstaining from things like socializing, sexual activity with others as well as yourself, social media, television, the consumption of information, human interaction, salts, sugars, caffeine, red meat, pork, drugs, alcohol, etc; we support the body and mind for physical and spiritual healing and the veil between the realms becomes much, much thinner. Space for healing, insight, transformation, and magic becomes available.
You see, we sometimes tuck things away in our subconscious perhaps because we aren't quite ready to deal with its reality. Life can throw us some seriously heart breaking challenges that are seemingly easier to avoid. So we distract ourselves through quick fixes like eating, shopping, socializing, drugs and alcohol to avoid feeling the pain or sadness that comes with reality. Unfortunately my friends, there is no way around. The only way is through. So, even if we've buried the trauma so far within we've forgotten of its existence, it will make itself known again with or without our permission. Usually these spiritual imbalances grab our attention by causing a disturbance in our mental or physical bodies. And that is where the healing begins, first by becoming aware that something isn't right. But to heal, we must look at it, accept it, forgive it, and let it go or forever be it's prisoner.