Ikaro Healing The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.He to whom this emotion is a stranger,who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed CUSCO WAHCA There are several different kinds of icaros, at the beginning of the session.  Their purpose is to provoke the mareacion (faintness) or effects, to render the mind susceptible for visions to penetrate, then the curtains can open for the start of the theatre.  Other Icaros call the spirit of Ayahuasca to open visions as though exposing the optic nerve to light.  Alternatively, if the visions are too strong, the same spirit can be made to fly away in order to bring the person back to normality. There are icaros for calling the “doctors”, or plant spirits, for healing, while other icaros call animal spirits, which protect and rid patients of spells. Healing icaros may be for specific conditions like”manchare”, which a child may suffer when it gets a fright.  The spirit of a child is not so fixed in its body as that of an adult, therefore a small fall can easily cause it to fly. Manchare is a common reason for taking children to Ayahuasca sessions.  The arts of the Shipibo, especially textile designs, are closely related to Ayahuasca icaros.  The words of the chants are symbolic stories telling of the ability of nature to heal itself.  For example the crystalline waters from a stream wash, cleanse, and purify a person who is unwell, while coloured flowers attract the hummingbirds whose delicate wings fan healing energiesetc .  You might see such things in your visions but  the essence or core which cures you is perhaps more likely to be the understanding of what is happening in your life.  These deep insights allow your inner feelings to unblock so that bitterness and anger can change to ecstasy and love.To awaken from the “illusion of being alive” is to experience life itself.  The icaros demonstrate the emotional bond between the shamans to the world of nature, and the spiritual powers of the rainforest.  The following Icaro “ Icaro Madre Natureza”, shows this relationship between man and nature.