For those of you wondering about whether the spirits are real or your imagination – this is a must read.
This article provides wonderful details about a woman’s first Aucayacu experience with shamans in Peruvian Amazon. You can read the article “Hell and Back” on the National Geographic Adventure website.
“All negative thoughts, shamans believe, are dark spirits speaking to us, trying to scare us into reacting; the spirits then feed on our reactivity, growing stronger and more formidable until they finally rule over us. This is how… addictions and psychological disorders develop in people. …Everyone hears the voices of spirits… They’ve just convinced themselves that they are hearing their own thoughts.”