The Hape (Rapé) snuff (Tobacco Snuff) is sacred and legal medicine from the indigenous people of the Forest….

It is said to heighten the awareness and the senses, clear and align your mind and instinct, intuition and help promote cleansing of the body and soul.

Drives away the dark thoughts and bad vibrations and in general, makes you a better person. Used only with moderation, in a sacred place, preferably outdoors.

Hapé is usually made of a sacred variety of tobacco leaf powder and other herbs and ash trees are ground into a fine, aromatic powder that is blown through the nostrils.

Its use is ancient and has been very present in different places and times. But its most interesting feature is the use by indigenous tribes and the Caboclos of the forest, who use it for various purposes, including medicinal and ceremonial.

I got to know Hape (rapé) while with the Santo Daime church, as it is very popular among many Ayahuasqueiros and Daimistas.

I understand it as a worthy ally like many another vegetal, mineral or animal substances of the forest, that are here to assist and teach those who can understand that where there is life, there is a science, a divine teaching that can help us in many ways, including physical, mental and spiritual.

Always make it a special moment even if you use it more than once in your day.

Make it a moment where you are coming back to that, the present moment. If you can, make a special request to the medicine, make it a special relationship with it. We recommend always using the rapé outdoors as much as possible.

It has many magical powers and if you use it with the respect it can help you to release any kind of bad fluids of bad juju from your life, as well as to awaken you ever more to being in the present moment, being in the heart and being one with nature and the cosmic and divine.

I believe in the importance of the appreciation of the culture and traditional natural medicines and existing ancestors and the importance of the historical rescue and preservation of this knowledge at risk of disappearing amid the current trivialization of values and everything that is simple and natural in the ways that society lives today.

I would like to share here some of my study and observation with this sacred medicine!

First, in order to apply or to receive any kind of blowing of Hape, it is necessary to have firmness, purpose and an empty mind. So that the projected air or blast is received with the fullness of blessings.

The breath and an energy exchange, if we do not have the necessary firmness can waste our energy and even harm the sister or brother with our problems.

Before applying the rapé snuff to someone if you have not cleared your mind, it is recommended to first apply it to yourself so that you can clear your thoughts and increase your awareness.

So from the moment when you can see your breath and take in everything around you, being present there with the universe, that is the right time to blow and you can feel the medicine more properly!


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