Cancer touched my life at a very young age. My beloved, younger sister, Paola, was diagnosed with sarcoma at age 13. I observed all of the pain that this bought not only to her but to my entire family. Stress, fear, and deep despair rattled all of our lives as we watched Paola fight for life. Since we were conditioned to believe that it was the only real and safe option, my sister underwent conventional therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation). Every treatment she received made her worse and sicker both physically and emotionally. She lost her battle with cancer at age 21. My sister was taken too early in life, but her desire to live always remained with me.

After Paola’s tragic death, I searched for purpose in my own life. Like most young adults, I was sold on the idea of going to college and living a conventional life.  After graduating and working for various companies as an engineer, I still felt that something was lacking. I left my career as an engineer in Costa Rica to travel to the United States with no job and no plan. By exerting great trust and allowing things to flow naturally, everything I needed at the time presented itself. I landed a good job, started a family, and even built a successful company. However, I still felt that my true calling was yet to be answered.

At this time in my life, spirituality was not a part of my mindset. However, this was all about to change as my world was once again turned upside down after learning that my partner had a tumor. Many emotions from my sister’s death emerged, but I was determined not for the past to repeat itself.

Once again, by displaying great courage and trust, my partner decided she needed a lifestyle change and we moved our family to Costa Rica.  One by one alternative medicine started presenting themselves to us.  Within days of arriving in Costa Rica, I reconnected with two old friends that I had not seen in a long time and I was invited to my first Ayahuasca ceremony. I felt fear at the thought of going on this journey, but I also sensed something within my friends that inspired me to face that fear. My friends emanated a sense of peace, love, and centeredness, that ignited my curiosity.

The week leading up to my first ceremony,  I mysteriously dreamt of snakes and repeatedly questioned what it would feel like to go so deep inward toward my true being. My intention had been set and my first experience with Ayahuasca completely changed my life! In my first experience with Ayahuasca, I felt I had discovered who I truly was as I experienced the illusion of this life, or what the Vedic texts refer to as “Maya” vanish in front of my eyes. The ceremony lasted for four hours, as we know it on the three-dimensional plane, but on another plane, where I was taken to, one in which time does not exist, I felt like an eternity of remembrance.

I felt I had been gifted many downloads of information and wisdom into my consciousness that night. The plant spoke to me and said, “remember, you have done Ayahuasca before. At the time, I couldn’t understand this because I had never even heard of Ayahuasca before. Be that as it may, I felt deeply that this was a calling from the plant requesting that I be in service.  I attended ceremonies every two weeks for thee years with a shaman, who without saying many words was a very great teacher to me.

Being honest, this was a difficult period for me. I experienced many drastic changes from day to day which were difficult for me to communicate and share with others. This was the start of a new path in which every ceremony with Ayahuasca revealed to me more information. During this time, changing my diet to become more plant-based seemed effortless and in alignment with the phase of my evolution to which the medicine was inviting me to. Processed foods and alcohol also became a thing of the past.

By placing myself in alignment with my true being, other medicines started showing themselves to me. Peyote, San Pedro and Kambo entered my field, each with its unique message and teachings. I would also make a connection with a doctor during this time who held many years of experience assisting people in healing and recovering from cancer naturally. From him, I learned a great deal about nutrition, juicing, detoxing, electromagnetic energy and much more. My curiosity and receptiveness to natural, non-invasive treatments led me to more and more discoveries and options.

Life reached a point where it felt impossible to keep all of the wisdom and teachings contained. My partner and I had experienced first hand the efficacy of these sacred medicines and natural cures by treating her cancer with the trust and wisdom we had gained. I watched my partner's health improve day by day. I was filled with joy in the knowledge that so many alternative options for cancer treatment existed.

Ayahuasca was still manifesting in my life. I was meditating every day and reaching higher states of consciousness. I would fast, take time to be alone in silence, and often return to being a child, vulnerable and able to see what life is and why we are here. One last revelation came through.  I administered Ayahuasca to a friend. The plant revealed many things through him. The plant told me that I was ready to be in service and that it was my time to fully immerse myself in the world of helping to spread the message, the teachings, and the healing properties of this sacred medicine.  A few days after this download, everything presented itself to set me on this path, effortlessly.

I am in complete gratitude seeing so many people come and go through ceremonies, all with their unique, profound, transformational experience.  Observing people as they identify the root of their problem, shed the layer of ego, clear past trauma, and simply connect with their inner being has been the message of Ayahuasca and I am simply here to help move that message forward.  My calling to work with this medicine grows stronger and stronger with each person that I am blessed to work with and serve this medicine to. I am in awe at the amazing healing properties Ayahuasca possesses when combined with other natural plant medicines.  It is from this story, this seed of inspiration, that has resulted in the birth of the Nada Brahma Healing Center in Costa Rica.