The shaman’s main role during a ceremony is to create a sacred and protected space in which all participants are protected from hostile supernatural influences. Being a shaman is not a job, it’s more like a life’s path. Traditional shamans have been trained by teachers from previous generations for years and have worked on facing their own darkness, in order to prevent them from unwittingly passing it on to others.
The icaros (songs) a shaman sings, he has directly received from the plants. One can feel their power, even without understanding the meaning of the words. The shaman acts as a channel for healing powers of different healing spirits. According to the shaman, every participant is in need of different energies and he adapts his healing so that the ritual is most beneficial for each participant and the group as a whole. In his visions, he energetically cleanses each participant and receives healing energies that participants might need.
The shaman beams with strong energy and determination during the ceremony, building a strong veil of protection, and he is able to perform a special ritual of “sucking out negative energies” from the participants body. However, that being said, ayahuasca ceremonies are never the shaman’s show, they are the plant’s show. The shaman acts as a vessel, but it is the plant that possesses true healing powers.