We had the good fortune of connecting with Nickie Jean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nickie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Alamogordo New Mexico and spent my life living in various places throughout the state where eventually I moved to Los Angeles. Growing up in New Mexico allowed me to be surrounded by indigenous culture of the southwest and to have an appreciation for the peoples carrying ancient wisdom. Traveling to Peru to live and learn from the Matse’s tribe and soak in the wisdom of the elders of the South American indigenous has helped me to have a better understanding of the importance and ways to connect to great spirit. I always enjoyed visiting family while seeing pictures and hearing stories of the Cherokee women of our family tree. I used to wonder what it must have been like to sit in ceremony with them. Many times I can feel them with me while I am holding sacred space, at times it is as if I can hear them singing beautiful songs while in ceremony. I am grateful to be enriched with the cultural surroundings of the Southwest and hope to be able to bring these energies with me while holding space for all of the different ceremonies I host. Ceremony space has become my favorite place to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I currently am working out of my temple space in Pasadena where I have a variety of ceremony and temple initiation options available in my mystery school. I founded the Askanda Natha Mystery School in 2018 and have been hosting ascension code awakenings through multiple forms since 2017. Askanda Natha means “Ascended Master” in Sanskrit which felt like a fitting tittle for my temple. I originally began holding space for Reiki healing and then Tantra ceremony, after living with the Matse’s tribe in Peru to be initiated into Kambo and Hape’ snuff I now offer sacred jungle medicines. The experience of living deep in the jungle and receiving the medicine from the tribe elders has been my most vigorous initiations yet. I feel that I found my true warrior spirit while living in the amazon jungle. Kambo is a shamanic detox that allows you to cleanse the body through the lymphatic system, which generally comes from purging and sweating. Kambo is harvested from the secretion of the Monkey Tree frog found in the Peru, Brazil, and Columbian regions of the amazon jungle. The tribes honor the frog and hold it in high regard therefore they only harvest the secretion off of the frogs back making sure to leave enough secretion for the frog to defend itself as well as they make sure to place the frog back in the exact location they found it. The tribes also make sure to mark the wrists of the frogs with a white chalk that fades after 3 months, if they come across a frog with white still on it they won’t harvest because the frog needs more time to fully replenish its body. They also only harvest when it rains because they found that the frogs recover much faster in the rain and seem sluggish after if they harvest with no rains, as well as the fact that when it rains the frogs come and hang out lower in the trees therefore making it easier to access them. The tribes will generally choose the frogs that hang out higher in the tree because they feel they are stronger, mostly female frogs stay higher in the trees therefore most kambo harvested is generally female. Recently my dear friend who also went through the kambo training with me in 2018 decided to go back and stay in the jungle for another 3 weeks to harvest the medicine and connect deeper to jungle magic. While she was there she would wake each morning with the frogs sleeping on her or beside her and spent the whole time connecting and finding her, vs her having to seek out the frogs. I feel they knew her spirit was good of intention and it was as if they were gifting her the medicine. It is important when doing kambo to know who harvested it because there are bad people who would hurt the frogs sadly, or treat the stick that is harvested with something that makes it appear to have more kambo on it than there is. When the secretion is harvested it is placed into wooden sticks to dry and can be transported anywhere needed, all you have to do is re wet the stick to activate the peptides of the secretion to then be placed into a burn on the body so it can enter into the lymphatic system and induce the purge for you body to detox. You can compare Kambo medicine most similarly to bee sting therapy, it tends to have the same healing effects. They have tried to take the frogs and place them in a lab to study and found they will not create the secretion when in captivity. It is the diet of the local jungle insects that creates the secretion. The ants and other little insects of the jungle that the Monkey Tree frog eats have a rosin casing on their tiny little bodies that is anti microbial, anti bacterial, anti fungal, and anti viral. Once the frog eats them it sweats the rosin onto its back which is what creates the secretion that is used for the detox. We must give gratitude to the insect kingdom as well as the monkey tree frog for sharing these peptides with us to heal. A lot of people are under the misconception that the frogs are harmed when harvesting the secretion, some people even believe the frogs are skinned to get the medicine but I can tell you these are all false. The peoples of the Amazon jungle honor and protect the frogs so they can continue to use the medicine. It has been wonderful to see the prophesy of the Apus come to fruition as the protectors of the jungle are choosing to share the wisdom and healing guidance with the rest of the world. Through sitting with these medicines we are not only allowing our body to heal but we are allowing it to activate into its highest power and to great spirit. There are other temple initiations that can be found on my website www.ebetantra.com if you are looking to expand the horizon of your mind and your higher self.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places to visit is the Griffith Observatory where you can expand the mind as well as see a beautiful view of Los Angeles. Griffith park is also a great place to visit and even hike on the trails. If the Hollywood cemetery is operating the movie nights it is also a really fun experience. The play a classic movie on a giant projector screen and you bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, food and drink, and enjoy the movie. The Hollywood bowl is my favorite place to see a live concert especially because they also allow you to bring your own food and drink and have a picnic. If the Rose Bowl in Pasadena is having the flea market I highly recommend enjoying some yummy food and antiques. If your vegan Sun Cafe is a great place for food, if your not vegetarian Plate 38 in Pasadena is an awesome place to visit for gourmet food and their happy hour is the magic.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been blessed with a very supportive and kind mother, without her unconditional love and acknowledgment I don’t feel that I would be where I am today. Not only that but she has given me friendship and showed me how to have fun in life. Without Kambo and sacred medicines I would not have the experience and insight into the spirit realm, as well as the indigenous peoples who have guarded the wisdom and choose to share it with us at this time, without them we would not have the guidance, knowledge, and grace to help us re connect to our great Mother Earth. I am honored to be living during the fulfillment of the great Eagle Condor prophesy. I am also grateful for such great books like “The Lineage of the Codes of Light” to re awaken deeper truths carried in our DNA.
Other: If you search Earth Bound Enchantment tantra on Google you can find more info as well.
Image credit Chad Michael Ward and Matthew T Collins.