Couroupita guianensis — Cannonball Tree

Headless Giant

Also known as Cannonball- or Dead-Head-Tree, Ayahuma’s head medicine spirit is a headless giant.

Ayahuma is a tree of the soul. It provides protection, healing from soul-loss (susto), and can be your dream guide.


Ayahuma is the soul tree, the heart tree. Just have a look at it and see that its crown resembles a giant open heart.

The physical tree itself is unique and distinct because it bears large reddish brown fruits that look like cannonballs hanging around the trunk area and off the branches. It is also called the Dead Head Tree, because the head medicine spirit looks like a headless giant sometimes carrying a cannonball in each hand. Ayahuma can help you get out of your head and into your heart, and its a wonderful symbol for this that the tree spirit itself doesn’t even have a head!

Ayahuma not only provides protection but is used for healing the loss of soul or spirit (“susto”). Ayahuma assists in retrieving fragmented parts of the spirit that got stuck in time, from a trauma or from fright. It helps bring that fragmentation back to the here and now to be united with the heart.

Ayahuma is also a great guide in the dream space. I invite you to explore more of Ayahuma. Call on it before you go to sleep, set the intention for it to help guide you in your dream space towards healing and growth.

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Spirit Story

It was a difficult ceremony, where the flow of medicine was working through blockages and resistance.

But then, right before the ceremony came to a close, I felt my heart opening and saw, felt, experienced and was my soul as it broke free, dancing in the space, knowing only the joy of now.

When I was about to leave the ceremony house, a shaman approached me. “Do you want to go with me and visit the Ayahuma tree tomorrow?” he asked. I said yes. I didn’t understand why he’d asked me, but I’ll always say yes when you invite me to visit a medicine tree :)

On the next morning I wrote a poem (I don’t do that often). It was about gratitude to the medicine for giving me such joy and insight the night before. Then I met the shaman, we walked to Ayahuma, and I read my poem to the tree.

I came to understand that it was Ayahuma, who had helped me work through those blocks during the previous night. She wanted me to know and sent an invitation.