There is a lot of (mis)information out there, testimonials, and documentaries that paint a picture of what Ayahuasca is (but not the full picture).
So I will start talking more in depth about what this journey entails, who it is for, how to know if you are ready and personal experiences over the next few weeks.
So let’s start, shall we?
Can Ayahuasca cure of you anything?
Can Ayahuasca heal you?
How to prepare ayahuasca by yourself? Should you drink ayahuasca alone? What is the role of the shaman?
Is Ayahuasca similar to DMT?
We explore some of these below.
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡 #𝟏) 𝐀𝐲𝐚𝐡𝐮𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐚 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 / 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠
The main use of traditional ayahuasca ceremonies is to bring you back into harmony.
Cleaning and cleansing body, mind, heart and spirit.
When you’ve got a clear head, you can see the truth.
The truth of your habits, your addictions, your relationships, your health problems/solutions and so on.
Ayahuasca will show you, in a way that you understand deeply, the truth of who you are (and what you do)
And it will bring you into a place of grounded, conscious clarity.
What you decide to do with this, however, is up to you.
The plant respects your free-will and does not decide for you, yet it is a strong and wise teacher that allows you to see things by yourself.
It is A LOT harder to go back into living a life of disconnection, numbness and insecurities once you have seen your own truth.
But the option is still 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒 to make.
Ayahuasca will bring you back into harmony, show you what is best for you (given what you want) and the rest is up to you to implement.
(This is why on the Rebirth Retreat we have integration calls up to 3 months after the ceremonies, to support people in their commitments and resolutions.)
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡 #𝟐) 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐲𝐚𝐡𝐮𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐚 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐬𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧 (𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭)
SO MANY people are drinking Ayahuasca in environments not conducive to healing and facilitated by people who did not go through a rigorous training.
Wanting to serve is not enough to be of service.
Most foreign Aya facilitators have very good and loving intentions, but they are not qualified.
I’m not saying that you must be native to be a shaman, but for some context, the spiritual leader of the indigenous community in Colombia – Taita Querubin Queta is 106 years old and started drinking ayahuasca at 6 years old.
That’s right – 100 years of experience.
Most of the Yageseros (ayahuasca medicine men) in Colombia, spend at the very least 10-15 years apprenticing in the jungle under an experienced shaman.
They are -quite literally- heart surgeons.
Would you trust a heart surgeon that spent a few months or just a couple of years learning, but “has very good energy and is very loving”?
Probably not with your life.
Ayahuasca opens up a portal within you.
What happens when you’re opened up depends vastly on the impeccability of the space being held, the attunement of the shaman and your internal set and setting.
Some of my deepest discoveries, connections and releases during ceremony have happened through intervention / direction of the shaman.
Through their knowledge of plants, through their music and through their presence, they take care of the space and guide the group process to a deep place and also help it land safely.
So drinking ayahuasca by yourself or with inexperienced facilitators is irresponsible at best.
You may have a “good experience” but nothing life changing – and that’s because a lot of things were not done right.
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡 #𝟑) 𝐀𝐲𝐚𝐡𝐮𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐚 𝐢𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐌𝐓.
Ayahuasca has DMT, but it is not the core of its medicine. The brew also contains Harmine and Harmaline. Among other alkaloids that have not been fully studied yet.
Clinical trials resulted in profound insights and transformational experiences even when the brew was filtered of all its DMT contents.
Ayahuasca and DMT are completely different medicines.
DMT is like blasting off and getting a few glimpses into truth.
Ayahuasca is more of a process: a longer, guided journey through these deep realms where the mind and body are still present – allowing for a lot more to be integrated.
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲!
Do you have any questions around Ayahuasca?
Do you have any experiences (good or bad) that you’d like to share?
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