Ayahuasca is an ancient medicinal brew made from a plant that is native to the Amazonian rainforest. It is commonly found in Peru. The plant has thick brown leaves found in vines, called Caapi, located deep within the rainforest. The vine itself is blended with the plant leaves. Ayahuasca is known for its hallucinogenic properties.
The Ayahuasca tea is a famous drink among the indigenous people who reside in the Amazon basin. It is a part of the hallucinogenic spiritual ceremony that is accompanied by the respected Shaman. The tradition is a night long event where participants drink the tea and spend the night experiencing a deep connection with higher intelligence and understanding their true selves.
Since Ayahuasca is made from ingredients that are found in the Amazon, it is legal in the region. Although it is still illegal in the U.S., there are always people who buy it through underground channels.
The experiences that the Ayahuasca can provide are often beyond the perspectives of the average human mind. The mysterious, divine and infinite encounters have often left an everlasting effect on individuals. To try Ayahuasca, one must accept the fact that what one will experience cannot be humanly comprehended. The experiences vary from person to person and not all people like the message they get from this divine experience.
Ayahuasca has also been the subject of a documentary, called the Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca. In this documentary, a woman said that what she saw and felt was incomprehensible and she thought that she was going to die. However, another participant described something completely different. She expressed that Ayahuasca has opened up her heart in a way that has never happened earlier.
Ayahuasca has always been referred to as feminine. This is because the voice of the higher intelligence that people hear during the ceremony is female. The voice will talk to you directly and will tell you the purpose and meaning of your life and the things you need to work on more.
Each person who experiencing the ceremony for the first time has had a different experience. Every experience is just a small drop in a vast ocean. Every time one experiences the infinity or the divine, their experience has been different. Oftentimes, the experience is hard to describe in words. After the ceremony has ended, you will probably spend time searching for words to explain what it was like.
A lot of people use the phrase “ten years of therapy compressed into a night.” That means the experience is quite intense, considering that the ceremony only lasts one night and the trip itself lasts for five hours or so. So if you intend to participate in an ayahuasca ceremony, you may want to clear up your schedule on the following day to give yourself time to recover.
During the ceremony, the Shaman sings the Icaros. The song is an integral part of the celebration that amplifies the visual effects or the mareación. It feels as if the higher power has established a connection with you via the Icaros. The plant itself helps the body get rid of all the harmful chemicals that have accumulated throughout the years. Excess salts, sugars, alcohol, caffeine, and other junk is flushed out of the body. This is known as purging. Often people vomit, which is why purge buckets are provided. Those who have adhered to a clean diet and made a point of preparing themselves for the ceremony will have less of a chance of vomiting during the session.
Another possible outcome of the Ayahuasca ceremony is a realization that everything that you have felt till date through your five senses is wrong. Aldous Huxley recorded such an account in his writing about taking mescaline where the drug opened up The Doors of Perception for him. Often the subject loses his sense of self and merges with an infinite other. This is quite a divine experience that sheds new light on daily mundane life.
Before you proceed, you need to know that your Shaman is a genuine one. You need to trust him or her with your emotional and psychological well being. The experience deconstructs your mind and puts it back together. When your mind is cracked open and left vulnerable, one may encounter something similar to Schizophrenia, according to the psychedelic author Daniel Pinchbeck. This can be quite scary. Therefore, one needs to research thoroughly about the ceremony as well as the Shaman. You need to know that you are well cared for and that you are safe, no matter where you are – be it a spiritual retreat in Peru, or a loft in Brooklyn.
People who are interested in meditation often seek Ayahuasca. The tea was crafted to provide the similar mental health benefits of meditation, to help them better connect with the infinity. Much like yoga and meditation retreats, Ayahuasca has made its place in the world of wellness. Many celebrities such as Tori Amos, Sting, and Paul Simon have taken Ayahuasca. This has been aptly called "the new juice cleanse."
If you would like to experience the healing offered by ayahuasca and are looking for a retreat to participate in, contact us today! We would love to have you along with us and play a part in your healing process.