My Journey into Ayahuasca began a little over a year ago when a friend of mine told me about a retreat and healing center in Peru offering healing through the medicine of Ayahuasca. Before then I never heard of Ayahuasca, but the description and healing properties of it peeked my interest. After a bit of research, I decided I was willing to give Ayahuasca a try. The Ayahuasca plant is native to the Amazon rain forest and has been used by Shamans for what seems like millennia’s. I say what seems like millennia’s because there’s no real record of how long the plant has been used, but if you ask shamans and some indigenous locals they will say it’s been in use since the birth of their culture, or time immemorial.
The main ingredient of the plant brew is Banisteriopsis caapi, which is the vine known as Ayahausca. The brew is a mixture of the plant Ayahuasca which is the feminine energy and Chacruna, which is the masculine energy. What’s interesting about Ayahuasca is that Chacruna is what gives the visions in the Ayahuasca brew. What’s important is that when you get the mixture of these two plants you can access deep recesses of the mind and consciousness, experiencing visions, altered states of consciousness, viewing pasts lives and bringing forth patterns and energies to the surface for healing, and these are just to name a few. Ayahuasca is categorized as a psychedelic, but as one who have experienced it first hand, I must tell you it’s so much more than that. Like all things in nature, Ayahuasca is alive and has its own consciousness. Shamans use Ayahuasca to see beneath the veil, access information and diagnose and heal imbalances in the body, mind and spirit.
Ayahuasca has been getting extremely popular in modernity and I don’t think that this is a coincidence nor is it because people just want to do a cool drug and get high. I think this is due to that something is happening to our consciousness and people are looking for healing and different ways to deal with their shit. More and more people are waking up to the realization that we are so much more than what we can see and what meets the eye and that nature is alive. This coupled with the fact that traditional religion is not quenching people’s thirst to seek, experience or understand the sacred and magical. This is one of the driving forces that’s making ayahuasca increasingly sought after. Ayahuasca works best when we surrender with love and allow her to guide us to the experience. Like a mother she already knows what each one of us need when we come into the experience.
Before taking the brew, one should be aware that Ayahuasca is a plant that purges the body. Meaning after taking the plant you will vomit and, in some cases, have diarrhea. Therefore, it is important to maintain an Ayahuasca diet for at least 2 weeks before taking the brew. Not everyone purges or experience diarrhea while taking Ayahuasca, but most people do experience purging in some form or another. Ayahuasca works differently for everyone so it is important to know this beforehand, there is no one size fit’s all when working with nature. It is also essential to set an intention for working with mother Ayahuasca and be clear in your intention, along with having no expectations or attachments to the outcome of your intention. Journaling is also another part of the process when working with Ayahuasca. Writing down your experiences sometimes allow greater insight that you might not receive in the moment of the experience. All in all, Ayahuasca is a great tool that allows for greater awareness for many things that might be occurring in one’s life. And in order to fully utilize this tool it’s crucial to take Ayahuasca responsibly preferably under the guides of an experienced and responsible Shaman or spiritual teacher. I did Ayahuasca at the Kapitari healing center under Don Lucho in Iquitos Peru. I hope this brief intro into Ayahuasca has been helpful and if you will like to learn more about Ayahuasca and my experience please check out my other posts on Ayahuasca.