“Before attending a ceremony it is important to have good information about what are you getting into, especially if you don’t have any experience with visionary plants. Ayahuasca is a tool for opening, cleaning, healing, transforming, diagnosing, revealing and learning. There are several such tools, so how can you know if Ayahuasca is the right tool for you? Ayahuasca is not a magic wand that will solve all your problems. It is very important that you have that understanding in advance so that you are not disappointed with what you get. The plants and the spirit world give you what you need, not what you want”.
There are certain things to consider before attending a ceremony.
1. Do you qualify medically to be part of an Ayahuasca ceremony?
If you are taking medication like antidepressants, sleeping pills, antibiotics, or drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc. it can be mortal in combination with Ayahuasca, not because of the Ayahuasca itself, but because these substances don’t go together. It’s essential that you consult your doctor so that you know how much time your body needs to be free of these chemicals in your blood. There are certain medications that you can avoid 48 hours before a ceremony, but it’s essential you check. Chronic heart problems, hepatic and immune system problems should also be considered.
2. Are you mentally ready?
Ayahuasca is not something to mess around with. It is not a recreational drug. It is a strong spirit that will open your perception of the reality. Such information can be difficult to handle for some people – it can blow your mind. It’s essential that you do a ceremony with somebody that has experience working with this plant, like a shaman. If you have mental disorders, it is imperative that you let the person in charge of the ceremony know, because depending on your problem the shaman can better understand if Ayahuasca can help you or not. In my opinion, people experience mental disorders because:
- They are too open and sensitive to everything around them. What they need is to balance the channel or connection again. Shamans, for example, have learned how to work with the channel, when to open and when to close it. If you have a mental disorder of this kind Ayahuasca might help, but I haven’t tried it. Other plants can help before taking the step of going for an Ayahuasca ceremony. I would personally instead do a ceremony without the person making the Ayahuasca, just to diagnose the situation and understand how it can be fixed. Most people with mental disorders have an imbalance in the substances in the brain. They have too much or too little, but these substances can be found in nature. Remember that most medications come from plants, some come from animals and some from minerals. Plants help us recover the balance in all senses, physically, mentally and emotionally, because they live in harmony. They are truly connected.
- Possession. This might sound strange, but in native cultures, it is a common belief that people can be possessed by entities of different kinds, because we are living and interacting with various dimensions. This 3D aspect is not the only one. Ayahuasca shows us this. Certain types of depressions can be caused by these entities, and there are different kinds. There are the ones with a purpose – they don’t manifest or show themselves so much, but they are sucking your vital energy. Their mission is to stop you from your mission in life. They can enter at the moment of birth, and it is often easier these days because of all the anesthetics that are used. The well-known psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Brian Weiss, who is specialized in regression, has explained that it is at the moment of birth that the soul and the body are indeed unified. If the soul is entering a sleepy body under anesthesia, the soul won’t be fully aware of other energies lurking there.
Traumatic situations can also allow entities to enter us because in traumatic cases you are very vulnerable and open. If you are unlucky, you are in the wrong place when you are traumatized, and such energies can latch onto you. Other entities can also enter when people play with things they don’t understand, such as Ouija or by taking plants like Ayahuasca without guidance. When you take such plants, you open different portals. That is why the shaman does diets as part of their training because with the diets they get spirit allies or friends that help them in ceremonies. A shaman also learns how to create a safe space and how to hold a ceremony. Most shamans say that taking Ayahuasca without guidance is like going for a swim without knowing how to.
3. Have you tried other tools?
Before attending a ceremony, make sure that your problem can’t be solved in another way. Meditation, yoga and healthy lifestyle choices can help. Remember that you have all the potential to change your life within yourself. The plants help us when we had tried, but can’t change or heal because our blocks are so big. If you feel that you have significant blocks that do not allow you to explore or to open yourself to embrace change, then Ayahuasca is something that will really help you. But it is essential that you are fully aware that one single ceremony won’t be enough. Sometimes people do not feel or experience anything in the first ceremony because the first ceremonies are mainly for purging and cleansing the body. It is essential that you do a diet before attending a ceremony because this will help you clean your body a lot so that the Ayahuasca can work better.
You should also understand that Ayahuasca can help with specific problems, but not all. If the issues you are experiencing in your life come from emotional sources, then ceremonies will help you for sure. But if you want to heal a disease, then you need to take other plants. In that case, Ayahuasca can be used to see what the root of the problem is, but because the issue has already manifest physically causing a disease, you will need to diet with other plants. You will also need time to heal. The shaman will know what other plants to do diets with because in a ceremony the spirit of the plants will let him/her know what help is needed.
4. Do you want to learn?
Ayahuasca is definitely an excellent source of information. It is how shamans manage to know about the healing properties of several plants because Ayahuasca is a translator for other plants. I call it the Google of the spirits. Ayahuasca has learned how to communicate with humans. She is the consciousness of the forest talking to us openly.
Shamans learn about the healing properties of plants trough diets and ceremonies. In the diets, the shamans connect with the spirit of the plant, and in the ceremonies, the plants show the shaman, much in the same way as having a conversation. They look like people, but different, and depending on which part of the plant you want to learn from the spirit appears different. Flowers are always shown as children, and it is because they have the highest energy vibration. Roots and barks are shown as adults. They have skin colors and dress with the plants. Chuchuwasa and tobacco spirit, for example, are black and can appear in a female or male energy. Plants have both energies inside, but sometimes one is stronger than the other. Usually, the tobacco spirit shows as a black woman or an old man. In some traditions, the stories about the first humans explain that they came from a tree and it was a woman. This can tell why the spirits of plants look like humans.
If we are conscious that we are all one, then we can understand that we can experience incarnation as plants, animals, humans, and others things during our earth process, since everything that exists has a consciousness.
Ayahuasca help us make our unconscious conscious, and through this process, we can see, we become observers and thus can find the roots of our problems. With Ayahuasca you will experience death, a small spiritual death where your fears, your ego, your habits and your attachments must disappear so that you can be to reborn again as pure and clean as when you came the first time. Death in this sense only means transformation.
Taking Ayahuasca is a ceremony which begins with the preparation of the Ayahuasca. There are many details that people must know to achieve all the benefits of these plants. What do you do about Ayahuasca ceremonies? What you see about Ikaros and diets? When the ceremony starts, and the shaman starts singing the Ikaros, the purging (vomiting) begins and after that come the visions. Visions of your light and your darkness. You will meet your fears, desires, and wishes. If you want to grow, to evolve, you must confront them and accept the consequences.
Are you ready?
-Love and gratitude-