Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant-based medicine used for thousands of years for healing, spiritual exploration, and increased awareness of the connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Recently, Ayahuasca has become increasingly popular for its healing properties, particularly for those suffering from depression, addictions, PTSD, and other trauma-related ailments.
One of the most promising benefits of Ayahuasca is its potential to help victims of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can leave individuals feeling helpless, hopeless, and deeply wounded. Its effects can last well beyond the incident and deeply after the victims’ self-image, relationships, and overall well-being. In some cases, the trauma can be so severe that it can lead to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ayahuasca has been used as a healing modality for those struggling with the emotional and psychological effects of sexual abuse. It is thought beneficial for rewiring the brain and regenerating neural pathways, allowing for a more positive outlook on life. In addition, it has been found to help those with PTSD reintegrate their traumatic memories and gain control over them. Finally, Ayahuasca has also been found to be a powerful tool for helping victims of sexual abuse reconnect to their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional selves.
IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING ONESELF
While working with Ayahuasca, I encountered people who were called to heal but did not know they had suffered from Sexual abuse in their early years. Although it is known that the conscious mind can suppress traumatic events- I believe as a way to protect us, leaving the problem to be sorted when the individual is more ready- it can be very traumatic to revive those experiences when undergoing a plant medicine ceremony.
Unfortunately, shamans cannot follow up after this kind of revelation, leaving this spot for a more spiritual way of solving the problem. Helping the person to understand the importance of forgiving, letting go, and moving on to start a new life again.
For some people, this can be an easy process as well for others, and this can become a dead end, where people could find themselves more lost, especially when they need to forgive their parents or close relatives. In this point, the guidance of the therapist is also crucial.
It is true that Traditional therapies like talk therapy and medications may provide relief but do not necessarily address the underlying trauma, which would apply to people already aware of their sexual abuse trauma. Different is the story for those that find this information during a plant medicine ceremony. These people need to go to therapy, receive more healing and guidance, and should not get stuck in their process. Most cases won’t revive these experiences again during a ceremony, but it is essential to prepare oneself to forgive.
Is it necessary for people that have been sexually abused to revive the experience, and does it always happens?
No, it is unnecessary to revive the experience when one knows this has happened. I had personally been sexually molested as a child. I cannot recall a memory of being raped, and in all these 14 years of working with plant medicine, I had never revived that experience. Still, I had always been aware of the importance of forgiving and not making myself a victim of that situation.
On the other hand, what I had experienced with Ayahuasca is healing the ramifications of what that trauma has created for my life. I am still finding out how far it subconsciously touched me. For example, I had always avoided conflicts or speaking up for myself; this has led to many people doing and committing many things that an average person would have immediately opposed or spoken about. It was not until I had enough that I got hit by the realization that I had lost my voice and my power to say NO; this is not ok; in other words, I lost my capacity to set boundaries. It’s been hard, but I finally addressed and healed it with love.
I could go on and on about the aspect Ayahuasca has helped me heal the pieces I could not see before. For example, another aspect of myself that was affected when I was younger and discovering my sexuality was that I could not set boundaries with guys or people that found me sexually attractive at the same time, I found I somehow had intense sexual energy that was attracting the wrong people to my life now I had healed all these things and moved back to my heart, recover my voice and my capacity to stand for myself with compassion.
Through Ayahuasca, survivors of sexual abuse can move past their trauma and build healthier relationships with themselves and others. Ayahuasca can also help survivors better understand how their trauma has impacted their lives, enabling them to make more positive choices and move beyond their pasts.
It is always important to receive support if one does not feel able to undergo this kind of healing by oneself.
A deeper understanding of how far trauma has impacted our lives can be gained with the right tools, approach, and guidance to set us free to experience a happy, healthy, and balanced life in all senses.
Suppose you are suspicious about having a sexual abuse experience, and you are not ready to find out during a plant medicine ceremony. In that case, HYPNOTHERAPY is also a good tool to access suppressed memories at the same time is SAFE; the therapist can take you out of the experience very fast, which on the contrary, could take more time during a plant medicine ceremony.
-LOVE AND GRATITUDE –
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