Before incorporating the knowledge of advanced plant teachers, one should take measures to cleanse the body appropriately through diet and exercise. What goes into the body determines what the body will be composed of physically, mentally, and spiritually. This simple and often overlooked observation is one of the most important aspects of astral exploration. The vessel must be adequately equipped to handle whatever may occur while in the spiritual realms. Body and mind exist in a symbiotic relationship, where the effects on one will reflect on the other. It goes without saying that taking steps to prepare the body means that the mind is of sound health. Depending on which plant teachers you engage, the intensity and length of body preparation should vary accordingly.
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Ayahuasca can be engaged in the traditional setting in a vast variety of geographic locations throughout the globe. Depending on the initiates intention of using ayahuasca, different diet steps should be taken. Many traditional diets share common similarities but each initiate will know what they need to abstain from to gain the maximum knowledge possible from the experience. Common themes include abstinence from alcohol, sugar, salt, oils, meat and certain spices. Consumption of raw foods is also highly recommended as processing diminishes the nutritional content of the food. It is also common in some locales for initiates of ayahuasca to cease sexual thoughts and activities during the course of the diet and experience. There are reasons for this abstinence that are highlighted in greater detail here. For plant teachers such as Peyote and Psilocybin, a similar diet should be applied.
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Roughly 4 hours before engaging in any plant teacher, one should begin holding back desires to eat. Attempting to digest a plant teacher with other foods in the stomach can cause the initiate to undergo physical stress. It is recommended by the sages of TIMEWHEEL that the initiate disengage from the integration of meat and animal products into their bodies for weeks prior to, during and after the spiritual journey. During a pilgrimage into the spiritual realms, one may encounter the spirits of beings that they have consumed and face the true nature of negative karma firsthand. For this reason, it is also recommended that initiates withhold from themselves whatever it is they may be struggling to let go of in their lives. Attachment will create negative karma, thus temporary separation from those things which we feel we cannot live without will only serve to enlighten us. If one struggles with addictive behavior, one should surrender that behavior prior to encountering the plant teacher if they wish to maximize their knowledge from the plant. Both before and after an experience, one should make a conscious effort to alter behavior that one considers negative.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer Mehtab Benton explains proper diet and exercise for spiritual experience in this episode of the TIMEWHEEL Produced Psychedelic Spirituality Podcast. http://www.timewheel.net/Tome-Ways-To-Spiritually-Cleanse-Before-Using-Plant-Medicines