A Visit To The Spirit World – Isabel Allende’s Shamanic Death Experience

isabel-allendeby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
I was just about to share another article with you caring more details and insides, that there might be a western shaman in more of us than are aware, when I remembered the autobiographical book “The sum of the days” by Isabel Allende. The reason that it popped into my mind is Allende’s beautiful report about her experience with Ayahuasca (an ancestral shamanic medicine used by native people in the Amazon rain forest), and the conclusions she came up with. Now don’t get me wrong please, I am not a fan of the whole world drinking Ayahuasca, I feel it should be part of your calling if you meet this plant master. Also it would not work for everyone like it did for her (you will read that her husband had a very different impression), why it was that intense for her on the first shot – is because she already had the traits of a shaman in her!!!

One thing that I particularly remembered is how she describes so beautifully how it is the work of the inner alchemist, that transforms the energetic world of the medicine into daily experience in life. Grounding, integrating and self-mastering are the keys when we are working with the realms of the otherworld. And this is where the cycle closes and today’s Taurus Super New Moon influence completes the picture, as this are all qualities this moon event is providing! Use your shamanic abilities and connect with the wave of this collective movement and the moon will do the rest for you!!

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This is the excerpt of her book, describing the experience:
I needed to become again the girl I once was, that silent girl tortured by her own imagination, wandering like a shadow in my grandfather’s house. I knew I should demolish my rational defenses and open the mind and heart. And for this I decided to have the shamanic experience of Ayahuasca, a brew that the Amazon Indians are using to produce visions.aa
We drank a dark tea that tasted disgusting, just 1/3 cup, but so bitter and fetid it was almost impossible to swallow. At 15 minutes after it was taken, I failed having physical balance and settled on the floor, where I could not move anymore. I panicked and called Willie, who managed to crawl to me, and I held his hand like a lifeline in the worst possible storm. He could not speak or open his eyes. I got lost in a whirlwind of geometric shapes and shining bright colors  that were fascinating at first and then heavy. I felt that I gave up on my body, my heart broke, and I plunged into a terrible anguish. Then I went back to being the girl trapped between the demons of the mirrors and the bores of the curtains.

Soon the colors appeared again, faded away and the black stone that lay almost forgotten in my chest, threatening as some mountains of Bolivia – came up. I knew I had to get it out of my way or die. I tried to climb it but it was slippery, I wanted to turn around and it was huge, I began to tear apart while the task seamed endless and remembered that growing up I was certain that the rock contained all the evil in the world, and was full of demons. I do not know how long I was in that state, the time has nothing to do with time clocks.
Suddenly I felt an electric jolt of energy, that gave me a formidable kick from the floor and I rose above the rock. I went back for a moment to my physical body; bent in disgust, groped the bucket I had at my left hand and threw up bile. Nausea, thirst, sand in my mouth, paralysis. I perceived, or understood, what my grandmother always said: space is full of presences and everything happens simultaneously. There were superimposed and transparent images, like those printed in sheets of acetate in science books.

I wandered through gardens where plants grew with threatening fleshy leaves, large mushrooms sweated poison, evil flowers. I saw a girl about 4 years old, shrunken, terrified; I reached over to lift her up and it was me. Different times and people of my life moved from one sheet to another. I met with me, at different times and in other lives. I met an old woman gray-haired, tiny, but upright and shining eyes; It could have also been me in a few years, but I’m not sure, because the old woman was in the midst of a confused crowd.
Another recurring picture was the history, the memory of the soul that integrates its multiplicity, its river of blood, its “spirit house” that lies buried in the unconscious. That divine memory of the earth and the stars that led Plato to say that “all learning is only memory”. And in Ayahuasca it is part of the process of peace, forgiveness and liberation that human beings must achieve to leave this peaceful home and take the spiritual flight. The journey of Ayahuasca, as a mysterious figure in medicine, as a microcosm of creation, repeats the soul’s journey into the world of the generations, separation from divinity, forgetfulness, but then also the awakening, the rise to the luminous spheres to the infinite, merging with our divinity, which is achieved through the death of the material plane, even if only for one ceremony.pSoon that universe populated, vanished and went into a white and silent space. Hanging in the air, it was an eagle with its large wings spread, supported by the breeze, seeing the world from above, and free. There was this big bird for a long time and then I went to another place, even more glorious, where all form disappeared and there was nothing but spirit. I dissolved into inner silence. If I had the slightest awareness or desire, I would have sad, Paula.

Much later I saw a small circle, like a silver coin, and from there I headed off like an arrow. I crossed the gap and entered effortlessly into an absolute vacuum, a gray translucent and deep. There was no feeling, single spirit, or lower individual consciousness; however what I felt was a divine and absolute presence. A thousand years later I returned, exhausted as a pilgrim, the reality known by the same way he had come to leave, but in reverse: I crossed the small silver moon, I floated in the eagles space, I went down to the white sky, I sank into psychedelic images and finally entered my poor body.

In his experience with the Ayahuasca, Willie did not ascend to glory or death, he stayed in a bureaucratic purgatory, moving papers, until he passed the effect of the medicine a few hours later. Meanwhile I was lying on the floor, where he settled after me with pillows and blankets, shivering, mumbling incoherently and increasingly often throwing up a white foam. At first I was agitated, but then was relaxed and motionless, I did not seem to suffer, sad Willie.
Finally the process of assimilation, reintegration, of being able to wear this jewelry from the depth of the earth, to fulfill the arc of vision, of making the individuals path of divine will occur. The possibility of transformation that becomes clear from observing eternity, which is immutable, to comprehend the supreme reality of spirit and trust the unity that embraces all beings. The third day, already aware, I spent lying on my bed reliving every moment of this extraordinary journey. I knew I could already write a trilogy.

The adventure with the drug seized me something that I can only define as love and a sense of unity: I dissolved into the divine, I felt that there was no separation between me and the rest of what exists, everything was light and silence. I was with the certainty that we are spirits, and that the material is illusory, something that can not be proven rationally, but that I sometimes also have experienced briefly in moments of exaltation before nature, intimacy with someone loved or meditation.
I finally accepted that in this human life my totem animal is the eagle, the bird which in my visions floated watching everything from a great distance. That distance is what allows me to tell stories, because I can see the angles and horizons. It seems I was born to tell and tell. My body ached, but I’ve never been more lucid.145123Of all the adventures of my hectic existence, the only one that can be compared to this visit to the dimension of the shamans was your death, my daughter Paula. On both occasions happened something inexplicable and deep, that transformed me. I never again been the same after your last night and this powerful potion to drink: I lost my fear of death and eternity, and of the spirit truly experienced.

Dear Ones, allow me to repeat again, that I am not a fan of “the whole world drinking Ayahuasca”!! My experience rather showed me that it is a medicine for people who hear an inner call from her spirit and follow this call, not for everybody at all! But what I hope that you can take with you from Allende’s beautiful sharing of her experience is, that we must be willing to allow a death experience – in order to come to the higher vibrating levels of inner light and divine bliss. That is a natural part of the shamanic path of ascension! And maybe you can even go as far as giving permission to today’s Taurus New Moon, to ground all of your spirit into your physical body. So you may become today, a BEING of the Golden Age of Aquarius.
Shamanic Greetings an New Moon Blessings!

Edith

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9 Animal Species That Use Psychoactive Substances In The Wild

1524815_185511901649386_324707819_nDear Friends,
from day to day now, we are tapping deeper into the awareness of our shared reality with the Animal Kingdom. More and more people receive messages by the other world, transported by animal spirits. Reading this article I can’t help but ask myself if this facts might not be helpful for the human race, when we harmonize our energy field with the Animal Kingdom.
Many of the below mentioned animals are well known helper for us, in indigenous traditions identified as Power animals. I like to think, that the Dolphin in it’s  “trance-like state” is able to tap into the energetic field of humanity to charge us with the amazing qualities their lives represent to us. Same for the Jaguars – who are royal animals to many cultures, the Horse – part of Native American inheritance, the Reindeer the same 
for the Nordic countries and Pics  , part of cultural believes worldwide.
So couldn’t it be possible that animals in altered states of awareness also use the same highways of information than humans do and therefor are channeling their characteristics, love and support to us, when consuming psychoactive substances!?? What Do you think? Anybody who can share such an experience?

Wishing you loving and nurturing connections with the animal world!!
Edith

2401829514by Gonzo Nieto
For millennia, our ancestors have enjoyed, and even regarded as sacred, a variety of mind-altering substances. Cultural artifacts, visionary artwork and rituals in many indigenous cultures and past civilizations point to this fact. As Ethan Nadelmann remarked in a recent TED talk, “Our desire to alter our consciousness may be as fundamental as our desires for food, companionship, and sex.”

While Homo sapien consumption for consciousness-expanding purposes is well-documented throughout anthropology and history, ample evidence suggests we are not the only creatures who seek mind-altering plants and substances in their environment.
Indeed, plenty of our animal friends enjoy mind-altering substances: Some eat fermented fruits, psychoactive mushrooms, and opium poppies. Others rub themselves with crushed ants or angry millipedes.
The initial attraction to these substances might not be just to get high, but for nutritional or protective purposes. For example, fermenting fruits might be attractive to certain species because the process signifies the fruit is at its highest caloric value, and is also going to rot soon. In other cases, naturally occurring intoxicants might serve some curative function or contain nutrients that are otherwise scarce in the environment.
But, there’s compelling evidence to suggest that altering one’s state of mind for the simple purposes of experiencing that altered state is a natural drive common to many inhabitants of the animal kingdom. See for yourself.

1. Lemurs and capuchin monkeys get high off of millipedes.

The idea that some animals get high off other animals is an intriguing one, and lemurs and capuchin monkeys seem to be doing just this with poisonous millipedes. The millipedes store toxic chemicals, including cyanide, which they release in defense when provoked. The primates pick up and agitate millipedes and then rub them all over their bodies, coating themselves in the defensive secretions — here’s a BBC documentary clip on this. As mentioned in the video, the primary reason for this seem to be protection against a variety of parasites, but the monkeys and lemurs also seem to enjoy a thoroughly blissful intoxication as a result. The monkeys, being more social animals, have been seen passing a millipede around, reminiscent of a group of people passing around a joint.

images (1)2. Dolphins enjoy the psychoactive effects of poisonous pufferfish.

Similar to the lemurs and monkeys above, dolphins have been observed hanging out in groups of four to seven, passing around an angry pufferfish. The pufferfish releases an extremely potent poison called tetrodotoxin which is more deadly than nerve gas or the venom of the black widow spider, and thus is one of the most toxic compounds known to man. Evolutionary biologist Dr. Christie Wilcox is skeptical of the theory that dolphins are intentionally doing this for the purpose of intoxication and pleasure, but there is some compelling evidence to the contrary. For example, the BBC documentary Spy in the Pod showed dolphins passing around a pufferfish and then floating near the surface of the water, apparently in a “trance-like state.”

3. Many species of birds do what is called “anting.”

A seemingly odd behavior, ravens, myna birds, jays, magpies, and other birds sometimes either rub themselves with ants or get intimate with anthills to coat themselves in ants (see a jay do it here). This is called anting, and its purpose remains unclear.
An article published in the journal of the American Ornithologist’s Union in 1974 reviewed the possible explanations for anting. One theory is that the birds are coating themselves with the ant’s defensive chemical secretions, thus applying a protective coating much like when we apply insect repellent.
Another possibility is that the secretions serve to soothe the bird’s body during molting season. Others point to the curious movement sometimes observed during anting (described by one ecologist as “a curious dance that involved flopping around on the grass with its wings outstretched and its beak open”) as proof of an intoxicated state, suggesting that anting is pleasurable for the birds.
Perhaps the answer is a combination of these theories. Similar to how humans use cannabis, anting may at times serve a protective or curative purpose, while at other times be done mainly for the enjoyment of the altered state it brings about.

4. Many animals seek out fermented fruits in the wild.

It has been widely reported that elephants get themselves drunk from the marula tree’s fermented fruit. Anecdotal reports of these stumbling elephants go back over a century, and the phenomenon was portrayed in the film Animals are Beautiful People by James Uys (Uys also made The Gods Must Be Crazy). The idea is that the fallen fruit ferments either on the ground before being eaten, or in the elephant’s digestive system, yielding one drunk pachyderm.
As fun as it is to think about inebriated elephants, this theory has been debunked by an article published in the Physiological and Biochemical Zoology journal in 2006, and it’s been suggested that the clips shown in the above video were staged by artificially sedating the elephants. For starters, elephants don’t eat the rotten fruit from the ground, instead preferring to ram the tree trunk to shake loose the ripe fruit, even when there’s fruit on the ground available. Another hypothesis, which suggests that the fruit ferments in the digestive system, is also out of the question; the fruits are not in the digestive system long enough for that to happen, and the sugars needed for fermentation are metabolized by the elephant before they can be converted to alcohol by yeast. And, in order to get drunk an elephant would need to eat 1,400 fully fermented marula fruits — an unlikely feat. Despite its improbability, the myth, and convincing videos of seemingly drunk elephants, persist.

images (2)However, there have been confirmed reports of other animals that regularly consume fermented fruit. The pen-tailed treeshrew, native to Thailand and Malaysia, is known to regularly snack on the nectar of the bertam palm tree, sharing this indulgence with the slow loris and several other mammals native to that area, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in 2008. The palm’s flower bud houses a species of yeast that ferments the nectar, bringing it to a beer-like alcohol content of up to 3.8%. It is estimated that, in one night, the treeshrew can consume the equivalent of nine alcoholic beverages. However, they show no overt signs of intoxication because their bodies use more efficient ways of breaking down alcohol than we do, preventing the accumulation of alcohol necessary for getting drunk. Similarly, bats regularly encounter and consume fermented fruits in the wild. Like the treeshrew, they show no signs of intoxication. When scientists gave bats an alcohol solution and made them fly an obstacle course, they performed no worse than their sober counterparts.

Monkeys also have a taste for alcohol — not only do they seek out fermented fruits, but they also like to steal alcoholic drinks from tourists. And their taste for alcohol has allowed for some pretty interesting research on their drinking habits. Vervet monkeys that were given access to alcohol in a social setting show some striking parallels to the drinking patterns of humans.
The monkeys could be grouped into social drinkers, which prefer sweetened drinks and only drink in the company of others; regular drinkers, which prefer their drinks straight, make good leaders, and are socially dominant; binge drinkers, which are aggressive and can drink themselves to death within months if given unrestricted access to alcohol; and abstainers. What’s more, not only the types of drinkers similar to humans, but the proportions of each of these behavior patterns in the monkeys studied reflects those found in human populations. These findings raise the possibility that our patterns of drug consumption are more fundamental aspects of our animal nature than we might think.

wacky-horse-570x3675. Horses seek out locoweed for its intoxicating effects.

Locoweed refers to any plant that produces the chemical swainsonine. It is thought that horses are initially attracted to these plants because they remain green longer than other plants once winter comes around. However, they begin to seek it out for its intoxicating effects, increasing their use over time. Farmers do their best to eliminate locoweed from their properties, as its frequent consumption is damaging to the animal’s health. A study published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2003 found that horses that ate the weed for two weeks developed significant weight loss and signs of depression. Swainsonine interferes with a metabolic enzyme, resulting in the buildup of the simple sugar mannose in neural cells. If severe, this buildup can lead to heart problems, reproductive difficulties, and neurological damage to the horses.

6. Jaguars eat the ayahuasca vine.

According to this Discovery article, humans aren’t the only ones that use Banisteriopsis caapi (one of the two plants used to make ayahuasca) as a psychoactive. This Amazonian jungle vine contains several compounds called beta-carbolines that potentiate the DMT in the ayahuasca brew by inhibiting bodily enzymes that would otherwise be responsible for breaking down the DMT. It turns out that jaguars also seek out the leaves of this jungle vine.
Higher doses of harmala alkaloids often result in vomiting and diarrhea characteristic of ayahuasca, so one possibility is that they consume the vine to purge the intestinal tract of possible parasites; a study of the Amazonian Piaroa tribe published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs suggests that eating the leaves grants the jaguar heightened sensory perception, helping them hunt. However, the jaguars are also known to roll around in ecstasy after consuming the vine, suggesting to some that its use is primarily for pleasure. See it for yourself here.

images7. Reindeer eat the psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushrooms.

These red-and-white psychedelic mushrooms, native to temperate and boreal regions in the Northern Hemisphere and thought to be the sacrament referred to as Soma in one of Hinduism’s foundational texts, are also a favorite snack of reindeer. As Gordon Wasson relates in his book Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality, reindeer are reported to prance about after eating the fungi — which are commonly referred to as “fly agaric” — apparently reveling in their intoxicated state. Reindeer are also an integral part of the history of Amanita use by indigenous peoples of Northern Europe and Siberia. As Reset.me recently reported, a 2009 BBC video explains how the Sami people indigenous to the Arctic Circle have long used fly agaric mushrooms in their visionary rituals. It is theorized that the connection between reindeer, Sami and fly agaric mushrooms is the basis for the legend of Santa’s flying reindeer.

Not only did these people herd reindeer, the animal being their main source of food and clothing, but they also got high with a little help from their reindeer friends. The effects of Amanita muscaria are characterized by a certain unpredictability, as their ingestion can bring about a range of thoroughly unpleasant side-effects and physical symptoms. In time, it was discovered that muscimol, the active compound of the mushrooms, is not processed by the body but is instead flushed out through urination while the more toxic compounds responsible for the body load are broken down. This led to the practice in some places of drinking the psychoactive urine of the shaman who had eaten, and thus purified, the mushroom. Some shamans even drank the urine of reindeer that had eaten the mushrooms. It turns out that the reindeer, intelligent in their own right, also realized that they could get high from the urine of a human that had consumed the mushroom, leading to what Cracked humorously referred to as “The Circle of Piss.”

8. Wallabies ravage opium poppy fields.

Tasmania is a leading producer of opium poppies for the pharmaceutical industry, supplying the morphine necessary for the production of painkillers. There’s only one problem: wallabies love the poppies. They’ll raid a field, gorge themselves on poppies, and crush the plantations in the process. As reported by BBC in 2009, the issue of stoned wallabies was even discussed at a parliamentary hearing on the security of opium crops in Tasmania, with the country’s attorney general stating that wallabies were “entering poppy fields, getting high as a kite, and going around in circles.”

download9. Pigs dig up truffles containing cannabinoids.

Black truffles, a gourmet delicacy for us humans, are also a sought-after snack for pigs. These mushrooms grow exclusively below ground and are identified by pigs by their aroma, said to be reminiscent of wet earth, dried fruit, and cacao.  A recent article in the journal Phytochemistry revealed that the black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) contains the cannabinoid anandamide, a compound structurally related to THC that is also found endogenously in the human body and is a key component of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Anandamide derives its name from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning “bliss.” Researchers suggest that the anandamide in black truffles might be “an ancient attractant to truffle eaters that are well-equipped with with endocannabinoid receptors,” indirectly suggesting that humans might be drawn to truffles for the same reason.

Source: http://reset.me/story/psychoactive-substances-natural-8-animal-species-use-wild

Brazilian Prisons Using Hallucinogenics to Rehabilitate Violent Criminals

nnnIn the Brazilian city of Ji-Paraná, people convicted of such things as murder and rape are now being given Ayahuasca in shamanic ceremonies designed to rehabilitate them and allow them profound, life changing spiritual experiences. Volunteer therapists realized nothing is working effectively to psychologically treat them, so they decided to take it from an entirely different angle.

If you were unaware, Ayahuasca is a long-standing South American spiritual tradition. It’s a brew containing Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) containing root-bark, and leaves that make the DMT activate after consuming it orally. The brew has been used in shamanic ceremonies for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Some believe DMT is created in your brain’s pineal gland when you dream and when you die, and believe the molecule is an actual portal that transfers your spirit from the body into a state of hallucinogenic consciousness. People who consume Ayahuasca describe communicating with ‘otherworldly’ beings, and being transported out of their bodies; it lasts about 2-6 hours. The theory of DMT being created in the pineal gland has been partially proven, as DMT has been found in the pineal glands of rats. I highly recommend you read ‘DMT; The Spirit Molecule’ by Rick Strassman if you have never heard of it. 

“I’m finally realizing I was on the wrong path in this life,” said 36 yr old Celmiro de Almeida, a man serving a sentence for murder who was given the opportunity to try Ayahuasca“Each experience helps me communicate with my victim to beg for forgiveness,” he said. Celmiro took Ayahuasca almost 20 times in these ceremonies.

Volunteer therapists with an organization called Acuda are administering the Ayahuasca treatments, which have proved to be quite effective so far.

Left: Ayahuasca preparation. Right: Brazilian prisoners

According to the New York Times, “At the temple here in Ji-Paraná, the inmates appeared to experience a range of reactions after drinking the ayahuasca. Sitting on plastic lawn chairs under a tile roof, some were stone-faced. Others seemed lost in contemplation. One was constantly in tears, as if demons were at the door. All of them sang at the top of their lungs when the rhythm of the hymns intensified.”

About 15 people a month are allowed to visit the Acuda building where they meditate and take Ayahuasca. “This is how it should be,” Virgílio Siqueira said, as a guard at a prison complex that includes Acuda. “It’s gratifying to know that we can sit here in the forest, drink our Daime, sing our hymns, exist in peace.”

The inmate population in Brazil nearly doubled since 2000, with about 550,000 people incarcerated total. The multinational drug war’s vicious circle is still unleashing hell on Brazil as well as Mexico, Peru, Columbia, and other nearby areas.

Some families of people killed by the inmates are upset that it was given to them, while they have no free Ayahuasca to deal with their loss. “Where are the massages and the therapy for us?”said 48 yr old Paulo Freitas, a man whose 18-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Pôrto Velho 2 years ago by a man now being treated with Ayahuasca. “This is utterly revolting,” he said. “My daughter’s dreams were extinguished by that man, but he will be allowed to go into the jungle and drink his tea.”

bryeThere is also a prevailing attitude among many in Brazil that prisoners should be harshly punished rather than rehabilitated. “Many people in Brazil believe that inmates must suffer, enduring hunger and depravity,” said 40 yr old Euza Beloti, a psychologist. “This thinking bolsters a system where prisoners return to society more violent than when they entered prison…we simply see inmates as human beings with the capacity to change.”

“We are considered the trash of Brazil, but this place accepts us,” said 43 yr old Darci Altair Santos da Silva, a construction worker doing 13 years for sexual abuse of a child under 14. “I know what I did was very cruel. The tea helped me reflect on this fact, on the possibility that one day I can find redemption.”

Multiple recent scientific studies have pointed to hallucinogenics as a valid treatment for mental illness and trauma therapy such as PTSD. Though long term results are yet to be known from these Ayahuasca treatments in Brazil, the science behind the medical value of hallucinogenics can no longer be denied.

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Source: https://www.minds.com/blog/view/430865191882723328/brazilian-prisons-using-hallucinogenics-to-rehabilitate-violent-criminals

Why not to take Ayahuasca?

Sanango , Izabal, Guatemala

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Thank you so much hermano Sanango from the Sinchi Runa Center in Izabal, for this beautiful article. I totally agree with him on the need for a good preparation, a deep personal understanding of the process, a good mental and physical health state and lots and lots of transparency in the communication with the facilitator/assistant. Each of this parts are important for the success of a session. For the integration I watched the following: with every day you spend in a loving self-embrace; with smoothing, self-love evoking, balancing and harmonizing music; breathing deeply and consciously, while planting seeds of positive thought pattern – the deeper roots of your past (this and every other life on the spiral dance of creation), your destructive pattern and emotional body, the medicine can reach and shift in vibration. This can go on for days and days after the ceremonial encounter – totally depending on your invested degree of awareness, attention, devotion, surrender and passion. REMEMEBER – we talk about engaging in a relationship with a spirit!
I saw similarity in our few about finding the right helper match, which made me smile. I believe in guidance and the good of obeying the free will! So for me it is: 1st let the medicine call you! Feel a pull – in best case more than one’s – feel attracted, sense passion that comes from within, sense nervousness similar to stage fright….All of this are excellent signs of a “call” from your spirit guides. As next step, you can take full responsibility for yourself by clearing deep inside, what you might need in your servant. From there you are well equipped, to choose – from the heart – your work partner for the process. As a last step: with your feet on the ground, make a leap of faith, trust your choice of person and trust the process! 🙂
I found myself laughing out loud, when he calls the Ayahuasca a “des hallucinatory substance” :-).. AHO – I soooo agree!! The nice colors, the geometries and sounds are lovely and amazing also very good for the emotional body – as they are of high vibration and can fill up our “feel good account”. But they are barely a blue print of each individuals soul potential . A blueprint that wants to be manifested into our materialized world – in the alchemical wedding of your spirit in human action. The deep healing, the creational existence of self, the endlessness, we find in the layers beyond.
Isn’t it funny, that even the physical body in compressed form proves to contain 99% emptiness :-)…

Love and Blessings
Edith

There are many indications against taking ayahuasca. At the physical level, the most important is a major cardiovascular disorder. Problems could be caused not so much through the biochemical action of the brew, but through the stress caused by the intense work or circumstance that might come with the session. An ayahuasca session is a great opportunity, but demands a lot of mental and physical strength, for which it is important to have a history free of cardiovascular complications.

At the mental level, there are individuals with serious emotional problems that may hinder the dynamic of the session. These emotional problems can be expressed in daily life by uncontrollable impulses, states of explosive anger or deep states of loss of control. If the participant suffers from so-called black outs or have been diagnosed with a psychiatric mental disorder, a prior personal consultation is needed before the session to evaluate the inner state.

Moreover, there are situations such as addictions or consumption of psychiatric drugs to take into account. If the participant is using any kind of substance, it is very important to have a prior detoxification period. This is preferably done in the center that will realize the ayahuasca session. The use of substances such as cocaine or dopamine stimulants requires a detox period that can vary from 15 to 30 days before the intake of the plant. If the participant discards this indication and wishes to attend a session without disclosing data regarding these issues, it signifies a lack of understanding. Such a participant does not realize the type of medicine that ayahuasca is and will not be ready to participate in a session.

The attitude of the participant seeking their own search for truth, trust, transparency towards himself and to the process, is the most important thing in front of an ayahuasca session or any kind of spiritually based healing.
If the participant is not clear of what type of process he is approaching and has information based only through the impact of online videos, seeking a psychedelic experience or only expecting to receive lights and colorful shapes that can cause great excitement. If the expectation is a spectacular trip or a magic potion, the participant should not drink ayahuasca.

It is important to understand that the mission and spirit of ayahuasca is to heal through comprehension. The great opportunity of humanity with this entheogen is to surpass the barrier of the mind and go beyond the illusion of the state of alertness to obtain wisdom of the universe.
Ayahuasca is not an hallucinogen, is a des hallucinatory substance. Ayahuasca is a portal to the essence of humanity, a portal where memories of the species can be opened. This opening can bring understanding of the higher self and the purpose of each one, not only as an individual, but as humanity. Ayahuasca is a chance to heal the soul and reach the truth that lives within each one.

It is very important that the guide is honest and truthful. Do not take ayahuasca with guides who have new age speeches or messianic ideas. Make sure that the guide or facilitator is not improvising and that has really done a deep work of personal comprehension or a discipular spiritual path. It is advisable to analyze the ethical level of the guide or facilitator, the profusion of “shamans”, “avatars”, “guardians of the medicine” and other bizarre characters is something to avoid when choosing where and with whom to take ayahuasca. An apparent native guide or facilitator does not guarantee anything. Not be swayed by prejudice or pre concepts, neither believe in “shamans”, “natives”, who lives in cities or that are characters full of names or egotistical self-imposed titles.

If you have financial constraints, it is best to wait to fix them. Never make a decision based on finding the cheapest option. Do not trust sessions that only ask for a “collaboration” or are “free”, these are usually desperate acts of the guide or facilitator and is generally a lack of transparency. It is recommended to not do sessions carried out in cities or proceeding from them, in which the guide or facilitator is a multi-task professional.

ayahuasca

A genuine ayahuasca ceremony requires a prior preparation, a purge and a preliminary assessment. It is recommended that ayahuasca sessions be done preferably in a center in the jungle or in the countryside where the participant can disconnect from the everyday world. It is recommended to rest after the experience and make the space to take it seriously.
If the participant has a big schedule which is more important compared to the healing process and the session is one of the many experiences of the itinerary, the participant definitely should not take ayahuasca.

The participant must make a careful choice, free of cultural preconceptions, making the proper space and having the respect it deserves. If the previous points are not taken into account, one should not take Ayahuasca.
The best practice to decide where and with whom to do a session is to listen to one’s heart. It is easy to see who is real or not, this is very important when making this decision.

The participant has a decision to make this experience a chance of understanding something far beyond anything imagined. It’s the opportunity to open the heart, mind and being to the universe. The session is an opportunity to heal and be healed through the compassion of the universe. If the participant reaches humility and pureness of heart, it may understand the most important thing of their existence.

Source: http://ayahuascaguatemala.com/existen-varias-contraindicaciones-para-evitar-tomar-ayahuasca.html

Ways To Spiritually Cleanse Before Using Plant Medicines

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