What Happen in Ayahuasca Ceremony? | 9 Simple Preparation Tips
An Ayahuasca ceremony is not your usual weekend getaway but a process that you must dedicate quite a while and a whole lot of energy.
This treatment will bring you in return an incredible boost in enthusiasm, in physical health and strength. It will open your mind to a much wider reality with many more possibilities arising at the horizon.
This process develops in three phases. Before the ceremony you have to take some time to connect to the spirit of the plant and get ready to meet it. The actual ceremony is such an extreme event that it seems singular.
After the Ayahuasca session, the processing begins and there’s no way to say when it will end, because this is a life-changing happening. The moment you decide to embark on this adventure, it becomes inevitable for your reality to completely transform.
The insights you were given in the trance will be converted into conclusions that you will feel the urge to immediately implement into your daily routine.
What you must keep in mind is that this experience is going to engage your whole being at an intensity that you probably never experienced before. The Ayahuasca therapy cleans and heals your mind, body and heart. But all of it, happens with your active participation.
The physical cleansing takes place through purge. On the mental and emotional planes, you analyze and reassemble your thoughts and emotions in order to break all unhealthy patterns.
It is a wonderful experience but a hard process, so you have to prepare yourself for it.
The Ayahuasca ceremony is a crucial moment in your time-line for it has the potential to switch the direction of your life, even to an opposite route. An event with such power must be treated with awareness and respect in order to have optimal effects.
Getting ready before the ceremony is important because it will aid the cleansing sequence to be much smoother, taking less energy from you. In the same time, it helps you get into a state of being that will make it easier for you to assimilate the visions and information without getting crushed by them.
You must imagine that you’re entering a dimension of an incredibly expanded reality. And everything feels very real even though is far off anything you could have imagined. This is not something light to digest.
During the preparation you will have to take care of your entire being. As such you will have to tend to your body, mind and heart in order to be ready to take in the Ayahuasca energy and teachings.
A diet will be necessary for at least a week before the ceremony. This will clean and strengthen your body, as you will have to give up all toxic aliments, packaged food and everything else that is not purely organic.
In the same time, it’s also better to stay away from red meat, spices and a few other specific fruits and vegetables. All of them are hard on your stomach anyway.
Tobacco, alcohol and any other drugs, including prescribed medication, are also on the list of substances to avoid.
Sexual abstinence is an integral part of the training for the ceremony. A lot of vital energy gets lost through sexual activity and during this period you need to concentrate it throughout your body, not just in one place.
Like a lot of other religions, the Ayahuasca belief is that abstinence brings clarity of the mind and heart and connects the spirit to higher levels of vibration. This type of attitude is mostly needed.
During the Ayahuasca ceremony your mind will be overwhelmed with noise, thoughts coming out of nowhere, memories that you thought were long forgotten. That is why, it’s recommended to keep calm and mindful the week before. Try to meditate, breathe.
Better don’t have any expectations or engage in imagining how the trip could be. This will only deviate your concentration from the important aspects. Better contemplate on where you are in your life and articulate a theme question about what you want to learn through the Ayahuasca therapy.
All traumas, frustrations and unhealed wounds of the past will show up during the trip. Look ahead with courage at what you will confront. Take care of your feelings this week; be gentle and loving with yourself.
Gather all your strength for you will need it.
Minimum eight people will always participate at an Ayahuasca ceremony. It is a group experience and the visions and emotions will be shared with everybody.
Because of this, it is essential to be receptive and tolerant. Open your heart and mind so Ayahuasca can enter. Let yourself free to fully manifest the experience and accept the way the others express themselves.
All gather in the mallocca where each has his own bed, a bottle of water and a bucket for purging. All are placed in a circle. And because of the intimacy of the reunion, this is a circle of trust.
The Ayahuasca ceremony is a beautiful and complex ritual with penetrating songs, puffing smoke and pulverizing perfume, while the interior is inundated with aromas of incense sticks and palo santo. Before everything begins, the shaman performs a cleansing for the room.
He then blesses the Ayahuasca and invites the participants, in a row, to drink their shot. The brew is viscous, dark brown and it has a sweet-earthy taste. Not as bad as people say, but nasty enough. You have to keep off from vomiting for 10-15 minutes otherwise you’ll get it out and it won’t have effect.
The shaman is the last to drink the medicine. Afterwards he blows off the candles and goes to his bed. Then everybody waits in silence and darkness for the spirit of plant to come.
The Ayahuasca will begin to take effect anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. But you can feel it inside your body much sooner, like a snake crawling from one part to the other. You can feel it grabbing your liver very strong, sending cold shivers down your spine then waves of heat and almost rising your arms in the air.
In the meantime you feel dizzy and in a state in-between dream and reality. There are a lot of images and thoughts popping out in your mind, you may even fall asleep for few moments. It will be hard to know, in this period, if the Ayahuasca is taking effect or not because it all seems like a lot of noise.
Time starts to warp and you can’t estimate if it’s a minute or an hour since you’ve drank the miraculous potion. You may even start to transform into another creature but at this stage, you are unable to use your ration or perception to understand what’s going on.
At one point you will start purging and that is when the trip becomes clearer. With vomiting, a lot of the tension accumulated in your body will go away and with it, the mind will be less and less foggy.
You can already feel the psychedelic effect of the plant coming with more vivid colors, dancing visual patterns and a burst of good energy. But it’s only when the shaman starts singing that you will begin to have visions.
The Ayahuasca spirit usually appears under the form of an anaconda and its first tendency is to strangle you. But once the spirit is in you, you can talk to it and let yourself be guided.
During the trance, you will connect with people of your past and present, with certain meaningful events and in the same time with fairytale creatures from unknown realities. Time and space dissolve and everything takes a symbolic meaning.
From time to time, the shaman intervenes with smoke or perfume. The flavors change the vibration of your experience, refresh your mental realm, and bring new colors, emotions and thoughts. Whenever the shaman sings it’s like turning the page to another chapter of the trance.
From a point onwards, the trance starts to lose the visions and the grabbing intensity, in favor of a state of calmness and crystal clear lucidity. It transcends you to a higher dimension of unknown clarity.
From that height, the structure of your life and that of the universe can be seen in great detail as well as in the grand picture. This is the level where everything seems to be connected by a profound sense. And you will understand that sense although you won’t be able to articulate it.
The experience itself is not something that you can put in words. We simply have no vocabulary to contain it. The level of clarity that you attain is something that we usually consider the perspective of the gods.
During the trance you gradually identify with every person, entity or thing that comes to mind. And you feel in perfect unity with everything there is. You feel the flow of universal force going through you.
It appears as if you have been touched by divine grace so you can say that this is truly a mystical endeavor.
The Ayahuasca effect goes away very smoothly and leaves you with a sensation of pleasant tiredness, good vibes and a peaceful atmosphere of the mind.
Weeks after an Ayahuasca ceremony you will feel absolutely great from all points of view. This boost of energy and determination will help you put in motion the teachings that you have learned during the session.
This plant therapy helps you readdress everything in your life and look at your path and purpose with more certainty. This means that the actual work is just beginning. You have to try to keep the energy and the knowledge gained and re-structure your life accordingly.
For the effects to last as long as possible, it is best to maintain the same diet as well as mental and emotional state, like during the preparation. Only this time it will be a much easier task.
In this fresh atmosphere, your body is much more aware of itself so you will feel no appetite for food that is not good for you. Your mind will run away from negative thoughts and you will easily avoid people or events that could be harmful for you on an emotional level.
From time to time, the visions and emotions experienced during the Ayahuasca ceremony will reverberate inside vividly like strong reminders. And as time will pass, you will start to understand the way it changed everything for you.
The Start Of A Journey
For some, the first session of Ayahuasca is the start of a journey in which to explore the limits of consciousness and the depths of the universe. The shamans and most experienced aficionados say that with every session, you dive more and more into other dimensions of reality.
By experimenting repeatedly you become more familiar with the spirit of Ayahuasca and you can begin to have sessions that are targeted to learning specific things. With experience, it becomes easier to decipher the answer and the symbols revealed in the trance.
The first Ayahuasca ceremony is centered on yourself but the rest to come, open you towards the astral plane.
But this, in a future episode…