Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions and their Ceremonies

Santo Daime and the Origin of Brazilian “Ayahuasca Religions” Outside of the indigenous context of ayahuasca usage, there exists in Brazil several different “ayahuasca religions” that fuse together various cultural and ethnic worldviews, blending Portuguese Catholic, native and African elements. The most famous of these “ayahuasca religions” is Santo Daime, a syncretic religion that was […]

How Ayahuasca Helps us Navigate the Dreamworld

Drinking ayahuasca is believed to help make dreams more vivid, aiding with dream recall due to the compounds in ayahuasca binding with various neurological receptors that effect and modulate brainwave activity in humans. The chemical changes that occur as a result of drinking ayahuasca have been shown to stimulate various regions of the brain that […]

Ayahuasca’s Allies: The Different Shamanic Plants and how they can Affect your Ayahuasca Visions

Ayahuasca and Chacruna: The “Perfect” PairContents1 Ayahuasca and Chacruna: The “Perfect” Pair2 Adding Other Plants to Ayahuasca: Why Three isn’t Always a Crowd3 Calling Upon The Plant Spirits4 The Many Faces of the “Goddess of the Jungle”4.1 Toé, Ego Disintegration and the Divine Feminine4.2 Mother Ayahuasca and Father Chiricsanango: The Alchemy of Opposites5 Ritual and […]

Ayahuasca & Cultural Hybridity: The Changing Landscape of Amazonian Shamanism

How the West “Discovered” AyahuascaContents1 How the West “Discovered” Ayahuasca2 How Ayahuasca Infiltrated the Cultural Zeitgeist3 Mestizos: Cultural Go-Betweens and a Bridge Between Two Worlds4 The Birth of the Ayahuasca Tourist Lodge5 Ancient Medicine for the Modern Mind6 A Return to Nature7 Spirituality and the Intellect8 Final Thoughts Apart from a handful of hippies, ethnobotanists […]

How to Handle Bad Spirits During and After an Ayahuasca Ceremony 

Not all ayahuasca trips are positive and life-changing. Some can be pretty disturbing. But that’s not to say they’re useless or damaging. No. The purpose is to teach you something so difficult, it changes your identity. One brand of such disturbing experiences is encountering evil spirits and negative energies. Understanding how to navigate these challenges […]

What’s the Relationship Between Ayahuasca and Schizophrenia?

If you or someone you know is living with a mental illness as debilitating as schizophrenia, you might be tempted to try psychedelic therapy. Ayahuasca, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and ketamine are the most common mentions. But today, we’re looking at the relationship between ayahuasca and schizophrenia. The sacred medicine has this great-for-all thing going on. […]

Why Some People Never See Visions During an Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ayahuasca is powerful… Powerful enough to induce visions that interact with your mind, emotions, spiritual well-being, life experiences, attitudes toward life, and your entire being. It’s a multi-faceted catalyst that transforms you through deep self-reflection, profound insights, gradual/drastic healing, and strengthened spiritual connection with mystical and spiritual creatures. To many, an ayahuasca ceremony is like […]

How to NOT Backslide After a Positive Ayahuasca Experience

Old habits. No matter how terrible you feel for keeping them alive, sometimes you just can’t help it… Like a junkie who only thinks about shooting up when he’s sober. But once he’s doped up, his mind fixates on quitting. You know it’s terrible for you, yet you keep doing it. Drinking ayahuasca can come […]

10 Simple Ways to Survive a Bad Ayahuasca Trip

You must’ve heard words of ayahuasca transforming lives. Yes, it can be a life-changing experience. But ayahuasca can trigger some of the most terrifying hallucinations ever. We call this a “bad trip.” But some psychonauts don’t believe a bad psychedelic trip exists. At least not in the context of ayahuasca. See, ayahuasca (and psychedelics in […]