Ayahuasca is a brew of different plants. In our retreats we use the Chacruna leaves (DMT) and the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine (MAOI: monoamine oxidase inhibitor).
Ayahuasca has been used in many different native tribes, mainly in the Amazon region, for at least a few centuries. They used it for healing, magic and to make social decisions in their communities.
In recent years Ayahuasca has become more well known in the western world. Many people now travel to the rainforest to take part in ceremonies. The most important thing is that you drink in a safe set and setting with a trustworthy and experienced shaman (and facilitator).
Shamans, psychotherapists, spiritual seekers, artists, religious people, anthropologists, physicists, neuro-brain scientists, medicine professionals, …etc. They have all published many books about the different kinds of phenomena and effects related to Ayahuasca.
There is a lot of research going on, many conferences held, and more and more studies are happening to explore this medicine and its effects.
Originally Ayahuasca was drunk by the Healer to see the sickness of a person and to know how to heal this individual, or to see bigger visions so they know how to help the individual in their process. It was also used to perceive, understand or find solutions in other areas or projects. Sometimes young people in these tribes would drink Ayahuasca during a rite of passage, as part of an initiation into adulthood.
Today, many kinds of humans drink Ayahuasca to heal, purify, learn and to better understand life, its connections, and the universe better.
My perspective (coherent with the opinion of many indigenous leader) is that now is exactly the perfect time for this medicine to come to the rest of the world. The planet needs more consciousness from human beings, humanity needs to wake up in general, and Ayahuasca (or other entheogenic plants) can help us to expand our consciousness.
The work of integration needs to be done by ourselves afterwards, so that the expansion in our consciousness can be transferred and transformed into new patterns and can actually lead to lasting change in the physical realm.
Of course, there are also other ways of expanding our consciousness and transforming patterns besides the work with Plant Medicines.
Ayahuasca used in the right way is a wonderful tool. It gives you opportunities to work with your shadow sides as well as light sides. The experience can bring hidden areas to the surface, giving you opportunities to become aware of things where you haven´t been aware of before.
Through this ability to expose what’s previously been hidden, Ayahuasca has the potential to facilitate growth in all kinds of new ways.
There arises the possibility of transforming habits, conditions, meaning of memories, traumas and so on. This is one aspect of the amazing healing powers of this medicine. It also can initiate a deep cleaning process in many realms and on many layers (mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, on your dna (?), ancestral lineage(?),...).
The manner in which people purge and release energy can be very different. It is therefore conceivable, that through this process of cleansing, ayahuasca can act as a preventative for a variety of illnesses and imbalances.
Some examples of often reported effects are: greater self-acceptance, more compassion, less depression, less anxiety, improved interpersonal relationships, less alcohol and drugs, better health behaviors, cosmic shifts in worldview, feeling changes on a cellular level, feeling more connected to life, new understanding about love, positive influences on creativity, alignment, realization about personal new meaningful activities in life.
This medicine can be a powerful tool for transformation, but it’s efficacy depends on your path, your intentions, and the reasons why you choose to do this work. It can have huge healing results with depression, post–traumatic stress disorders, so called psychosomatic illnesses, obsessive compulsive disorders, and addictions. These potential therapeutic effects have been seen in a wide variety of studies, carried out- with increasing regularity- by both independent and organizational researchers.
To be clear, it is all up to you. You need to take ownership of your experience. There might be some things that arise where you can just lean back and observe, and all will fall into place by itself. At the same time, other processes can unfold which ask for your commitment and your will to face, processes for your transformation which require your active participation if you want to utilize their full potential.
The work with Ayahuasca can support you to live in your purpose, to bring your mind, your heart, your body, your spirit and your actions all into alignment. In my experience, this is the biggest gift that you can receive in life; the reawakening of reciprocity, of feeling connected with all that is, and feeling the heartbeat, the frequency of life and love in all (including yourself).
The effects go far beyond your immediate felt experience. That´s why the integration time is so important. All kinds of feelings and/or thoughts which may come up need to be seen and accepted.
The “code” is to stay in the process, being present with all that comes up and shows up and to deal with it in an honest way to yourself.
It is very individual how much you are challenged and how you choose to deal with it. My experience is, if you take your preparation seriously, if you work with a good shaman, and if you create your integration mindfully, then it is one of the most beautiful paths you can choose to honor yourself and life.
Every one of us has unique resources, skills, and tools which can help to integrate the effect of the medicine work. If you want me to help you explore your Navigation and Integration tools, please let me know.
It is important to know that DMT- the chemical that the Chacruna leaf contains- is in most countries considered an illegal substance. In Peru, where I live and where I offer our retreats, it is a legal substance.
It is important to know as well, this brew called “Ayahuasca” is not for everyone. Please read the medical guideline and if you have any reservations you can contact me.
For the people who do feel the call, it is recommended to take seriously the time beforehand to prepare for this experience, as well the time afterwards to integrate the experience.
WIthout this preparation and integration, the experience can be overwhelming and/or not fully beneficial.
For me, this work is something serious and sacred because it can guide, heal, and teach one to develop and maintain a more fully lived life. On the other side if not used in the appropriate way, not done with adequate preparation, or not integrated fully, the ayahuasca experience can have challenging outcomes for the person or can have negatively felt results.
For everyone who is interested, I offer Preparation and Integration Coaching.
Coaching sessions can also be booked independently, even if you haven’t booked a retreat with "True Journey".