ayahuasca

what is ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is known to provide deep revelations about who we really are. Perhaps it is best described as a very large, reflective mirror, because it has the power and capacity to show us our negative thought and behavioral patterns, traumas and deeply rooted anxieties in our innermost being.

Sacred shamanic plant medicine

Ayahuasca is the name for a sacred shamanic plant medicine from the South American Amazon. Because of its strong cleansing, healing & visionary effect, it has a long history of ritual usage by numerous indigenous tribes. Traditional ayahuasca healing rituals facilitate physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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Who is it for?

When do you decide to go for an ayahuasca retreat?

Most people that decide to go for an ayahuasca retreat want to get a deeper sense of who they really are. They want to understand the world they live in better and find meaning and reason in their lives. They often expect this deeper understanding to bring them closer to living their highest potential and to experiencing a deeper love, freedom and inner peace. They wish to heal the disconnection they experience within their hearts.

Attending an ayahuasca ceremony can also be very effective when you are feeling “stuck” or are struggling with specific personal problems (physical, emotional, psychological) that seem rooted deeply inside your subconscious. Ayahuasca can provide you insights into the roots of these issues and/or assist you in getting closer to your (authentic) path.

How do you know if you feel called to ayahuasca?

People that say they “feel the call”, often describe this experience as hearing about it repetitively. First, they have no clue what ayahuasca is, then someone tells them about it or they read about it, and then somehow it keeps returning into their lives.

Some people also experience themselves attending a ceremony in their dreams. Feeling called to ayahuasca usually expresses itself by an increased curiosity or pull towards the sacred medicine.

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Process and ceremony

The shamanic ayahuasca ceremony

A shamanic ritual is a practice that involves a practitioner (the shaman) who reaches altered states of consciousness in order to interact with the spirit world. Shamanism is not a religion, but a name for the practice of making a connection with the spirit realms. According to the shamanic principle, shamans are intermediaries between the human world that we live in and the invisible spirit world. The shaman is mostly a community leader or medicine man in indigenous tribes. He or she is considered wise and pure and has quite some influence on the tribe. Throughout history, the central role of the tribal shaman has been to provide spiritual leadership as well as medicinal care. Through rituals, in which he achieves a certain trance state, (s)he is in direct contact with entities and spirits from other dimensions and conveys the wisdom from these realms to treat ailments, heal people or solve problems afflicting the community.

Opening the door to a hidden world

When you ask Mother Ayahuasca for help, you are actually asking her to show you that which you cannot see. This means that in the weeks running up to the ceremony, you may already experience difficult feelings and emotions such as fear or depression. This is completely normal and is a crucial part of your healing journey. Ayahuasca gives you a high degree of inner knowledge and power. It is the key that opens the door to our hidden world of emotions and helps you to understand them better and to learn from them, so they don’t completely overwhelm you in daily life. Therefore, throughout the process, a commitment from your side is needed to feel these emotions.