After your experience you won’t look at life the same. The amount of visions you saw, the amount of lessons and insight you gained and the depth at which you journeyed largely depended on you. Although there are also some other things you can look at. This can both act as a guide before your first journey of what to check for and between your first and second so you can have an even deeper experience the next time.
These things are all of what I make sure are in place as I journey with Ayahuasca and I help people that I take to Ayahausca retreats to make sure they have in place.
So if you didn’t have the experience you were looking for, here is what to check (these are in no specific order):
- You went with someone you’re very close to and you didn’t fully disconnect emotionally from them during your Ayahausca journeys and focus on your own journey
- You might not have had enough medicine to drink
- You didn’t feel fully safe to open up and have the full experience you needed to have. i.e. You didn’t scream, cry do the noise that was part of your release process (though it is possible you find another way to release)
- You didn’t prepare your body or your mind effectively enough for the experience. (such as too many beers days before the retreat, having sex days prior, being too engaged on Facebook during your retreat) more on this in our article on preparation here
- A couple of days after your retreat you changed your diet quickly again to red meat, dairy, alcohol and started taking recreational drugs
- Treating the medicine without the appropriate respect, trying to overpower the medicine and being closed and unwilling to go deeper.
- Not facing your fears or not facing what you are uncomfortable with when these came up during your journeys.
- You stopped to early. You had a session or just a few and stopped there, thinking that is all. Usually there is more there for you and I encourage you to feel if there is more she has to teach you and it may be best to sit more ceremonies.
- You may have had too many expectation of the session. Often the medicine will work in opposite to what you expect. So work on having intentions, not expectations. Be open to receive whatever comes, expect nothing and be grateful for receiving anything at all during your journey.
Be committed in preparing yourself right, be committed to follow through after, focus on your own journey, go somewhere safe with someone you can trust and may even know some or many of these people beforehand, fully let go when you need to and have a full experience.
Have respect for the medicine and be a humble student, have more medicine when you feel the call and disconnect from the outer world as you embrace your connection with the inner world, with spirit, with the forest, with mother Ayahausca and with yourself.
And most of all, if you hear the call to work with her, follow the call! Enjoy the journey!
What’s next for you?
I hope that this article has acted as a useful guide for Journeying with Mother Ayahuasca.
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I would also love to share with you my latest book: “Lessons from the Spirit World: Your Guide to Journeying with Ayahuasca” You can grab a free downloadable version of it here
In my experience, working with Ayahausca has been one of the most, if not the most profound experiences of my life. I would love to share more with you to help you in your Ayahuasca journeys, share lessons I have learnt from her during my experiences and help you out in your healing journey as a whole.
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Lots of Love!