10 Exact Steps to Conquer Fear in an Ayahuasca Ceremony
Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant medicine that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness.
It is commonly known as “La Purga” because of its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and mind.
While the medicine can be transformative, enlightening, and highly effective in healing, it can also bring up fear.
Just like therapy, it can be uncomfortable.
Looking at our “stuff” isn’t fun but it is necessary in order to be whole again.
Ayahuasca is effective because it goes deep and cleans out ALL the hidden parts. So as these forgotten aspects of ourselves come up so does the fear.
You feel like you are being taken into the deep dark sludge of what you’ve spent your entire life trying to cover up, and not one at a time.
You get it All at once!
When this happens, there is no place to run. You are in it for at least 4-6 hours.
What do you do when this happens?
Here are 10 effective tools to use when fear comes up.
1. Breathe deeply to connect with it and stay out of fear
It is good to use the breath to connect with the body and become more heart centered. This can keep us from spinning deeper into fear.
It does no good to remain in fear and terror. Ayahuasca is about purging, letting go, and ultimate healing.
Try to stay with the breath. I like to inhale for 5 counts, hold it for 5, exhale for 5, and hold it for 5. This slows the breathing down and calms the nervous system.
2. Become Curious
When we are experiencing frightening visions, memories, or feelings, it is good to get into a state of curiosity.
3. Observe the scene like a bystander
Can you step back from the experience and just observe? It is like watching an event unfold that involves others.
Just be the one that is outside of the situation observing. Take in the details without reacting.
4. Ask what it is all about
You can ask what the purpose of the scene is. If it feels particularly hard, ask if this amount of suffering is necessary and why.
5. Ask what you need to see
Continue a dialogue by asking what this scene is trying to show you.
6. Ask what you can learn from this
What are you meant to learn by being shown this?
7. Ask how to promote healing in this
Ask what you can do to allow healing in this situation.
8. Wait and Listen
Take a moment to let the answers come to you. It could be in an audible dialogue, a feeling, or thoughts that come into your mind.
However it comes, it will enhance your healing so take your time.
Stay with this until it feels done or changes.
9. Ask for help if it becomes too intense
Ayahuasca is a medicine for healing and purging what is not needed any longer. Often this can happen very quickly, deeply and suddenly.
Many people compare one night with Ayahuasca to 10 years of therapy.
Deep parts of the psyche can come up to be released which can result in overwhelming emotions.
It can feel like too much to handle at times. If this happens and it will not shift.
Ask a facilitator for help. They will be able to assist you physically, and emotionally to clear it.
There were a few times I got the sense I was getting lost. The Shaman came immediately when I felt like I needed help. You will know when it is time to ask for help.
The Shaman came immediately when I felt like I needed help. You will know when it is time to ask for help.
They are there to assist so don’t hesitate to ask.
10. Verbalize the feeling or situation with someone else (facilitator)
It can be liberating to talk with someone else about what you are feeling or going through.
It can disperse fear very quickly. They will often be able to give you a new perspective and ease your mind in the process.
Ayahuasca can be the most powerful healing experience of your life if you let it.
Fear does come up but that does not mean we have to be traumatized by it.
We have a choice where we put our attention. If we use the fear to learn, heal, and grow, we can find freedom.
It is all meant to teach us how to love…ourselves and others. We just have to remember this.
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