10 Reasons To Do Ayahuasca
1. Find Answers
Many people have reported finding answers to important life questions including career, relationship, path, and purpose.
Some ask specific questions when they are in the ceremony while others just set intentions before and are given answers.
I received many important answers without asking specific questions.
I had friends that asked questions and received answers about quitting their jobs, ending their relationships and even when they would have children.
2. Physical Healing
People suffering from chronic IBS have found permenant healing after working with Ayahuasca.
Each individual is different as far as how long it takes, but the Shamans can usually determine what is needed.
They will often work with additional medicinal teas in combination with Aya, if needed.
It has also helped those suffering from Diabetes.
3. Cleanse the Body
Ayahuasca is known as “La Purga” because it induces intense physical, emotional, and energetic purging.
It is a powerful healer that eliminates what is no longer needed in the body, energetic field or psyche.
Some participants have talked about purging without any vomit releasing from the body.
They describe purging large serpents or dark masses of energy out of their body through the throat and mouth.
There are common stories of someone violently purging through a lot of the ceremony but when they look in their bucket they see very little to no vomit.
These are energetic cleanses. Others will purge through crying, moaning, coughing or laughing. These would be emotional.
The healing occurs in letting go of all toxic substances that the individual has held onto.
4. For Better Mental Health
Ayahuasca has helped many people who suffer from depression, anxiety or ptsd. It can heal the source or trauma that causes the symptoms of anxiety or ptsd.
Rather than masking the symptoms it uncovers the reason and purges the body and mind permanently.
It may not be comfortable but it can be highly effective medicine.
5. Find Life Purpose
Some individuals go to Ayahuasca for guidance to find out what they are here to do. Others get this without even seeking it.
Many of the participants in our retreat were told or shown what their life purpose is in full detail.
One was shown her new path and guided to leave her old job. One man was told to purchase the retreat center and share this message with corporate leaders.
Both of these individuals followed through in the year after leaving the retreat.
Ayahuasca is not like a fortune teller that is easy to doubt.
When she shows you an outcome, it comes from inside of you and you know it to be true.
There is no negotiating with Mother Ayahuasca. She knows you better than you know yourself.
She can guide you into a more fulfilling life path, if you allow and sometimes even if you resist her at first.
I was told that my purpose was to love myself and share that with the world. At the time, I wanted more.
I wanted to know what profession I was meant to do.
Then, I got it. I understood my purpose.
That was the most important goal to achieve.
The rest would unfold from that space.
6. Get Your Power Back
Each day I was in Peru, I was gathering my own power and bringing it back inside. Parts of myself that had been separated out through trauma came back.
In fact in one very intense ceremony, my inner child of 9 years old, came running back into my arms.
Each day, I felt a little more of myself return. I had more personal authority and power.
I could feel Ayahuasca empowering me to make my own choices in every single moment.
She would test me and at times I had to surrender completely to her teaching with the end result being getting my power back.
I would feel like she was breaking me down while she obliterated my ego but I would come back stronger after each ceremony.
I felt small, vulnerable, raw, and broken on some days while I integrated the experience. However, this was not the truth.
It was a metamorphosis process of breaking down to become something new…something more Whole.
When I returned from Peru, there was an authority in my voice where insecurity had been.
There was autonomy without a need for confrontation.
I was no longer afraid of sharing authentically with others.
I was not ashamed or afraid of speaking my truth.
There was a certainty in all of my actions.
My personal power had come back to me. At first it was like I was witnessing someone else living my life.
Then, it slowly began to integrate. I was sinking into a new way of being. I realized this is what freedom feels like.
7. Beat Addiction
There is more research being done to use ayahuasca in regular addiction treatments.
MAPS is an organization that supports research into the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for drug addiction and PTSD.
8. Ego Death
I experienced ego death in more than one of my ceremonies.
While it was happening, I wasn’t thinking, “oh this is ego death.” I was thinking, “I am disappearing and I might not come back!”
I was certain I was dying and would not see my loved ones again. It was beyond terrifying and there was no escape.
It was not warm and loving. I felt like the Universe could not give a F*^#k about me. I was on my own and entirely alone.
Ayahuasca is a brutal teacher at times and getting the ego out of the way for ultimate awakening is of utmost importance.
There is no resisting it. The only option is the surrender.
9. Tap Into a Greater Sense of Mystery & Wonder
I cannot adequately describe the wonder, mystery, and pure magic that one opens to through journeying with Mother Ayahuasca.
She will guide you into a profound and extreme beauty of existence in a way unlike anything else.
It will leave you weeping with joy that feels like it could destroy you.
It is too much for the body to hold and yet surprisingly you live.
10. For Greater Happiness
I am happy. Wait, let me say that again. I am happy. That feels so good to say that and mean it.
There is no way I could have honestly said that before. I am whole and true happiness has blossomed as my natural way of being.
When I arrived in Peru, my heart carried a subtle sadness with it in every experience of my life.
My heart had been broken so many times and there were holes left behind. Those broken parts came back and reunited for ultimate healing.
Ayahuasca is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it gave me back my Self.
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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.