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13 Important Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

13 Important Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony - Misha Almira

13 Important Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Is ayahuasca a natural remedy for healing or just another drug fad? Should we fear it or honor it?

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Ayahuasca, also known as yage, is a blend of two plants – the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and a shrub called chacruna (Psychotria viridis), which contains the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT).

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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

Breaking News!! First Ever Legal Ayahuasca Center in the U.S.

Mount Rainier National Park within 13.8 miles of the Ayahuasca Retreat Center in Elbe, WA.

Breaking News!! First Ever Legal Ayahuasca Center in the U.S.

 

Is it true? Yes it is! The first ever legal Ayahuasca Center is open in the U.S.

Americans wanting to experience the visionary teachings of ayahuasca previously had to travel to the jungles of South America, until now. There is no need to go all the way to the Amazon for an authentic Ayahuasca Ceremony!

There is a new ayahuasca retreat center based in Elbe, Washington. Ayahuasca Healings Native American Church is a non-profit religious organization and independent branch of Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC). It is real deal and completely legal.

Founder Trinity de Guzman He writes,”We have 100% legal rights to use the sacred sacraments of Ayahuasca, Peyote, San Pedro – any plant that grows from the earth – inside of America, according to the laws of the land.”

“Our Vision is to build and create together 30 Ayahuasca Retreat Centers and Fifth Dimensional Tipi Village Communities, with the Oklevueha Native American Church’s (ONAC) fully endorsed guidance, support and blessing, near every major North American city by the beginning of 2032, the start of our New Golden Age.”

After spending 9 months in Peru, participating in weekly Ayahuasca ceremonies, Trinity de Guzman was given a vision. He drew from his deep transformational plant medicine work to bring this vision to America for the service of others.

With the main focus of the retreats being to prepare you: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, for the best Ayahuasca ceremony you can possibly have. The concept is to immerse fully with each ceremony by thoroughly purifying the mind and body before during and after ceremony to get the most out of it. Purging is a big part of ayahuasca and the cleaner you are the gentler the process.

There is a feeling of integrity and authenticity behind this group of facilitators. The groups are kept small (13) in order to customize each individual’s healing needs. The focus is less on gathering a large number of ayahuasca ceremonies and more on integrating the healing of the medicine.

I got to see from personal experience that the number of ceremonies really does not matter. I chose to do 8 ceremonies but my 2nd ceremony still remains the most poignant and powerful teaching of my life. Some people have felt complete after 1 ceremony and Ayahuasca has a way of working through each individual with absolute perfection.

When Are the Retreats Held?

 

The retreats are 4 days starting Friday and ending Monday. They are mainly holding weekend retreats so people can conveniently come for plant medicine healing without disturbing the normal work week. Other Ayahuasca Retreat Centers do not offer this level of attention to integration. At least not any that I have seen.

This allows individuals to experience the ancient plant medicine in a new and different way than most retreats in Peru which normally require 10 or more days for multiple ceremonies. Then, the integration is done at home.

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Integration

 

Many Shamans and Facilitators stress the fact that the work begins after the retreat when you take what you’ve learned back into the world.

For myself, it took about 3 months of integrating all that I was taught and to  gradually fully transition back into my life.  I was fortunate to have been working from home which made it much smoother.

It is different for everyone, but there is usually a period of time to readjust because your perception of reality has changed and your body has restructured in a new way.

“We are committed to you receiving the most powerful, significant, and monumentally rewarding healing experience that you could possibly receive. And to leave you transformed for the rest of your life.”

“And it would be a DISSERVICE if all we do is give you a bunch of Ayahuasca ceremonies in one weekend, and send you away.” -Trinity de Guzman

How Many Ceremonies are Included?

 

In the weekend retreat you will participate in 4 ceremonies. There will be 1 Ayahuasca Ceremony, 1 San Pedro (Huachuma) Ceremony,  a Native Indian Sweat Lodge Ceremony, Fire & Water Ceremony. In addition, you will receive a Full Day of Heart Energy Medicine Integration. 

Trinity talks a little about San Pedro saying, “Memories that have been buried by wounding, trauma and pain, that you’ve forgotten about and locked in a closet full of skeletons and cobwebs somewhere within your subconscious mind, buried deep and forgotten, so you wouldn’t have to deal with them…”

“San Pedro has a powerful way of bringing these energy leaks, negative patterns, sabotaging self-limiting beliefs, and psychic traps to the exposed surface, so you can see them, acknowledge them, recognize them, and then be more able to bring them into your Ayahuasca Ceremony, for the even deeper astral journey, transformational work, healing and psychic rewiring to be done.”

“The Sweat Lodge doors close, and water is poured onto the stones, evaporating instantly, filling the sacred temple space with steam. This steam heats and massages your body, cuts through your mind, purifies, releases and cleanses you so deeply on every level, physically, mentally, emotionally, and soulfully, so that any shamanic plant medicine we give you is able to work at its highest potential.” -Trinity de Guzman

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These are not the actual Tipis on the retreat land.

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Each participant stays in a double occupancy Tipi with bed, blankets and pillows. The idea is to be deeply connected with nature and have someone to make sure you get assistance if needed at any time. 

The center is now taking applications for upcoming retreats in March and April 2016. They ask for a donation of $1497 to $1997 USD and offer scholarships to one participant per retreat. 

If you are reading this, you probably already feel called to Ayahuasca. My advice is do your research and listen intently inside.  This type of medicine is not for everyone but if she calls to you it is worth listening. It is the most powerful teaching I have experienced ever and I have had some powerful spiritual teachers in my life. 

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Thank you for reading. You can read more about my personal experiences with Ayahuasca here. Also, feel free to subscribe to receive a free download of my ebook, Notes of a Shaman Student by filling out the form on the left of the page.

 

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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

14 Ways to Integrate Your Ayahuasca Experience

14 Ways to Integrate Your Ayahuasca Experience - Misha Almira

14 Ways to Integrate Your Ayahuasca Experience

 

I was told that the Ayahuasca ceremony was only the beginning of my work.  I wasn’t sure exactly what this meant until I returned home from Peru.

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What To Do When You Freak Out During an Ayahuasca Ceremony

What to Do When You're Freaking Out on Ayahuasca - Misha Almira

What To Do When You Freak Out During an Ayahuasca Ceremony

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What can you do?

When I made plans to go to Peru in May 2016, I did not know what I was getting myself into. All I knew was I had to go. It did not take long into my first ceremony to realize this was not a drug like LSD, Mushrooms or anything I’d even heard about. There was a level of freak out I was headed for that I did Not feel adequately equipped for. I was certain my body and mind would not survive this one. In fact, my mind was so far removed I wasn’t even sure of what I was anymore and felt certain I would never be the same again. This was not a good thing either. The freak out moment was coming and fast with or without my approval!

I’d read quite a few articles about Ayahuasca before going and thought I could get a good idea of what to expect. I was especially inspired by Graham Hancock.  I originally thought I would do one ceremony and be done with it. I just wanted to see what it was like. Ayahuasca was definitely calling me, but I thought one ceremony was enough to answer.

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However, after learning more, I was inspired to do multiple ceremonies  and I’d decided with certainty to do them in Peru. At the time, I thought I was the one making all the decisions but in reality there was a much deeper plan unfolding and I was not in control of any of it.

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In hindsight, I truly believe you can never outsmart Ayahuasca the Teacher so there is always going to be an element of the unknown. Plus, each ceremony is completely different. I chose to go through 8 ceremonies for my first Ayahuasca retreat and not one of them was the same and dosage mattered very little, at least in my case.

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 Powerful Tools

Ayahuasca was the most intense experience of my life and there is nothing that can truly prepare you for what you will go through. However, I do know of some powerful tools to help you before, during, and after. It can make the preparation, immersion, and integration somewhat gentler on you. These were priceless tools for me and I would not want to have gone into this experience blindly without them as many people often do.
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1. Meditation
Meditation can be very important before during and after an Ayahuasca ceremony. It has the ability to be your umbilical cord connecting you with what is ultimately real while spinning in a sea of madness. I am not saying your lessons with Ayahuasca will be a tumultuous mind fuck, but if it is, meditate. It can be the only  gentleness you remember if you do feel lost in the depths and a way to come back to self.
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Dramatic? Yes, but our Egos can throw some pretty stirring episodes our way while traveling through the psyche. Not to mention,  Mother Ayahuasca holds nothing back. She likes to show us what is really going on with no sugar coated edit buttons. I recommend being prepared for a wild ride with all the safety gadgets, life jackets, and mechanical tools you can find.
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I have been meditating for years, but I had let my practice slip. I went from meditation sessions of 3 to 6 hours each day to barely 20 minutes. In hindsight, this should have been a priority in preparation for 8 Ayahuasca ceremonies. I am telling you this so you can have a gentler and more enjoyable experience.
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The thing I noticed while at the retreat was the individuals that had a strong practice of regular meditation had a much easier time adapting to the experiences they went through in the ceremonies. They were able to be more objective during the intense parts and integrate it faster. They were able to be fluid with the expansive aspects of Ayahuasca as well. It was truly inspiring to watch. There was an ease in embracing what the teacher presented and diving into the psyche was not as traumatic on their nervous systems.
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I was able to pull myself into an objective state with the help of simple meditation mantras. It took conscious focus and repetition. It was very difficult for me to remember my exact intention while I was in the ceremony, so I was very grateful for the mantra. It gave me perspective, centered awareness, and solace.
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Some of the experiences were overwhelmingly blissful and expansive. I had never experienced this level of positive overwhelming sensation. All I could do was hold the mantra, “I am love” in my mind while Ayahuasca moved me. It is an essential tool to have. Because the teaching was so profound, it took months to integrate after I came home.
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Meditation was the key to fully understanding and assimilating all of it. There is no way to make sense of it with the analytical mind. It is a teaching that must be processed in every cell of the body and meditation allows enough relaxation in the body, mind and spirit for this to happen.
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2. Breathing
Our wonderful facilitators led us in a simple meditation of watching the breath. We practiced this for 20 minutes before our first ceremony which was invaluable. When the medicine starting coming on for my first ceremony, I could sense the intensity that was about to hit. I started breathing deeply and slowly.
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Then, nausea hit hard and my breathing became even slower. It helped me to stay present in my body which is very important. It also acted as an anchor to the room I was in. At any moment, I could remind myself to breathe and would be back in the room aware of my surroundings.
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It is very easy to lose all sense of self within the experiences of Ayahuasca and having an easy reminder to breathe can make a world of difference. It is the difference between freaking out or adventurously riding the wave of what comes next.
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3. Surrender/Trust
Before leaving for Peru, I was given some advice from my mentor and Shamanic Healer. She said if it gets too intense, remember to say, “I am willing.”
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At the time, I did not even realize the value in this advice. You see, if you resist what Ayahuasca is trying to show you, it can get ugly real quick. If you do not trust her or fully respect her, she has a way of demanding that you do. It will bring you to your knees in reverence when you fully see the power of the plant medicine. I have met no greater Teacher this far. There seems to be nothing hidden, forward and backward in time.
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With that said, I would highly recommend this be your first choice of tools when meeting the Mother of Teachers. She will be the most beautiful being you have never imagined of if shown the much-deserved honor, respect, and trust. She can also be the epitome of your worst nightmare if you choose to control, mistrust, calculate, or command your experience.
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She will wait and let you choose but you will be accountable for the choice you make in every second of the journey. “I am willing and I trust you, Ayahuasca.”  These can be your most essential keys to the unbelievably magical aspects of Ayahuasca if you choose. I have never known anything like it. I am convinced that English was not meant to describe such an experience because our language cannot contain the essence of Universal Knowledge.
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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

Who Do You Think You Are?!

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Who Do You Think You Are?!

We all have stories about how things are. We have a story of the type of person we are. what we do, how we act, what we look like, what type of success we have had. Some of these stories were born from our childhood examples. Some of them came from our results in life as an adult. We have a few successes in a new career and we change our story about who we are as a professional. We see ourselves as competent in business. What happens when we hit a rough patch and lose a few big accounts resulting in getting fired?

 

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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

My Battle with Darkness & Light

 

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My Battle with Darkness & Light – Psychic Attacks & How to Protect Yourself

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There has been a battle going on inside me and in the world for a while now. It is the battle between light and dark.  I would wake up feeling drained and ready for sleep. It felt like my nights were filled with fighting entire battles.

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Even throughout the day, I would have a sense of constantly having my guard up. There was an awareness at all times on my inner world, putting up protective shields, with one eye watching psychic predators at all times. It would trigger fight or flight and was forcing me to be on high alert with my surroundings. There was a threat of allowing other beings into my field with the thoughts I was following in my mind.

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It seemed that all the work I did to increase light and raise frequency was putting out an especially attractive call to darkness. Psychic attacks are happening to more of us lately, especially if we are diligently working on raising our vibration. This is actually one of the many symptoms of the opening and moving beyond 3rd Dimension (3D).
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Af first, I was relying heavily on Archangels and Angels to protect me. What I noticed was sometimes it felt like they were not really helping me. At first I judged this as I must have offended them in some ways, or maybe I was asking too much from them. I was just noticing that when I did call them in, it did not always feel like a positive shift in energy.
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This started turning my world upside down. I was questioning everything. I was questioning my fundamental beliefs about light, dark, higher allies, God, Creator, Christ, Existence, and Divinity. What could I put my trust in? If I could not trust Angels and light beings, what could I call on for protection? What did this mean?  My whole life has been dedicated to Christ Consciousness and serving God. I was being rocked and had no clue where to look.
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Then, I became aware of several synchronicities that were occurring and they were presenting the same message. I was even seeing 1111 everywhere and waking up at 4:44 a.m.  on consecutive mornings.  I kept hearing the message, ” trust nothing outside yourself. Go within.” I was still being guided, but big questions were coming up.
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I already had an appointment scheduled to work with a Shamanic Healer that I have been working with for the past 5 years. We opened Sacred Space and it was more powerful than usual. I could feel the protection all around me. I could sense the positive energy allies. I let my guard down and decided to trust the process.
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She did a healing and tracked the source of this feeling of being haunted or stalked by darkness.  She did not feel like I’d let anything inside me which I knew. Although I still found relief in hearing someone else say it.
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Then, she tracked it back to an old contract in another lifetime. Somehow this felt right. In this past lifetime, I had committed myself to service of others. I said I was available as a conduit for beings to work through me. Some of the work was used for good and some for bad. I had agreed to both. Everything she said to me resonated because I was already getting these messages from my inner guide. Once again, I got the message to trust myself and go within.
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You see, in addition to all I’ve talked about, I also get frequent feelings of shame and guilt. I feel like somehow I am not a good person and that I’ve abused my power before. Although, I have no memories of doing this. Whenever I have tapped into my power, I instantly become afraid and shut it down by giving it away to others. I have not been able to fully embrace my power for years and have felt like I’m stuck in an elusive prison. With this new knowledge, I finally understood on a very deep level.
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Revoking Contracts
We worked on revoking these old contracts and agreements that I had made previously. I made the decision to revoke these old arrangements and to bring my power back. All the power that I had given freely. Then, as I felt my energy lightening and my energy coming back I was aware of a slight dread. It was as if I was waiting for a backlash. We continued to cut cords and then focused on bringing in the light. I set an intention to make my powers available to the light that transmutes darkness and is here for my highest good. It was safe to trust myself and my power.
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After the session, I felt free.  I felt a lightness of being and more personal power. Then, as night came, I started feeling  a slight resistance to being influenced from something. There were incidences that were triggering fear in me and I could feel  a certain vulnerability. It felt like a psychic attack. I instinctively started calling on Angels for protection but did not feel a shift. I put up my own protection and focused on activities to raise my vibration. It shifted after about 20 minutes.
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I have since become aware of a third factor in the battle between light and dark. I have written more about it HERE.

Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

Top 5 Creative Ayahuasca Integration Rituals

Top 5 Creative Ayahuasca Integration Rituals

Energy medicine, in its many forms, seeks balance of the mind/body/spirit. An Ayahuasca ceremony can be an extraordinary tool on your path, especially if you enter into the integration period with intention. Any action can become a powerful ritual if you do it with specific energy, humility, and genuine openness to receive teachings in all moments—big or small. Here are a few creative rituals to bring into your post-ceremony integration practice.

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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.

Meeting Mother Ayahuasca

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When the ceremony started, I started feeling relaxed and a subtle sense of well-being. This was Mother Ayahuasca introducing herself…slowly.

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Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.