Location: The Pocono Mountains
Where we left off in the last article, we were diving into:
- How the Abrahamic Stories may be more relevant to our modern lives than we realized.
- How we receive our Call to Adventure in the strangest of ways, and how it’s our choice whether or not we heed it.
- How my first journey with Ayahuasca helped my shadow began to reveal itself to me, over a year before I went to the Amazon.
Before moving onto the next chapter, called “The Shadow,” I’d like to give you a bit more insight Ayahuasca.
For many of you, your first question might be:
What is Ayahuasca?
It you Google it, there are plenty of resources on the internet that will say much about Ayahuasca. Some sources are probably more true than others.
There are many ways that people describe it, and many of them resonate well with my experience.
The simplest way for me to describe Ayahuasca to you is this:
- Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant medicine.
- Ayahuasca can help bring our darkness into the light.
- Ayahuasca can show us what we needed to see all along.
Now, I recognize that the above language will immediately resonate with some, and others might feel a bit confused by it.
And a few folks might be terrified by the very idea of something like Ayahuasca.
This may be particularly true for people who have structured entire lifestyles around keeping the darkness hidden very far away from the light.
Lifestyles of this sort might involve secrets, addictions, and resentments that the person is so afraid of that they deny the possible existence of any problem at all. We’ve all experienced a situation like that in some part of our lives, it’s just that sometimes we are more willing to admit it. We all receive what we require, when we require it.
For those who wish to see more, some emotional effects of Ayahuasca that I’ve noticed:
- Ayahuasca can show us where we’ve hurt others, while helping guide us to mend the situation.
- Ayahuasca can help us forgive and integrate the lessons that we still haven’t learned from challenging events in our lives.
- Ayahuasca can help reveal patterns of behavior that are holding us back, and present us with greater potential to transcend and include them.
Notice I say the world “help” a lot.
Ayahuasca can help us a lot, and like any good teacher, it still requires that we are willing to do the work and take responsibility to help ourselves.
Also, I state up front that Ayahuasca is not a miracle cure or a toy. It can be thought of as brain surgery without a scalpel, with many attendant risks, and I believe it’s helpful to treat it with the same level of respect.
If you want to go deeper, let these articles be the start of your research, not the end of it. Due diligence is in order.
Some other interesting things that I’ve found with Ayahuasca:
- Experiences of the Divine
- Helping us remember things that we’ve forgotten
- Access to incredible creativity for situations in our work
Your milage may vary. This entire “Way of Light” will be referring to Ayahuasca quite a bit, so more will be revealed with time.
Also, if you’re not sure about any of this, that’s okay. There’s a lot more to this journey than Ayahuasca, so if you don’t know, feel free to continue reading on.
There is plenty more information about Ayahuasca on the internet, but before going into the next chapter, I wanted to give you this bit of context on it, from my experience.
So there you have it folks, a brief intro to Ayahuasca.
Next up: The Shadow.
With Joined Palms,