What is Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a South American entheogenic drink bitter in taste and brownish red in color. The indigenous people living in various tribes in the Amazon rainforest have a long tradition of preparing and making this natural tea called Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is not just a substance, but a traditional Shamanic brew, made from at least two, but often several plants from the Amazon. The main ingredient is the rank Banisteriopsis Caapi, which is then brewed with the leaves of other plants, such as the Psychotria Viridis or the Dioplopterys cabrerana. Combining these plants produces a final product containing both DMT and an MAO inhibitor. If taken, this will provide an experience that will stay with you for a long time.
The actual effectiveness of Ayahuasca can vary enormously per brew and depends largely on the quality of the ingredients used, but also on the skills of the shaman.
How does Ayahuasca work
The powerful experience, which can be obtained from Ayahuasca, is largely due to the combination of DMT and MAO inhibitors.
DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic substance that opened your mind to other realities. DMT is found in all kinds of plants, grasses, sea sponges, toads, mammals and is also a body substance in humans. DMT may have a function as a transfer substance. Transfer substances transmit signals from one nerve to another.
Monoamine Oxidase (MAO) is an enzyme in our bodies that breaks down tyramine. Tyramine is a toxic substance that occurs in our daily food. Because the MAO also reacts to DMT and breaks it down, the life and strength of DMT ingested is dramatically reduced. By combining DMT with MAO inhibitors, ayahuasca will interfere with the function of these enzymes, thereby temporarily preventing the breakdown of DMT.
The effect of Ayahuasca
The effect of Ayahuasca is an intense, powerful trip that lasts about 4-6 hours. It is often described as a vision; a dreamlike state in which spirits, animals, gods, demons and spiritual helpers sometimes appear. Some claim that they see the future or events extremely far away. Others have the feeling that they are flying, or that they are in a land of fractals and patterns. The mind of the user is taken out of our reality and placed in another. With such varied and powerful effects, it is no wonder that Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and religious purposes for hundreds of years.
Although the sought-after effects of Ayahuasca are of a visionary nature, it also produces physical effects. If you have drunk, Ayhauasca will often cause a purifying effect, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. In the traditional applications of Ayahuasca, this is considered a cleansing experience and often the user is aware of specific traumas that cause this purification, after which they can be expelled. It can also cause tremors, chills, sweating, increased heart rate and variations in blood pressure.
Is Ayahuasca something for you?
Ayahuasca ceremonies are suitable for anyone who wants to take a step forward in his or her life. The ceremonies are for those who are willing to work on themselves and take responsibility for themselves and their lives.
An Ayahuasca ceremony is not something you just start and will do because you want to do that together with a friend. You really do it for yourself and it is not a pleasure trip just in between. Think of it like this: you are called, as it were, by the Ayahuasca himself. It’s about you.
A ceremony is especially effective for people who are willing to face their light and dark sides. You do not need any experience with meditation, yoga, mindfulness or any other spiritual experience whatsoever.
Do you wonder who you are, why you do what you do and what the goal is in your life? Does the question about the meaning of life arise regularly in you? An Ayahuasca ceremony is also very suitable for spiritual growth and re-experiencing passion in the things that matter to you.
I organize the Ayahuasca ceremonies under the name of “De Liefde” (“The Love”) because I experience love as a source of everything.
The Ayahuasca ceremonies are held in a pleasant and quiet place in Bloemendaal.
In the morning we start with an introduction and an introduction. This consists of an explanation, room for questions, breathing exercises and a guided meditation.
You get a mat to lie on, a blanket, enough water, herbal tea and all the other necessities for the ceremony and of course the Ayahuasca drink.
During the ceremony music is played to make it easier for you to enter your process.
Afterwards, there is fruit to strengthen you again and a light vegan meal.
In addition to insights, the Ayahuasca also provides a cleansing for the body. To facilitate this cleansing and to make sure that your Ayahuasca trip is going well, it is important to do the following in the weeks before the ceremony:
Food and Medication
When using a lot of medication, it is wise to inform your doctor.
Do not use psychologically influencing medication such as antidepressants for around 4-8 weeks beforehand.
Do not use MDMA, amphetamine or other drugs for more than 7 days beforehand (very important).
Apply a diet of only vegetables and fruit for a week to 2 days in advance.
Do not drink tonic, coffee, alcohol or other intoxicants 72 hours beforehand.
Do not eat any meat, chicken, fish, cheese or dried fruit in advance for 48 hours beforehand and as little sugar as possible.
It is best to not eat anything at least 24 hours in advance. If you do, avoid at least salt or spicy food.
Many people fast three days in advance to enhance the cleansing effect of the Ayahuasca and increase the intensity of the journey.
Drink plenty of extra water or herbal tea during the entire previous week!
Mental and Physical Preparation
In the preceding week it helps to have a moment of meditation every day. Also think about what your intent is, your question, or what you want to achieve or experience during the ceremony.
Sleep enough and give your body a rest. A light workout such as yoga is very good, but stay well within your limits.
Especially with a first participation in a ceremony it can be exciting in the days before. Use conscious breaths in such moments to calm down and know that the working substance in Ayahuasca is already naturally present in your body.