BEYOND THE CEREMONY

Preparation, Integration, and Continuing Spiritual Development

 Through Ayahuasca and Beyond

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about US

Beyond the Ceremony has been created with the intention of supporting those drawn to plant Medicine (be it before the first ceremony or after the 100th) in keeping up the continuous spiritual development the Medicines offers in order to fulfill our higher purpose. 

Preparation for Ceremony
Taking inventory of safety eligibility, which stage a person is on their path, what needs to be a addressed, and what pitfalls to be aware of can help get the most out of ceremony. Proper preparation can make all the difference in getting what is needed from the Medicine.
Initial Aftercare Support (Post-Ceremony)
Aftercare is support within a week after ceremony from a person who understands, and has enough experience to help a participant through the initial return to what used to be normal. Having this setup before the ceremony can make the aftercare phase much more gentle and efficient.
Long-Term Integration
This is the period of months to years after the post-initial aftercare phase is complete. It’s really the other half of the work in order for the ceremony to “take” (arguably the most important) allowing us to acclimate to the new energetic shifts, and practice applying what we’ve learned in a society that holds little space for it. Integration is imperative, one of the main reasons Beyond the Ceremony was created. 
Entering a Spiritual Path
For those newly embarked on the spiritual path, getting your bearings (especially if drawn to plant medicine work) can be really helpful with people who “get it.” Beyond the Ceremony offers free resources in addition to coaching and programs to support your journey.
Accelerated Spiritual Development
Some of us have been on this journey for years and are lifers. It’s nice to have people to talk to who understand the gravity and depth of this work, at every level. Connect with your kindred spirits here and let’s support each other to have the most gentle yet expedited journey, together.
Higher Calling Life Purpose
For those of us on a spiritual development track to come into our true selves, with intention to step into our life purpose (changemaking, spiritual/social impact, evolution of collective consciousness) for the greater good, we got you. This is our world too, and we offer many resources to support you in getting to where you are drawn to. Because the world needs us, now. 
Distance Healing
One of the many gifts of Medicine work is that there is no space and time. The option to be called into live Ayahuasca ceremony and be worked on spiritually is real, and can be extremely supportive for those who cannot get to the Medicine, or just need a little ‘reactivation’.
Small Groups to the Peruvian Amazon
There are options to participate in small group setting in the Peruvian Amazon for those who are the right match. Make sure to sign up for our waiting list if you’re interested, and an application, health screening and interview would proceed from there. Very limited spaces. 
Apprenticeship Opportunities
There are potential opportunities for longer-term work in the Medicine (oldschool in the Amazon) for a reasonable rate. There are many requirements for this (including a minimum of 10 Ayahuasca ceremonies, basic Spanish, can hang in the jungle, etc.) These are based on resonance match, and are extremely limited. Application, health screening and extensive interviews required. Sign up HERE for the Interest List.

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Real People, Real Medicine,

Real Talk

Two Sides of the Training Coin: Spiritual Development and Shamanic Apprenticeship

The spiritual development/shamanic apprenticeship pace has been moving at a speed I’d only experienced while living in Peru in active Ayahuasca ceremony. But for a person who is in a life purpose apprenticeship, the training never stops. It takes twists and turns, ebbs and cycles. But it never stops.

We reached some deep core beliefs the other day about the “not deserving of love”/”not good enough for love” fear that so many of us walk around with at the very root of our defense systems. It’s not always accessible, but when intention is set on this work, it usually leads to some version of those core beliefs…

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meghanshannonelder.com/spiritual-development-and-shamanic-apprenticeship/

 

Crumbling Massive Structures: Co-Dependence and Femininity

Man, sometimes it’s hard to fathom how these processes work. But they do. If you want the background as to how the Universe set this space up, click HERE.

My Judgements on “Femininity”

So the pieces that I had gotten so far in this round of processing had to do with my judgement against what I considered to be “femininity” (way deeper than I realized) and deep-seated insecurity protected by a thick-ass energetic structure of ‘rescuer’ archetype applied to relationships (creating unhealthy co-dependency as a pattern.) Also a theme since puberty of chasing and longing for unavailable men.

The femininity piece clarified in a way I hadn’t seen before. I’ve historically prided myself on not being a “girlie girl” (a huge tell in itself) and been one of those “cool girls” who hangs out with dudes, or with girls who are also like that. I have a couple of more “feminine” friends, but who aren’t going to be spending time gossiping and talking about lipstick. Hear the judgement in my words? I wasn’t even thinking those thoughts consciously since they were dug in so far under the belief system.

I also had this longstanding hesitation with owning the fact that I’m bisexual. It’s not so much a cultural fear (since I already live in the fringes and have a strong rebel archetype – plus have many LGBTQ friends), but I couldn’t put my finger on why I didn’t feel like I actually was. It was like I had a sexual attraction to women, but not an emotional one, so I felt like that was false advertising or something…

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meghanshannonelder.com/crumbling-massive-structures/

Personal Spiritual Development Journals Return: The Whirlwind of Accelerated Learning, Healing and Unconditional Love

This last month (during the Retrograde) has been simply wild. Amazing, Vulnerably uncomfortable at least once a day, and still embarrassing. It’s a new approach that is a straight up gift from the Universe. New techniques coming through. New channels opening. All outside of Ayahuasca Ceremony (but held in a container with the Medicine energetically) and for once, the easy, fluid, loving way. But still kind of crazy.

Click the article for the full story, but this shit is wild, and it’s just the beginning. Make sure to subscribe if you want to get notifications, because this might get very interesting 😉

FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/personal-spiritual-development-journals-return

Carbon Bodies

I spent a lot of years neglecting the body and underestimating its vital role in our spiritual process. It’s literally the medium that we experience our lives through – and getting to know its tendencies as an individual is imperative to being able to understand what’s happening for us on a higher plane.

I once heard in Ayahuasca ceremony, you can only go spiritually as far as you can physically. 

FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/carbon-bodies

The True Gift of Spiritual Friendships

There’s family you choose, and there’s family you’re assigned to (whether it’s spiritually or otherwise is debatable). Then there’s the family that flows.

Spiritual friendships (aka – friendships that have been clearly made manifest from powers beyond are own) are one of the greatest gifts to humanity, especially on this path. Recognizing their true value helps so much. Because this shit is hard enough.

FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/spiritual-friendships

The World’s Best Practices for Integrating Ayahuasca – Kerry Moran, M.A., LPC (Chacruna.net)

Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca presents enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. In my experience as a meditator and psychotherapist, no other process comes close to ayahuasca’s power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness. Each moment of bliss in ceremony can be offset by an equal amount of terror; it seems the heights to which one journeys are underpinned by the absolute dregs of experience. It requires a great deal of courage and no small amount of savvy to fathom this, to navigate skillfully through the process, and, especially, to apply the fruits of the journey to one’s life.

FULL ARTICLE: https://chacruna.net/world-best-practices-integrating-ayahuasca/

Is the Blind Spot of Spiritual Arrogance Slowing Our Process?

I know – the scary, sensitive, defense-producing sound of the word arrogance (especially when it’s aimed at us.) Add ‘spiritual’ in front of it, and many of us are defending the truth of who we are at all cost, down to the very core of our being.

Except – we’re not. We’re defending our perception that someone else can’t see us clearly. That someone thinks we might not be who we really are. Worse, that they think we’re full of shit or (gasp!) that we don’t know what we’re talking about. We’re not defending our spirit (all of our higher selves are badasses and way past that shit.) Let’s be real – we’re defending our insecurity.

FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/ayahuasca-spiritual-arrogance

Welcome to the Fold!

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Deaf-Friendly Site

Our goal is to make sure all content on this site is Deaf/ASL friendly. This means that videos will either be closed captioned, interpreted (or both) as well as coaching/spiritual counseling and shamanic work from Meghan (who is a professional sign language interpreter by trade) which can be done via FaceTime, Zoom, or in person in Northern Virginia. If we miss something in making this site accessible, please contact Meghan

the coaching 

team

Meghan Shannon Elder

Meghan Shannon Elder

  • Accelerated Spiritual Development Coach, Writer
  • Specialities: Accelerating Aspiring Changemakers Through Ayahuasca Spiritual Development
  • Primary Plant: Ayahuasca
  • Certified Spiritual Counselor, Instructor,  Shamanic Practitioner
  • Ran Ayahuasca Healing Center in the Amazon for Five Years
  • Intensive Spiritual Development Training Under Iyanla Vanzant
  • Fluent in English, Spanish, ASL
Sarah Alviar

Sarah Alviar

  • Spiritual Life and Integration Coach
  • Specialties: Beginners to Plant Medicine
  • Primary Practice: Kambo
  • Kambo Practitioner (IAKP)
  • TRY - Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher
  • Ayahuasca journeyer since 2012
  • Revitalizing, detoxing and strengthening: body, mind, and spirit

contributors and friends

Tina "Kat" Courtney

Tina "Kat" Courtney

  • Writer/ Contributor
  • Specialties: Afterlife and Shadow Work
  • Primary Plants: Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Facilitator)
  • 13 Years Experience in Shipibo-Conibo Tradition
  • Aftercare Expert
  • Shadow Worker

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