BEYOND THE CEREMONY
Preparation, Integration, and Continuing Spiritual Development
Through Ayahuasca and Beyond
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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
Initial Aftercare Support (Post-Ceremony)
Entering a Spiritual Path
Accelerated Spiritual Development
Higher Calling Life Purpose
Small Groups to the Peruvian Amazon
Real People, Real Medicine,
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.
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
“These days women are not only haunted by the usual Matrix images in the media telling them what to look like, what to eat, and how to live (lifestyle porn) but even in the spiritual community women are now being programmed through the whole “spiritual goddess” and “vegan yogi” culture-trends to be another thing: sexy, successful, perfect and of course, ultra-spiritual, demi-gods who are “manifestors of abundance” (who can teach you how to be like them!) along with a whole other bunch of New Age catchphrases that present a new certain stereotype of how the “spiritual woman” should look like, act like, and be like.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that a cultural shift is happening, bringing the feminine into more natural alignment with the historically masculine-dominated collective. I see it daily in dynamics of relationships, approaches to parenting, and permeating the media. Sometimes it over-corrects to a fault, which happens when any aspect of self is suppressed, suffocated, and has to explode in order to find it’s natural place among all our various pieces of self.
FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/lilith-eve
One of the first things people think of when it comes to Ayahuasca ceremony is the purging: the best friend/worst enemy puke bucket, the toilet paper rolls for inevitable eye and nose faucets, the exact path to be taken to the bathroom if it gets really bad. The physical purging is one of the main reasons people are attracted to the Ayahuasca plant Medicine in the first place; not for the fun of it, but for the efficiency in which trapped emotions and energies can leave the body. It accelerates a personal or spiritual process to levels that many of us need, given how much has built up in our bodies in such an out-of-nature’s-sync society.
FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/ayahuasca-emotional-purging
Do you know the difference between Ayahuasca spiritual development and having a spiritual experience in ceremony? It’s very important, and makes all the difference as to what changes in your world.
Which Track Are You On?
Why have addictions and the social problems of drug abuse become one of the greatest public health concerns confronting contemporary societies? One might suppose our addictions are simply a consequence of our well-documented biological proclivities to use drugs. Substances are addictive because they mimic the effects of neurotransmitters. Humans use drugs because they enhance the ability of our nervous system and its many higher-level systems to function more effectively—to resist pain, stay up longer, be sociable, enjoy ourselves, relax and sleep, among others. Yet pre-modern people in general did not succumb to addiction; instead, such substance use provided avenues for seeking spiritual experiences and therapeutic alterations of consciousness.1 2
Michael James Winkelman, Ph.D.
Click for the full article from Chacruna.net here: https://chacruna.net/shamanism-dynamics-addiction/
The interwebs is teeming with miracle stories about how the psychotropic plant brew called Ayahuasca can heal and cure just about any ailment. I’ve been drinking this medicine and leading ceremonies for 13 years, and can attest to the validity of these dramatic and beautiful relays. Yet anything that has the power to clear PTSD and cancer can also create unfathomable trauma and sickness in the wrong hands too.
Everything is always in balance.
Tina Kat Courtney – The Afterlife Blog
CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE: https://www.afterlife.coach/after-life-blog/disappointed-with-ayahuasca
Welcome to the Fold!
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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
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
- 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
- Writer/ Contributor
- Specialties: Afterlife and Shadow Work
- Primary Plants: Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Facilitator)
- 13 Years Experience in Shipibo-Conibo Tradition
- Aftercare Expert
- Shadow Worker
- Interested in being a writer or contributor for Beyond the Ceremony?
- Do you have experience in spiritually-focused plant Medicine?
- Send us your blog or video! If it vibes with us we’ll share it on the site, or possibly ask you to come on as a regular contributor
- Or contact us to chat