Real People. Real Medicine. Real Talk.
Hey beautiful friends! So great to meet all our kindred spirits working towards the same goal – to come into true self and life purpose for the greater good. We focus on preparation, aftercare, integration and spiritual development through Ayahuasca and other sacred plant medicines.
Please use this comment section if you have questions regarding Ayahuasca or accelerated spiritual development, higher calling, etc or want to start a discussion. The Beyond the Ceremony team will be happy to offer you our humble views on this ever-evolving world.
We bring our blogs together here, and each post links back to our respective sites (in a new window). If you’d like to read Kat’s, click HERE for The Afterlife Coach Blog.
For Meghan’s Ayahuasca Apprenticeship Journals (beginning in 2007) in chronological order, click HERE for Coca Leaf Reading by Shaman in Peru and you’ll be able to link forward at the bottom of each page from there on out.
Big love friends! Let’s do this together! The world is waiting.
Zach shares his experience of the whirlwind, including searching for connection, his Southern Baptist homeschool program. being outed as gay and trying to self-convert in college, his move to DC and connection with Meghan, opening up to spiritual development work, first energetic medicine ceremony, the beginning of the whirlwind, the space of unconditional love and intimacy, and what he’s learned so far…
FULL ARTICLE: www.beyondthewhirlwind.com/linked-spirits
Those of us who work in plant medicine often have a focus on spiritual development. But what does that mean exactly? Even for those who don’t work in Ceremony or apprenticeship, the process is the same (just accelerated by intent, other modalities and plant work.) Understanding these concepts on a deeper level can take meditating on a mountain to digging through the mess until we reach the depths of the soul.
- The General Premise of Spiritual Development Work
- Areas of Misalignment from our Natural State
- The Roots of Turmoil (Inner Children in Need of Attention, Swallowed or Trapped Emotions)
- The Ego Defense System (Active Defense Shields, Common Ego Tendencies and Archetypes, Individual Belief Systems and Energetic Structures, Dynamic Structures and Patterns, Collective Belief Systems)
- Our Natural State (Pure Spirit/God, The Universe, Our Spiritual Thumbprint)
- Channels of Receiving Information (Higher Self, Intuition, Empathic Nature, The “Clairs”, Flow, Synchronicity, Themes)
- Getting Across the Bridge (Intention, Free Will Planet)
- Natural Purging Process (Emotional Purging, Catalyst/Ego Triggers, Strengthening Inside-Out)
- Settling into the Journey, The Loving Approach, Framing, Big Picture Stretch, Tectonic Plate Shift, Barometer Checks
Meghan’s experience with judgement and communication, sexual energy, body image and insecurity constructs, opening up the space with accelerated spiritual development team coaching, feeling small, extra boosts of unconditional love, and more…
Alright – here’s my energetic nerd-out. I’m going into detail about the actual spiritual development techniques we’re using along the way here (many are new to me – coming in on direct intuitive and higher self feeds). So this is long, but if you’re into this work, I wanted you to be able to play with some of this at home. Always set intent for highest good of all, and allow the space to be protected by natural defenses and the Medicine. I often call Jesus and archangels in the clutch too, as well as protector plants and animals. But don’t do it from a place of fear – it’s for what “space holding” really entails.
If you’re new to this latest iteration of this unconditional love, spiritual partnering process with Zach and I, click HERE for the back story… Know that he reads all blogs before I post, giving full permission to share, as he knows that this work is not just for the two of us.
Consequences for Expressing Who You Are
Since the last attempt at trying to break through the walls filtering spiritual intimacy (and creating a few cracks, while realizing how strong our defenses were when it came to actually connecting at that level of vulnerability) so much has moved. Every day or two it comes into clarity what was being primed, loosened, and open enough to get down into the depths of our personal basements (where the defenses hide the pain and fear).
FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/healing-core-beliefs
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…
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…
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 😉
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
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
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.”