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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.

VOX Article on Ayahuasca and Mental Health Therapeutic Potiential

…But a lot has changed since the ’60s. The political and cultural landscape is radically different, and far more receptive to psychedelics. Rick Doblin, a longtime advocate for psychedelics and the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), made an interesting point to me when I sat down with him in Washington, DC, recently. (MAPS is a nonprofit research and educational organization that is leading the effort to promote the safe use of psychedelics.)

“In the ’60s,” he said, “the psychedelic counterculture was a direct challenge to the status quo … it was about dropping out of the culture. Today, things like yoga and mindfulness meditation are fully integrated into popular culture. We’ve integrated spirituality and all these things that seemed so foreign and alien in the ’60s. So we’ve been preparing culturally for this for 50 years.”

At the same time, psychedelics may also play a role in addressing newer health threats like the opioid crisis. (70,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2017, more than the total number of Americans that died in Vietnam.) They’re being used to treat populations like veterans suffering from PTSD, or cancer patients who are confronting their mortality, or people battling depression.

Psychedelics are becoming tools of healing rather than a threat to the social order. And the scientists and organizations and training institutions leading the way are working within the system to reduce the potential for blowback. This is very different from the approach taken in the ’60s, and so far it’s been a success.

This is an excerpt. For Full VOX Magazine Article, click here: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/1/10/18007558/psychedelics-ayahuasca-depression-pollan-mental-health

Ego Work: The Protector of our Deepest Fears 

The way I see it, the ego is there as a defender of our weak, vulnerable, fear spots. Not an enemy, actually an ally at times where it’s the only reason we survived. But after awhile, those belief systems become solid, and route thoughts through the maze of what the deeper, mis-aligned belief is. In order to get to the spaces that need healing, we need to move the protector walls out of the way (once we’re ready to feel the feelings underneath – which is all emotional purging really is.) Ego work lets us access the roots.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ego Work: The Protector of our Deepest Fears • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

What Exactly is Ayahuasca Integration for the Spiritual Path? 

For the Ayahuasca spiritual path, without personal aftercare, acclimation and integration of our ceremonial experiences, a person can be left with newfound information they feel they can’t use, sometimes causing more internal strife now that they know what they’re missing.

Source: What Exactly is Ayahuasca Integration for the Spiritual Path? • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

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