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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.
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…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
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.
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.
Part of me wishes I could’ve kept up with it during this massive five year process, part of me knows that I just couldn’t. Sometimes you have to experience something in it’s entirety, without commentary about it (especially before the 20/20 hindsight kicks in!)
The life of a shaman is epically bizarre, horrifically challenging, and unequivocally badass.
FULL ARTICLE: What’s it Like to Be an Ayahuasca Shaman?
Do you get what you pay for with Ayahuasca ceremonies? Join the discussion on paying for healing and spiritual expansion.
FULL ARTICLE: The Economics of Ayahuasca: Should Healing be Free?
No matter how experienced you are with psychedelics, drinking Ayahuasca solo is a reckless and dicey decision. This is why.
FULL ARTICLE: Should You Drink Ayahuasca Alone?
Sin City meets the Jungle Queen? Yes, Ayahuasca and Las Vegas are the perfect spiritual pairing. This is why these two powerhouses are forever entwined.
FULL ARTICLE: Why Ayahuasca Loves Las Vegas
Darkness is part of our conscious reality. The relationship we create with that darkness determines whether we make a world full of love, or violence. Please join me in choosing love.
FULL ARTICLE: We Live in a Crazy, Dark World. Here’s How to Heal It.
Ayahuasca isn’t dark, consciousness is, and she knows that our intimate understanding of those energies is the secret to our empowerment and bliss. If you want to know the secrets of the universe, it’s the darkness that knows.
FULL ARTICLE: The Gift of Suffering: Why Ayahuasca Goes Dark
If you have the calling to lead Ayahuasca ceremonies, read this first. It’s everything no one talks about, and you deserve to know the truth about what you’re getting into.
FULL ARTICLE: Everybody Wants to be a Shaman – Except Those that Are