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

The New Deception: the “Sexy, Spiritual, Successful Goddess” – Laura Matsue

“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.”

FULL ARTICLE: https://lauramatsue.com/2019/01/16/the-new-deception-the-sexy-spiritual-successful-goddess/

Internal Struggle of the Feminine Aspects: Lilith vs Eve

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

Ayahuasca Emotional Purging (After Ceremony and at Home)

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

Shamanism and the Dynamics of Addiction

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/

If You’re Disappointed with an Ayahuasca Ceremony, Read This

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

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

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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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