MEGHAN SHANNON

ELDER

Accelerated Spiritual Development Counselor

Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprentice since 2007

 

Specialties

Accelerated Spiritual Development Process Work & Ayahuasca Prep and Integration

Primary Plant: Ayahuasca

Ran Ayahuasca Center in the Amazon

  • Five years in a small village in the Peruvian Amazon with local shamans.
  • Still leads groups to Peru

Current Roles

  • Accelerated Spiritual Development Counselor and Blogger at Beyond the Whirlwind
  • Certified Spiritual Counselor
  • Shamanic Tools & Techniques Practitioner
  • Deep Process Work Facilitator

Study and Training

 

Other Specialties

  • Spent five years in the Amazon, then another five in Washington DC (learning to raise a child)
  • Integration of Medicine work into society is key to becoming the change

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Accelerated Spiritual Development Language and Concept Toolkit

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.

Topics Include:

  • 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

 

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.beyondthewhirlwind.com/spiritual-language-toolkit

 

Healing Core Beliefs (and new techniques we’re learning!)

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

Two Sides of the Training Coin: Spiritual Development and Shamanic Apprenticeship

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…

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meghanshannonelder.com/spiritual-development-and-shamanic-apprenticeship/

 

Crumbling Massive Structures: Co-Dependence and Femininity

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…

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.meghanshannonelder.com/crumbling-massive-structures/

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 😉

FULL ARTICLE: www.meghanshannonelder.com/personal-spiritual-development-journals-return

Carbon Bodies

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

The True Gift of Spiritual Friendships

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

Is the Blind Spot of Spiritual Arrogance Slowing Our Process?

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

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

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

Ayahuasca Shamanism: An Apprentice’s Perspective

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost nine years since I first stepped foot into the Amazon jungle. It was like a dream that lasted for years; so hyper-real that it now seems almost like an illusion. I had no idea when I embarked on my personal journey that I would find myself and my spirit; and that my calling would lead across the globe, into the thickness of the South American jungle, and through the eyes of a sacred plant they locally call Ayahuasca.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Shamanism: An Apprentice’s Perspective

Following the Daydreams: A Window into the Subconscious Mind

Daydreams are easy to write off as simply wanderings of the mind during phases of boredom. Sometimes they escalate into larger dreams, adding excitement or urgency to the equation. But are these mental musings simply little life distractions? Or can they clue us in to something happening deeper, within the subconscious levels of the heart?

 

FULL ARTICLE: Following the Daydreams: A Window into the Subconscious Mind • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

The Dreamer’s Dilemma: Flaws of Magical Thinking

The hard part about being a dreamer, is that there are certain practical applications one needs to be able to actually manifest the dream. And for those of us who have roots in the hippie, artist, “new agey spiritual”, etc worlds – well, the cultural norms tend to be of the mindset that damns the Man, condescends on the mainstream, and assumes the worst about the faceless 1%.

 

FULL ARTICLE: The Dreamer’s Dilemma: Flaws of Magical Thinking • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #236/ Pregnancy Week 24: A Gift from Mother to Mother 

You want to know how to be a mother? Teach this child to love without fear, by example.” It strikes me this is exactly what the Medicine does – loving unconditionally as we release our darkness into her open arms. “All is in Divine Order. The second you lay eyes on that child, any doubts you have in regards to that will completely disappear.” “For real for real?” I ask. “For real for real.”

Source: Ayahuasca Ceremony #236/Pregnancy Week 24: A Gift from Mother to Mother • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #230: Time to Fly (Releasing Fear of Failure)

This fear of failure, it actually sounded like depths of some of the more fear-based aspects of religion passed on through the roots of our generations, still deeply seeped in the collective consciousness. The concept of not being inherently valuable…I have to do something to create worth. Could it not be possible (says my Higher Self) that your essence, your spirit, is the value?

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #230: Time to Fly (Releasing Fear of Failure) • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

The Layer Above My Soul: New Relationship, Old Triggers

The old relationship triggers are still ready to fight. Early on I developed the “fantasy” defense, the “white picket fence, over the top romantic, save-me-from-myself” kind of deal. She personified as a combination of domesticated June Cleaver/Suzy Housewife and “cool girlfriend” (trying to be “low maintenance” and sacrificing my boundaries and self-respect by being “cool” about cheating, etc.) But my true self knew that was bullshit.

 

FULL ARTICLE: The Layer Above My Soul: New Relationship, Old Triggers • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Six-Month Collective Consciousness Purge Completion: A Humble Wow

This is still raw, but the belief system is actively shifting underneath me, even as I write I can feel it’s thick, slow movement. But clearing out this collective consciousness purge in order to actually see it gave me the ability to shine light on it, soften it up, strengthen the muscles of the new, aligned belief system and watch that big huge building crumble.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Six-Month Collective Consciousness Purge Completion: A Humble Wow • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #225/ Plant Diet #8: Do What it Takes 

The question is, am I in service or not? Am I willing to do what it takes to be in spiritual service? I feel like it’s “selling in” (vs. “selling out”) – like a Peruvian mother who sacrifices time with her children to work in the US and send them money – that’s what I feel like I’m doing for a little while. Funding Life Purpose.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #225/Plant Diet #8: Do What it Takes • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #221/ Plant Diet #8: Cement Layers of US Consciousness Cracking 

But longing is not honoring the love at all. It is honoring the fear. It is a way of distracting. It is a way from avoiding feeling the feelings I may have actually been feeling underneath, which for me, would be a self-fulfilling prophecy of the self-doubt that says…’see, you really aren’t good enough’.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #221/Plant Diet #8: Cement Layers of US Consciousness Cracking • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #216/ Plant Diet #7 with Crystals: Substances 

Part of releasing this core self-doubt involves learning to manage its defense mechanism: control. Trying to force someone to like me. Trying to force myself into being someone else to make them like me. The last “blanket” of crap, muting my true colors. Including substances – like food and cigarettes.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #216/Plant Diet #7 with Crystals: Substances • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Large-Scale Heart Purge/ Relationship Training 

So I began exploring the “fight or flight” defense mechanism around relationships (or anything for that matter.) That knee jerk would not be there if I didn’t have a weak spot underneath that needed defending. If I were 100% secure and free to love, why would the mechanism be needed? There would be no trigger. So here is where I bump up against society’s collective one – so how do you do this without being a total pushover?

 

FULL ARTICLE: Large-Scale Heart Purge/Relationship Training • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Another Wave – SOOO Done with Annoying Defense Mechanisms! 

So here goes nothing – getting the shit out so I can live freely as I want. Whether it’s this guy or not, someone (in addition to myself) is going to be quite happy I’m too much of a stubborn ass to settle for being any less happy than absolutely possible, so much to the point I’m willing to dive into the flames and assume I’ll figure out how to get through to the other side.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Another Wave – SOOO Done with Annoying Defense Mechanisms! • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Riding the Tide into Heart Wounds

I’ve gotten better at not judging the catalyst, or the feelings coming up inside. Sometimes my ego wants to deem them really superficial, assuming that they must be some dumb shit I should have been done with a long time ago. But I really don’t think that’s they way it works. The outer catalyst that rings the trigger chord can be anything, but that chord may very well resonate all the way down to the core of the heart wound.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Riding the Tide into Heart Wounds • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca in Everyday Life: Applying the Medicine Wisdom 

Imagine (home after Ayahuasca ceremony) – running strong and clear on Life Purpose, and exactly what steps to take. You know consciously that you may walk back into a cloud of naysayers and fear-based doubters. You swear you will hold to your integrity and truth. You get back strong. Start to tell people your idea, timidly at first. Some respond well, some don’t. Time passes. I’ll just shelf this idea for awhile until I get settled. Now you’re settled. Once this happens, or that. Your dream has officially been swallowed by the Matrix. Where’s the wisdom of Ayahuasca in everyday life?

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca in Everyday Life: Applying the Medicine Wisdom • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Overcoming the Money Block • Meghan Shannon Elder

The Life Purposes almost always involve helping others in some way, shape or form. For some, it is working for a cause, domestic or international. For others, it’s spreading abundance to people who may be seeking it. For many, it’s a form of art, music, dance – things that strike imperative chords to keep us going along the often turbulent path. Or simply to do one’s best to bring a positive child into the world, so they can live out theirs. Whatever it may be, a stupid money block is not worth fucking around with a big picture like this.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Overcoming the Money Block • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Holier Than Thou Pushes Anger to the Edge

I know it’s all in Order, I know it’s all a gift (and I’m not just “positive thinking” that, it’s really true, I can already see the personal benefits). However, the anger was still sitting in there, like a piece of hard feces yearning for a colonic. It was easy, and now I feel a lot better. Done completely, probably not. But at least I feel back to myself again, after a couple weeks of feeling ‘off’, and a bit depressed even (what is the saying, depression is just repressed anger?)

 

FULL ARTICLE: Holier Than Thou Pushes Anger to the Edge • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #211/ Plant Diet #6 with Crystals: Belief Systems Popping Loose like Weak Rubberbands 

The evolving truth, as I see it at the moment, is that there cannot be a ‘static set of goals’, whether self or group created. Because things are always in motion. For one person trapped in a fear-based belief system, breaking free and drinking a soda may allow them the liberation energetically that unentraps them. For another, the discipline in breaking free of the habitual 10 cokes a day may be their peace. It’s all about balance, to get back to the middle no matter which side of the spectrum you are on.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #211/Plant Diet #6 with Crystals: Belief Systems Popping Loose like Weak Rubberbands • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #197: Observing Ayahuasca Apprenticeship Pitfalls 

Ayahuasca Apprenticeship is tricky. It can be exhausting and extremely confusing. Learning when to stand strong and when to be a puddle on the floor is imperative. All of these things are learned in time, if you keep focus on the intention. But we really cannot do it alone. When resentment bubbles build in the body, they become toxic until they explode. We must communicate, to avoid these Ayahuasca apprenticeship pitfalls.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #197: Observing Ayahuasca Apprenticeship Pitfalls • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

The Call to Help vs. the Human Ego

Is it also possible, that the Universe is so vast, that to even try to understand something like that through a human ego mind is almost laughable? Probably, yet the seeking is part of the experience. So we ask, and we mull. Could it be that something absolutely could be true in my world, because I chose it, and something seemingly opposite be true in someone else’s?

 

FULL ARTICLE: The Call to Help vs. the Human Ego • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

RadioHuasca Interview with Meghan Shannon from Infinite Light Peru Ayahuasca Center – Audio and Transcription 

So this time around we’re catching up with Meghan from Infinite Light center in Peru. The website is infinitelightperu.com. It’s a place I’ve only heard good things about, and Meghan’s story in itself is a classic tale of shamanic calling and adventure.

 

FULL ARTICLE: RadioHuasca Interview with Meghan Shannon from Infinite Light Peru Ayahuasca Center – Audio and Transcription • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

The “Spiritual Warrior” Concept: Oxymoron Feeding Dualism, or the Nature of Life? 

To try to jump levels would be to oppress real things in our consciousness that are there (causing toxic, out of control buildups and explosions), and meant to be understood at this level, so that we can learn to manage them fully informed, and continue to rise to the next one. To pretend something is not in our consciousness and hide from it causes much more chaos than actually looking at it through conscious eyes. So what about the Spiritual Warrior?

 

FULL ARTICLE: The “Spiritual Warrior” Concept: Oxymoron Feeding Dualism, or the Nature of Life? • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #191/Uchu Sanango Diet #2: Know When it’s Time to Walk

I ended up completing the last few days of the diet alone at the house in the village. I needed to be away from other people, so I could clear my head. By the time the diet was complete and everyone came back, I knew why I needed to leave.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #191/Uchu Sanango Diet #2: Know When it’s Time to Walk • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #190: Breaking Through Insecurity 

Could I really do this? Apprenticeship? Did I really have it in me? I was near a danger zone of falling into the abyss of caving to the insecurity and the exhaustion of feeling it. Long after the rhythm of the ceremony had settled down to smooth ocean waves, I all of a sudden wanted to hear my own Icaros. “Why? They don’t even work” my insecure voice said in my head. I dominated it with my true spirit’s voice and knew it was an okay time energetically to contribute. So I began.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #190: Breaking Through Insecurity • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #185/ Plant Diet #5: The Hardest Ayahuasca Purge So Far… 

Purging the initial fear when I first started: scary as shit. Purging the years of drug use: like the worst “bad trip” ever. Purging layers of ego: took every ounce of humility I could muster to move an inch at a time. But purging the fear-based consciousness out of my heart…that was a whole other thing.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #185/Plant Diet #5: The Hardest Ayahuasca Purge So Far… • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #180-184: Purging the Western Consciousness 

I didn’t even know you could actually purge layers of the crap in the Western Consciousness out of an individual body. It was all fear. Fear manifested in the form of feeling abandoned, or rejected, or separated in any form. Which causes the ego to build defenses to protect, since there is a perceived void in the foundational structure.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #180-184: Purging the Western Consciousness • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #100: What is Ayahuasca Really? (Updated) 

So what is Ayahuasca? It is one of the keys to the doorway to the real reality. For people who want to walk the integrated balance between the physical and the spiritual worlds, enjoying and appreciating who they truly are, without judgment, without fear. For those of us who want to experience life’s full gamut, and are ready, willing, and able to accept the challenge. We know who we are.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #100: What is Ayahuasca Really? (Updated) • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Hindsight from the Future (2012)

Reading over that story in hindsight (years after I wrote it) made me laugh out loud at parts. It was so insanely intense at the time – maybe the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But now, after four years of Medicine and experience, it blows my mind some of the things I believed. Like the shamans were above getting swept up in gossip. And my emotional purges with the jealousy! My God – and I wasn’t exaggerating either. Seriously, get a grip!

 

FULL ARTICLE: Hindsight from the Future (2012) • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #35: Apprenticeship Rite of Passage Initiation

I asked again, and he continued to avoid the question. The longer I was in the room, the heavier the energy was beginning to feel. The conversation kept going around in circles, with a dark, looming energy coming out of his mouth. It was strong enough that I called in spiritual light protection so that it didn’t get inside of me. I couldn’t tell what it was…subconscious negative intentions?

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #35: Apprenticeship Rite of Passage Initiation • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Searching for the Truth 

I felt the extremes of this decision weighing heavily on me: if he was bad and I was being played, and blindly pursue this work with a shaman who is not in integrity (or possibly worse) I’d be bringing people to a “false prophet” or even spiritual danger (I was hearing this, and still not knowing if I believed that was possible or not). The other choice would be to play it safe and walk away from everything, and if he was as light as I want to believe, potentially taking away the ability for people to truly and deeply save themselves from the dark forces running their lives.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Searching for the Truth • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Ayahuasca Ceremony #20: Village Gossip Brews a Storm 

The torrential winds of gossip blew as the energy in the village become more and more tense. I started hearing rumors from people who worked at the original program that we were being talked about in ceremony, even speculation that we were having dark forces sent our way. The energy when we walked by the Elder’s house became a chore to trudge through. It was getting to the point that I had mixed feelings even having ceremonies there.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #20: Village Gossip Brews a Storm • Meghan Shannon Elder – Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship and Beyond

Formally Begin Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship in Peruvian Amazon Village

We got back to the village, my first time in over six months, and I felt different. I felt like an actual Ayahuasca shamanic apprentice. Plus, I was now unofficially seeing Luco. That brought up a whole slew of other emotions and self-judgements as I worried what the people in the village thought of me.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Formally Begin Ayahuasca Shamanic Apprenticeship in the Amazonian Village (Peru)

Ayahuasca Ceremony #6: The Shamans’ Village in the Peruvian Amazon

We are about to partake in Ayahuasca ceremonies with indigenous shamans, on the native land where the plants grow in the Amazon. My heart lit up in intrigued excitement as to the rarity of the experience. You couldn’t force this shit to happen if you tried. After getting situated in our freighter-boat cabins, we got ready for a 12-hour ride along the Amazon river. It was late afternoon, and the sun was bright in the sky.

 

FULL ARTICLE: Ayahuasca Ceremony #6: The Shamans’ Village in the Peruvian Amazon

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