Updated: Feb 28, 2020
Vibrant fractal images, mind blowing visions of your higher self, spirit animals, ancestors, mediums, spirits, conversations with GOD, the Universe, oneness, and talking plants.
Do any of these things sound familiar!?!
Mother Ayahuasca loves to bring everything to life, and give us massive downloads of spiritual insights to help us on our own journey.
It can sometimes be a little overwhelming to receive all of the information she gives us during ayahuasca ceremonies. That’s why integration is an essential phase of your ayahuasca journey.
Your ceremony is almost pointless if you don’t apply what the medicine is trying to teach you. This is the REAL WORK.
Ayahuasca wakes you up to your own self limiting beliefs and behaviors, and allows you to reprogram yourself with healthy habits in order to live a happier, more abundant life.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to do the work on yourself and take back responsibility for your life. You are creating your reality each day.
The post-ayahuasca ceremony integration process allows you to take on the role of a true spiritual warrior.
It is the perfect time to focus on sharpening your mind, body, and spirit so that you have the energy to make significant changes in your daily life. These are your primary weapons that you will take along with you to face any challenges that pop up throughout the day.
Applying what you learn from ayahuasca is crucial to your soul’s evolution. For this reason, I will present six practical exercises that you can use to integrate the valuable lessons that ayahuasca teaches you and transform your life.
Right after ceremonies finish, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to take the time to journal about the insights you received.
The medicine unlocks answers trapped deep within your subconscious mind, and allows them to come to the surface. You become more aware of what’s always been within you.
Journaling can help you deepen your awareness and your connection with your intuition. By writing down what happened during the ceremony, you give yourself a chance to process all of the information and create a roadmap on how to proceed in the days, weeks, and months following the ceremony.
Instead of going to a doctor for a prescription medication or drug, all of the notes that you take while journaling, act as a guide to healing yourself.
Of course, you may receive insights to seek medical help or guidance from experts afterwards, but by this time you will have a better understanding of what you need versus what society has been telling you to do.
The process of journaling enhances your awareness, giving you the power to rewrite your story and make positive changes in your life.
Action Steps: Bring a journal with you to your ayahuasca ceremony and write in it after the ceremony finishes. Also, create the habit of journaling every day by scheduling 15 minutes to journal right after you wake up in the morning and 15 minutes at the end of the day.
2. Spend Time in Nature
We live in a world that’s full of different invisible waves flying and bouncing around us without noticing, constant stimulation, and social media, however we don’t exactly know what impact all of this energy has on our body and mind.
For this reason, it is important to spend time in nature following your ceremony. Nature serves as a balanced, healthy environment to ground yourself after spiritually lifting off into space.
When we spend time doing activities such as hiking, meditating, climbing, or swimming in nature we refresh ourselves and reconnect with our own inner nature.
It’s scientifically proven that spending about an hour in a forest can help you relax your mind, leaving you feeling rejuvenated. The sense of stillness that you feel while in nature can help you clear your mind of any feelings of post-ceremony anxiety and remind you of what really matters in your journey.
Action Steps: Try starting each day with a morning walk in the park or find a trail near your house to explore. On weekends, plan excursions where you spend at least 2 hours immersed in nature.
A sedentary lifestyle (aka sitting too much) causes obesity and many different heart conditions. Unfortunately, many of us spend a majority of our days sitting at our computer working.
Exercise is a great way to improve our lives after an ayahuasca ceremony. Movement is the medicine that most of need to incorporate a bit more in our lives.
Instead of taking the elevator, we could take the stairs more often, or even stop being lazy and take the time to walk or bike to our destinations.
When you’re at work, take short breaks to walk around, breathe, stretch, and do some squats or pushups. This not only helps you in the long run, but you will instantly feel the rush of endorphins into your body, which will make you feel good.
When you’re not working it’s extremely helpful to find activities that help you turn off your mind and get back into your body such as working out at the gym, dancing, sports, swimming, or jogging.
These are all simple answers that have been told to us throughout our lives, but it’s surprising how many people actually live an active lifestyle.
We’ve traded real life experiences for time on screens, and the consequences have been unforgiving to our personal health.
Action Step: Schedule 30 minutes either in the morning before work or in the evening after work to move your body. Suggestions for activities: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at the gym or at home, yoga, take a walk, go for a run, dance, swim, play basketball or soccer.
Here are a few apps that I recommend:
Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout App - creates custom High Intensitiy Interval Training (HIIT) workouts for you to follow with body weight exercises
Down Dog App - provides top-notch guided yoga videos that you can use to target areas of your body that are feeling tight
This may be the most important practice to integrate into your daily life once you start drinking ayahuasca or even before your first ceremony.
Practicing meditation will not only help you handle your ayahuasca trips better, but it will also benefit you immensely if you do it in between ceremonies.
Sitting with your thoughts and emotions on a daily basis prepares you to handle unexpected situations throughout the day without being so reactive to what’s going on.
Naturally, life can put you into uncomfortable situations where you may have to bring up a difficult conversation at work, face sickness, or make a decision on the spot.
In that moment, you can freeze up and avoid the challenge or go straight at it and confront the situation. Meditation reduces the habit of reacting purely off of emotion.
Over the long run, you’ll make better decisions that will benefit your future self instead of being purely spontaneous.
Each time you meditate you also increase your awareness as you observe the thoughts going through your mind. You may drift off into different thoughts, but one of the goals of meditation is to always return to a relaxed state in the present moment, no matter where your thoughts lead you.
I primarily use my breath, gratitude, and sounds to anchor myself to the here and now whenever I’m lost in a repeating thought loop.
With your breath, you can focus on inhaling deeply and feeling your lungs with fresh oxygen. This sensation can help be more present with your body, instead of drifting away with thoughts that are running through your mind.
Gratitude is another great anchor to the present moment. Think of the many blessings of life to be thankful for such as your friends, family, opportunities, food, water, shelter, and nature. These simple pleasures can bring us to appreciate the present moment and each moment in the past that led to where you are at now.
Sounds are also a great tool for presence. If you are meditating in nature, you can choose a sound to focus on and listen deeply to. Listen to the sounds of birds chirping, the trees bristling in the distance, the wind as it brushes your ears, and the wild movement of the waves as they break along the beach. The frequencies of nature allow us to ease into presence without any resistance.
Meditation is not only a way to help you be more present. It is a really useful practice that can help you reduce stress, improve focus, and relax your body.
During the day, we are constantly bombarded by stimulation from our environment, cell phones, and computers. Therefore, it is crucial to take time out of your day to remove yourself from all of the madness and do nothing at all.
By simply sitting and observing your thoughts for a few moments in your day, you will be able to calm the chatter going through the mind and focus on what really matters in the present moment.