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What is ayahuasca?



If you believe that the planet is collectively awakening, you may have heard the word “ayahuasca” before.


If this is the first time you are reading about ayahuasca, then you are in the right place as well.


While staying at Ani Shinan healing center in Pucallpa, Peru and doing my first plant dieta, I started to document my experiences with this sacred plant medicine from the Amazon and it’s healing potential for a world that I believe is battling with a lot of emotional and spiritual illnesses at the moment.


I could dive deep into my craziest memories with Mother Ayahuasca, involving moments of complete transcendence and divine connection with plant spirits right away, but I believe it’s better to start with the basics about ayahuasca.


So… what is ayahuasca anyways?


Ayahuasca is actually a tea that is prepared by brewing together two plants: Banisteriopsis caapi, commonly known as the ayahuasca vine, and Psychotria viridis, also known as the chacruna leaf. Chacruna is the DMT containing substance which gives you hallucinations and visions and the ayahuasca vine surprisingly doesn’t contain much DMT, but activates the DMT in the chacruna plant.


This mystical brew has been used for centuries by many shamans and indigenous tribes from the Amazon rainforest for spiritual healing.


The word ayahuasca (pronounced iowaska) has two parts: huasca which means “vine” and aya meaning “soul.” In other words, ayahuasca is the “vine of the soul.”


Some of the temporary effects of ayahuasca include intense visions and emotional and physical purging. The long term power of the medicine comes from integrating what you learn from this deep experience into your daily life.


Though there are many personal stories and miracles of spectacular healing with ayahuasca, modern-day psychedelic research is just starting to truly understand how ayahuasca works and provide evidence of its ability to assist people struggling from addiction, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and a variety of autoimmune diseases.


Preparation


Before drinking ayahuasca for the first time, it’s absolutely essential to prepare your mind and body. Just like any “medicine” you should understand your intention or reason for using it, and do your own research.


The problem today is that people commonly are searching externally for a substance to fix there problems. What I’ve discovered is that ayahuasca helps people go within their subconscious minds and heal themselves.


A tool for consciousness


Ayahuasca isn’t a cure all, but I do see it as an effective tool if used with the right intentions and also an essential part of healing the body and soul holistically.


Though it has been used for many years, researchers are still in the process of understanding the benefits and risks of this sacred plant medicine.


My hope is to be able to compile my findings and personal experiences with ayahuasca, and share them with you in a coherent way that will be able to guide you in your own spiritual journey.


If you feel called to have an authentic ayahuasca experience in the Amazon rainforest, you can send an email to contact@anishinan.org or WhatsApp message to +41 78 628 86 19.









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