Imagine that drinking Ayahuasca is like riding a Formula 1 car.
First of all, what do you do?
You ensure that the car is in good condition, if it’s missing one tire, are you gonna drive fast? No.
Your vehicle is your body, ensure that you do the best you can do to prepare it, to eat the foods that your center recommended you.
To take care of your mind, emotions, and also physical aspects so that it is solid, ground.
Can you race a car that is broken? You could.
But the risks and the anxiety as you’re driving at fast speeds is gonna be a lot higher.
If you don’t know how to prepare properly, check the links below (video).
Secondly, you wanna ensure that the race track is in good conditions, because the car can be in pristine settings.
The engine can be great – you took care of your body, you wait properly, but then…
If the race track has holes and bumps in it, then no matter how good of a driver you are, you’re bound to crash yourself.
An accident is likely to occur.
What I mean by this is: you want to check the container where this is being held – the race track is the place where you’re gonna drink Ayahuasca.
Is it a temple that has been consecrated for the use of plant medicine or is it your friend’s basement, some couple’s rented Airbnb or cottage? They’re VERY different.
Make sure the car is in good condition, but also make sure that the race track is also in good condition, supportive of going fast.
Because that’s what you’re after, right?
Thirdly, you can have a good car, the racetrack can be in good conditions, yet accidents can still occur, right?
The problem is not that an accident might happen, but that there’s no emergency team on site.
Nobody to pick you up, turn the fire off if your car catches flames, then take you to the hospital and provide assistance to you.
This means: ensure that there is a team of facilitators to take care of you, experienced ones.
This team starts with the Shaman, someone that is reliable, that has experience of at least 10 years (very little by most Shaman standards).
At least 10 years of experience working with people, and other 10 years of apprenticeship.
If someone wants to give you medicine and they’ve less than 10 years working/assisting another elder Shaman with.
Then you’re not in safe hands, definitely not in experienced hands.
You also want to make sure that the team is people that you feel you can trust.
You can know this because they take care and support you in the preparation and integration process.
So, if your medicine house does not offer this, they’re not that interested in you having a good takeoff and safe landing.
Fourthly, if you have a solid car, a good race track, a team to guide and support you in case of an emergency.
Then the only thing that is missing is that you as a driver do everything that it takes within your capacity to be in the best condition.
That means that you do not leave anything to luck.
You prepare properly, with integrity.
You take things seriously, you understand the risks, it’s your life that is at stake, your mental, emotional health that is at stake.
If you’re thinking of drinking Ayahuasca and you feel a deep calling.
Maybe you feel pain and other forms of therapy/inner work have not really helped you with what you wanted.
Or perhaps you feel a spiritual longing, where nothing seems to satisfy.
You have to take yourself seriously, and you have to stop pretending that it’s okay.
No, this is not a way to move through life, you have to take life seriously.
It doesn’t mean that you have to be grumpy, no.
Take it seriously, as in with respect, attention, involvement.
You can do it joyfully, but do not sacrifice a potentially life-changing experience just because you were too lazy to do things with integrity.
To prepare as well as you could now.
If you take care of these four things:
- Your car.
- The racetrack.
- The emergency team.
- And the pilot.
Then you’re guaranteed to have the most profound, transformational and safe experience with Ayahuasca.
Thank you, check out my links on Youtube for a safe course I’ve created to help prepare and integrate properly.
if you feel the calling to sit with Ayahuasca, in a container held by Colombian shamans at a sacred temple in the middle of the mountain forests, please check: