The recent success of the nutraceutical industry demonstrates that the public is interested in healing through botanical formulations. Yet the healing properties of the most powerful, ancient, and interesting botanicals have not been clinically studied by Western medicine and it is doubtful if they will be. Western medicine and science do not do well with mysteries nor do they enjoy or feel secure applying them.
What happens when you drink Ayahuasca is still a mystery to many people. The studies made into its history offer little insight into Ayahuasca’s transformational properties. Ayahuasca’s different effects follow a progressive path that includes cathartic and abreactive processes. A person experiencing Ayahuasca sessions shows remarkable mental and psychic improvement, comparable only to that sought through intense psychotherapy. Ayahuasca has the power to facilitate significant changes in a very short period of time because Ayahuasca nurtures an essential acceptance and alignment with the simplicity of one’s spiritual identity. The resulting change in our values and priorities transforms our presence, our abiding sense of Self
Every experience reveals patterns and degrees of understanding according to the depth of previous experiences and the participants’ level of consciousness. Ayahuasca is not a substance that can be defined through a consistency of effect. Ayahuasca interacts with the psychological set of each individual (motivation, attitude, personality, mood, previous experiences) and the structure of the setting.
Ayahuasca seems to change in its effect on the brain also according to the outside influence of the setting, a synthesis of the surrounding environment and the presence of one’s teacher, even more than the current emotional state of the participant. A person who takes it alone, for example, will have a totally different experience than if taken with some one who can direct the energy created by the Ayahuasca, enhancing its effects and shaping the journeys into transformative experiences.
Only direct experience of Ayahuasca can yield significant information and knowledge about it. Totally subjective in nature, the scientific method, and thus western medicine, are not appropriate reference points for its understanding or use in healing. For sure it has the capacity to confront people with themselves and in this there is no equal when taken under optimum conditions.
Below is a link to one man’s use of Ayahuasca, a cancer patient, and he wonderfully describes its use within the context of it being taken in a group. At Flor de Ouro we use the Ayahuasca in-group and individually under supervision. I am pioneering its use as a great amplifier of the therapeutic process I engage my clients in with the understanding that it is a substance that works and has its own magic. It is a medicine of the highest order yet has no demanding or overriding effect over a person’s consciousness like hard drugs do. It is the only ‘drug’ like substance that I have ever encountered that seems to have no negative side effect, no toxicity on the body. There are few western medicines that can claim that.
One Mans Journey with Cancer and Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca mirrors and reflects what a person brings to it and almost universally has a positive effect even if during its ingestion a person experiences emotional and mental purges that are accompanied by vomiting. After vomiting and such purges people universally experience heightened experiences that can be remembered for a lifetime. There are churches and many groups in Brazil and in Peru, and several other places around the world that use Ayahuasca in ceremonial rituals as a stand-alone experience. This work has its place and is powerful all by itself. At Flor de Ouro we channel this power and inject it into the healing process on all levels of being.