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NEW! Rebecca Hayden & Jonathan Glazer discuss coming out of the entheogenic closet and telling our stories to de-stigmatize plant medicine experiences and healing modalities. We discuss the #ThankYouPlantMedicine campaign designed to not only encourage and support people who want to tell their stories but also to inspire openness and acceptance of these transformational stories that have brought about such healing, insight and growth. Join us to learn more about this campaign and the kinds of things that have already come out of it and our plans and resources to encourage people to ‘come out’ with their own stories on 2/2/2020.
Lynette Allen and Rebecca Hayden talk about the feminine rising, Ayahuasca’s role in this and the unique opportunity for women and men to bond in a deep way through Ayahuasca. We share experiences in the workplace and discuss the positive changes we’re seeing in both men and women due to women’s changing roles. We talk about a more men friendly type of feminism and the great opportunities men have to be their best selves as a result of women becoming more open and authentic in their lives. We discuss the difference between the self-discovery and self-healing of Ayahuasca as contrasted by the self-medicating that happens with street drugs. We also explore the issue of shamanic transformations that occur with Ayahuasca, people becoming medicine practitioners and the attitudes surrounding that, the renaissance of this way of life from our shared origins and the emergence of the 21st century medicine women.
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Our discussion is mostly about the transformative process of Ayahuasca and the things we discover about the mind and thoughts and how they impact our reality. We discuss trauma and how it affects people and the ultimate example of war veterans working through their trauma post-Ayahuasca. We touch on subjects like the atmosphere of the mind and its impact on ourselves & others. We talk about the experience of the openness and closeness we feel towards others immediately after plant medicines – which is a natural state that’s under the layers we are healing – and how this openness helps us break down social barriers. We explore the importance of seeking our purpose and discovering our inner super hero.
NEW! Luis and I discuss Ayahuasca and our view of reality. Our discussion is at times philosophical and leads into the topic of animistic beliefs both historical and present day representations of this understanding that all things are in some way alive. We use the example of tribes that believe in shape-shifting and extraordinary possibilities of physical transformations and how our early beliefs in life play a role in our reality. Although most of us in the Western world are discouraged from believing in these possibilities, we see representations of this in modern day movies such as Spiderman and Batman and our earliest exposure to these concepts through fairy tales or what we know to be folk tales which reflect a our rich, varied and shared cultural and spiritual history. We talk about how Ayahuasca is playing a role in our relationship with our environment and our evolution.
Luis Luna’s website: www.wasiwaska.org
Kerry shares her Ayahuasca experience which began with the revelation of her own childhood sexual trauma. We talk about challenging and difficult Ayahuasca experiences that leave people feeling traumatized and the integration that follows sometimes involving identifying emotions and trauma in the body. Other topics that come up are: attachment to negative energies & ancestral healing. We also talk about using dreams to help us address everyday issues and as an important and valuable integrative tool. We both emphasize the value and need for making time to integrate after an Ayahuasca experience.
Miranda Vires shares her experiences before, during and after Ayahuasca. She shares her pre-Ayahuasca journey getting off anti-depressant medications, working towards changing long-standing habits and overcoming harmful mind states and negative attitudes towards this unusual healing modality. Miranda describes healing shame & guilt through purging in ceremony and the receiving the essential lesson, message & healing of love, especially self-love. She shares her ego-death experience with Ayahuasca & becoming one with the earth, elements & everyone. We have a good discussion about integrating our Ayahuasca experiences and how that unfolds with continuing guidance from the medicine. We share stories about how this has impacted us as parents and how this work has improved our relationship with our children, with ourselves and so much more.
Deanna shares her experiences with Ayahuasca and her work with integration with the Temple of the Way of Light. She describes some of the process of integration and shares a wonderful dieta experience with a vital message about love with respect to those who we see as ‘doing harm’. We discuss the lesson that came out of her experience and I add my own experiences with this universal lesson as well. This is a good intro to some basic Ayahuasca integration themes.
We begin the discussion by talking about following our path/purpose, how Ayahuasca often calls us to do what resonates deeply with us and the resistance we felt in doing this. We discuss motherhood and how we have changed how we parent as a result of our experiences with Ayahuasca. We share parenting stories and lessons we learned and how we applied them with our children. We share little techniques, tools and practices we use as part of our integrative process. We talk about coming from the position of love and how powerful that is and how it’s connected to the deeper place within that we tap into to heal and grow. We agree that this process can often seem as challenging as it is rewarding and that it’s important to acknowledge the extraordinary accomplishment that integration is.
The interview begins part way into the discussion due to technical issues and Amit discusses the materialist scientific mindset as prejudicial. Amit shared his short lived Ayahuasca experience early on which we allude to again during this discussion but most of our discussion is devoted to exploring society’s attitude towards expanded consciousness and the experiences we have beyond the physical. Amit talks about the veracity of the reports that come from near death experiences and we discuss experiences both of us have had hearing voices and how they have impacted our choices and our lives. Dr. Goswami confirms that quantum physics validates the experiences we’re having with Ayahuasca and all of the unique experiences many of us are having afterwards. Amit discusses the challenges he’s faced in bringing Quantum Science into the formal education system and he shares his vision of a new kind of education that would embrace this understanding of the world beyond the physical – an education that would help us to understand ourselves and our consciousness. We discuss how important it is to have meaning in our lives and finally, although Dr. Amit Goswami has written an all-encompassing book called “The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death and The Meaning of Life” we both agree that remaining open and keeping our beliefs fluid is ideal.
In this episode, we discuss the mind, Ayahuasca, Shamanism and the many tools we use and approaches we take to integrate our Ayahuasca experiences. Matthew talks about his early experiences with the medicine, shares some personal stories and draws on many years of experience with shamanism and other disciplines to help illustrate integrative concepts and experiences. Drake shares his story about how he discovered the Ayahuasca, the issues that came up and how he used NLP techniques to change the automated response patterns in his mind. He also explains some NLP concepts and how they relate to one of his personal integrative experiences. I share my own Ayahuasca assisted experiences of doing similar work incorporating a shamanic approach to interrupt harmful thought patterns. We discuss the intellect: both harmful and positive aspects of it and other aspects of the mind that can be used to help us understand our relationships with others and help us to respond in a healthier way to what is going on in our lives.
In this first episode of the new format of Ayahuasca Talks, Rebecca Hayden, Rachel Harris & Xiaojue Hu discuss the kinds of shifts we have experienced with Ayahuasca. We talk about the unique therapeutic benefits of Ayahuasca and how this empowering teacher plant helps us to heal ourselves by educating us as about how we create our own problems and how to do things differently. We share personal examples of the kinds of insights we have gained from our experiences both during ceremony and afterwards and the work that we do and that is possible post Ayahuasca to improve our lives. Subjects covered: repeating negative patterns from childhood, negative attitudes, paranoia, self-criticism, punishment (self and societal), heart-opening, inner voices and conventional therapy compared with Ayahuasca.