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NEW! We begin this episode by discussing illness and spirituality and the judgement and guilt related to the idea of illness being a manifestation of various emotional issues and lessons. We talk about how some of the attitudes around this are throwbacks from some disempowering aspects of religious influences from our past. We also explore the opportunities for spiritual growth that illness presents. We discuss shamanic teachings – where we get them from – ourselves, chosen teachers or our guides/higher levels of consciousness/spirit. We talk about the dangers of putting shamans or anyone on pedestals instead of trusting ourselves and taking responsibility for what we participate in. We also revisit the notion of ‘good guy/bad guy’ themes and how this can ultimately affect us in harmful ways. We talk about how the medicines present to us the fact that what we’re really up against is ourselves not others and how challenging this medicine path can be and also how liberating it is. We end on the subject of focus and manifestation – choosing what we focus on to improve our life experience.
The prevailing theme throughout this episode is ‘the ceremony of life’ or that life IS the ceremony. Liz and I discuss difficult ceremonies and compare them to difficult times in our lives and how both can be healing even though they may seem overwhelmingly dark or difficult at the time. Liz shared about early childhood trauma and how Ayahuasca responded to this. We talk about how we respond to difficult periods in our lives, including this one as the pandemic and social distancing continues. We discuss the opportunities to heal and grow during this time and about the way we respond to this will impact us both now and in the future. We also discuss the concept of immunity and how this may be applied both on a physical level but also the parallels we see in terms of exposing us to things that are seen as harmful or poisonous (situations in life) that in the end help us to grow and provide us with gifts in the healing arts.
Kat and Rebecca tackle the subject of how we’re responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown. We discuss our own struggles and how we’re growing through it. We share the messages Ayahuasca has provided us with regarding this event that will help us use this time well. We talk about our old habits coming up and the importance of becoming aware of our own agendas with respect to our response to this situation and what and most importantly, how we choose to share about it. Both of us have been activists and journalists in the past and we discuss how the medicines have helped us approach things differently now than we did before and the opportunities that we have to respond to this situation in ways that integrate the things we’ve learned through medicines. Kat talks about speaking her truth and we discuss what that means to us and how we can envision and co-create a different future. Kat shares at the end about what she discovered and learned from her near death experience and provides us with a message that Aya is passing onto us through her. This episode is filled with messages from Ayahuasca as we both felt called to reveal the opportunities that exist to integrate, grow and transform during the pandemic.
Beth and Rebecca discuss the importance of aligning with our purpose as a matter of wellbeing. Rebecca shares some of the insights she received from her most recent Ayahuasca dieta in Peru and how they relate to this discussion of the wellness aspects of serving our purpose and living a life that reflects who we are. Beth shares her own story of how she was called to help entrepreneurs who are embarking on this journey of pursuing their own purpose-driven path. We discuss the many benefits that come with taking steps towards living a life that is authentic and how the illnesses we experience are sometimes a result of us not doing this. We ultimately talk about all of the possibilities that may come about as a result of the strange situation we now find ourselves in, the importance of envisioning possible positive outcomes and invite everyone to consider opening up to some amazing possibilities that we might not have imagined for ourselves before. Ayahuasca, in itself is compelling evidence that possibilities we couldn’t have conceived of before do in fact exist.
NEW! Dr. Vedant Arun & Rebecca Hayden discuss our relationship with personal power and how that unfolds in our lives. Vedant shares his story of how Ayahusca created a specific path for him to pursue working with a unique healing molecule called C60. During his journey of creating an organization that offers C60, Vedant was able to work through a lot of personal barriers relating to personal power and money. Ayahuasca often sends us on challenging missions that move us outside of our comfort zone but help us to integrate lessons and grow personally and we benefit as a result. Vedant’s story is an excellent example of this and he shares the insights he gained along the way, the tools that presented themselves to help him and the many confirmations he received which continued to provide inspiration and validation. We also discuss our experiences of telepathy and Vedant shares about some of his scientific work around this phenomenon. This work will prove that our thoughts have impact on others and the world around us. It’s fascinating work that impacts all of us on levels we’re not even aware of most of the time. This kind of work has the capacity to change our experience and our world enormously.
NEW! On this episode we discuss relationships & acknowledging different perspectives. We talk about raising kids while learning from the medicines, growing with our kids and sharing our beliefs in spirits and other entities based on our lived experiences. We discuss our relationships with plant medicines and how personal and real they are. We discuss ‘giving up’ suffering – habits, illnesses, beliefs that don’t serve us and identifying the reasons we hang onto them – the ‘payoffs’. We venture into the topic of trauma in the body and how Western medicine compartmentalizes treatment of illnesses. We delve into how powerful the mind is in creating our reality, how we can dismantle these constructs – choose not to believe – and how this impacts our experience with plant medicines.
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.