Shaman’s Instructions for the Sacred Ceremony
AYAHUASCA IS AN EXPERIENCE OF CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS. AYAHUASCA IS ABOUT SURRENDER – SURRENDER MEANS LETTING GO OF YOUR OWN WILL AND FLOATING ON THE SEA OF DIVINE WILL.
For the Ceremony, please wear white, comfortable clothing. Take only small sips of water occasionally.
Ayahuasca expands your mind and your senses. Sometimes this causes feelings of intensity -- you may feel dizzy. Time may seem to expand and contract so that seconds feel like hours and hours feel like seconds. Do not worry – you will come back to this reality.
It is very important that, during the Ceremony, you stay seated upright, with your spine straight. Do not lie down until the Ceremony has been ritually closed. Keep your body as open as possible and let the energy flow – do not cross your arms.
Please focus on making your breathing deep and regular. Pay attention to your breath – it is the connection between your body and your consciousness. Use your breath as a point of focus, especially during the intense moments. Concentrate on the breath to get you through – deep and regular breathing brings tranquility.
Silence, Respect for Other Participants
Be as silent as you can be. Respect the work of others around you; do not disturb that work by touching them or talking to them.
Stay with the Group
Energies within the circle may seem intense, but it is here where you are protected. You may get up to use the bathroom, but please return to the circle as soon as possible. Do not get up and wander off to be by yourself. Remember, sitting in stillness and focusing on your breath is the best way to experience the Mother Vine.
During the ceremony you will hear Icaros, Shamanic songs of extraordinary beauty and power. Use them (and the silence between them) to teach you, to guide you, to cleanse and heal you.
Spiritual Heart of the Work
There is a deeper, less tangible, spiritual heart of this work we do. You must pay less attention to the fireworks of Ayahuasca and look for a more profound level of opening. Pay attention to this depth that leads to deeper consciousness and spiritual evolution. Remember that the Vine is here to bring you to God, and that finding God (understanding God as the ultimate reality) is the centerpiece of our experience.
This plant medicine reacts negatively with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Ideally these medications need to be stopped 4 weeks prior to the ceremony, but an absolute minimum amount of time to be medications-free is 10 days. Withdrawal from medications takes time, so go slowly. There is no need to shock the body. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Please be protective of this sacred and ancient process when consulting anyone.
Don Diego advises that you be free of all medications and supplements prior to ceremony. The plant medicine has an adverse interaction with MAOI medications. Sacred ceremony will not be appropriate for everyone. Please educate yourself about anything you are taking in order to prepare yourself appropriately -- make your decision to participate a responsible one.
Diet, Alcohol, Sex, and Drug Restrictions
Prior to Ceremony you must stop the use of:
Alcohol for at least a week.
Drugs for at least 10 days. Some drugs could have a serious reaction with the plant medicine.
Before the ceremony avoid the following for a minimum of 3 days:
pork, red meat, spicy foods or spicy peppers, citrus, nectarines, caffeine, and sex.
Remember that the more time and attention you give to your preparations for the Ceremony, and the more you do your part to open to Mother Vine’s healing energies, the deeper and more profound your experience in Ceremony.
Fasting the day of ceremony is traditional; this way has been taught for millennia. You may eat a light breakfast. People with blood sugar issues need to answer the call of your body while honoring what the vine needs.
After the ceremony follow the same restrictions for a minimum of 5 days. Avoid dairy for at least three days after ceremony.
Recommended foods to eat pre and post Ceremony:
Fish or poultry
Juices (except citrus)
Fruit (except nectarines and citrus)
We suggest that you refrain from reading newspapers, watching TV, etc. the day of the ceremony, and as many days before as works for you.
You may bring small power objects for ceremony.
Please, NO music, headsets, books
NO perfume or scents
Post Ceremony Diet
FOR FIRST 3 DAYS:
FOR AT LEAST 5 DAYS:
NO alcohol or drugs
NO red meat or pork
NO spicy foods (i.e., foods containing hot peppers)
Whenever you discuss your experiences with Mother Vine, please be discreet and respectful. Help us protect and honor this ancient, sacred ceremony.
*If you have specific questions regarding medications, please contact the Sachavacay Tour Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your local organizer to discuss.
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