AFTER AN AYAHUASCA RETREAT
Some of the questions that often come to mind after an Ayahuasca retreat are: what now? and how do I return to everyday life? There is no generic answer to these questions since the experience is different for each individual – we are all unique and each one of us goes through a very personal journey during a retreat. However, the following tips may help you process easier the experience you’ve gone through and integrate the energies you have received in a smoother manner.
First of all, keep in mind that you must continue working consistently on different areas of your life, such as food, exercise, meditation, etc. Harmony and balance are achieved when all aspects of your being are oriented in the same direction. During the retreat, many of these facets are relegated to the centre (that looks after you as a true clinic), to the shaman (our doctor) and the Medicine. Now, it is your turn to assume the responsibility of taking care of yourself. As you return to your daily routine, the integration process will continue and it is after the retreat that the real work begins.
During this process, you may see yourself from a different perspective, as a transformed being with new knowledge and new tools for life, with a renewed physical and emotional energy, and plenty of inner space. Choose carefully what you will put in this new space. The process of growth and transformation is never easy. Although the most painful part is already behind you, after the retreat you must decide how you want to live your life – from love or fear. Life will present you new challenges over and over again, it will constantly test your newly gained strength and the decisions you’ve committed to. Be aware and observe what happens. During the retreat, many deep layers have been stirred and removed and a transformational process that can take months, or even years to integrate, has begun. Always remember that the spirit of the Medicine flows throughout your body, and it will guide and accompany you throughout this process.
PAMPER & LOVE YOURSELF
Now you know that a traditional Shipibo healing process with Ayahuasca can also include difficult and intense moments. The energy was set in motion before even coming to the retreat and it will continue working for a while after your return home. Feel proud of yourself and appreciate the courage you had to take this important step in your life, feel like the warrior who returns home victorious, but also feel the responsibility that this implies. Observe at what point in your life you are today. Don’t judge yourself or feel guilty if you have not taken care of yourself in the past, it’s all part of your experience; there were no good or bad decisions, only experiences that have made you who you are today. Now you have a new way to go, and you can do it from love and understanding.
Continue one more week with the same diet; your body must continue with the purification process. Remember: no red meat or pork, no alcohol, avoid spicy food and sugar and consume salt in moderation. Drink plenty of water, a minimum of two litres per day. Starting the following week, take the time to work out the most appropriate healthy diet for you and make it a habit. Maybe you need more time, listen to your body and follow your own pace.
Incorporate other healthy habits in your life, such as exercise and meditation, moments of leisure and timeshare with loved ones. Whatever you do, try to do it from the bottom of your heart. Love yourself and take care of yourself first, only then can you expand your light and love to other beings that inhabit the planet. Experience gratitude every day, for being alive, for the food that Pachamama gives us, for your home, for all the people who approach our lives and help us learn and grow along this journey. Read more...
ALLOW EMOTIONS TO FLOW FREELY
Emotions are energetic movements that pass through us. When we do not allow them to be expressed, they get stuck in different parts of our body, such as organs, muscles, etc., generating pain and even diseases over time. When we work with the plant medicines of the Amazon, the energy channels of our body get cleaned and a renewed energy starts flowing through our spiritual body. After an Ayahuasca retreat, you can feel very sensitive, your energy vortices will be very receptive and you may experience certain emotions in your environment with such intensity as if they were your own. Do not judge them or try to find an explanation, just observe and feel them, allowing those emotions to complete their process and dissolve. That energy will return to the source and it will not only do good for you but the entire mankind.
It is also possible that you spontaneously start discovering layers of your being that have not been explored during the retreat, they are very deep layers and Ayahuasca needs time to reach them. In this case, you may experience deep-rooted memories and emotions. Again, do not identify with them, just feel them and let them manifest. They may have their origin in your childhood, perhaps even at the time of gestation, in a past life or come from your ancestors. Remember that every emotion that is dissolved and every wound that is healed is for your well-being and the good of the entire planet.
OPEN AND CLOSE AT WILL
Part of the work with Ayahuasca was to remove all the armours that you created, consciously or unconsciously, to protect yourself from traumatic situations that you have experienced in life. These armours had already fulfilled their function, but they remained in place, literally forgotten, still blocking different aspects of your life, such as love, abundance, etc., to spare you from going through any suffering associated with a loss, a heartbreak, etc. You must be aware that these are real dangers, but now you know how much more life is worth living than stop doing it for fear of suffering. If we made the comparison with a motorcycle, we could say that you have now one of more engine displacement and power that allows it to go at a much faster speed, but you will have to gradually learn to control this new vehicle.
When you return home, start driving slowly, it is not necessary to share your experience with everyone, do it only with those who you truly trust. Gradually experience vulnerability by opening up and allowing your true self to emerge; you may receive criticism and all kinds of negative reactions from some people, but do not try to defend or justify yourself, understand that many of these criticisms are only manifestations of their fears. On the contrary, look for new environments and company in which you can open up your heart like never before.
One of the main lessons the spirit of Ayahuasca can teach us is that we are part of a whole. That whole, which was identified as different gods by many cultures, is life. By becoming aware of it, we realize that there is nothing to look for outside of ourselves to achieve happiness. Life is inside us and we are that life.
Important changes are likely to happen in your life when you return home, receive them with love and gratitude. After an Ayahuasca retreat, many patients feel a deeper connection with what they have come to bring to this life, with their true mission and purpose. There is an awakening of creativity and a strong desire to offer all that to the world and be at the service of life. It is a true dissolution of the ego, moving from the desire to get something for oneself, to the desire to get everything for all mankind. We walk together, we support each other, we care for each other and we heal together. We are all One.