My journey to Peru to drink Ayahuasca in the middle of the Amazon jungle was one of the most profound and meaningful experience of my life. It showed me things about my life and the way I was being in my life that were so subtle but had such a large impact in my day to day actions. My intentions for doing Ayahuasca were very clear. Before going to the jungle I was in a period of my life where I was exploring new things and defining what I wanted to get out of this life. I had some aspirations I set out for and was working hard to fulfill them. My main intention for journeying to the Amazon Rain forest was to see what was holding me back in my life and to learn things about myself that I had never knew about. There are so many aspects of my Ayahuasca experience that transformed me as a person and these experiences taught me many lessons about life. There were three tokens that I was left with after my ceremonies. By tokens, I am referring to physical objects that I have given a spiritual significance to that remind me of certain lessons and experiences that were directly related to my Ayahuasca ceremonies.
1. A Warthog Tooth
The warthog tooth token resembles strength. I was shown that being a human being I possessed a lot of strength. This strength originated from within me and I could use every day. I saw that the more I used it the more it would grow. It reminds me to stay strong when things start to get rough and to never give up, no matter what the situation is. It reminds me that I am a warrior and there is no difficulty in this world I cannot overcome if I am persistent and put my best effort into it. My Ayahuasca experience showed me that being lazy would not lead me to meaningful life. This meant not being lazy in my actions as well as in my thought.
The moonstone represents clarity. I realized that it was impossible to make sound decisions without a clear mind. It reminds me to focus on how I feel in certain situations and not to fall into the habit of reacting impulsively. When I say clarity, I am referring to seeing the world the way it is: for what it is for itself, not what it is for me. The more I let go of my personal drama, the more I can see the way the world is as it is and the clearer my mind becomes. As my mind gets clearer and clearer the more beautiful the world gets and my experience of life becomes greater and greater. A clear mind is difficult to maintain in our society because there are so many distractions and it is so easy for my mind to be filled with the most random stuff. This nonsense is around me all the time and it takes a conscious effort not let my mind get distracted by these things that serve no use to me. Whenever I look at my moonstone necklace I am always reminded of the lessons I learned during my Ayahuasca experience and reminds me to focus on the things that matter the most to me and to keep my mind as clear as possible.
3. Ayahuasca Bark
My third token is Ayahuasca bark. It is a real piece of the Ayahuasca vine, the source of MOI inhibitors in the Ayahuasca brew. This represents heart. It reminds me to put my heart into everything I do. This includes the most important events in my life, all the way down to the very little things. I learned that no matter what the task, I should put all my energy into that one task, whether it is playing sports or if it something as simple as writing something down. I learned that putting my heart into something is a skill and to develop this skill I need to practice at it. I learned that if I put a minimum effort into the little things I do, when it comes down to things that have significance in my life it will be hard to all of sudden muster up enough energy to put my heart into it. Over the years after my Ayahuasca experience I have been working on this habit of putting my heart into everything I do and whenever I look at the Ayahuasca bark it reminds me to do the best I possibly can in every moment.
These three tokens have helped guide me and have helped me stay focused on the things that truly matter in my life. These lessons may be simple and things everyone knows about but there is a very big difference between just knowing something and actually applying something. I have been working on embodying these lessons as the days go by and I have seen that the more I live out the lessons I have learned from my Ayahuasca experience the greater my ability to be effective in the things I do becomes and the greater my experience of life.
Check out my book “Trip to the Infinite – The Ayahuasca Experience” available on amazon.com to learn more about what ayahuasca is; how it affects your mind, body, and soul; my detailed ceremony reports explaining what exactly happened to me in the South American Jungle; and the ways in which I transformed afterwards. I also included some ways to prepare if you are looking to have an ayahuasca experience of your own.
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