Little did I know at that time how my life would be changed forever - as if I had taken the red pill option from the movie The Matrix, choosing to see rather than hide from reality. The veil had been lifted, and I started seeing the entire world in a new light.
It has been almost 3 years since that
first day (and many other Ayahuasca experiences in between), and I
have finally got around to putting some thoughts out here into
To go through life being aware of the possibility to have such an experience and never seizing it is, in my opinion, comparable to missing your high school prom, never having a child, or never trying Italian food (with the gluten).
It's just an experience I think everyone
should have at least once in their life, if not more.
These plants embark on a magical dance in a cauldron for over 12 hours to produce an effect on humans like nothing you could possibly imagine.
The MAOI allows the DMT to,
If there was no MAOI in the brew, the body would be unable to absorb the DMT and nothing would happen.
The pair of plants look nothing alike
and don't even grow near each other in the jungle. I can't even
begin to imagine how anyone stumbled across this recipe.
Wow. Five thousand years?
That is simply mind boggling, taking us way back in human history.
The Amazonian tribesmen (and women) were
literally tripping out in the jungle while the Egyptians were…
getting high on similar compounds (blue
lotus flower) in Egypt. But we'll save that story for a
Over the last 30 years or so it has
catapulted itself out of the Amazon, reaching all over the globe and
drawing people to the rainforest.
In south America there are Christian-based churches that use Ayahuasca as the holy sacrament and, once joined in prayer, chant songs and have holy visions. I'm not making this up.
This is happening right now and is spreading to North America. Ayahuasca plants and bottles containing Ayahuasca have been confiscated from Ayahuasca church members repeatedly by various authorities.
The UDV (The União do Vegetal) recently went to court in the USA, with the judge concluding that there is no issue with their using Ayahuasca as a religious sacrament.
More research is definitely needed, but that will come with awareness.
The stigma surrounding these plants is, unfortunately, still too great. Many celebrities have been vocal about their life-altering experiences with Ayahuasca and more are coming out of the woodwork.
Most recently, Lindsay Lohan and Sting have expressed how much their lives have changed after having this experience.
Since then I have been to many
ceremonies, every one different in its own way and each very
Another very common reaction is to have a death experience.
In my case, I died, decomposed, and sprouted back through the earth. During this process I realized that I was not my physical body: I was much more. I was all the life in the universe, including the maggots that consumed me and the plants I had become.
Upon awakening I was still very much alive, and recognized with absolute certainty that there was more to life than death. It was a simultaneously horrifying and profound experience.
You could read every spiritual text in existence (assuming you had the time) and still never gain the same level of clarity and understanding that comes from a direct Ayahuasca experience like I had, in my opinion.
I mean, I always believed there was an
afterlife, but now I understand there is one.
On this episode of the 'G and Coletti' show
we got to sit down with a modern day,
North American born shaman
who was called to the Amazon
and spent over 15 years perfecting his craft.
We got to ask him about ayahuasca and its applications
and our views and experiences with plant medicines.