It’s just one more week before I take part in my second ayahuasca ceremony. I’m very curious as to how it will be and I’m carefully looking forward to it. The nice thing this time is that for the coming few years my life is quite clear to me as I have formulated several goals for myself and I can now see a somewhat clear path towards those goals. This relieves me from some mental tension and I will arrive at the ceremony with a pretty blank mindset as opposed to the first time I took ayahuasca, where instead it greatly helped me to orient myself. Another way to put it, as a friend commented: there is room for something else now. I will try to let ayahuasca guide me and let it take control as much as possible while I give myself over to this entheogenic brew.
Before the ceremony starts it is advised to fast or follow a specific diet for at least 3 days. This is to lower the nausea that might occur after drinking ayahuasca when it reacts to foods eaten in the preceding days. This ceremony will start around 9 in the morning to give each participant more than enough time to journey and to come back out of it. My first ayahuasca ceremony was in a small flat apartment. It was a bit crowded with too many people, 8 who drank and 3 guides. This time however, it will take place in a residential home with just 5 participants and 2 guides, so it should be a bit more spacious. The guides explain what’s going to happen, everyone introduces oneself and shares their intention for participating, as much as they’re comfortable with. Next there may be some blessings for a helpful and pleasant journey and then a first glass of ayahuasca is served to all participants. In the background there is some soothing music playing and after finishing the glass you can optionally join in meditation to calm down the mind and to concentrate on oneself. It takes a couple of minutes before the effects become noticeable and that’s when you will start your journey.
About 6+ hours later, when you wake up from it, you are able to walk around for a bit and to stretch your legs while recollecting yourself after an incredibly intense experience. You are also offered some fruits and other foods to ground yourself in your body again. This is the basic outline for ceremonies held in the Netherlands as far as I’ve gathered. There are also some organisations that start in the evening and where you will spend one or multiple nights at their location.
On a side note I’d like to mention that I will fill in a psychedelic survey created by researchers at the Imperial College London. It consists of answering a list of questions 1 week before, 1 day before, 1 day after, 2 weeks after and 4 weeks after the planned psychedelic experience. So earlier today I have in a fact filled in the first set of questions. The feedback will hopefully help to increase their understanding of psychedelic substances. They stress the importance of a scientific approach towards psychedelics, a point of view I share as well.
I hope this was of interest to you and thank you for your attention 🙂