Questions and Concerns: Ayahuasca Part 8
How should I approach Ayahuasca in terms of expectations?: When it comes to Ayahuasca, another common question I have found in many new comers is often one of: How do I approach things with this brew? After all, at the end of the day, we are all seeking something when it comes to drinking the brew. Some come for self discovery, others seek to mend their pains, some may just come just because they are simply curious. Whatever the reason, despite what many believe, coming to such with intentions especially on the first night may not be the best ideas.
When it comes to working with Ayahuasca, despite the common threat talking of intentions and making sure you have them, while having them isn't a bad thing, going into the first night with them isn't recommend. While yes, Ayahuasca is potentially able to help with what you seek, should you be a new comer, it is best to come at such with your attentions to the side for just the first night. One reason for this is due to keeping an experience from getting heavy. When it comes to journeying, said intentions if they aren't met, then it can cause resistance and could make an experience heavy.
Another reason as to why we ask for attentions to be to the side is for said new comers to take the first night to get use to the effects of the medicine. Having never done such, this would be a lot like someone who was learning to walk and suddenly throwing them on a motorcycle. While having intentions is not a bad thing, just off the rip isn't the best time to try and address such. So for the first night, it is simply a night of seeing how you work with the medicine. Afterwards, it's up to you what to do after that night.
When it comes to having intentions, such aren't bad to have when it comes to Ayahuasca. However, if you haven't had any experience beforehand, coming at Aya with your questions and intentions off the rip isn't the best method. Rather, just letting the medicine do what it'll do the first night is the best way to approach it. It doesn't mean the person won't be immune to a heavy experience, but it helps to come in with a blank and open mind to what you may witness. After, take it one step at a time.