Ayahuasca: Advice for Newcomers Pt.1
When it comes to Ayahuasca, it almost seems vastly infinite the advice one could give to people coming into this. That everywhere is a plethora of information when it comes to the subject of Ayahuasca and that sometimes: The information out there can be overwhelming and even feel like an information overload. And with everything out there, there is sometimes no telling what is truly sound guidelines when it comes to such and what is just simply untrue. So to those out there looking to get into Ayahuasca but don't know where to look or what to expect, this is for you guys. So when it comes to the world of Ayahuasca, there are some basic things to note.
When it comes to Ayahuasca itself, no two places are going to be the same: With Ayahuasca, just simply saying the word is a catch all term no different than saying beer or saying sandwich. Just like there are many ingredients and methods to make a sandwich or brew a beer, the same can be applied to Ayahuasca in terms of ingredients and how ceremonies are preformed. What may be the regular for a ceremony of one shaman in Brazil could be different from a Shaman residing in Chile much like what a shaman in Chile may preform during ceremony can differ from an American Ayahuasca ceremony. So when surfing the internet and researching these things, such is useful to keep in mind because everyone has their own set of expectations when it comes to researching and learning about this topic. However, what we as people expect can be vastly different from the realities presented especially for such a loose terms that only describes such a minor part of a major picture.
Always be mindful of what is in the brew: You're a shaman in South America and those who have heard of the brew you can create but also seem to have their mind set on what can occur when you ingest Ayahuasca like the vomiting and diarrhea that can sometimes occur almost to the point of it being an expectation. So, what do you do about it? In some places, depending on where you go, sometimes there are things added to the brew other than items needed to make Ayahuasca. Things like Tobacco juice can be added to make a person vomit and defecate profusely, for that's what a lot of people think is needed for an Ayahuasca ceremony when such isn't the case. So always be curious about what is in the brew you'll be drinking from and ask questions if you can.
Medical Worries?: Another thing i'd advise for any newcomer to Ayahuasca is always be aware of the location you are in and it's closeness to somewhere like a hospital or trauma center of some kind. After all, things can happen. Sometimes asking a doctor or pharmacist about your medication can come back as good to go but turns out it wasn't, some may be allergic to the brew itself as impossible as it may seem, or maybe the person slips and falls in a ceremony and hit their head wrong. Regardless of what happened if things were to go wrong, it is often not thought of to see what all is near by in terms of medical help. Always be aware of how close a medical facility is to your position if travelling abroad for such just in case an accident happens for things sometimes do just happen, but you shouldn't be left stuck on the off chance such did jump off.
Part 2 coming soon.