Ayahuasca: Myths and Misconceptions Pt.2
This is a continuation from the previous article regarding myths and misconceptions around ayahuasca. For those who are looking to read that can find the link provided below. Like it's predecessor, this article is meant to help dispel and clear up some of the mystery and confusion that can come with Ayahuasca as well as possibly clear up questions or concerns an individual may have regarding such. After all, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to this as well as some aspects regarding this sacred sacrament that don't get enough light shined upon it. So without further ado, here is part 2.
When it comes to an Ayahuasca purge, you'll have to vomit or deficate like crazy: When it comes to the research of Ayahuasca, one of the key points that seems to be a fear of many newcomers and the infamy that ices this cake is the vomiting and defecation an individual may or may not experience. And sure, while part of Ayahuasca is the purges that a person may go through, a purge in the world of Ayahuasca isn't always in the form of puke or crap for there are many releases that also come with it. Laughter, crying, tremors and more are also purges the body can experience when it comes to the releasing of things an individual may endue other than the chance of vomiting or defecation that is often attributed to a ceremony. Depending on what all is in the brew and how it was prepared can also add to the chances of puking or crapping because some places will add things like tobacco juice to their brew to give a purgative effect. So if such is a concern of yours, regardless of where you may go, ask the people or your shaman what is in the brew.
Having to relive past traumas and events: In an Ayahuasca journey, it isn't uncommon for the tea to take you to parts of yourself that you've kept under wraps for a long time. Maybe you've seen some things in a war zone being a veteran of the military, maybe you've been abused by the hands of a lover or someone that was kin to you, maybe you've seen things in the world that are just plain downright disturbing to have witnessed and feel haunted by it. Regardless of what may be afflicting you, the fortunate aspect of Ayahuasca is that if it does go back to those moments, you aren't having to relive the trauma and pain behind it. With the proper coping mechanisms and skills to get through, such is but simply the addressing of the past and a chance to properly release the pain in those memories. From there, have a chance to break the chains of the things that haunted you and to be free of the past causing you future harm.
The experience of others versus what you may experience: It also seems that when it comes to the world of Ayahuasca and newcomers, it is generally assumed that through the research one does, their experience will be a certain way because of others who have similar afflictions went through the things they did. However, unlike most things where it can be categorized and grouped, Ayahuasca knows no such thing for people are different and so are their experiences and lives they led to this point. From chemical composition of what makes a person their unique unit to their lifestyle and even things as simple as what they liked or disliked, no two humans are the same and journeys unfold in that very same manner. Much like advice, what may have helped one person get through may not work on another and journeys are like that in that what everyone needs to get through is very vast and different from person to person. Keeping such in mind may help reduce nerves when it comes to those out there who are new to this, for their experience doesn't mean it'll be yours too.
Stay tuned for the next blog post.