Ayahuasca, or yagé, is (according to Wikipedia) “an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine, often in combination with various other plants. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of Amazonian Peru, many of whom say that they received the instructions in its use directly from the plants and plant spirits themselves.”
In the western world, ayahuasca has had a growing popularity as a tool for transformation and spiritual healing. The brew has been used to treat a plethora of mental, spiritual, emotional, and even physical ailments – and many (myself included) claim the experience with the medicine provides life changing benefits, and is the closest thing to a direct experience with “God”.
Preparing for an experience with ayahuasca is essential in order to make the most out of your journey, and to avoid the unsavory side effects (see: Effects). Mental and spiritual preparation comes in the way of being very gentle with yourself, practicing daily meditation, avoiding unnecessary media/prolonged computer activity, negative/lower vibration experiences, and one of the most important things you can possibly do is to set a crystal clear intention as to what you’d like to experience from your journey. Ayahuasca will give you everything you need, not always what you want, but being clear on the intention of what it is you need – will allow a greater possibility of it manifesting during the ceremony.
Physical preparation comes in the way of the diet you follow, also known as the dieta. If you know you are going to be participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, you should begin the dieta 8 weeks beforehand if possible – and below, we’ve created an info-graphic to help you to best prepare.
To learn more about the dieta, and what to expect before, during, and after ceremony, click here.