Ego Death Symptoms (ego dissolution)

Ego Death Symptoms (ego dissolution)

** Updated March 2023 **

Symptoms of ego death can be varied and unique but generally may include,

  • feeling closer to the people in your life,
  • new mental perspectives, aka ‘becoming the observer’,
  • introspective visual and emotional sensations or hallucinations,
  • out of body experiences,
  • simulation experiences and
  • synchronicity events.
What does Ayahuasca do to your brain?

How does Ayahuasca affect the brain? (physical and mental effects)

**Updated March 2023**

Ayahuasca Tea can affect the brain by introducing DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) which reduces the activity of the Default Mode Network (DMN). DMN is a network of areas of the brain which are highly connected to each other during waking life. It’s possible you can have intense, health promoting, introspective hallucinations as the DMT interacts with your Serotonin Receptors.

Ayahuasca trip experience: surgery and subtlety

Ceremony 4 at Santuario Huistin 2019 (Curandera Aimee)

It was Thursday, March 7th, 2019 and I was in my 6th ever Ayahuasca experience at Santuario Huishtin Retreat in Peru. By 750 pm that night I had drunk a full cup of Ayahuasca. I have done two before but I find one is a good place for me. I get in contact with her and I can come out of it if I want to. I do see myself taking 2-3 cups in a ceremony in the future, however. There is a benefit, I believe, from going deeper sometimes.

The Ayahuasca diet (dieta)

The Ayahuasca diet (dieta)

Before you drink Ayahuasca an Ayahuasca Diet(a) prepares you to drink safely and after drinking keeping your diet(a) ensures the maximin benefit is bestowed to you. Let’s look at how to undertake an Ayahuasca Diet(a) and give you some recipes to prepare.

Alternatives to Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca alternative? Various methods discussed

Psychedelics aren’t for everyone. What can you do to achieve similar effects like ego dissolution, connection to something higher and overcoming ‘bad narratives’ or problems associated with your mind? I would also add that the methods described in this blog could also be used by Ayahuasca users in between or in combination with a ceremony.

Ayahuasca Integration Stories

Ayahuasca integration lessons: It’s a tricky business

I think this post will be useful for those trying to understand what integration post ayahuasca might be like for them. Ayahuasca integration is not only about concreting the lessons you have learned into your life afterward, but also about integrating yourself back into a world which now might be seen through different eyes. Very different eyes in my case. In this post I’ll talk about my own stories of integration and how I understand the world after meeting spirits – which I have to say is a real head-fuck.

Ayahuasca and Spirituality

Ayahuasca and Spirituality: Anecdotes, Science and Buddhism

What does drinking Ayahuasca have to do with spirituality? Anecdotally it feels like a very special experience, like you’re in the presence of something great and wise (but without the ego) but, also scientific studies have been done which put Ayahuasca experiences at the same level as Catholicism with respect to spiritual value to participants. We’ll also look at how Buddhism, a spiritual practice, overlaps with psychedelic experiences in general.

What are the after effects of Ayahuasca?

What are the after effects of Ayahuasca? It’s complicated

After Ayahuasca the effects on your life can be extreme. Some for the good and some for the bad. It’s really a case by case basis but for me, they have included,

  • continuing to get messages from Mother Ayahuasca,
  • mental health effects both for the positive and the negative,
  • attempting to make behavioral changes in line with the lessons you were taught by Ayahuasca,
  • handling a new found world view and spirituality,
  • learning to meditate,
  • wanting to go back to ceremony straight away, and
  • potentially needing to see a psychologist to make sense of the experience.
Long Term Effects of (DMT) Ayahuasca

The long term effects of drinking Ayahuasca (DMT): GOOD NEWS

According to one scientific study, ayahuasca helped reduce depression and stress significantly and that these changes persisted for 4 weeks after ceremony. The study goes on to mention other benefits in terms of how peoples’ thinking is changed and we also talk about some other related information like, how DMT is produced naturally in the body, historical use of ayahuasca, the danger of psychosis, ayahuasca’s LD50, long term psychological effects and the number of ceremonies people have.

Death and Ayahuasca: How it happens and how to avoid it

Ayahuasca Death (how people died)

** Updated Feb, 2023 **

Ayahuasca deaths during ceremonies are not related to the Ayahuasca tea itself but from avoidable co-factors to the Ayahuasca ceremony. I’ll talk about what the real reasons for death were, but mainly in this article I will try to help you to think about how you can minimize your risk of death from taking Ayahuasca.