The experience of ayahuasca is a difficult thing to communicate but, these documentaries and podcasts are the best at doing just that in my opinion. This is because they effectively communicate the ability to help/change that Ayahuasca can do for you.
A description of my fifth ceremony at Santuario Ayahuasca Retreat nearby Pucallpa Peru where I helped another attendee who was struggling with the strength of the medicine, encountered the ‘red devil’ of my shadow/ego and was attacked by a dark spirit made of black gas. This one was full of excitement in hindsight!
Intentions in an Ayahuasca ceremony can be very specific or general but either way can help you to focus your Ayahuasca ceremonies so they are of most benefit to you. I’ll give you examples of my intentions over my 8 ceremonies and also give you the ultimate intention just in case you don’t have one or don’t know where to start.
I was given a UI (User Interface) to help me organize my life, had life long stress and negative thought patterns reduced. I saw a demon, the depression in someone close to me (as a weird spikey starfish) and pixelated energies all around me. On top of describing what I saw in my visions and learned I will also talk about how I have gone with integrating my intentions in the following 6 months after the ceremony.
There are some serious potential downsides to Ayahuasca including feeling sick, psychosis and in some extreme circumstances death, however, on balance, I feel for many people these risks are not present or able to be lowered to be in line with any other travel adventure. With that in mind, the benefits start to stand out. Here are 8 PROs and CONs if you are thinking of doing Ayahuasca.
The 4500 odd words below were mostly written in a week or two after my first Ayahuasca Experience in August 2018. I think it is a good read if you have not had your first Ayahuasca experience yet and you’d like a very detailed trip report or if you just like reading trip reports then this is a long one!
** Updated, March 2023 **
The most powerful effects of Ayahuasca last between four and six hours on average and will often stop when the ceremony stops as the ceremonial procedure is a large part of the effects you feel while drinking Ayahuasca.
That being said, the insights you receive in an Ayahuasca Experience can last weeks, months or years after you drank Ayahuasca.