The ayahuasca ceremony is often the first time one experiences themselves as more than the body and mind. That transcendent awakening, when one knows, beyond belief, that they are a part of something much larger, connected to each other and all that is. That beautiful sensation of “coming home.” But then what? After the ceremony, when we go back to our busy lives? What then?
Having this “peak experience” dramatically changes the way we see ourselves, each other and the world in which we live. This direct experience has a lasting effect on our consciousness, one that shifts any doubt that accompanies a prior belief in something to an unshakeable knowing. But often individuals, soon after returning home, begin to wonder why they can not maintain this heightened state of consciousness in their day to day lives. Frustration can be the result, as the dualistic nature of the mind and the unending stream of thoughts seem to take precedence over the heart.
From my perspective, we are the middle children of history. In the midst of a great expansion of human consciousness. Awakening from the illusion of separation and learning to make the shift from a long history dominated by a consciousness of separation to that of oneness. The back and forth of forgetting and remembering is all a part of this time and our journey. We forget who we are and where we come from and then at some point in our lives, we have our “spiritual birth” and wake up. We remember and we forget, we remember and we forget… and back and forth we go.
“All spiritual practices are illusions, created by illusionist to escape the illusion.” – Ram Dass
The role of a spiritual practice is to help us to remember, over and over again. It can be any type of “spirit ritual” that brings us back home, to the heart space, beyond separation, to remember and to experience our oneness with all of life once again. Day by day, moment by moment, we crystallize this evolving consciousness in our minds and hearts.
Monks will often stay in a monastery for 10 to 15 years without venturing into the world in order to strengthen and ground the light within so that when they do re-engage with the world, the are able to bend reality to their consciousness as opposed to the collective influencing them. We too can solidify the consciousness of love and light within our minds and hearts, and a spiritual practice is one tool to do so.
Like removing the clay covering the golden buddha, a daily spiritual practice such as yoga and meditation, can polish the lens of our perception. A few minutes each morning can have a big impact on keeping our minds clear of the debris. For this reason, we invite you to adopt some sort of regular practice or sadhana after the ayahuasca experience. Simply lighting a candle on your altar, sitting in meditation, watching your thoughts, breathing into your heart, will help you to stay centered and mindful in the calm seas or through the turbulent storms of your life.