10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Sacred Ceremony

Participating in a Sacred Ceremony to consume the Holy Medicine of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca can be one of the most transformative processes in your life. It should not be taken lightly. After experiencing this journey with the Holy Medicine, you may not be the same anymore as you may learn more about yourself in one day than you had all your life.

The Sacred Ceremony contains rituals where the Holy Medicine is taken to meet with the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca. As far as the Western World knows about the history of the Holy Medicine, it was originated from South America, and the Holy Medicine contained potent Psychedelic substance N, N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which causes the consciousness-altering experience in the human mind. The main ingredients of the Holy Medicine generally is the Holy Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine (which is known to contain Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor) and either the leaves of the Psychotria Viridis or the Diplopterys Cabrerana (both of which is known to contain DMT).

The name of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca is refers to the Holy Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine, which translate to the ‘Vine of Death’ or ‘Vine of the Soul.’ This powerful Holy Medicine is known to provide intense introspection and consciousness augmentation, and the whole experience may last for 4 to 8 hours. As the mysterious and mystical Holy Medicine heals the participant of a Sacred Ceremony with a Holy and Divine and Motherly Energy, people lovingly and in reverence refer to Her as the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca.

Before attending this life-altering experience, you should prepare yourself and should learn about this Holy Medicine as much as possible. Though it is not possible to predict what experience you’re going to face in the ceremony, the right information at the right time can be a sign that the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca is suggesting you know something which will help in the journey you’re going on to start. Here are the top ten things you should know before attending your first Sacred Ceremony.

1.    Journeying with the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca may change your life radically

It is said that before attending the ceremony, you should avoid making major life decisions, as it could all be changed after meeting the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca.

From experiences shared by participants, most participants find this statement as completely true, and most suggest that you should consider this with great importance.

In this Holy Experience you discover your true ‘Self’ and are often gets completely transformed, and after seeing the truth, one may not be the same anymore and possibly will not go back to previous way of life again. The Holy Medicine is also called as the ‘Vine of Death’ for a reason – all false assumptions about yourself shall be dissolved, and after this death, you shall take birth again as your true ‘Self’ which is all-inclusive and transcendental. In this Holy Experience, going through a near-death experience is very common. At the peak of the most powerful trip, many participants experience intense vision of their death. This near-death experience often shake participants to wake up in the light of their own truth. In his famous Stanford commencement speech in 2005, Steve Jobs spoke about death well.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.”

Now imagine you’re experiencing all these intensely, and you can’t escape this experience. It may sound brutal, but the experience of near-death is one of the most powerful tool of transformation.

2.    The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca is Incredibly Unpredictable

It is a common saying that you should drop all the expectations about the experience with the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca. Set your intention aligning your current life situation but once the Holy Medicine is sipped, surrender. Your only job is to allow the experiences unfold as it unfolds. Imagine yourself as a passenger, and the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca is driving. All you can do is to trust the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca and surrender completely and be receptive to what She teaches you – Do not try to control or predict Her ‘ways’. Even if you try, you will fail and waste your precious opportunity to learn. The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca will always find a way to surprise you and make you receptive and humble.

The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca understands you more than you understand yourself. She knows exactly what you need, and She provides what you need, not what you want. It may surprise you, knowing what exactly you need. You will never predict what the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca has for you in your journey. Do not resist the flow of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca.

3.    The Holy Experience is not for recreation, but for serious Healing

Do not take this journey lightly, but it does not mean that you have to be dead serious about it either. It is hard work to prepare for this journey. You have to prepare your body and mind before attending the Sacred Ceremony, which is essential to honor the ‘Spirit’ of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca.

Proper preparation before the Sacred Ceremony allows you to minimize the purging part. Maintaining proper diet and setting up the mind for the unexpected ‘Holy Experience’ is not an easy task that should remind you that you are not going on a vacation but preparing for a life-changing event.

Like a Mother, the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca provides tough love. After experiencing this love, you might discover the necessity and the nature of tough love. She can test you in more ways than you can imagine. She has the power and authority to break you mentally, physically, and emotionally. No matter how many tough and hard experiences and testimonials from others you read online, in all honesty, the ‘Holy Experience’ will always be more intense than you can ever imagine.

For clinging minds, transformational experiences are always challenging, taxing, and frightening, but there will be no escape from the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca, and in this journey only way out is by surrendering. To integrate the lessons from the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca into your life will be hard work which you have to do after the Sacred Ceremony.

This Integration can be difficult and a 24/7 job. Although proper integration can be challenging, the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca will not leave you alone in pain. She will guide you continuously long after the Sacred Ceremony, and if you are pure, then for the rest of your life.

4.    You may come out with more confusion than clarity

People come to the Sacred Ceremony with their own individual intention, and sometimes they have a ‘Holy Experience’ according to intention, but sometimes they do not.

Many people come to the Sacred Ceremony with a specific problem to solve, and the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca may solve them, but many came away with more confusion than clarity, which often can be a good sign.

Aldous Huxley, in his classic Doors of Perception, wrote something similar to this:

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less cocksure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable Mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend.”

The Holy Experience with the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca augments the participants consciousness and perceptions, and She changes the participant’s or patient’s, who participates in a Sacred Ceremony, perspective. The ‘Holy Experience’ can be similar to sitting in a theater watching the most engaging movie of your life. The dramas, characters, and stories played before you are so captivating that you forget that you are in a theater. The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca shows where you are in life.

In this experience, the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca makes one realize that all the problems of one’s life is not absolutely real but relatively real, and they are not nearly as big of a deal as one may perceive them in the first place. It is like the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca presents you with the bigger realization as a gift that all the workings of your mind- opinions, assumptions, memories, beliefs are nothing but a part of the drama going on where none of it is absolute. Coming to this profound conclusion makes one find their places in life and makes one humble. This experience may remind one that one does not really know nearly as much as one thought one did about how life works. And this sort of existential confusion is good in a way, which may eventually lead one to a greater point of view.

5.    The Holy Medicine is not the only contributor to a truly transformational experience

The Holy Experience will be as a result of the combination of everything you will be going through, from pre-Sacred Ceremony to post-Sacred Ceremony experiences. It will be about the combination of the peers you will be attending with, the retreat center or location where the Sacred Ceremony is to be held, the shaman, the environment around you. Everything will be contributing to the ‘Holy Experience’.

There is a good chance that you will meet some amazing individuals during the journey, who may be Divinely meaningful to your life. The fact that there is a certain level of courage, of adventurousness, of open-mindedness needed to attend a highly unpredictable Sacred Ceremony, usually everyone in the retreat will be embodied by the amazing qualities that make everyone grow tremendously in various ways. It may feel like being in the soul tribe that makes you develop in every way possible to express your highest potentialities. You may feel like that you are growing just being around them and hearing their experiences and their stories.

You may also realize that the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca has consciously chosen each and every person you meet, and every aspect of this journey based on everyone’s need to make an environment where everyone can learn from each other. In the Sacred Ceremony, the shaman plays a very important role. If you take the group as the symphony, the shaman is the conductor. The shaman create the environment by burning incenses, playing Icaros and performing rituals. Shamans can manage the energy within you, in your peers, and in the whole group in real-time. You will be placing a certain level of your well-being in the hand of your shaman. If you choose the right shaman for the Sacred Ceremony, you will witness some incredible magic.

Therefore, it is not just the Holy Medicine that makes the Holy Experience possible, but behind the scenes, in a mystical and mysterious way, the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca organizes and arranges the whole ceremony, your peers, your shaman, your facilitators, and the environment which all makes the ‘Holy Experience so extraordinary.

6.    One session of the Holy Experience has been compared with years of therapy

The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca provides you more than you can fathom.

At first, you may feel like a vast amount of information being downloaded into your mind that your mind will explode. This information is knowledge of the existence, knowledge of the Holy Plants which may have been generated eons after eons, were now being passed down to you in your physical form. With the help of this knowledge, you can see through the faux layers of your mind, and the understanding can show you who you truly are – and being your true ‘SELF’ will encourage you to do the things that are aligned with your soul and will guide you to fulfill your true ‘PURPOSE’ in life.

7.    The Sacred Ceremony is also referred to as ‘La Purga’

Purging is very common in the Sacred Ceremony. It is not like everyone has to purge, but it depends on the individuals. You can take precautions about it by following the advised Dietary restrictions and other necessary guidelines before attending the Sacred Ceremony. However, there is no guarantee that following the precautions will not make you purge. It is not just about physical cleansing which the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca provides, but also cleansing of the body, mind, and the spirit.

The Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca knows if you need to purge the unnecessary elements out of you such as rage, anger, worries, stress, bad luck, misalignment between body and spirit. By purging, the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca destroys what you are not, and ‘Heal’ you without any interruption.

8.    The Holy Medicine of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca is not for recreation and is not even in the same category

The Holy Medicine must be treated with respect and devotion as the Holy Medicine has been revered by the people of Amazons for thousands of years, and possibly from many other regions all over the world. Abusing the Holy Medicine will make you end up with a bad results with severe impact. The Holy Medicine should be consumed in Sacred Ceremonies, under supervision of experienced shamans otherwise the results could be highly unpleasant. The Holy Experience may turn out to be a bad experience instead of a profound and blissful experience if the participant has toxins in the body. This Holy Medicine cleans and ‘Heals’ on many levels by the ‘Divine Blessings’ of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca.

9.    The Holy Icaros are the essential part of the Sacred Ceremony

The Holy Icaros are given to the shamans by the Holy Plants as gifts of ‘Healing’ from the Holy Plant to the shaman. During the Sacred Ceremony, to direct and compose the energy of the whole Sacred Ceremony, shamans sings the Holy Icaros which directly communicate with participants in the Sacred Ceremony on various levels and directs their energy and cleanse the blocks of the chakras.

10. Integrating back into life

After the Sacred Ceremony, your perception can shift profoundly. That is why the integration of these pieces of knowledge in your daily life is essential. For the intense ‘Healing’, your feelings about a certain situation or people may shift. This can result in you perceiving them differently. This type of change can greatly affect how you perceive and experience your lives as a whole. This whole experience increases your awareness. Adopting these sudden changes will take time, so you should isolate yourself from the daily chaos you usually go through for some days to integrate the lessons without interruptions.



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