Meeting the Ayahuasca
In my late twenties, driven by curiosity about both, the taboo’ed subjects and ancient traditions together, I traveled to South America (Peru) and was acquainted with traditional ways of studying and practicing with the psychedelics plants, like Ayahuasca. It was also curious to find out, that there is a multitude of approaches how Ayahuasca can be proposed, starting with native, then religious and then a rainbow of variations. Myself I was fortunate to experience different lineages and styles.
For many travellers, mostly Westerners, who arrived to Peru or other country where this tradition exists, Ayahuasca experience has been a catalyst of frequently ground-shocking, profound, life-changing, sometimes confusing and, surely, inspiring impact on many people’s lives, including author. Ayahuasca is apparently a “teacher” that serves no other “religion” or tradition than the one of Nature. And in case of Ayahuasca its nature is to move toward more degree of freedom, to transform, to see and to know.
Ayahuasca is known to facilitate eye-opening insights, new levels of comprehension or an inspiration for change. The questions like What to do now? and How do I integrate this into my life? are the main ones that keep returning after a journey or a retreat with sacred plants. Sometimes we have more questions after Ayahuasca, than before. Sometimes our questions change, or the irrelevant ones get discarded. Eventually we get to understand that Ayahuasca work is not done by the plant on its own, but with our intentional participation.
About Ayahuasca Prajna
After seeing once, we cannot un-see. We can pretend, downplay it altogether as a strange dream or another extreme psychological exercise, still, meeting with master plants leaves us with a sense “what do I do with this”. For many of us there are times of either missing the tools to see through decorations of our mental content or to not have a proper container in which we can carry it. Or, if we do hold onto our insight, there may not be further meaningful movement about it.
No surprise, Western culture does not promote a kind of training for mind that makes this experiences easy to deal with. Although Ayahuasca process partially can and does provide such type of training, if we are not already coming from trans-personal psychology, Buddhist, Advaita or other similar mind training contexts, it may only evolve over many years or decades of Ayahuasca ceremonies with supportive setting.
In spiritual traditions of India Prajñā (from here on Prajna) is used to describe higher consciousness, supreme wisdom, insight (Buddhism), understanding, intelligence, knowing, transcendental wisdom (Hinduism) or “that which enables conscious faculties” (Upanishad, simplified).
Prajna applied to master plants is an approach of taking personal process beyond experience into context of trans-personal evolution. Rather than taking it for granted, that a healer will fix or a teacher will transform us, Ayahuasca Prajna method proposes to harness seemingly limitless transformative potential inherent in every one of us.
We can have many experiences, but to what extent are we able to navigate them? Experience alone doesn’t lead to a transformative event. Mastery, by which we conduce it, have this potential. These and other insights and experiences where ones that are briefly condensed as Ground Process. I sincerely wish it serves well whoever is in need.