Meditation, for many, is a practice done in the comfort of one’s home. Undertaking a journey into the unknown is a private and sometimes harrowing experience. And while there are many ways to meditate, no practice is more challenging and potentially terrifying than a meditation practice that involves hallucinogens.
Ayahuasca is one such hallucinogen. Outlawed in the United States, ayahuasca is a sacred sacrament of sorts found in the jungles of Peru. And while this off-the-grid meditation is not as well known as other practices, today more and more people are journeying south to Peru to partake in this holy sacrament as a way to enhance their meditation practice and seek enlightenment.
In this Washington Post article by Juan Forero ayahuasca is discussed. According to Forero, the use of ayahuasca as a means to heal is gaining in popularity. From people dealing with depression to those with childhood trauma, the medicine is being consumed (under the guidance of a shaman) to invoke transformative experiences.
The payoff can be profound, say those who have repeatedly used ayahuasca. Some say the potion provides an almost divine, transformative experience. Others describe new insights into their lives. The long, exhausting ceremonies where ayahuasca is consumed often end in intense joy.
Danny Vulic, 36, an Australian who has come to Peru twice for ayahuasca, said the brew has helped guide him as he makes decisions in life.
“You know, it is just really nurturing, caring, it is an amazing thing,” he said. “I am always quite willing to surrender to the medicine completely. I want the work to be done. I have full trust in it.”
Read more about the use of ayahuasca as a meditation practice here.