Do you think of Ayahuasca as being some kind of drug? Are you concerned that drinking Ayahuasca may be the start of some slippery slope into becoming a drug user? Not likely! In fact Ayahuasca has been found to be an incredibly effective cure for healing drug addictions, and it certainly doesn’t lead people into wanting to try other drugs.
A common misconception about Ayahuasca is that because it can cause visions or hallucinations then it must be a recreational drug like LSD, and that’s probably the main reason why most people will overlook the idea of taking it, despite all the profound benefits that are being reported. Being considered a drug-user is still a huge stigma in many areas of western society, and many people use their anti-drugs stance as a sort of badge of honour they wear with pride, and woe be to anyone who disagrees with them.
The ironic thing is that virtually everyone is a drug user in some way or another. Every culture in human history, including today has used some kind of mind-altering substance either for pleasure, for healing, or for accessing spiritual realms. Unfortunately most of the socially acceptable drugs of today, such as alcohol, have no medicinal or spiritual benefits whatsoever and actually do a huge amount of harm to society. But hey, it’s legal and it’s socially acceptable, so that makes it perfectly okay, right?
If you look in a modern dictionary you will find several definitions for drug, and one such definition is:
â€œA chemical substance used in the treatment,cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.â€
Under that very broad definition, any type of medicine, whether natural & herbal remedies or man-made pharmaceuticals can be classified as a drug. At its most fundamental level a drug is simply any substance (natural or otherwise) that causes a chemical reaction within the body.
Therefore, under that broad definition it would not be completely inaccurate to call Ayahuasca a drug, because Ayahuasca should in fact be classified as a medicine, and all medicines can be considered drugs.
Here in the Amazon, Ayahuasca is often referred to as ‘La Medicina’ (Spanish for ‘The Medicine’) and that’s exactly what it is.
One thing for sure is that taking Ayahausca is not usually fun and definitely not a recreational experience. It frequently causes drinkers to vomit and sometimes shit a great deal during a ceremony (does that sound fun and recreational to you?). This is because Ayahuasca is a purgative (another common name for Ayahuasca is â€œLa Purgaâ€) and one of the ways it heals you is by causing the body to expel all the nasty toxins that have accumulated over a long period. These toxins are often energetic toxins as well as physical and they are all purged out during a ceremony if necessary.
After an Ayahuasca ceremony is finished most people report feeling an incredible sense of well-being, like they’ve just been handed a brand new body. Unlike with most western street drugs, there’s no hangover or comedown the next day, in fact it’s totally the opposite, although you may feel a little tired perhaps, because sleeping is often difficult straight after a ceremony.
The Ayahuasca experience usually takes people deep into their own psyche where they often have no choice but to confront their shadow self and see all the different ways they are not living honest, authentic, compassionate and charitable lives. This often proves to be a revelation for most people and leads to people making some profound changes in their lives. Many people say that drinking Ayahuasca has made them into a much better, nicer and more conscious person.
Of course, it doesn’t matter what I say, some people will never be convinced that Ayahuasca is not a drug on the same level as say LSD. Ayahuasca is certainly not for everyone, and if the idea of taking some thing that is mind-altering or even life-altering is freaking you out then this medicine is probably not for you.
But if you’re undecided about what it is, I would say to you, please don’t look at Ayahuasca as a drug (except of the medicinal kind, but even then it’s soooooo much more!). Ayahuasca is a natural medicine for the body and soul. It has profound healing benefits that are beyond explanation and it will more than likely change your life in a variety of positive ways.
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