Preparing For Ayahuasca Healing
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine and teacher plant that brings deep multi level level healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The powers of this potent healing plant are realized during an ayahuasca ceremony led by a skilled ayahuasquero, the ayahuasca healer or shaman.
During an ayahuasca ceremony the best attitude is to trust the medicine spirits and the process, and know that what ever you are experiencing is simply the medicine healing and teaching you. Before arriving to the center, there are some simple, yet important things one can do to prepare for their time with ayahuasca.
Holding Responsible Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Ayahuasca ceremonies at the Hummingbird Center are led by Don Hector Fatima, a Banco Ayahuasquero of the Campa tribe with over 50 years of experience with the medicine. "Banco" is the highest level of attainment in this tradition and speaks of one with exhaustive knowledge of the medicine and exceptional relationships with the medicine spirits. Due to the rigors of the long term dietas required, bancos are slowly disappearing as few today are willing through the extensive periods of isolation in the jungle required.
The owner of the Hummingbird Center is the lead facilitator, and he has been guiding people through the medicine plant process on a daily basis for over 10 years. Our priority is to provide a safe and sacred space for healing where you can relax into the experience knowing you’ll be well cared for.
Your wellbeing matters to us and at no stage while under the influence of ayahuasca will you be left out on your own.
Safely Working With Ayahuasca
You well being and safety is our priority, both in and out of ceremony. Ayahuasca is generally a very safe substance, but there are a few medical and psychological conditions where its use is contraindicated. Ayahuasca contains strong Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), and there are many medications and herbal supplements that should not be taken with any MAOI, whether ayahuasca or some other substance. Safety at the Hummingbird Center begins with a thorough screening process, and it is very important people are completely honest about their current medical and psychological condition, history, and about any medications they are currently taking.
With few exceptions, we recommend people stop taking all medications at least two weeks before arriving. It is very important to consult with your doctor before stopping your medication, and to inform them of your plans to work with a substance containing a strong MAOI.
What to expect from Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca, The magical visionary medicine of the Amazon. People have said it is life changing, that it helps you to see your true Self, your spiritual nature. That is can heal you of depression, remove blocks that have kept you stuck in ruts in your life. That it is the most beautiful and profound experience of their life. That it was the most horrible experience of their life.
So what can one really expect to experience when they participate in an ayahuasca ceremony? Just about anything. Whatever you may have read about other people’s experience with ayahuasca, your experience is unlikely to be very much like them. There will be some common aspects, but the experience as a whole will be your own, unique. For that reason it is important to try and set aside any expectations one may have about what the experience will be like, and trust and accept what comes.