In my experience, Ayahuasca really is a medicine. One to be used sparingly with lots of integration, community support and therapy in between sessions. There are so many times I would go into a ceremony and then need months or sometimes years to process it. Just needing time to rest, rejuvenate and integrate all that was floating to the surface and coming up for healing.
When I first started participating in plant medicine ceremonies almost a decade ago, I would feel bad for taking so long and I would be impatient to get to the next one. I wanted to bypass the witnessing and resting part of the healing journey and move onto the next ceremony but I found that to be too harsh for my body and mind. So I made a pact to myself to never do more than my body gave me permission to handle to let myself process the first ceremony/workshop as fully as I could before moving to the next one.
Even now with microdosing, I take a long break after 30-40 days...to integrate everything I have learned and see what’s true for me at that point.
It’s easy to get caught up in the next ceremony or workshop and lose sight of this moment and all the work that’s already been done. There really is a time to do the healing work through ceremonies, workshops and other transformational processes and then there’s that other time when the body informs you “hey it’s time to rest and integrate now”. Trust your intuition on that one. I have learned over the years, that incubation is a part of the healing process...one that is to be honoured while walking this path of transformation and healing.
It can be challenging to pull back when that happens, to stop and just let the body/mind/soul marinate in all that’s been healing within but it is necessary at times to slow down, let it all sink in and actually let the healing begin.If you need any help or advice with microdosing, dietas or integrating any of the work you are doing (pre or post integration), I am here to help. Please feel free to reach out to book a session with me.