Drew shares his story of struggling with addictions and overcoming them with the help of Ayahuasca. Drew talks about the difficulties in sharing his plans to do Ayahuasca with his family and friends given his struggle with addictions and the common misconceptions about Ayahuasca as a drug. He also shares some intriguing stories about shared dreams and other inspiring changes in his personal life and relationships due to Ayahuasca. We get into some discussion about integration and about the kind of future we envision given all of the profound changes happening with this psychedelic renaissance. Instead of being counter-culture as it was in the 60s, we agree that it's now transforming culture.
Luis describes his experiences with Ayahuasca and the work he was asked to do afterwards including a long period of celibacy. He tells a fascinating story about a dream he had that revealed to him the face of the woman he would soon meet and marry! His wife, Alexandra also shares her experiences with Ayahuasca and describes a spiritual death & re-birth that brought about some big changes in perspective. It was a wonderful discussion full of profound insights.
Derek and Jane describe the unusual circumstances of their experiences in Peru with Ayahuasca and their experiences with the medicine itself and then we move onto the extraordinary ongoing experiences that Jane is having with Ayahuasca. In some ways this is similar to my own so it was such a pleasure to discuss this with Jane. She shared openly about her dream work and the herbal work she continues to do with the guidance of Ayahuasca.
I interviewed Carlos who is located in the jungle in Peru (near Iquitos) so the sound was difficult at times but his story is a powerful one. Carlos shared about his addictions and the crisis that preceded his trip to Peru to experience Ayahuasca. He shares his phenomenal experiences with Ayahuasca during which he discovered that he's a healer. He also shares stories about seeing his future children in his Ayahuasca experiences and meeting some fascinating spiritual entities that not only he saw and interacted with his friend was aware of their presence as well. It's a wonderful story and worth getting through the parts where the sound is a bit of a challenge. The story that comes through is one that is quite magical.
Zoe tells her story about how she became involved with Plant Medicines and shares her experience of Ayahuasca. She talks about early experiences that shaped her life and how Ayahuasca was an inspiration for the projects she's working on now. We discuss growing up in the '60s and '70s and Zoe talks about feminism now and then. She talks about her life, working in the jungle 'hunting for medicines' with her husband Chris Kilham, The Medicine Hunter. Zoe discuss some of the issues facing women working with Ayahuasca and Zoe offers some advice for women pursuing the medicine for the first time. It was a lovely hour discussing this magnificent medicine with a fellow female traveler.
Corrine gets into her visceral experiences of physical healing with unique "bee beings" during her Ayahuasca experiences. These same healing creatures returned to her in several ceremonies even at different centers! She describes extraordinary physical healing work performed by these amazing beings and how this impacted her life. We also get into the power of thoughts and how our thoughts, intentions and beliefs affect us and others. It's a rich discussion full of insights and an exploration of mental health in the modern conventional world and how it contrasts with these incredibly loving and magical plant medicines.
Little Owl tells the story of how she became involved with Ayahuasca and some of the events that led to her eventually holding ceremonies worldwide. Little Owl talks about new traditions and how participants in Ayahuasca journeys are now discovering and owning their own power and connecting with their 'inner shaman'. We discuss the mirror of others - how they teach us and about some the experiences she's had in group settings that have offered healing and great lessons.
Rebecca Hayden and Guy Crittenden talk about other medicine experiences including Peyote, Cannabis, Mushrooms and Huachuma. We talk about how the plants talk to each other and how some medicines have distinctive characters associated with them. We talk about the lessons of medicines and how they work in tandem with one another. We share some early experiences with psychedelics that now have more meaning and how the medicines work with us before and after we ingest them. It's an enjoyable discussion full of interesting imagery, stories and antics of the medicines that remind us how powerful and magical they really are.
Many of us who have experienced Ayahuasca know that this form of higher consciousness or entity or spirit works with us before, during and after ceremony. However, not many people discuss the experiences they have afterwards. Guy and I both talked about this and decided to share our stories on the show. The experiences can be auditory, visual and they can take many different forms and affect us in many ways. I know that there are many others out there who are having some extraordinary experiences of their own and I hope that this will help them to fell better about them and perhaps encourage people to be more open about them. Also, for those of you who might not have had these experiences, perhaps it will inspire you or resonate with you in some way or just let you know what's possible. I remember having absorbed a lot of material before having my own plant medicine experiences and it really had quite a positive effect on me. Happy listening!
Rebecca Hayden interviews Guy Crittenden about his book: The Year of Drinking Magic based on his experiences with Ayahuasca. Guy shares his experiences and the ways in which they have changed his life and his outlook. Both Rebecca and Guy talk about some extraordinary things that have taken place post Ayahuasca in their lives. They agree that the book is aptly named. There are some phenomena that they have experienced that can't be explained by conventional science and many people are coming to realize through these plant medicines that there is so much more to our existence than we had imagined.