What to Expect
Working with Sacred Plant Medicine helps us become aware of our own indwelling sacred nature. The Sacred Teacher Plants become our life-long companions and help us heal our lives. They remind us ultimately that we are in service to the sacredness of life and Pachamama. Working with Sacred Plant Medicine helps us to release negative, fear-filled patterns that have built up over many years through a process of witnessing, integrating and releasing emotional traumas. This facilitates new spiritual perspectives in our lives which is the key to discovering an overall greater sense of purpose, presence and peace in your life.
The initial work is focused on cleansing and purifying your physical body to prepare you for the next stages of your spiritual healing journey. One reasonable expectation is that you may go through a strong physical and emotional purge with vomiting and/or possibly diarrhea. Some people have unrealistically high expectations of their first ceremonies. They expect to see breathtaking visions, which at this early stage is rare. It is important to understand that an Aya ceremony at Soul Quest Church of the Mother Earth is focused on deep healing and not ‘tripping’. Not having visions in your first ceremonies is very common, however, persistence, patience and determination will often, that lead to the more visionary states.
The sacred plant medicine ceremonies involve deep spiritual work, so it is natural to have some trepidation and anxiety, however, the professional trained team at Soul Quest will be with you every step of the way to help make you as comfortable as possible during this process. The most important thing to remember is that you are partaking of an extremely powerful and intelligent medicine that is working with you on very deep psychological and physical levels. Mother Aya is a powerful master teacher that works to align your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. It also has the power to open your mind to new ideas, clarify questions or internal struggles you may have, and heal your body and psyche. The medicine responds to gratitude and is enhanced by greater focus, concentration, and intention.
Knowing what personal matters in your life you want to address, and being able to state this intention clearly in your heart and mind, is a key step to getting the full benefit from the medicine. Within the first few days, you can expect the Aya medicine to work on cleansing any blockages that may inhibit you in reaching your personal and spiritual potential. This detoxification process cleans not just your physical body, but also your karmic debt and other heavier energies weighing you down.
These sacred plant medicine ceremonies are deep spiritual work, so it is natural to have some trepidation and anxiety. However, the team at Soul Quest will be with you every step of the way to make you as comfortable as possible during the Ceremony.
Following is a list of things you might want to bring with you to the retreat:
–Pillow(s) and blanket(s) that you particularly like or find comfortable
–Comfortable, layered clothing (including warm clothes, as it can get chilly at night)
–Natural sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses, sun shade, organic sun protectants)
–Natural bug spray