Mother Ayahuasca: 5 Crucial Shamanic Lessons before Ceremony

Mother Ayahuasca is a combination of two plants called Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria Viridis. If you consume only one of these you won’t notice anything. When brewed together for several hours, they induce a heightened state of consciousness and mystical experiences.

Historically viewed as tools of the devil and therefore the ancient traditions could only survive and continue utilizing the power of the plants in secret.

Vine of the Soul

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Ayahuasca in the ancient Indian language Quechua means “vine of the soul” or “vine of the dead.” Mother Ayahuasca provides the opportunity for us to confront our existential reality and deconstruct our ego. Realize dualities, for example, that life is both finite and eternal.

Natives call it the great medicine of the Forrest. Used for healing, divination, and cultural cohesion.

The experience can be “other-worldly”. Beneficial in our modern, fear-controlled world, which is in need of serious healing.

Mother Ayahuasca True Healing Power

Healing means becoming whole. Not a quick fix like prescription medications for emotional and physical pain.

The question is: are you ready to go through the necessary to heal?

Mother Ayahuasca is not a narcotic or a painkiller. It forces you to be with your suffering. Fears and pains are more intense so you can work and integrate with them. You discover the root of your problems so true healing can begin.

Western people have a strong ego and expanding consciousness is viewed as a threat to self and society. We’re so attached and identified with the mind that temporally removing it from our field of awareness is seen as life-threatening by our ego.

This is why some people who take psychedelic drugs, think they’re going to die and freak out. The only thing dying is the ego and all the aspects and personalities even if they are bad for the individual

Ayahuascas Healing Power

People turn to Mother Ayahuasca for physical healing after Western medicine fails. Ayahuasca removes toxins and pathogens from the body. Negative emotions and thoughts patterns can transform into physical form, which ends up being the reason for many diseases.

Spiritual healing has come into light in recent times in the West. Cultures are also affected for better or worse. We can see this today in the USA where people use plants like Kratom as pain management.

The birth of hypnosis and psychoanalysis has shifted our view from a mechanical standpoint into a holistic view of what it is to be human.

Mother Ayahuasca has become a tool to remember and recover to wholeness by letting old wounds and judgment fade away. Your limiting beliefs that you’re separate from divine creation get dissolved. The illusion of separation is revealed. Sometimes called to “wake up from the dream”.

How Does Mother Ayahuasca Work? (And a Word of Caution)

Even if science has advanced we’re still ignorant about the brain and the connection between the physical body and spirit. The sharpest scientist are still eluded by the life force and Universe.

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The biochemical interaction between the two plants Banisteriopsis (Caapi) and Psychotria is responsible for creating Mother Ayahuasca. DMT sometimes called the spirit molecule, is present in Psychotoria plants. When brewed with caapi, it is only then that it is possible for the central nervous system to absorb DMT.

How the natives discovered this is still unknown. Divine inspiration? Or maybe numerous trials and errors?

Ayahuasca is not for cowards. It seeks courage and inner strength. Before consumption, you can’t eat processed food, sugar, salt, or meat. Drugs are also prohibited. The native says: “ the spirit of Ayahuasca and the spirit of marijuana don’t get along”.

The modern world frequently prescribes drugs to individuals so it is important to know that Mother Ayahuasca and SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) is a bad combination and will cause adverse side effects such as serotonin syndrome.

Important Lessons Learned by Vegitalista (Shaman) Ceremony

Mother Ayahuasca doesn’t give you what you want but what you need.

Ayahuasca is powerful medicine. Not a drug. It is so powerful that your system must not have any trace of prescription drugs or else you will have the worst day of your life. Drinking alcohol every weekend and taking other mind-altering substances is strictly forbidden by Mother Ayahuasca.

Sexual abstinence and avoiding romantic pursuits give individuals peace of mind and more clarity to go deep into the soul.

To give up habits like these is not only necessary but can also be viewed as a psychological test if the individual is ready.

Consuming Peyote, psychedelic cacti, and mushrooms is a valid way to purify the spirit to connect deeper with the world. However, these activities are more seen as a preparation for Ayahuasca.

Shamanic Diet to Prepare for Ayahuasca

You must abstain from sugar, fat, salt, spices, pork, alcohol, caffeine, and other mind-altering drugs.

A shamans’ common diet is potatoes, eggs, manioc, plantains, vegetables, white rice, and sometimes fish and meat. After a while, your body is clear from toxins. You may feel weak. It is a good sign because your body is clean and ready for Mother Ayahuasca.

Intentions vs Expectations

The intentions are equally important to purification.  What are your intentions? Do you want healing from past trauma or discover who you really are? Everyone has their own life path and needs different aspects of healing.

Intentions make you aware of the reason why you’re doing it and help you focus on the work. Be faithful. Show respect and love to the plants. Courage you already have if you’re about to consume this potent ancient medicine.

Don’t be unprepared or your risk to end up worse than when you started.

The desire to be someone else than you really are is baggage you must drop. Someone who is pressured to be someone else is a sign they are not ready for Mother Ayahuasca.

Issues That Needs Healing

When you consume Ayahuasca, you’re well on your way if you ask to heal common issues like:

  • Unworthiness
  • Self-sabotage
  • Victim mentality
  • Survival issues
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Sexual and body shame
  • Gender identity issues
  • Emotional, self-esteem and trust issues
  • Self and criticism of others

Even if you have suppressed and tried to hide these emotional issues, you can be sure Mother Ayahuasca will bring them up.

You Are Not Ready

Are you ready, though? Are you willing to temporally lose your mind and control and be vulnerable to the fear of change? If so, then true healing can begin. Looking inside your inner landscape is the best preparation you can do. Respect your limitations.

Consuming only Banisteriopsis Caapi

People who don’t have the opportunity to visit Mother Ayahuasca can begin the journey at home by only taking Caapi.

Caapi alone don’t induce psychedelic trips and can therefore be used as a healing tool. It releases serotonin in the brain and consists of harmine, tetrahydroharmine, and harmaline alkaloids. You can get Caapi and many people do because of the benefits:

  • Dissolve ego
  • Ease anxiety and depression
  • Boost creativity and cognitive functions
  • Induce vivid dreams
  • Connect with nature and the world around you
  • Overcome substance addiction
  • Overcome bad memories and traumas
  • Enhance inner peace

Caapi is useful for individuals to do some healing before taking Ayahuasca or can’t go to a ceremony. But you can’t use it if you take SSRIs or rather not other prescription medications.


Even if modern technology has evolved, the issues within humanity remain unchanged. Not only material and chasing comfort, but also finding the deeper meaning of life. Therefore, we rely on traditional wisdom to deal with a technical, globalized society. This calls for ancient traditions such as Ayahuasca to gain greater clarity on life.