How to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Journey – A Two Week Guide

by Tatiana Marques - Aya Shakti

Embarking on a psychedelic journey necessitates adequate preparation to ensure a safe and meaningful experience. This comprehensive guide covers a two week protocol of essential aspects, including dietary considerations, prioritizing rest, reducing commitments, media detox, medication awareness, the power of journaling, and fostering a positive mindset. By following these practices, you can create an optimal environment conducive to your upcoming psychedelic experience.

Nutritional Diet: Nourishing Your Body and Mind

  • Prioritize a clean and balanced diet consisting of whole foods, fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh juices and herbal teas.
  • Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods, which may interfere with the clarity and depth of your experience.
  • Incorporate foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and seeds, to support brain health and enhance cognitive function.

Rest: Prioritizing Well-being and Quality Sleep

  • Ensure you are well-rested in the weeks leading up to your psychedelic experience.
  • Establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a calming bedtime routine to promote quality sleep.
  • Avoid stimulating activities and electronic devices before bed to facilitate a restful state.

Doing Less: Creating Space for Reflection

  • Simplify your schedule and minimize commitments in the weeks preceding your journey.
  • Reduce stress and obligations to create ample space for reflection and preparation.
  • Engage in relaxing activities like gentle exercise, nature walks, or quality time with loved ones.

Media Detox: Clearing the Path for Inner Exploration

  • Disconnect from all forms of media in the days leading up to your experience.
  • Avoid exposure to external influences that could disrupt your mental clarity and focus.
  • Create a serene and distraction-free environment to facilitate deep introspection.

Medications and Mind-Altering Substances: Important Considerations

  • Consult your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription medications to understand potential interactions with psychedelics.
  • Particularly crucial for SSRIs, discuss the recommended time off medication and follow their guidance on adjusting or discontinuing its use.
  • Abstain from recreational drugs, alcohol, and mind-altering substances in the weeks prior to your journey to ensure a clear state of mind.

Journaling: Exploring Thoughts and Intentions

  • Begin journaling regularly to delve into your thoughts, feelings, and intentions for the upcoming psychedelic experience.
  • Reflect on your expectations, fears, and hopes, and write about areas of your life you wish to explore or gain clarity on during the journey.
  • Use journaling as a tool for self-reflection and introspection throughout the preparation process.

Surround Yourself with Positivity: Cultivating a Supportive Environment

  • Seek out positive content, such as uplifting music, inspiring friends, or affirmations, to foster a positive mindset.
  • Engage in activities that bring you joy and enhance your overall well-being, such as hobbies or spending time with supportive individuals.
  • Cultivate an environment that supports your emotional state and encourages personal growth.

Preparing for a psychedelic experience is a deeply personal process that requires careful attention to various aspects of your well-being. By following the guidelines outlined in this comprehensive guide and adapting them to suit your individual needs, you can create an optimal environment for a safe, meaningful, and transformative psychedelic journey. Remember, seeking guidance from experienced facilitators or integration professionals can provide invaluable support throughout your exploration. Approach your psychedelic experience with confidence and embrace the profound potential it holds for personal growth and self-discovery.

Tatiana Marques - Aya Shakti Medicine Woman and Guide
Tatiana Marques – Aya Shakti Medicine Woman and Guide
Tatiana Marques - Aya Shakti Medicine Woman and Guide

Tatiana Marques - Aya Shakti

Born to a native mother along a river in northeast Brazil, Tatiana descends from a lineage of Tupinambá that has been almost extinct from their motherland. She has been studying in the Ashaninka lineage of the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade and has spent her life forging a deep relationship with the plants and spirits of the Earth and beyond. In her pursuit of truth, she has drawn from the wisdom of indigenous cultures around the world, learning from the master plants and curandeiros deep in the jungle of South America. She has also studied with the Four Winds Society, is a trained meditation teacher through the Art of Living Foundation, and initiated at the House of Wisdom. Using her knowledge of both indigenous and western culture, she builds bridges of understanding that support her vision of unity, love and devotion to the divine in all things. Her kind-hearted presence truly speaks for itself.

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