I spent a lot of years neglecting the body and underestimating its vital role in our spiritual process. It's literally the medium that we experience our lives through - and getting to know its tendencies as an individual is imperative to being able to understand what's happening for us on a higher plane. I once heard in Ayahuasca ceremony, you can only go spiritually as far as you can physically. Levels of the Body That includes the physical level (sleep, food, exercise, etc), the emotional level (releasing trapped emotions, allowing love in, etc), the level of the mind (keeping healthy framing, releasing belief systems and ego defenses, intent on integrity, openness to recognizing what's happening where and what our responsibility is … [Read more...] about Carbon Bodies
Ayahuasca Articles: Spiritual Development and Beyond
Ayahuasca articles on spiritual development and more (both published and private) written by Meghan Shannon Elder of Beyond the Ceremony
There's family you choose, and there's family you're assigned to (whether it's spiritually or otherwise is debatable). Then there's the family that flows. Spiritual friendships (aka - friendships that have been clearly made manifest from powers beyond are own) are one of the greatest gifts to humanity, especially on this path. Recognizing their true value helps so much. Because this shit is hard enough. I'm very lucky I have so many ride-or-die lifers. Even the ones that have stayed temporarily for a particular reason, then were flowed out were just as important during the time we were presently aligned. I know better than to confuse the lifespan of a relationship with its quality. I even believe I have friends who have shown up in … [Read more...] about The True Gift of Spiritual Friendship
What is Spiritual Arrogance? I know - the scary, sensitive, defense-producing sound of the word arrogance (especially when it's aimed at us.) Add 'spiritual' in front of it, and many of us are defending the truth of who we are at all cost, down to the very core of our being. Except - we're not. We're defending our perception that someone else can't see us clearly. That someone thinks we might not be who we really are. Worse, that they think we're full of shit or (gasp!) that we don't know what we're talking about. We're not defending our spirit (all of our higher selves are badasses and way past that shit.) Let's be real - we're defending our insecurity. Arrogance, as an aspect of the defense system we call as a unit "ego", is a … [Read more...] about Is the Blind Spot of Spiritual Arrogance Slowing Our Process?
Let me begin by saying, I am in no way, shape or form a Christian scholar. I am the quintessential "spiritual not religious" type who looks for Spirit in everything, where I believe it always exists. The interesting parts of the Lilith and Eve story is how I see it present in society as archetypes in our collective consciousness (specifically in Western consciousness where old religious belief systems still serve as an undercurrent foundation.) Today, I focus on the concept; how these archetypes show up in every day life. Whether you or I believe the stories to be true, allegory or just food for thought, I toss out something to chew on to see if it resonates. I only recently learned about Lilith as a character in Genesis 1:27, before Eve … [Read more...] about Internal Struggle of the Feminine Aspects: Lilith vs Eve
Ayahuasca Emotional Purging One of the first things people think of when it comes to Ayahuasca ceremony is the purging: the best friend/worst enemy puke bucket, the toilet paper rolls for inevitable eye and nose faucets, the exact path to be taken to the bathroom if it gets really bad. The physical purging is one of the main reasons people are attracted to the Ayahuasca plant Medicine in the first place; not for the fun of it, but for the efficiency in which trapped emotions and energies can leave the body. It accelerates a personal or spiritual process to levels that many of us need, given how much has built up in our bodies in such an out-of-nature's-sync society. One of the common misconceptions is that the purging ends when the … [Read more...] about Ayahuasca Emotional Purging (After Ceremony and at Home)