Be it plant spirit, a chemical cocktail that triggers our innate wisdom, or some mysterious blend of both, ayahuasca has a profound capacity to illuminate the issues underlying depression, anxiety, and addiction. Often what’s revealed is the unprocessed trauma lying at the root of these. By bringing awareness directly to the source, deep healing can occur
Neurological research indicates that trauma doesn’t impact the cortical (rational) brain as much as the limbic (emotional) brain. Ayahuasca is known to affect the deeper regions of the brain where trauma is encoded, in ways that may parallel the effects of body-based trauma healing therapies like Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Sensorimotor Processing…….. read full article.
Author: Kerry Moran, MA, LPC
Originally published at Chacruna.net by Kerry Moran, MA, LPC
Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca presents enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. In my experience as a meditator and psychotherapist, no other process comes close to ayahuasca’s power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness. Each moment of bliss in ceremony can be offset by an equal amount of terror; it seems the heights to which one journeys are underpinned by the absolute dregs of experience. It requires a great deal of courage and no small amount of savvy to fathom this, to navigate skillfully through the process, and, especially, to apply the fruits of the journey to one’s life……. read full article.