In The Spirit of Nature: Cosmic Sisters on Ayahuasca

By Zoe Helene

Ayahuasca, the sacred Amazonian plant medicine brew with the power to heal mind, body and spirit, is calling to people from all over the world. I’ve explored ayahuasca in fully immersive ceremonies with hundreds of people from dozens of countries. I’m a seasoned journeyer, yet I know la medicina will continue to surprise me.

A powerful hallucinogenic blend of at least two higher plants native to the Amazon, ayahuasca is an intense psychedelic. Responsible use of psychedelics can help us access and communicate with our subconscious selves. With experience, we can learn to ride, surf, even “navigate” surreal visionary states most often described as lucid, waking dreams. In the medicine space, life-enhancing messages come in abstract, symbolic, archetypal and universal languages, usually referred to as “visions.”

In the medicine, many people discover and remove obstacles to wellness within their own psyches and find peace, inspiration, clarity, revelation and even full-on paradigm shifts. Behaviors and boundaries that separate us from nature dissolve and morph into visions of interconnectivity and universal oneness. We journey with skilled guides in a safe set and setting in the Peruvian Amazon. Ceremony is held in a round building called a maloca, which the shamans consider protected, sacred space. The people with whom we share ceremony are an invaluable part of our experience, and I also cherish the strong, beautiful presence of my husband, medicine hunter and ethnobotanist Chris Kilham, beside me.

I developed the Cosmic Sister grants because I wanted to share this profound mind-body-spirit wellness experience with other women. Their stories about how the experience deepened their reverence for and connection with the spirit of nature are powerful.


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