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The lists usually discourage or forbid red meat and pork, salt, hot spices, alcohol (that’s a big one), avocados and a few other items.
If you research the “aya diet” you’ll encounter lists of what to eat and some of these differ.
An example might be, “I want healing” or “I seek purification” or “I want guidance with the path forward in my life.” If you set your intention as something like, “I wish to clear up the relationship with my mother who makes me so angry sometimes because she keeps comparing me to my brother, and just because he excels academically I know he has a lot of issues she doesn’t know about…” or something like that, you just won’t be able to remember it when you’re in ayahuasca’s thrall. At different ceremonies you may encounter people who surround themselves with stuff: crystals, little vials of different healing potions, favorite objects, shoe options, etc. At a shamanic centre, a mattress will normally be provided and some pillows.
A good intention is kind of like a mantra that you can repeat and come back to if you start losing your way. Let’s assume here, though, that you have to bring your own stuff. Note that this is not the thick kind you inflate with a bicycle pump, but rather the thin kind hikers use, that can be rolled up tight.
I can’t prove it, but I noticed in my last ceremony that the people wearing white clothing had gentler, positive experiences, but who knows?
I bring sandals or flip-flops because these tuck in nicely beside my mattress and are easy to put on or off in the dark.
(Note: Don’t place your bucket where people may accidentally kick it over in the night.) 8. Of course what to wear for ceremony is a highly personal decision, and there are no hard rules. I mean, when I think of the profundity of what I might experience, it seems like a copout to not “dress for occasion.” I wear white Shipibo clothing with beautiful embroidery because of the pleasure it gives me wearing it and for the statement it makes via which I honor the whole experience.
I’ve seen people wearing everything from full-on Shipibo costumes to jeans and Metallica T-shirts. At a minimum I’d lean toward wearing white, light, breathable loose cotton shirt and pants.
This is work, and you’ll find out quickly why no one would ever drink ayahuasca as a recreational drug (one reason why it’s so ridiculous that it’s illegal in North America and many other places).
Trust me, when you’re under the medicine it helps to not have to feel around in the dark for things.
Most venues will supply a bucket and some tissues in case you throw up; if you have to bring your own, a large empty yoghurt container with lid is a great idea.
But I get far more out of the experience when I set an intention.
Beginners are advised to keep their intention simple the first time.