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Category: Health:Self-Help

Ayahuasca gives us perspective, inspires wonder, helps us to heal on many levels and presents us with endless possibilities for positive change. Join us for discussions about how these changes are unfolding in our minds, hearts, in our lives and in the world around us.

April 23, 2019

Interview with Miranda Vires & Integration Discussion

Miranda Vires shares her experiences before, during and after Ayahuasca. She shares her pre-Ayahuasca journey getting off anti-depressant medications, working towards changing long-standing habits and overcoming harmful mind states and negative attitudes towards this unusual healing modality. Miranda describes healing shame & guilt through purging in ceremony and the receiving the essential lesson, message & healing of love, especially self-love. She shares her ego-death experience with Ayahuasca & becoming one with the earth, elements & everyone. We have a good discussion about integrating our Ayahuasca experiences and how that unfolds with continuing guidance from the medicine. We share stories about how this has impacted us as parents and how this work has improved our relationship with our children, with ourselves and so much more.

March 21, 2019

Interview with Deanna Rogers

Deanna shares her experiences with Ayahuasca and her work with integration with the Temple of the Way of Light. She describes some of the process of integration and shares a wonderful dieta experience with a vital message about love with respect to those who we see as doing harm. We discuss the lesson that came out of her experience and I add my own experiences with this universal lesson as well. This is a good intro to some basic Ayahuasca integration themes.

February 27, 2019

Discussion with Angela Benck

We begin the discussion by talking about following our path/purpose, how Ayahuasca often calls us to do what resonates deeply with us and the resistance we felt in doing this. We discuss motherhood and how we have changed how we parent as a result of our experiences with Ayahuasca. We share parenting stories and lessons we learned and how we applied them with our children. We share little techniques, tools and practices we use as part of our integrative process. We talk about coming from the position of love and how powerful that is and how it's connected to the deeper place within that we tap into to heal and grow. We agree that this process can often seem as challenging as it is rewarding and that it's important to acknowledge the extraordinary accomplishment that integration is.

January 21, 2019

Interview with Giovanni Bartolomeo of Collective Evolution

Giovanni describes his profound Ayahuasca experiences in detail including his first one involving a ‘death and rebirth’ experience and the teachings that came with it. He emphasizes the power of surrender and of being the observer in his experiences. We discuss how relationships change for the better after Ayahuasca. We also discuss purging and the fact that there is more to this experience than the physical involving both teachings and healing. We discuss bigger societal messages and the interaction we have with others in these experiences. Giovanni talks about how Ayahuasca guided and inspired him to do some of the great work he does today. We discuss the prevalence of plant medicines throughout the history of some religions and spiritual practices and how many people make significant spiritual connections in other ways.

December 16, 2018

Interview with Quantum Physicist and Author Dr. Amit Goswami

The interview begins part way into the discussion due to technical issues and Amit discusses the materialist scientific mindset as prejudicial. Amit shared his short lived Ayahuasca experience early on which we allude to again during this discussion but most of our discussion is devoted to exploring society's attitude towards expanded consciousness and the experiences we have beyond the physical. Amit talks about the veracity of the reports that come from near death experiences and we discuss experiences both of us have had hearing voices and how they have impacted our choices and our lives. Dr. Goswami confirms that quantum physics validates the experiences we’re having with Ayahuasca and all of the unique experiences many of us are having afterwards. Amit discusses the challenges he’s faced in bringing Quantum Science into the formal education system and he shares his vision of a new kind of education that would embrace this understanding of the world beyond the physical – an education that would help us to understand ourselves and our consciousness. We discuss how important it is to have meaning in our lives and finally, although Dr. Amit Goswami has written an all-encompassing book called “The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death and The Meaning of Life” we both agree that remaining open and keeping our beliefs fluid is ideal.


November 22, 2018

Discussion with Matthew Pallamary & Drake Reno

In this episode, we discuss the mind, Ayahuasca, Shamanism and the many tools we use and approaches we take to integrate our Ayahuasca experiences. Matthew talks about his early experiences with the medicine, shares some personal stories and draws on many years of experience with shamanism and other disciplines to help illustrate integrative concepts and experiences. Drake shares his story about how he discovered Ayahuasca, the issues that came up and how he used NLP techniques to change the automated response patterns in his mind. He also explains some NLP concepts and how they relate to one of his personal integrative experiences. I share my own Ayahuasca assisted experiences of doing similar work incorporating a shamanic approach to interrupt harmful thought patterns. We discuss the intellect: both harmful and positive aspects of it and other aspects of the mind that can be used to help us understand our relationships with others and help us to respond in a healthier way to what is going on in our lives.

November 3, 2018

FEATURED: Discussion with Dr. Xiaojue Hu & Dr. Rachel Harris

In this first episode of the new format of Ayahuasca Talks, Rebecca Hayden, Rachel Harris & Xiaojue Hu discuss the kinds of shifts we have experienced with Ayahuasca. We talk about the unique therapeutic benefits of Ayahuasca and how this empowering teacher plant helps us to heal ourselves by educating us as about how we create our own problems and how to do things differently. We share personal examples of the kinds of insights we have gained from our experiences both during ceremony and afterwards and the work that we do and that is possible post Ayahuasca to improve our lives. Subjects covered: repeating negative patterns from childhood, negative attitudes, paranoia, self-criticism, punishment (self and societal), heart-opening, inner voices and conventional therapy compared with Ayahuasca.

October 18, 2018

Interview with Lynette Allen April 11, 2018

Lynette Allen is a women's life coach who has written several books on the subject and has now begun her journey with Ayahuasca. Lynette shares her initial concerns about the medicine before she had her own experience with it. She shares her own experience and talks about the kinds of changes she has witnessed as a result of her involvement with this teaching medicine. She speaks passionately about the immense possibilities of the medicine in terms of personal growth. She describes in vivid detail an experience of removing her own toxic energy with Ayahuasca. We discuss looking into these darker aspects of ourselves and the importance of this and how it helps us grow. She talks about how trusting medicine during difficult processes can be most beneficial. We talk about the states we experience after Ayahuasca and our heightened awareness of both lighter and darker states and how important it is to agree to work through it instead of run away from it as we often tend to want to do. Lynette describes an Ayahuasca experience of physical healing - another cleansing episode - and the reduced pain in her life afterwards. We talk about our learned physical tension responses and the long journey of working through this and how Ayahuasca helps with this. In the end Lynette underlines our personal responsibility for our own wellness.

October 14, 2018

Interview with Nimea Ariana, January 17, 2018

Nimea Ariana shares the experiences that led up to her taking Ayahuasca. She details some extraordinary connections, interactions and phenomenal episodes that took place in her life before Ayahuasca – things that were difficult to process and understand but were compelling and ultimately led to more profound experiences, Ayahuasca being one of them. We discussed the gifts and challenges that come along with these extraordinary connections and experiences and how we have navigated them. Nimea shares some of the details of her Ayahusca experiences and we discuss some of the themes and messages that have come out of these experiences.

October 11, 2018

Dean Jenkins interview January 31, 2018

Dean talks about life before and after Ayahuasca. He shares his struggles with learning difficulties and physical challenges before Ayahuasca and the changes that took place afterwards. He discusses how he healed himself and the extraordinary experiences he had both in ceremonies and post Ayahuasca. We both discuss a heightened awareness of some underlying themes in social situations and making decisions not to participate in unhealthy behaviours. Dean talked about the difference in his energy level and attitudes after Ayahuasca and how this has benefited him in every way. In the end it became clear that the early challenges he had prepared him for the teaching work he does today. Dean and I both share post Ayahuasca dream experiences and how we have navigated some post Ayahuasca shamanic experiences (important to note: not all of us will do this in the same way – we are all unique ;-) . We talk about Ayahuasca being the ultimate teacher and how we envision reflecting this wisdom in how we all learn and how children are taught today.