Cooking Ayahuasca

So what is Ayahuasca?  Some of you will have come to this page already knowing, some of you will be looking into Ayahuasca for the very first time, some of you will need to know every detail about the scientific and technical breakdown of the plant and its effect on the human body and mind, some of you will just have blind faith, but one thing that you will all have in common is that you are experiencing a calling from something that you cant quite describe.  Here at Maya we believe that not only do we have the perfect environment and setting for you to explore what this beautiful and sacred medicine has to offer, but we also believe that our healer and his calling to work with Ayahuasca is the most genuine that we have come across and we are very confident that whatever it may be that you are searching for that you will find it here at Maya.

The name ‘Ayahuasca’ comes from the Quechuan word ‘Ajawaska’, which, when translated means either ‘Vine of the soul’ or ‘Rope of death’, here at Maya we tend to prefer ‘Vine of the Soul’.  Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon Basin for healing, insights and spiritual cleansing.  Nowadays, as us Westerners get further and further away from our true selves we are naturally approaching a state of unhappiness, lack of fullfilment or seeking some sort of true purpose, at Maya we believe that Ayahuasca is the medicine that can help us to find exactly what it is that we are missing in our lives and that is why the popularity and use of this medicine continues to grow all over the world.

Purging during an ayahuasca ceremony is not like performing normal bodily functions. It is not merely a physical release and it is not just an emotional, spiritual, or psychological release, but the phenomenal combination of all of the above into an unique event that makes it a single life­ altering experience. Vomiting is seen in western culture as something to be ashamed of or a reaction of the body to sickness, eating the wrong food or drinking too much alcohol. Yet in the context of Ayahuasca, vomiting is the first stage of cleansing the body and the spirit. It’s therefore a positive event and for many, during a ceremony, it kickstarts the visionary phase of the ayahuasca experience.

Among Peruvian shamans is said that La purga misma te enseña, ‘vomiting itself teaches you’. Giving yourself over to the plant, giving up control and letting go of shame is the first lesson you’ll receive from the plant doctor.

The brew also interacts with the psycho­emotional and spiritual basis of each individual and the construct of the setting in which it is taken. Among these personal attributes; attitude, purpose, personality, mood and prior experience influence the character of the experience. The composite effect of these factors influences the nature and content of the experiential journey. People experiencing Ayahuasca ceremonies typically achieve substantial mental, psychological and spiritual progress comparable to that accomplished through intensive long­term psychotherapy. This often unrivaled speed of positive turnaround suits it perfectly to those who are experiencing a severe breakdown in a certain character of their being that is perhaps unresponsive to conventional treatment, or which has reached a point at which it must be handled with great rapidity.