Awakening with Ayahuasca: An Interview with Taylor Marie

Interviews, Spirituality, The Crown Chakra


It’s an ancient, medicinal healing plant. Or as the Amazonian shamans   call it, “a window to the soul.” Many claim this sacred sacrament can cure any illness, while others say it is the Spirit teacher — the doorway to awakening. It is said that to partake of Ayahuasca, is to face your demons and remove the veil between illusions and spiritual reality.

Taylor Marie’s journey with Ayahuasca changed the entire course of her life. She is  now pioneering Ayahuasca retreats in Peru to help open up the experience of this “Wisdom Plant” to the masses. She stopped by Chakra Center today to share her story:

Tell us a bit about yourself? Who were you before your first experience with Ayahuasca, and who are you now?

I’ve always been the kind of person to question this reality and I’ve always had quite a different perspective on life than most of my friends and family, but I was also very lost for many years. I suffered from depression starting at a young age. I always saw myself as separate from everyone else, and looked at humanity as a disease plaguing the Earth.

Before Ayahuasca, I was dead set on the path to become a successful actress in film and television, but there was always something in the back of my mind asking if it was what I truly wanted. I ignored it, thinking it was a part of me out to destroy myself.

After my first Ayahuasca experience, that feeling grew stronger to the point where I finally realized that acting was truly not what I wanted to do…and then I recorded my first YouTube video.

The person I am today no longer suffers from depression, feels separate from everyone, or sees humanity as a disease.

Ayahuasca taught me to love everything/everyone – including myself – unconditionally, whole-heartedly. I have left the acting world and am now working to help others awaken with the sacred medicine of the Amazon.

What is Ayahuasca and how is it different from other psychedelic plants?

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic plant medicine brew used traditionally in ceremonies by the native tribes of the Amazon. It contains the compound DMT (dimethyltryptamine), which is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in the human brain as well as in many plants and animals. Ayahuasca is used for healing (mentally, physically, emotionally) and to gain spiritual enlightenment.

I have not had much experience with other psychedelic plants, but from my few experiences I can say it is different in the way that it brings you fully inside yourself and forces you to face your demons. When I consume Ayahuasca, I feel like I am not only consuming the liquid, but the spirit of the brew itself. It also has a very unique vibe…ancient and wise in a way, and I can feel that it is very much part of the jungle. It’s not that easy to explain, but I hope you can grasp a little bit of what I’m trying to say.

What advice would you give to people who are interested in trying Ayahuasca?

Do not hold any expectations because everyone experiences it in their own unique way. Also, please seek out a proper shaman. There are a lot of ayahuasqueros in South America who do not know how to heal or work with the energies of the medicine – and a lot of them just want your money. You have to be weary of that. Do your research before going. Make sure the shaman is reputable! And always respect the medicine.

What role do you think Ayahuasca is playing in the current awakening happening on this planet right now?

For me, Ayahuasca was the tipping point to my awakening. It connected me with a part of myself that was hidden beneath ego and dark emotional baggage, and has led me to a path to help awaken others.

With it becoming a lot more well-known in the western world, there are more and more people journeying out to experience it for themselves, thus potentially leading to their awakening, which is creating a ripple effect across the world.

Rumor has it you will be hosting Ayahuasca retreats. What can you tell us about this new endeavor?

I am actually hosting them in South America, just outside of Iquitos, Peru! It honestly hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually doing this. Only 7 months ago I was doing everything I could to make it in the acting world…and now I’m organizing and hosting Ayahuasca retreats?! It’s bizarre in the best way. I am just so thankful that the universe is providing me with everything I need to do this. It’s a brand new dream come true!

As for the retreats: The retreats will be 14 days long with a maximum of 6 Ayahuasca ceremonies. There will be plant/flower baths, mud baths, hikes through the jungle, lots of time to relax and focus on healing intentions…it’s going to be fantastic! You can find more information about costs and activities on the Facebook page:

How can people get involved with what you’re doing?

I encourage everyone to start making their own YouTube channel or Facebook page to post thoughts and ideas to share with the world. It is such a great way to get a message out to the masses…and even if you just inspire one single person, you’re still doing your part to help change the world! Or if you don’t want to make your own videos, share the ones that inspire you.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It is so important in this time of our lives to stop living in fear and to start living your dreams. Follow your heart & the universe will help you along the way!

Taylor Marie describes herself as a “psychonaut”: A person who uses altered states of consciousness in order to gain deeper insights and spiritual experiences.

Find out more about her work, retreats, and life mission at the following links: 

YouTube channel




6 thoughts on “Awakening with Ayahuasca: An Interview with Taylor Marie

  1. Never had Ayahuasca but there are other ways to release the DMT that’s already within you into your mind. What I usually experience when this happens is a total out of body experience and total warp drive space travel. I’m talking wormholes, stargates, sitting outside of the universe in a void and watching it vibrate in front of you. So I perfectly understand the term psychonaut, we are the ancient astronauts. 🙂 The first time it happened I become a star, the sun in outer space floating in what I can only describe as a sea of knowledge.When I came back into myself I was slightly nauseous but felt like I had one the lottery and that moment I understood the goal of nearly every spiritual, religious, and metaphysical system ever practiced upon the earth. A totally life changing experience and I would say I was truly “reborn” afterwards. I’ve later found that a lot of the things I experienced back when I was having these experiences are exactly what a lot of people experience during near death experiences. .

    The downside to having truly spiritual experiences like the DMT experience is the illusion that we live in is revealed. This can leave you disillusioned, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you previously believed in all the lies. You lose your innocence in a way but gain everything. Myself I’ve become way less materialistic and started downsizing my life afterwards and live a very minimalist lifestyle. I’m way more in tune with the natural world, and way more out of tune with the corporatized modern unnatural world which I consider one of the major things that separates people from their own higher self, their subconscious. I’m now content being the poor man, the lowly one, the perfect heretic, and I’ve got everything I’ll ever need.


    1. Yes, I’ve heard many people describe experiences like yours. Everyone’s path is different, and the way we all awaken is very individual, but once you see the illusion for what it is, it is hard to ever go back to life as you knew it before. That is one thing I know for sure.

    1. I have read that DMT is primarily produced in the lungs, and some believe (or have reported experiencing DMT release) by using ancient breathing exercises like Pranayama. This is believed to be accomplished by the retention of breath. Yogi’s have practiced this retention alongside regulation of breath, so it possible that when your breathing stops during these intentional breath cycles, the lungs release DMT. This could also explain why large amounts of DMT are often released in a person’s brain at death (as the breath/life force leaves the body).

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