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?
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: www.facebook.com/AyawakeningRetreats
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!
Find out more about her work, retreats, and life mission at the following links: