Written by Sherrie Locke on 12 Wind, May 2014
Sacred substances and medicinal plants are not for everyone. If you are drawn to them, be sure and check yourself as to your state of character, intention and purpose for such experiences before embarking on the journey.
First find a traditional shaman with reputable training and a broad knowledge base. Stay away from hippie encampments and deadheads in general, who will not serve any fruitful purpose.
Always use mind-altering plant substances in a controlled (in field) environment.
Know your intent and purpose. Are you…
Breaking free of an addiction or toxic relationship?
Healing an illness?
Correcting an emotional or mental issue?
Seeking enlightenment or illumination?
Are you stable?
These substances are not for recreation, fun or partying. Never.
As many of you who have experienced this type of transformation will attest to… it’s likely not going to be fun, or comfortable. Enlightening yes, gentle no (you may throw up repeatedly as you let go of density, you may even crap your pants, depending on which sacred substance is involved).
Countless substances have been used by traditional shamans all around the world for thousands of years. Deities are connected to these medicinal plants, sometimes more than one. When you are called to have this experience, the proper shaman and medicine will appear. It is your choice if you go through this portal.
I have had many experiences with traditional plant medicines, not all of them are mind-altering like DMT, ayahuasca (recommended for healing), peyote, mescaline or LSD. Ecstasy, for instance, was created in a lab for couples therapy and was originally meant to be used in a clinical environment. The challenge that lies within “X” is that it blows out all your natural cerotonin in one blast, so you will take a bit longer to recover and a mild to moderate depression may occur in the aftermath of such clinically derived substances. Street versions are never ok to experiment with.
If you are called to this type of experience, I suggest you stick with the ancient guided ceremonies performed by people with extensive experience in these realms. I have seen quite a few cases of people who did not have a good experience as a result of “playing” with things, hooking up with a disreputable person or a dubious group of pseudo shamans or a “leader” who really knows nothing, not even how to hold space OR facilitate a ceremony. Not only is this not helpful but, it can also be dangerous. So be mindful and do your research.
Some good guidelines if you are interested in looking into the world of plant medicines:
Have an intention.
Ask for the plant(s) to be gentle with you.
Fast, smudge and get rid of as much of your shit as possible before you enter the circle.
Make sure the people in your group know how to hold space and that they will do it. Your circle is only as strong as its weakest link (person).
Do not allow unstable personalities in your group.
Beforehand, discuss the intended goal and intended results.
Have items on hand to enhance the experience (usually the shaman will have these items and lead the group on a journey with them). These may include drums, rattles, medicine songs, sage, tobacco and other herbs or flowers and waters of all kinds.
These sessions do not begin and end in one five-fifteen hour session, the effects are still tweaking you for about 30-40 days afterwards.
In the case of treating long term alcohol or drug abuse, the treatments can stretch into a lengthy process, many times requiring a stay in the jungle for the duration of the process, a few weeks minimum.
Native American Church (the official peyote church) states you will do, at minimum, seven ceremonies before you meet Mescalito, the deity of the plant.
Other plant deities are more prolific, sometimes showing themselves to people who simply have the medicine in their space. So be conscious!
Also, please be aware that these substances are illegal in most developed countries. So you might want to include a journey to the source country, where such substances are legal and even acceptable practice.
I do not advocate the use of drugs nor suggest the usage of plant medicines to people who are in judgement or who lack an understanding of the world of plant medicines. But if this is an area of interest to you or a loved one for healing and transcendence, I highly recommend you do further research on the subject.
Remember, be open, be safe and stick with traditional methods.
Expand your consciousness, heal, get in touch with what is real.
Yours truly in honor and reverence,