Surviving COVID-19, Lessons From Mother Ayahuasca

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I am grateful to have the opportunity to share with you my perspectives on the corona virus and what I see playing out on the world stage right now.  We’re all living through very confusing, challenging, unsettling, and for some, scary times.  As the world is gripped by fear, it may seem unimaginable to entertain the idea that this pandemic is actually happening FOR US… that its serving a greater good for each of us individually, and the world at large… and that this is actually a necessary step on the inevitable path of humanities evolution.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a series of videos with you unpacking the crisis through the lens of Ayahuasca, a plant medicine used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon jungle for thousands of years.  Ayahuasca is one of the most potent psychedelic substances in the world, inducing intense, visceral 6 to 8 hour inner journeys through ones subconscious mind, with experiences ranging from ecstatic bliss to terrifying torture.  This sacred brew of Amazonian plants is referred to as a medicine, rather than a drug, because it offers profound healing on every level of our body, mind and spirit.  So what the heck do I know about this stuff?  Well…

A little over two years ago, I left a high paying IT job that I had been at for 13 years.  My soul was yearning for something more, and ever since, I’ve been on a journey of self discovery, personal development, and spiritual growth.   In early 2018 and again in early 2019 I received the proverbial “call” from Mother Ayahuasca, the divine nurturing loving feminine spirit one experiences while on the medicine, she was beckoning me to travel to South America where I’ve since participated in 12 Ayahuasca ceremonies with her.  Throughout my journeys on the medicine, I’ve come face to face with many aspects of my shadow, which are the parts of us that we suppress, because they are uncomfortable, because they hurt, and because we would rather avoid them.  We go through life hiding beneath layers upon layers of masks, filters and our ego, resulting in an outward projection that’s inauthentic and out of alignment with our true higher selves. 

Along my journeys, I’ve worked through a number of suppressed traumas, judgements of myself and others, and I’ve released stored emotions like fear, anger, resentment, and deep heartache that were all keeping me trapped in a lower state of vibration and consciousness.  The medicine has helped me to connect with my heart and soul on a deeper level and I’ve learned valuable lessons from both the medicine, and the wisdom shared by the shamans who served it.

I know now, after several intensely difficult journeys on the medicine, that healing isn’t always easy, it definitely isn’t pretty, and frankly sometimes its pure hell, but the reward for doing the hard work is beautiful, beyond imagination.  In one of my journeys, my entire world came crashing down and in a prolonged state of terror, I essentially surrendered to my own death.  It wasn’t so much that I was really dying though, the medicine is actually very safe when used appropriately.  What I was experiencing was the death of my ego, the parts of me that no longer served me, I was being forced to let them go, and that was no easy task.  This type of journey isn’t unique to me, however, its quite common for those who drink Ayahuasca to go through something very similar.  A re-birthing experience often follows a traumatic ego death as the new you emerges into the world, without all that extra baggage dragging you down.  Think of it like a caterpillar dissolving inside of a cocoon and emerging into the world as a gorgeous butterfly ready to take flight.  Once you drink Aya, you can never return to the old you, and you wouldn’t want to, because the new you is so much better.

So how do these ideas relate to the corona virus?

I recently described the pandemic to someone as a doomsday apocalypse with a fairy-tail ending as humanity “rebirths” into a higher level of consciousness.  If that statement feels like a lot to digest, don’t worry, I’ll break it down and walk you through every step of it as we progress through this series.  Quite simply though, what’s happening in the world is following the exact same formula as an Ayahuasca ceremony an individual goes through as they awaken to their true self.  What I mean to say is… the world just drank a gigantic glass of Ayahuasca and now we’re being asked to do some really difficult healing on a planetary level.  We are entering the chaotic part of ceremony that frankly feels like crushing hell.  Having gone through this transformation in my inner world, and now watching it play out in the outer world on a grand scale, I’m blessed with unique insights into the divine purpose of the pandemic, how to navigate the storm that lies ahead, as well as a preview of what life looks like after the medicine wears off and we’ve had some time to integrate its teachings.

Humanity is facing this grand challenge here and now because… one, we desperately need it, and two, we are ready for it.  The corona virus may not be what we want, but it sure is exactly the medicine we need to raise the consciousness of the planet as we evolve with it.  The future holds tremendous promise, I hope you’ll join me on future videos as I offer my guidance, encouragement, wisdom and unconditional love while together, we navigate the storms that lie ahead while we collectively rebirth into a new human species.

Stay calm, take care of yourself and one another, and I’ll be back soon to share more of my journey with you.

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