Monday January 27, 2020

Ayahuasca: The Spiritual Journey Hollywood Is Talking About

The experience is deeply spiritual, intensely psychological and can be stunningly self illuminating

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Ayahuasca means “Vine of the Spirit” or “Vine of the Dead”. Ayahuasca tea is typically made by mixing Chakruna leaves and Ayahuasca vine. This is considered to have healing properties and is popular in South America. Image
Ayahuasca means “Vine of the Spirit” or “Vine of the Dead”. Ayahuasca tea is typically made by mixing Chakruna leaves and Ayahuasca vine. This is considered to have healing properties and is popular in South America. Image Credit: Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Everyone in Hollywood is talking about ayahuasca and, most especially, the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat.

The retreat center is an eight day fully immersive program that include: meditation, yoga, workshops, ayahuasca ceremonies and other activities that finally allow one to confront repetitive behavior patterns to experience lasting life change.

Everything is designed to fully prepare people for the ayahuasca experience–and that includes a special “Spirit Vine” diet. While not a fast, it can be compared to the centuries-old tradition, allowing people to focus deeply and experience deep self-awareness–a spiritual purging, if you will.

“Ayahuasca is a therapy for the spirit, where we can discover the real cause of our problems. We go to places which are not commonly accessible, and it’s profound–so every element, including diet, is designed to prepare people to face their demons,” explains Silvia Polivoy, Ph.D,  founder of Spirit Vine Retreats.

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center is situated in Bahia, Brazil
Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center is situated in Bahia, Brazil. Image Credit: Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Polivoy even recommends that people start their vegetarian/vegan meals–organic, free of gluten, salt, sugar, fermented foods and all additives and flavorings–a few days before coming to the retreat.

“This way people can be lighter and physically cleaner before they arrive. Ayahuasca makes people purge what is not good for them anymore–both physically and emotionally–so by detoxing physically, they can cleanse more deeply spiritually.”

She continued: “Some meat-eaters are a little apprehensive at first, but then discover how wonderful eating a meat-free diet can make them feel. In fact, some of them even decide to follow the diet permanently after the retreat.”

WHAT IS THE SPIRIT VINE AYAHUASCA RETREAT CENTER?

For thousands of years indigenous peoples living in the rainforest regions across South and Central America have used the powerful hallucinogenic brew or tea known as ayahuasca, the “spirit vine” or “vine of the dead.”

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Ayahuasca.

The Western World is taking note, and visitors now include Hollywood celebrities, actors, spiritual leaders and well-known authors.

Ayahuasca tea is made by combining two plants known in South America for its medicinal and visionary properties.

When brewed together, these plants produce a mind-expanding, modified state of consciousness that enables the participant to experience a deeper spiritual journey, receiving messages from soul wisdom that enables one to release fears, traumas and awaken to their real life’s purpose.

Ayahuasca tea is the center of the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center of Brazil.

Silvia Polivoy, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist for, for 20 years, had her own private practice specializing in altered states of consciousness.

She studied in Mexico, spending time with the shamans there and decided to focus her efforts solely on the spiritual realm. “Everything is energy,” she says, “and even one’s dreams have meaning.”

Ayahuasca sends users into intense far-flung realms of an epic visionary quest. It offers intense introspection and piercing insight into one’s own deepest mind and essence.

The experience is deeply spiritual, intensely psychological and can be stunningly self illuminating.

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center is situated in Bahia, Brazil
Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center is situated in Bahia, Brazil. Image Credit: Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

A LIFE OF HARMONY

Silvia Polivoy Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years experience as a therapist. She started as a psychoanalyst and moved on to transactional analysis and transpersonal psychology.

Deeply interested in the field of modified consciousness, her work led her to the investigation of the psychotropic effects of natural plant substance and their possibilities for exploring human consciousness.

While Polivoy doesn’t consider herself a shaman, she does draw from the relationship that exists between the invisible realms and the realm of ordinary life as we know it–by incorporating her experience as a psychotherapist she does employ many shamanic tools with hypnotherapy and altered states of consciousness.

Shamans, she points out, were considered the first physicians and are seen as diagnosticians, therapists, religious counselors, storytellers and performance artists.

“ The difference between them and conventional practitioners iis the way shamans manipulate energy to enter the invisible world at will through altered states while maintaining self-control as they move within and without.”

In 2004, Polivoy co-founded The Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Spiritual Center whose purpose is to bring this experience to the modern world. The eight-day fully immersive program includes yoga, meditation, workshops (such thing as past and future regressions, intuitive solutions, aligning with your higher self, and more).  A gluten free, additive free vegetarian/vegan/ organic diet, with the complete elimination of salt, sugar, and any fermented foods, is included. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited and strictly enforced.

“Safety is our main priority, ,” said Polivoy, “and we’re not commercial–we don’t sell ayahuasca nor do we just give ceremonies. We don’t accept just anyone, but only take those who understand the value of this program.”

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Ayahuasca.

THE AYAHUASCA CEREMONY

While they don’t just give ceremonies, it is an important part of the program.

Polivoy and a highly-trained staff lead their participants through what is called “a spirit vine ceremony, what can only be called an intense spiritual journey and awakening of self awareness, developed through uncounted centuries of traditional practice, indigenous rainforest shamans guided their people in structured sessions.

Experiencers drink the tea. “But you can still have the ayahuasca experience without it,” says Polivoy.  “Often, participants will come to experience the program, but cannot drink the tea, whether for medical or other reasons. Of course it’s better to be free of all medications and chemicals, but if that’s not possible, you can still learn plenty of tools to help you get through life.”

As the subsequent powerful consciousness-expanding effects unfold, assisting guides and healers watch over them to facilitate the process.

“Some who come to partake in a Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat might be struggling with depression, addiction or some kind of anxiety disorder or phobia,” Polivoy said, “while others may simply be on a spiritual journey and want to find a doorway that can springboard them into a higher state of consciousness or enlightenment.”

She continues:  “They all have one thing in common; that is, they are seekers.  However, ayahuasca tea is powerful and should ONLY be done in a supervised setting.

The effect is long-lasting and Polivoy says it’s common for her to receive letters from past participants, such as one who said he was still experiencing sharp perceptions, such as brighter colors, more acute hearing, and peak performances in reasoning, weeks after attending a retreat.

“Just about everyone finds the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat a profoundly transformative lifetime experience,” Polivoy said. “We constantly witness lot of peoples’ amazing transformations after only one week at our ayahuasca retreat.”

She continues:  “BUT I want to emphasize that success isn’t just coming from drinking ayahuasca tea, it is the combination of that with workshops, a special diet, yoga, meditation, group shares, etc.  We teach people tools to discover the cause of their behavioral patterns to they can understand, and integrate, the lessons after they go back home.”

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Following Wellness Trends Can Make you Look and Feel Beautiful

Wellness trends so you're beautiful inside out

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Follow these wellness trends in 2020 for a beautiful you. Pixabay

In today’s world, wellness has gained tremendous currency. The origin of “wellness” dates back to ancient times; it became the IT word between 1970s to 1990s.

One can thank Jane Fonda’s first �workout video’ in the 1980s, when only a few could make a mark in the world of fitness. The video was credited as bestselling in the “at-home-fitness” segment, bringing about a revolution to the wellness industry. Exercise, weight training, beauty rituals too are trillion-dollar industry.

One chooses to compliment fitness with ‘wellness’ and ‘mindfulness’ to deal with the growing needs of people and the fast paced lifestyle. Wellness is a phenomenon which mainly focuses on optimizing overall physical and mental well-being. A myriad of holistic approaches emphasizes on “Self-care”, “Fitness apps”, “self-relaxing”, “nature retreat”, “detoxing”, “sleep trackers”, “health kits and devices”, “spiritual healing”.

To look beautiful one has to feel beautiful and that can only happen when you feel positive. Follow these wellness trends by Dr Paras, Life-leadership Coach and founder of Matrrix, for a beautiful you in 2020.

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With naturotherapy like acupuncture, acupressure, massage and natural herbal medicines you can also reprogram your immune system. Pixabay

DNA Testing

Genetic testing will illuminate almost everything as it helps you with in-depth insights of your family and ancestral heritage. Exclusive Genetic testing for health benefits is rapidly increasing. This is a tremendous step to put an end to procrastination and a one-size-fits-all approach.

This testing begins with a screening of mother and father in order to assess more than 250 hereditary diseases. Trio testing, where mother, father, and child are tested thoroughly. It could offer even more powerful information on true inheritance patterns and disease predispositions. Furthermore, “population-level genomic” data may also yield insights not only into disease, but also into important areas including fertility, resilience, and longevity.

Blue Mind

If you’re seeing red, feeling angry, anxious, and stressed; don’t despair! Try Blue mind. “Blue-mind theory” a mildly meditative state is as water-associated peace, calm and serenity. Water can be used during “self-hypnosis” and “meditation” which rewires the brain by cultivating a feeling of calm and enhances your ability to think clearly and acting appropriately. Water helps your body natural filter, it helps the liver to do its job efficiently. Water helps your brain to push out toxins and make the hormones are stable and balanced. Also, swimming, suffering, sailing, water spa or simply walking on the beach are going to be lapped again by people looking for alleviating pain they suffer from physical stress.

Dopamine Fasting

This “feel-good-escape” and “act of balancing” method is latest wellness trend promises to sharpen your consciousness and ease your stress. Americans in the Bay area are totally abstaining from the addictive sources —-tech, coffee, alcohol, sex —– for a week (or even for a month) to revitalize their mind and recharge their body and rejuvenate their lives. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain, so when you feel good about abstaining from addictive behaviors like masturbation, shopping, alcoholism etc. and focus on self-enhancement, it releases a chemical in the brain which plays a huge role to make you feel motivated, courage, calm and satisfying. Dopamine fasting will recalibrate your mind and will give you a balanced lifestyle.

Ice Bath

Ice bath is a traditional approach which is getting a new lease in life. Ice bath immersions also known as hydrotherapy is said to soothe your sore muscles and mind and thus gives you an active recovery. If you are seeking to incorporate strength and flexibility in your body then this therapy will work wonders for you. It constricts blood vessels, increases blood flow-speed circulation, flushes waste and reduces swelling and tissue breakdown due to injury or extreme obesity. Along with steam and sauna, apparently many well-known gyms and yoga centers have placed ice-bath as a post workout therapy for promoting immediate muscle pain recovery.

 

Cannabis Tea

Perhaps not exactly the first thing you might think of in the morning as you cozy up from your bed. But most people aren’t aware that drinking CBD tea first thing in the morning comes with miraculous and incredible benefits. Cannabis tea is a cannabis-infused drink prepared by steeping various parts of the cannabis plant in hot or cold water. Drinking CBD tea in the morning can alleviating everything from morning sickness to stress and can do wonders in terms of rehydrating you after sleeping for several hours. It reduces morning brain fog and helps to get the brain going for a productive day.

CBD works wonders for – Stress relief, anxiety, nausea, pain, insomnia and terminates white fat in the body which is the source of diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions.

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Drinking cannabis tea is a well-known wellness trend. Pixabay

Naturotherapy

Living off-the-grid, in harmony with nature. It’s an ancient way of naturalness and of becoming mindful like our forefathers lived. Many entrepreneurs are coaxing this approach of living in nature with minimum-need-based lifestyle. Living closer to nature is immensely beneficial for your health and lowers the risk of mortality-according to the research. With naturotherapy like acupuncture, acupressure, massage and natural herbal medicines you can also reprogram your immune system.

Buddhist meditation

In order to achieve cleansing through spiritualism we need to strictly deviate ourselves from digital resources and deep dive into Buddhist meditation. Buddhist traditions offers offers a smorgasbord of different techniques of breath meditation which enhances you bhavana (“mental development”) and jhana/dhyana (mental training) resulting in a calm and luminous mind. This includes different kinds of meditations like – “Walking Meditation”, “Metta Meditation”, “Sound Meditation”, “Tonglen Meditation”, “Meditation on the Sameness of Self and Others”.

Piece of theory, “Times Structuring

Looking forward to building some great relationships and some new friends this year? Try Eric Berne, the founder of �Transactional Analysis’, where he suggested that human beings need to structure time and relationships with other people in some way. So to avoid an inbuilt drive to create chaos in relationships with other people due to poor time management, we need to structure our time with this piece of theory which involves -withdrawals, certain rituals and past time activate.

Also Read- Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Sugar Addiction

Less Spice and Plant based Meat

The process healthy, natural and wholefoods is important. People are not ready to give up on taste no matter what! So try plant-based meat which is less spicy and tastier. This is also known as “Flexitarian Diet” is a style of eating that encourages mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat which is very beneficial to health. (IANS)