If possible, approach Ceremony as a three-day process. Ideally, on the first day, stay quiet and unhurried. Reserve time for self-reflection, spending a portion of the day in nature. Physical, mental and spiritual preparation should be the focus, into the morning/ afternoon of your scheduled Ceremony. Set aside the second day, all day, for the session. Try to take as much of the day after Ceremony to begin to integrate the experience and to record and/or discuss your discoveries and insights.
DAY ONE: On the day of preparation, it is wise to clarify your personal preconceptions around spirit plants in general. In addition, consider and reflect on your understanding of mystical experience, Cosmic Consciousness, or whatever else you deem an important part of your own path toward awakening. Some research around these experiences may come in handy, but too much can set up expectations which may stunt your ability to have YOUR full, personalized experience. It is wise to avoid too much exposure to social media, technology and secular entertainment. Listening to and/ or watching uplifting, high vibrational music and or programming can also assist in preparing you for your journey. Eat lightly, preferably avoiding any animal products. Some members choose to fast up until Ceremony, which is fine. Avoid alcohol, tobacco and orgasm when possible. Caffeine should be avoided on the day of your Ceremony. If you must have it to stave off a headache, have as little as possible early in the day. Raising your vibration and maintaining your energy/ life force can only serve to enhance your experience with the Spirit Plant. If you can extend this preparation to more days, please feel free to do so. The longer the prep, the clearer we are to receive the wisdom Spirit Plant provides. It is not uncommon for people to prep days, weeks or even months in advance of a session.
To maximize the usefulness of realizations that may occur during Ceremony, it is invaluable to write out beforehand what you hope to learn, experience, understand or resolve. Whatever you have written should be available to you and your guide/s during and after the session. Please bring any of these writings with you. It is conceivable that a voyager can, in fact, direct his or her own journey by choosing a small number of questions beforehand in order to organize the direction of the session. One can use this opportunity for a focused inquiry into very specific psychological, spiritual or social concerns. At the same time, one can be open to engaging with whatever arises from a new encounter. Whether or not you choose to write out clarifying questions, it is always recommended to set an intention. Clarity in the purpose of your engaging Spirit Plant goes a very long way to having a deeply profound and comfortable experience. Not to be confused with expectation, which is usually not helpful to the process, intention helps to form the relationship you develop during your journey with the Spirit Plant.
DAY TWO: On the day of your scheduled Ceremony, continue the preparation until your arrival, avoiding caffeine if possible. Share your expectations, concerns and hopes with your guide/s during the orientation session. This will help you stay attuned with the facilitator and/or staff during the session. During orientation, there will be a cursory discussion around the range of possible experiences while engaging Spirit Plant, but again, too much info can lead to expectation, which is best avoided. After Ceremony and an appropriate rest period, we will integrate our experiences with one another in a share circle. Once integration is completed, everyone will be free to leave.
DAY THREE: The day after your journey is as important as the journey itself. It is highly recommended you have nothing important planned. Spending the day in quiet reflection is as revelatory, and often, more so, than the Ceremony, itself. The days and weeks and months following your journey will continue to reveal truths and peel back layers necessary for your forward movement. Honor this unveiling! It is rife with spiritual gold!
Ultimately, Spirit Plant is a tool. It is a gift from the Universe which allows us to connect to and use the medicine inside of us, the medicine that we all are. The answers are, and have always been, inside of you. Spirit Plant is most simply, a key that unlocks the door to those answers.