The Spiritual Journey of Enlightenment

This article is a submission for the Ayahuasca Awareness Program, an initiative by the Spirit Vine Center in Brazil. The program aims to help increase awareness of the potential of ayahuasca by sponsoring free ayahuasca retreats every month for people who feel the call for spiritual development with ayahuasca and other methods.

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The Spiritual Journey of Enlightenment

Greetings my fellow human beings , i come to you with an open heart , an open mind and an old soul that seeks further enlightenment like us all . The journey of life & spiritual enlightenment varies from one soul to the next . We are all one , all connected , all share the same life’s purpose . What we seek is already inside each & every one of us, woven into the fabric that makes us who we are , it is the journey that we choose to embark upon of self discovery to unlock & connect with what we feel inside , our soul ,our spirit , our heart . The spiritual journey starts with self discovery & understanding of oneself  , to understand everything you need to go within . There are certain ways that we can reach this plateau of self knowledge , everyone is different  & different methods will work better for each individual . One pathway to enlightenment is meditation , easier than it sounds in the society that we find ourselves thrown into , with a heavy emphasis  on speed & getting everything completed in record time . We as a human race need to make the time to relax , find inner peace with the world around us & meditation is the perfect answer . Take time out each day when you first awaken from your slumber , before rushing off to the machine of life take time to meditate & immerse your soul in the love & light & the positive energies of the universe , feel it flowing through you ,embrace it with open arms , put it back out tenfold , feel your vibration rising with enlightenment . Once you embark up on your spiritual journey there is no turning back only forward moving effortlessly through space & time , meditation will get you there with ease . When you embrace love & the higher energies everything falls into place so to speak . The use of entheogens is another way to open your mind , the third eye , the pineal gland  to a higher level of consciousness . This ancient practice has been paramount in most cultures since their early humble beginnings  , every culture has always been at one with their environment & the connection to the earth that is needed to survive & co exist in harmonious equilibrium with nature . All surviving indigenous cultures that have kept their sacred way of walking on the earth without leaving footprints , have used the various forms of naturally occurring plants , that nature has provided to awaken ones mind & develop the spirit . From the north American use of peyote to the south American use of ayahuasca . Throughout history every gathering of people or tribe had its dedicated healer , spiritualist or shaman that would be born with the gift of being a seer ,  with guidance from the elders they would embark upon journeys of enlightenment to develop their gift . This was not only for their personal development , but for the development & continued survival of the tribe . They realised that in order for the survival of everyone , they had to be in unanimous harmony with their surroundings . The spiritual journey is not new we have it within each & everyone of us that there is something more to this life that we are thrown into & educated about what is reality & what is not . For those that have already been awakened , we know this is just a facade , hence the use of any naturally occurring plant that has given its higher power to us should be used , to develop not only our own subconscious mind but also for the continued development of mankind & its survival in a world that has lost its connection with the true reality .

Author: John Simpson

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Spirit Vine COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th May 2021

In light of the global situation, we are establishing new guidelines to ensure that we provide the maximum amount of safety to all participants who attend the retreats.

We will be following the guidelines provided by the Brazilian government which you can find below, and adding any necessary precautions suitable for the retreats.

In the Itacare area, where we are located, there are very low number of COVID cases.

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Brazilian Government Recommendations for COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • if water and soap are not available or when hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used;
  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others;
  • Wear a mask, that covers your nose, mouth and chin;
  • Practice respiratory hygiene;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Be aware of the situation of your destination and follow the guidelines of local public health authorities;
  • Avoid spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact;
  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms and, if you feel unwell:
    – seek medical attention;
    – stay self-isolated as recommended by local health authorities.

Anyone who wants to enter in Brazil must present a negative Covid RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding the flight. 

Travelers must also fill out an affidavit 24 hours before departure acknowledging the health measures that must be complied with during the period that they will remain in the country. You can find the affidavit here.

Prior to leaving Brazil, depending on the requirements of your destination country, you may be required to present an RT-PCR or Antigen test. If you need a PCR test we recommend you to budget the required time of 6 hours to take the test and get the results at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport. Antigen test can be taken in the town of Itacare near our center before you go to the airport.

Please note that Itacare and Ilheus do not have RT-PCR testing centers.

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

We are requiring all participants and staff to provide a valid Covid-19 test prior to entering the center. The Antigen test is only valid for 24 hours and PCR test is only valid for 72 hours. A valid negative test result must be sent by email prior to entering the center.