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How To Clear Your Mind

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Clearing your mind is a way to stop worrying about something – giving you the ability to think and focus with higher clarity. A clear mind will be unobscured by negativity. And allow you to sleep with the conflicts of the day resolved. Knowing how to put this into practice can also help with depression, anxiety, and other health issues. …


Which Region of the Brain is Necessary for Consciousness

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For thousands of years, everyone from great thinkers, priests and philosophers to psychologists and neuroscientists have battled to understand human consciousness. As far back as the ancient Maya and Inca four millennia ago, whole civilizations have struggled to define consciousness. Countless philosophers since then as well as many leading minds in many different fields today continue to do so. There …

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What Is Dysthymia?

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What is dysthymia? This is a mood disorder characterized by chronic or long-term depression and often accompanied by other symptoms such as eating and sleeping disturbances. Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) – or dysthymic disorder as it may also be referred to – can significantly affect your daily life. Find out more about causes, symptoms and potential solutions here… Understanding Depression …

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How to be More Confident and Have More Self Esteem

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If you’re trying to work out how to be more confident, you’ve come to the right place. Because people often say things like “you’ve either got it or you don’t” when it comes to self-confidence… But nothing could be further from the truth. Even if you see yourself as a shy person, it is quite possible to work out how …

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What are the levels of consciousness? How many levels of consciousness are there?

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The study of consciousness has been something humans have concerned themselves with throughout recorded history: The Ancient Mayans, Hindus, Chinese were the among the first civilizations to define a set series of levels of consciousness – and continue to evolve in modern times. In the “west”, John Locke, Sigmund Freud and other philosophers and psychologists have also studied consciousness and …

Spiritual Vibrations

What are spiritual vibrations? How to raise your vibration

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Spiritual vibrations are a way of viewing everything in the universe, including our own little spot within it, as connected. In this article, we will look at what are spiritual vibrations, what it means to vibrate at a higher frequency and how to raise your vibration if you feel like you’re not… What are spiritual vibrations? The concept of spiritual …

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​What is a spirit guide? How to find your spirit guide

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What is a spirit guide? Where do they come from? Are they real? If you’re new to the topic, there are a lot of questions about spirit guides, which are good to get out of the way before you go any further… Here is everything you need to know about the basics of what they are and how to meet …

Bipolar disorder

​What is bipolar disorder? What causes it?

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Bipolar disorder is a serious health condition which affects a surprising number of the US and global populations… It involves severe low and high mood swings. Through these, it causes untold amounts of hardship – mental, physical and emotional – to its sufferers. And it can ruin their day-to-day lives. While it can be managed with the right treatment plan …

Old Soul

​​How old is your soul?

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Young at heart. Old souls. To many people, these phrases are just a way of referring to characteristics a person possesses. To other people, the fact that they are an old soul is something they mean very literally. Some even say that it’s wisdom passed down from past lives which they have lived. But what does old soul mean? In …


What Causes Anger (And How to Manage it)

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Anger is a primal emotion. It is useful – and necessary – in many situations. Sadly though, poorly expressed or unexpressed anger can also cause people a lot of problems… This means that figuring out how to manage anger is a vital skill for many individuals to learn. But instead of jumping right into the question, let’s take a step …

Finding the meaning of life

How to find your meaning, purpose and passion in life

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How to find meaning in life. It’s a subject which probably deserves more than a five-minute read… But if you are constantly wondering what the answer to life is, there are a few things you can do to at least put yourself on a path where you may find the answer. Understanding the difference between meaning, purpose and passion is …

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​What is a Soul Tie? Meaning, Symptoms and How to Break Them

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Soul ties aren’t a new thing. The words which people use to refer to a deep emotional bond formed after intimacy might change… But the power of a soul tie remains: A soul tie can let a person influence or manipulate you, even if they are unaware they are doing so. It can also sabotage your future relationships. If you …

Social Anxiety

What is social anxiety? (And how you can overcome it)

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Social anxiety has been recognized as the third-biggest mental health problem and continues to impact millions of people worldwide. Do you or a friend often feel intensely nervous at the thought of certain social situations? Perhaps the idea of going out on a date fills you with physical dread? Maybe an upcoming party has made you worry and obsess about …


What is Meditation and How Does it Work?

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Most people have heard of meditation, less know what it is, and even less make a practice of doing it. That’s rather a shame as, when looking to improve mental health, reduce the negative effects of daily stress on the body, or even develop spiritually; meditation is one of the most powerful tools available. It costs nothing, no special equipment …

Butterfly effect

What Is The Butterfly Effect And How Does It Affect Our Lives?

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What is the butterfly effect and how does it affect our lives? To fully understand this concept other questions need to be answered. And appreciating chaos theory from mathematics, which explains the influence of the dynamic nature of time, will give greater meaning. The General Aspects Who came up with the butterfly effect? The idea that a single butterfly could …

Theory of mind

What Is Theory Of Mind And How Does It Help Us To Understand Others?

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What is theory of mind and why is it important in understanding others? The term theory of mind was first used by David Premack – a US psychologist – in a famous article he wrote on experiments conducted on a chimpanzee called Sarah. Theory of mind has become a term frequently used by psychologists to define an extensive range of …

Collective Consciousness

What Is Collective Consciousness?

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What is collective consciousness? The term is a fundamental concept that denotes a set of shared beliefs within a social group or society. It even extends to a species of beings such as the entire human collective, or specific animals, plants or the whole plant kingdom. This encompasses ideas, attitudes and knowledge. It’s the key factor to ensure balance and …


Why Do Men And Women Handle Stress Differently?

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Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from difficult circumstances. The release of stress hormones causes you to breathe faster as your heart races. The long-term effects of stress on the body can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as diabetes and obesity. How stress affects the body includes an impact …

What is the Difference Between Soul and Spirit

What is the Difference Between Soul and Spirit

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Many people use the words spirit and soul interchangeably, and yet there is a difference between soul and spirit. Understanding the subtle but important distinction between these two will help you to develop spiritually and live by your authentic life purpose. The Engine and the Driver One way to perceive the difference between soul and spirit is to compare a …

Astral projection

What Is Astral Projection And How To Astral Project

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What’s astral projection? Astral projection is defined as an out-of-body experience. Otherwise known as an OBE. This is something everyone experiences while dreaming, as the consciousness separates from the physical body. By doing this consciously, also known as lucid dreaming, we are able to travel independently from the body to different realms in the universe. See exactly what is astral …

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What Is Karma And How Does it Work?

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What is Karma and how does it work? This frequently asked question can be fully answered when you understand the philosophy. The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit word “Karman” and directly translated means act. Basically, this refers to the action taken in any given situation and the consequences resulting from this. Life-Affecting Karma As shown by physics, actions …

Ayahuasca Visions

Ayahuasca Visions: How To Interpret Them

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Ayahuasca is known throughout the world as a powerful visionary brew. It’s made from a combination of the ayahuasca jungle vine and the chacruna shrub. Recent studies have suggested that drinking the tea makes the visual cortex in the brain more active. And this can create intense and dramatic images. You can read about how to interpret ayahuasca visions here… …

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Tiririca Beach surfer’s guide – the only one you’ll need

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Consistent, powerful waves all year round – with a good chance that they’ll be both fast and tubular. It’s no wonder that Tiririca Beach is the home of the local surf scene in Itacaré. In fact, you’ll be hard pushed to find a time when there aren’t a bunch of locals waiting to take their turn on the beach breaks …

Engenhoca Beach

Engenhoca Beach surfer’s guide – the one you’ve been looking for

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Engenhoca Beach is, as they say, small but perfectly formed. Most visitors can’t help but say just how beautiful the area is – and the picturesque stroll from the road to the beach, passing through rainforest and along an ocean cliff path, will prepare you well for this stunning slice of tropical paradise. Praia Engenhoca is a surfer’s beach too. …

Resende Beach

Resende Beach – everything you need to know before you go

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Resende beach is often called the most beautiful beach in Itacaré. It has lush white sand. Palm trees. Great waves. Plus, it’s located conveniently close to Itacaré town itself… Praia do Resende is great if you love to surf. It’s also a wonderful spot if lying down in the shade of waving palm leaves, sipping a refreshing drink or getting …

Praia de Jeribucaçu

Jeribucaçu Beach – everything you need to know before you visit

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Jeribucaçu Beach is a little off the beaten path. But it’s also the place to go for steady surf, an adventurous walk and a stretch of sand that’s cunningly tucked away in the middle of the jungle. It’ll be ideal for you if you don’t want to share your beach time with many other people. It’s a bit of a …

What is the Difference between religion and spirituality?

What is the Difference between religion and spirituality?

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Are ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’ synonymous? In truth, no they’re not. Despite a common desire to conflate one with the other, religion and spirituality are quite distinct from each other. But how? What is the difference between religion and spirituality? Religion vs spirituality – common ground The best place to start when considering the difference between religion and spirituality is the …

Tijuipe Waterfall

Tijuípe Waterfall – One of Brazil’s Hidden Treasures

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Beautiful. People seem to review even natural wonders like waterfalls these days. And if there’s one word which features more than any other in reviews of Tijuípe Waterfall in Brazil, it’s beautiful. Seriously. Check the pictures! Set amidst the breathtaking Atlantic Rainforest, probably the most visually stunning part of the Brazilian Rainforest, Tijuípe falls isn’t that high at four meters …

Praia Havaizinho

Visiting Praia Havaizinho Beach near Itacaré – What to Know Before You Go

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Havaizinho means “Little Hawaii” – and if you’ve ever stepped foot on the warm, white-gold sands of Praia Havaizinho, strolled beneath the beautiful palm trees and relaxed in or near the wonderful blue water lapping at the shore, you’ll know why the locals named this beach as they did. Havaizinho Beach is a good choice for you if you’re visiting …

What is past life regression

What is past life regression and how does it work?

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Was that feeling just a little déjà vu? Or was it something more? Today we will share some information about one of our most successful workshops – Past life regression. What is past life regression? Many people that come for our retreats don’t believe in past lives, reincarnation, karma, or soul. Taking this into consideration, our method in our past …

What is soul searching

What is soul searching?

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What is soul searching? Soul searching means taking a long, hard look at your “self”. It’s a phrase which seems to have entered the common lexicon in a casual sense – “oh, I’m going away over the weekend to do a bit of soul searching”. Although it’s rarely meant as anything other than a half-joke or in relation to getting …

Overcoming childhood trauma

How to overcome a childhood trauma

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There is no one fixed and certain answer when it comes to how to overcome childhood trauma. Trauma itself is entirely subjective. What is true for one person might not be true for another… How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime Even recognizing the fact that a person has experienced a traumatic event can be difficult. Due to the …


What do you know about Yoga? History, origins, development.

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Yoga seems to be everywhere at the moment. From famous celebrities doing it to the yoga studios which seem to be popping up on the corner of every street. But where does yoga come from? Who discovered yoga? Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the history of Yoga: Where did yoga originate? Yoga originated in India. The …

How To Realize Inner Peace

How To Find Inner Peace and Embrace Your Inner Strength

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The biggest secret of how to realize inner peace can be summed up in one word: Acceptance. First and foremost, acceptance of yourself. But also acceptance of things which you cannot change. As well as accepting that there are certain things you can change. And the fact that it’s down to you to do so. Your own journey to acceptance …

Ayahuasca Retreat with Soul Retrieval

What is an Ayahuasca retreat with soul retrieval? What should I expect afterwards?

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Soul retrieval is a spiritual practice which is traditionally used to heal people who have experienced traumatic events. In many ways, it’s a concept which is understood (in slightly more clinical terms relating to sufferers of past abuse and trauma) by many modern psychological practitioners. Here’s everything you need to know about the soul in this context. About soul loss, …

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Brazil For Ayahuasca

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Brazil is one of the main tourist destinations in South America. It has long white sandy beaches and the untouched wilderness of the Amazon and Atlantic rainforest for you to explore. But the cultural and historical importance of the nation also attracts large numbers of visitors every year. One of those cultural attractions is undoubtedly the chance to experience ayahuasca, …

The spiritual benefits of yoga

The spiritual benefits of yoga. How to revitalize your mind and body

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The practice of yoga is well known, and yet often poorly understood. Popular images include developing the ability to twist the body into unimaginable postures or to balance on one leg without falling over. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover that yoga is suitable for the young or the old. And that it’s not necessary to be strong, fit …

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How to grow spiritually? Here are some practical tips…

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Spiritual development isn’t something that features in everybody’s life goals, but if it features in yours you may notice that unless you’re committed to a specific faith there’s not actually that much practical information out there on how to grow spiritually. This article is dedicated to exploring the issues around what spiritual growth is if you’re a non-religious person. How …

Stages of Spiritual Awakening

What are the Stages of Spiritual Awakening? Learn what stage you are on

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Describing the indefinable is difficult, something you’ll quickly recognise if you start to research the spiritual awakening process. Different authors even have different opinions about how many stages of spiritual awakening there are and even those who agree on the numbers will have slightly differing opinions on what’s involved with each stage! In truth, there can be few defined and …

7 Celebrities Who Have Tried Ayahuasca

7 Celebrities Who Have Tried Ayahuasca

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Whether you call it ayahuasca, iowaska or simply aya, the fame of this traditionally sacred brew native to the Upper Amazon region of South America has spread far and wide in recent years. The plant brew featured in Wanderlust (2012) and While We’re Young (2014), movies starring Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. And in real life, even top …

Reconnecting with your higher self

How to Connect with Your Higher Self

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In the modern-day Capitalist world, it is not uncommon to find people rushing around, at 1000 miles per hour, in order to get everything done and be the best that they can. As examples, businesses put a huge amount of pressure on their employees to work harder and make more money, the type of job you do, your socio-economic status …

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Ayahuasca Ceremony History and Origins

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Interest in ayahuasca has spread around the world. But tales of the history and origins of the ayahuasca ceremony often conflict. This might be expected from something which is used by numerous distinct cultural groups – often with widely divergent histories. And which has been, arguably, for several thousand years of history… What is ayahuasca? Ayahuasca is a plant-based visionary …

Ayahuasca Retreats with Yoga

17 Reasons Why Yoga Heals

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Yoga is the art of connecting your body and mind and freeing them both to listen to your inner voice. If you haven’t tried it before, it might just look like a bunch of people standing or sitting or contorting themselves – occasionally pulling weird faces or smiling for no apparent reason. But from high-flying CEOs to movie stars, from …

10 Reasons You Should Drink Ayahuasca

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Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by South American tribes for its mental, emotional, physical and above all, spiritual benefits. As the medicine becomes more popular across the world, Westerners are also discovering that it has much to offer. Here are 10 reasons you should drink Ayahuasca. 1) To benefit physical health There are accounts of individuals with …

Ayahuasca ingredients, effects and facts

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Understanding ayahuasca ingredients and their effects can help you be safe and have an optimal experience during your retreat. The practice of ayahuasca ceremonies has now spread around the world. This means, depending on the cultural background and knowledge of the shaman who made it, the ingredients in your ayahuasca brew may be different. Or be known by different names. …

Ayahuasca Can Change Your Life for the Better. This is how.

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The 21st Century has seen a rise in spiritual practices, movements, and techniques such as yoga, transcendental meditation, pilates, Buddhism, you name it. Along with the growth in these movements, there has also been an increase in spiritual retreats. In this article, we are going to focus on one practice which has taken the world by storm in recent years. Said …

Learn How To Get The Most Benefit From Your Ayahuasca Experience

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Whether you’ve decided to take part in an ayahuasca ceremony as part of your spiritual journey or want to address a specific issue in your life, testimonials and experiences suggest that the people who gain the most benefit from an ayahuasca experience are those who take time to prepare beforehand and integrate what they’ve been shown afterwards. Before Find a …

Can Ayahuasca Help with Anxiety?

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Ayahuasca is the name of the ancient shamanic brew prepared by combining two sacred plants – the bark of the Caapi vine and the leaves of the Chacruna plant. It has been used for thousands of years in healing rituals, and an ayahuasca experience in the right setting is profound. Today the ayahuasca plant is being researched scientifically in many …

How Long Does The Ayahuasca Experience Last?

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When researching what to expect after drinking a consciousness-modifying brew, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask how long the experience lasts. Sometimes a simple question doesn’t have a simple answer…. When the specific question is ‘how long does ayahuasca last?, the answer ‘somewhere between 4 hours and a lifetime’, is both totally accurate and far too vague to be useful. It’s …

Is Ayahuasca Good for Mental Health?

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Long used by Amazonian shamans as a ‘medicine for the soul’, the ayahuasca plant has now surfaced to global consciousness. People from all over the world are travelling to South American countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador to take part in an ayahuasca retreat with experienced facilitators to be in the jungle environment where the plant grows naturally. The use of …

What Is Ayahuasca And Where Does It Come From?

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This visionary brew has a chemical nature of active ingredients that makes it unique! The origins of the use of ayahuasca in the Amazon Basin was spread amongst the indigenous tribes as a traditional spiritual medicine with shamans performing healing retreats that claimed to be able to cure mental and physical illness whilst communicating with the spiritual world. So what …

How to prepare for your Ayahuasca trip to Brazil

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Making an ayahuasca trip is a big commitment. You’ll be travelling a considerable distance, moving into a culture that’s unfamiliar to you and opening yourself up to emotional and spiritual revelations that are beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. There’s a lot you should do, and a few things you shouldn’t, that will help you get the most benefit from the …

How to? The most profound teachings of Mother Ayahuasca

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Four years ago, lying in the hospital bed, I realized that we are living and dying alone. Although I was surrounded by loved ones, I saw their pain in their eyes, avoiding to look each other. Not to show their fears, to breakdown in front of me. Without a friend. They would like to come, but they are just afraid, …

What to Expect from your First Ayahuasca Experience

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You can read a hundred or more Ayahuasca stories, and you still won’t really know what to expect from your first Ayahuasca experience. “Expect the Unexpected” is a trite, but accurate summation of all the most important aspects. Yet while every journey is unique there are some themes that are common, and it’s helpful to have some solid ground to …

Ayahuasca Effects

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Ayahuasca is a medicine brewed from a combination of plants originating from the Amazon rainforest that’s associated with spiritual ceremonies and rituals. It’s known for the positive influences it has on the mind, body, and soul, giving the potential to overcome issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as stress and addiction. So what exactly are the ayahuasca effects? Read …

Filling the Endless Void, Finally!

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A journey with ayahuasca to the source of all my addictions — a journey that helped overcome the feeling of endless craving and neediness. Shaking helplessly and uncontrollably, I felt a feeling that had been underlying all my life experiences, but never really came to the surface. It was something I was never quite able to put into words, and yet it …

Ayahuasca: Is Freedom More than a Matter of Choice?

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Understanding how destiny is sealed the moment we believe that freedom is merely the power of choice. This is a follow up article to: Filling the Endless Void, Finally! – A journey with ayahuasca to the source of all my addictions — a journey that helped overcome the feeling of endless craving and neediness. There are several things that can shock us into questioning the ground on …

Ayahuasca: A story of how I took back control of my life

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To access real power, you have to let go the illusion of power This is a story of how I regained control and power in my life after realizing that I have none. I have attended several ayahuasca retreats at the Spirit Vine Retreat Center over the last few years, and what kept me going back was that I could …

Ayahuasca: Spiritual Causes of Physical Symptoms

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Silvia Polivoy interviews Dr. Nader Butto from Israel, a physician specializing in cardiology and author of the book Unified Integrative Medicine. He has created a 6 level training course “Spiritual Dimension and Psychiatric Disturbances”. For the last level he brings his students to drink ayahuasca at the Spirit Vine retreat center in Brazil every year. Both Dr. Butto and Silvia …