My Ayahuasca Journey in Costa Rica

If someone would have told me a couple years ago that I’d be going to another country, by myself, to take a psychedelic plant substance with complete strangers… Yeah, I’d have thought they were nuts. Yet, it ended up being absolutely – profoundly – transformative. Lots of people have been asking me about it, so…gulp, here we go.

  • Ayahuasca as a Feminine plant and “teacher”
  • The emerging field of psychedelic science; changing global consciousness
  • My top 3 life realizations after this sacred journey




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  1. Cherie, you articulated your experience in an amazing way. Thanks for being a voice for this tool we can use to heal. It is one way among so many others as you mention. I’d love the words to that poem you read. Great job!

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      Thank you so much, Scott. I know you are doing powerful work in this arena. Here’s that poem:
      The Promise of a Shaman (Author Unknown)

      If you come to me as a victim, I will not support you.

      But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering.

      I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will ground you back down in the earth.

      I will bathe you, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you.

      I’ll bang your body with good herbs, and I’ll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky.

      Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behavior.

      I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision.

      I will blow your throat to release the knot that won’t let you talk.

      I will blow your heart to scare fear, so that it goes far away where it cannot find you.

      I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace.

      I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments, and the love that was not.

      I will blow away the lovers that left you, the children that never came.

      I will clear your heart to make you warm, to rekindle your desire to feel, create and start again.

      I will clear with forceful divine energy your vagina or penis, to clean the sacred sexual door to your soul.

      I will clean away the garbage that you collected trying to love what did not wanted to be loved.

      I will use the broom, and the sponge, and the rag, and safely clean all the bitterness inside you.

      I will blow your hands to destroy the ties that prevent you from creating.

      I will blow your feet to dust and erase the footprints memories, so you can never return to that bad place.

      I will turn your body, so your face will kiss the earth.

      I’ll blow your spine from the root to the neck to increase your strength and help you walk upright.

      And I will let you rest.

      After this you will cry, and after crying you will sleep, and you will dream beautiful and meaningful dreams, and when you wake up I’ll be waiting for you.

      I will smile at you, and you will smile back.

      I will offer you food that you will eat with pleasure, tasting life, and I will thank you.

      Because what I’m offering today, was offered to me before when darkness lived within me.

      And after I was healed, I felt the darkness leaving, and I cried.

      Then we will walk together, and I will show you my garden, and my plants, and I will take you to the fire again.

      And will talk together in a single voice with the blessing of the earth.

      And we will shout to the forest the desires of your heart.

      And the fire will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

      And the mountains will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

      And the rivers will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

      And the wind will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

      And then we will bow before the fire, and we will call upon all the visible and invisible guardians.

      And you will say thank you to all of them.

      And you will say thank you to yourself.

      And you will say thank you to yourself.

      And you will say thank you to yourself.

  2. Thanks Cherie
    I found your healing journey with plant medicine fascinating. I salute your bravery. I to can relate also being 52!
    I have been going down a similar healing path using other things to reach the source of my trauma around similar issues. Interesting times for all of us. Thank you for your insights

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      Yay to being 52 in 2021! Annabel, thank you for saluting the bravery. It was my soul who made the decision to go and “drink the bitter cup.” I salute you, too! Whatever it takes to heal, right?

  3. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience. I’ve been curious about Ayahuasca for a while now, but was somewhat afraid of it because of the stigma it has. I love the idea of using it to help with mental health problems, as medications and even healing work doesn’t always do the trick. You are a warrior and so brave to have done this, especially on your own!

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      Cori, I know so many are curious and feel the stigma attached, so they don’t ride out the curiosity. It’s NOT for everyone, as I stipulated in this episode. But if it’s calling you, it’s calling you! Thank you for sharing and validating the bravery it took!

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