Rise of Ayahuasca Tourism
The Reality Sandwich readership is well aware of the beneficial qualities that the "Vine of the Souls", ayahuasca, has had for many in search of physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. In recent years the use of psychedelics for the treatment Western ailiments has been on the rise--a trend that is now garnering positive views in the mainstream press.
Recently, the Washington Post reported on ayahuasca tourism, portraying the positive healing properties of working with this sacred medicine. This sacred plant has been a welcome source for a large influx of tourism, with people coming from all over the world to reconnect with their inner selves, gaining awareness to the roots of their ailments from depression, addiction, and early childhood trauma. These revelations, sometimes painfully deep within the unconscious, help many to once again feel the symbiotic connection of the universe to ourselves that can be desensitized throughout traumatic stresses encountered in life.
Despite the negative stigma that is often encountered with the mention of "tourism," the truth is that the overall community is remarkably benefited by the inpouring of new visitors, and more importantly, ayahuasca has been acting as a plant-spirit ambassador, improving foreign relations and opening up the hearts of all who seek its embrace with true intentions.
Reality Sandwich recently completed its first--but certaininly not the last--plant medicine retreat. As more become aware of its benefits, the doors to working with sacred medicine continue to open, helping people to consciously awaken to the reconnection of love within their own hearts and that of the world.
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