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    AYAHUASCA AND SEXUALITY

       
      Abstinence from sexual stimulation and orgasm is a traditional requirement of Ayahuasca cleansing and healing. This does not imply permanent celibacy but rather a need to conserve dynamic sexual energy for investment in the rigors of catharsis and rebirth. This also enables one to focus more purely on the powerful spiritual, intellectual, and curative dimensions of the Ayahuasca experience.

      Amazonian shamans universally believe the spirit of Ayahuasca to be 'jealous' of human sexuality during communion with her. This simply means that she may withhold her deeper blessings if one does not demonstrate respect and commitment by focusing their whole essential energy on her. They also believe that ethereal spirits are intrigued by corporeal human sexuality and are more attracted to those radiating unspent sexual energy, thus empowering one's connection with the healing spirits.

      We urge abstinence from sexual activity for at least three days prior to the first ceremony continuing for three days after the last ceremony. Too quick a return to normal sexual activity can diminish the power and duration of the positive benefits of Ayahuasca.  It is a small price to pay for potentially enormous lasting benefits.

      Diversion of focus from spiritual cleansing and healing to sexuality is detrimental to personal goals in working with Ayahuasca and may be disturbing to others in attendance.

      Successful work with Ayahuasca requires focus, will, and self-control to achieve the desired results.

      When the diet ends, one is free to pursue a healthy sex life according to their nature, often with new meaning and vitality.

      Menstrual cycle: Women in the flow of their menstrual cycle are not permitted by Amazonian shamans and curanderos to drink Ayahuasca though they may attend and receive healing in the ceremonies. This is an ancient prescription rooted in safety considerations rather than sexism.

      In the western Amazon it is said that consumption of Ayahuasca by a woman in menses may cause excessive blood flow or even hemorrhaging. This is not a common response but a risk exists.

      We are unable to waive this rule inasmuch as it is rigorously observed by all true practitioners in western Amazonia.  However there may be alternatives to consider.

      (Written from Outside Source)