Spiritual journeys seem to be the new trendy way to find oneself these days.
So of course, there is no shortage of celebrities willing to shell out some big bucks to see what it is all about.
While ayahuasca is not new by any stretch of the imagination, openly talking about it and sharing one’s experience on national television is.
Megan Fox did just that on Jimmy Kimmel live yesterday while promoting her upcoming movie with Bruce Willis titled, Midnight in the Switchgrass.
Megan Fox talked about her trip with Machine Gun Kelly to guest host Arsenio Hall, stating,
“It was incredibly intense. The second night, I went to hell for eternity. And just knowing eternity is torture because there was no beginning, middle or end. So, you have a real ego death. It just goes straight into your soul and takes you into yourMEgan FOX
psychological prison you hold yourself in. It’s your own version of hell. And I was definitely there.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube channel.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a South American tea used both socially and ceremonially as spiritual medicine among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.
The tea is made from boiling torn leaves from two plants, the Psychotria Viridis shrub and stalks from the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine. When combined, these two plants form a strong psychedelic brew that effects the central nervous system leading to an altered state of consciousness that can include hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, and euphoria. It has a strong bitter taste and can be salty/yeasty in flavor and thick depending on the Shaman’s recipe.
Ayahuasca can take about 20-60 minutes before kicking in, can last up to 6 hours and be taken through multiple days.
People who have taken Ayahuasca have experienced:
- Feelings of euphoria
- Hallucinations that you can see and hear
Is Ayahuasca safe?
Ayahuasca ceremonies are usually led by experienced shaman who know what they are doing, know what to look out for, and how far to take it. They offer spiritual guidance throughout the experience and monitor everyone for safety. Some retreats will also have medical staff on hand in case of emergencies.
Taking Ayahuasca can result in serious side effects, as it can interact with many medications and may worsen some medical conditions.
So, while Megan recommends that everyone go out and do it, you should do your research and consult your physician before taking the leap.
Speaking of research, according to current findings, Ayahuasca may protect brain cells and stimulate neural cell growth. It may also boost mood, improve mindfulness, and treat depression and addiction disorders, though more research is needed to confirm these effects.
If you find yourself walking through a Costa Rica jungle about to drink some psychedelic tea know that everyone’s experience is different. You should do your own research and consult with your doctor.
Remember: spiritual ceremonies were not created to help you feel trendy. If you decide to go on this spiritual journey, do it with caution and respect.