Avoiding the Side Effects of Hallucinogenic Shamanic Teacher Plants
A common question I get asked about the teacher plants our shamanic students work with is are they hallucinogenic?
The answer is No.
The old shamanic traditions and hallucinogenic plants
In the old shamanic traditions the shaman often worked with plants that were hallucinogenic or psychotropic to receive wisdom and guidance from the plant and to access altered states of consciousness.
In order to be able to work with the spirit of the plant, the physical plant material was smoked, chewed, brewed or ingested in some way.
It was well understood that only those who had undergone highly specialised training were able to safely work with these plants.
How ancient shamans worked with hallucinogenic plants
What is not commonly known is that when working with hallucinogenic plants, there is a range of mild to severe possible side effects that can occur on both the physical and metaphysical levels.
These side effects can range from vomiting and diarrhoea to 'blown' or damaged chakras, psychosis and even death, which is not as uncommon as most people think.
These negative side effects may occur for days, months and years after the plant has been ingested. In some extreme cases, the human soul can suffer very undesirable consequences.
For this reason, in ancient times, the shaman went through a series of special steps that could span a few days or sometimes weeks to prepare themselves for ingesting the plant material.
Often this was followed by a special detoxification process to help the shaman ‘return’ safely to the physical realm and to prevent severe side effects that could result from toxic build up and eventually take a toll on the shaman’s physical organism.
Aquarian Age - working with teacher plants vibrationally
It is my understanding that in order to achieve higher states of consciousness and make genuine spiritual progress in the Aquarian Age, the age we are living in now, we work with teacher plants in a different way.
The Aquarian Age is the age of vibration and we can work with teacher plants vibrationally to become one with the spirit of the plant and learn from the teacher plant without any negative side effects.
This way of working with the plant kingdom enables a person to experience more rapid spiritual awakening and profoundly speed up their journey towards full spiritual enlightenment.
The First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® shamanic teacher plants
The 24 First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® teacher plants are not psychotropic and do not create a hallucinogenic effect.
The First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® teacher plants, that our students work with, are made in a specific way from a special order of New Zealand native plants.
The method by which these teacher plant essences have been created was revealed to me directly by the plant spirits themselves.
The plant spirits that overlight the family of 24 shamanic teacher plant essences have stepped forward to specifically assist the shamans in the Aquarian Age.
They work at a more subtle level that is far more effective in raising a person's vibration and producing an expanded state of consciousness, and is perfectly suited for facilitating spiritual awakening in the Aquarian Age.
What happens when you are working with the essence of the plant?
When working with each of the 24 First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® shamanic teacher plants as part of the formal shamanic apprenticeship program you become one with the teacher plant essence, or the spirit of the plant.
Working vibrationally with these teacher plant essences, you are in effect facilitating a spiritual transference of wisdom from the teacher plant to yourself in the safest, fastest and most effective way. This is so because you are working directly with the energy of the plant without ingesting the physical plant material itself.
During the 2-year program you work directly with the 24 shamanic teacher plant essences for the purposes of acquiring, developing and mastering skills, wisdom and power associated with each of the 24 shamanic capacities.
Your shamanic teacher plants work with you as your wise elders from nature and communicate with you directly through various means to convey their wisdom to you. After the program ends your connection and the relationship you have built remains with you and supports you for the rest of your life. In a very real sense these shamanic teacher plants become your life-long wise elders and guides.
May you feel the loving support of the plant kingdom in all areas of your life.
Light in Extension,
Founder and Spiritual Director of Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies®
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