I’ve been meaning to write about the ongoing revelations that have been facilitated through my encounter with A Course in Miracles (ACIM) and ayahuasca. It’s important that I do this now for the purposes of greater clarity, both for myself and for you.
Yoga helped bring me to ayahuasca, and ayahuasca brought me to ACIM. To me, ACIM is the Master Teacher that has elucidated both yoga and ayahuasca. The word “elucidate” means “to shed light on,” and ACIM has certainly served as a guru for me in recent years, bringing light to the dark places of my own awareness.
How did yoga bring me to ayahuasca? Quite simply, it helped me get beyond fear and rigid beliefs, enough that I was open to ingesting a substance whose effects I had no idea about. For the first 35 years of my life I resisted any type of drug or alcohol, and was quite the “purist” when it came to my body and the spiritual journey. I judged people that did any kind of substances to help themselves, just as for a long time I looked down on meat eaters, overweight people, etc. What it really came down to was that I was scared and so I judged. It seems that I needed ayahuasca and ACIM to help me to see that.
Overcoming the mental barriers to trying a substance like ayahuasca was huge. Ayahuasca then helped remove other mental blocks. A big one was the image I had of myself as a “yogi” and the somewhat rigid way I viewed what that meant. I had for many years been the ascetic, purist yogi who denied the world and the body, and human emotions to some extent. I was slowly being opened to a more tantric approach, one that was more embracing of everything and open to any “tool” for awakening that might come my way.