I’m about to register for my 3rd Temple retreat in 4 years and I figure it’s time I show some public love for this place which has been the grounds for some very deep healing for me.
I’ve attended a 12-day retreat and a Deep Immersion Retreat (3 weeks). While I could write a book (and intend to) about the positive impact the ceremonies have had on me, I’ll just keep this simple in case you are someone, like me 4 years ago, who is just seeking a safe and reputable place to approach ayahuasca.
I just recently found out there are ceremonies happening every other weekend 5 blocks away from where I live in New York. But here I am, preparing to book another retreat in the jungle, thousands of miles from where I am. If it is prepared well, ayahuasca is ayahuasca. I’ve learned through my time at the Temple of the Way of Light and other places I’ve drank ayahuasca, that setting and support are vital elements to an ayahuasca experience, more important than the medicine itself. I’ve had the experience of not feeling safe and not being able to surrender to the healing power of this medicine, and I don’t ever want that experience again. I understand why so many people say negative things about ayahuasca, I can imagine they did it in the wrong space and weren’t able to surrender fully. I’ll keep coming back to the Temple because it is a safe, compassionate, and well held space. The shamans are brilliant and beautiful human beings with skills I can’t even pretend to comprehend except that I feel safe in their presence.
What has continuously worked for me at the Temple is their approach to facilitation. The 4 different facilitators I’ve had have all embodied, in their unique and brilliant way, an approach that has allowed me to take responsibility for my own experience and come to my own understanding. Not once in my countless interactions with the facilitators throughout my retreats, did any of them attempt to interpret my experience or solve my problems for me. I can’t express how grateful I am for this, as I’ve been empowered like never before to look in the mirror of my own soul and find my way through there.
The Temple is not for you if you are looking for a therapist, a guru or someone else to solve your problems. The Temple is not for you if you aren’t ready to take responsibility for yourself. The Temple IS for you if you would like a space in which to safely explore yourself, to learn and grow through your own experience, to be able to come to your own conclusions. The facilitators and helpers will walk by your side along the way if you need their support, but they will allow you to determine where you go. This is what I love and appreciate. There’s is no dogma at the Temple (ironic considering the name :)).
I say, find your courage and take the plunge to the Temple to meet your Self 🙂 Maybe I’ll see you there 🙂