Three Tips For The Best Iboga Experience
***New Update 6/22/17! I just finished a book, "Healing With Iboga" about experience with iboga! It includes information about what iboga is, my experience, and my tips to make the most of your experience as well as how to integrate back into everyday life! Available in paperback or kindle!***
I have enjoyed talking with quite a number of people prior to their iboga experience. It is so rewarding and fun to relive my experience! Iboga is SUCH an individualized experience, and no two experiences are the same. I do my best to give the advice that I would want to hear, and although people really want to hear about my experience, I really try to reiterate that theirs will be completely different. Here are my top 3 tips!
- Release Your Expectations: What's funny is that all of the providers really stressed this one, and I really thought I had no expectations going into and during my first journey. I didn't even know that I had expectations until I was completely disappointed the morning after the first journey. I was telling the providers that I felt like it didn't work and they laughed and said, "What did we tell you?? No expectations! Let the experience process today and it will start to make more sense." It was then that I realized I was disappointed, and disappointment only comes from having expectations. There's a great quote by Shakespeare that says, "Expectation is the root of all heartache." Isn't that the truth? I realized where my expectations came in. The very beginning of my journey iboga took me into this room that had millions of filing cabinets that had every anxious, depressive, negative thought in my entire life, all categorized by date and time. I immediately though, JACKPOT! I am going to spend this journey purging, sorting, reliving and cleaning out these cabinets! Well...that was not iboga's plan. I kept trying to get back to that room, but iboga wouldn't take me there. I had built an expectation that purging those filing cabinets was what I needed, and when that didn't happen I was disappointed. I built that expectation without even realizing it! It was the next day that everything came together and made sense. So just remember, expectations can be sneaky and build themselves without you even realizing! Just go where iboga takes you! You will hear a often that iboga doesn't give you want, but it gives you exactly what you need.
- Go With It & Embrace The Experience: This is a big one! I was not experienced with psychedelic medicines and had NO idea what to expect. It seemed scary to me...especially the way they are portrayed on movies and in the mainstream. I spent a LOT of time reading "trip reports" on different forums about people who have experience with psychedelics of all kinds. I couldn't find much about iboga, so the substance I read the most about was psilocybin mushrooms. The biggest take away I took from the trip reports was this: The people who fought the experience, had a change of heart about taking the substance, and didn't like how they were feeling were the ones that had "bad trips." The people who embraced the experience had the best trips. If you think about it, once you've ingested iboga, it's going to takes if effects on you for the next 10-ish hours, whether you like it or not. You already ate it, there's no turning back. You can either fight it and wish it to be over, or you can say, "Ok, I am on this trip, I am going to embrace it and go with whatever happens. If I feel weird, I know this is normal and part of the experience." Now some of you might say, I have anxiety, I can't just embrace it and go with it. Well you are preaching to the choir over here big time...trust me. I thought, I have anxiety, I CAN'T go with the flow! The weeks leading up to my trip I spent a lot of time visualizing myself at the fire ceremony calm and relaxed. I envisioned myself taking the root bark and remaining open to whatever would happen. When the time came, I was just that. I was nervous, but I remained calm and ready for whatever was about to happen. I believe it was partly because of the visualization I did, and partly because iboga gave me that. Again, iboga gives you what you need, and what I needed was to go with the experience and be open...not to close up and panic.
- Trust The Process: I know I said that last one was a big one, but this is a really big one. Well...all three are big, but especially this one! As mentioned twice in this post already, iboga will not give you what you want. It will give you what you NEED. My first journey was NOT fun. It was emotionally painful and confusing. The next day everything started to process and make sense. It was EXACTLY what I needed. You need to get your agenda out of the way and trust the process. Let iboga do it's thing and you will get the best results. Surrender your ego and TURST THE PROCESS.
And as always, for more information and guidance, contact my friends over at the Iboga Wellness Center! They would love nothing more than to answer any questions you have!