Nature's Awesome Cycle
Lets take the Lightning for example. It is the only place in nature where we can observe the plasma state of matter. Lightning bolts release incredible depths of energy when they strike as can be witnessed by their destruction, but what causes them? As the sun heats the earth, it creates warm, moist air. This warm air rises and typically condenses as it cools forming clouds. Small clouds come together and form large clouds and some of the moisture in the clouds continues to rise upward until it reaches the stratosphere where it freezes and forms ice crystals. Some of these crystals fall as hail. As the hails falls, collisions occur in clouds and create electrical charge. This electrical charges builds, sometimes up to 100,000,000 volts! These charges are released in bolts of lightning. So the moisture that started on the surface of the earth has changed into something much more dynamic that will ever return to the surface, albeit in very different form: lightning. Nature is always seeking balance. In the case of lighting, this discharge quickly releases the electrical energy that has built up in an incredible display.
Finding Balance Within
The human body is also constantly seeking balance. The immune system works overtime when a foreign invader comes into the body and thrusts to disrupt the balance within. Ayahuasca may also restore balance to the body through its various actions on serotonin, dopamine and other chemicals in our bodies. By looking at the example of electrical charge buildup and lightning, sometimes we can shed some light on the vast differences in ayahuasca experiences. When our mind has been stressed and dis-eased with troubles in life, we can grow out of balance. This imbalance may cause our serotonin levels to be abnormally low, cortisone levels to be abnormally high and that we feel depressed, a lack of energy or a number of other symptoms caused by serotonin deficiency. Ayahuasca may act to restore this balance and the intensity of the ayahuasca experience could be a result of the degree of imbalance that we had going into the ceremony. In the case of lighting, if huge amounts of electrical charge build up, we observe a massive bolt of lightning. If we build up large amounts negative mental energy, this energy is released in powerful and sometimes unexplained ways by ayahuasca. Ayahuasca may be showing us exactly what we need to see in order to address the imbalance that has built up within ourselves. This explains the strong effect of purging and emotional catharsis that ayahuasca often brings on. This cleansing is restoring the balance in our minds and bodies that has become off due to old habits.
The Ayahuasca Experience
I experienced this first hand in my first ayahuasca ceremony. I had spent years manifesting the physical and emotional effects of anxiety and other negative patterns of thought which I had slipped into. During the ayahuasca ceremony, the plant medicine opened up the part of my subconscious where some of these memories and patterns were buried deeply. In an evening of intense clarity, I was able to see exactly how I had created these negative patterns and all the while I could feel some of these memories being released at cellular levels as the plant wove its way through my veins. It was as if a Divine intelligence opened up inside me and shut off my ego so it could show me the important parts of my past and present that I needed to see to heal. There are many ways to restore the balance of mental and physical health in the body such as diet, meditation, yoga, exercise, stress reduction techniques and lifestyle changes. However, as those that practice yoga know, the further we stray from balance the more challenging coming back into that balance can be. I encourage you to share your stories about coming back into balance and how you achieved this.