Experience reportsIn Western societies it is common practice that people who consciously use visionary, psychedelic compounds, write reports about their experiences and publish them on the internet. Erowid's experience vault, for example, is a cornucopia of psychoactive substances usage data. There are several more sites, forums and online communities with many reports, some of which are extremely detailed.
Below you will find several examples that will give you an indicative idea what can be involved when partaking a session. In corporation with Psychonaut we published some of the experiences that were submitted by community members. These reports do not describe 'the ayahuasca experience' in general, because in many ways ayahuasca causes very different effects each time it is used. When seriously interested in a general description, you might want to read the scientific findings of Benny Shanon, Ph.D., an Israeli professor of cognitive psychology. His work is presented in The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience.
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My first and terrifying experience with Ayahuasca November 23, 2011
The fiery borderland between realms September 20, 2011
My Ayahuasca Experience May 31, 2011
Experiencing Ayahuasca in the Jungle May 13, 2011
My ayahuasca experience at 12 years old October 5, 2010
Most pround experience of my life August 6, 2010
Account of my first Ayahuasca experience May 10, 2010
My ayahuasca experience April 19, 2010
I and Grandmother Meet May 29, 2009
Ayahuasca versus my ego January 27, 2009
AMAZING pharmahuasca May 25, 2008
La Gran Limpieza Dec 20, 2007
Attending church 07 December 2007
Ayahuasca - back to the nature May 02, 2007
Ayahuasca Experience 09 April 2007
Healed with Ayahuasca Jun 09, 2006
First trip on holy ayahuasca Apr 06, 2006
Mimosa, my love 29 January 2006
Mystical Love 28 December 2005
First Ayahuasca experience 18 November 2005
Near fatality - Excerpt of a dangerous experience
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