Before we go into how to use it solo. I want to explain what is an ayahuasca trip and when a shaman/guide is necessary.
When you’re in an ayahuasca trip, you become vulnerable. You travel to different dimensions/location. You cannot control the trip, no matter how hard you try. The more you try to control, the worse the trip is going to be. You simply let go, and let the experience take you. so what is the shaman for?
A shaman/guide is there to lead you through tough spots. A bad trip can happen anytime. But mostly during the comeups and the comedowns. The comeup is 45-180 minutes in and when you leave your ego and body. This might make you feel like you’re dying. The comedown is when you are coming back to your mind and body. You might have a hard time adjusting to it. A guide is to help you get through those rough paths. The only time I highly recommend a shaman is if you taking a heroic dosage. This is when you take a high dosage and need a sitter for obvious safety concerns.
Can You Take Ayahuasca Solo?
Yes you can do ayahuasca alone, you don’t need a shaman, 80% of the healing, the plants can do alone. But if you need the extra push, the security and the healing, real shamans are always a profound help.
Understand set and setting– Set is your psychological state and your intention for the experience. Setting is your physical environment. For beginners, I recommend you do it at home where it’s safe and quiet. You would want 6-8 hours of undisturbed time.
Test it out. I would personally recommend someone going the solo path to start small and slowly work your way up. For example, if the recommended dosage 40mL. You take 20mL to see if you’re allergic, have any bad reactions, and if this is even for you. Even the most popular and “safe” retreat centers forget this part. and end up tragically.
After you get more experience. You will realise that deep journeys aren’t always what’s needed for change. And that lots of small doses between the large ones coupled with meditation will help you to understand what’s really going on in these experiences and how they can serve you.