Preparation Suggestions for Ceremony

The world of plant medicine is very special and truly can be considered magic. When working with the medicine it is said the experience is guided by three things – the medicine, the prayer of the one leading the ceremony, and ones own prayer.

Many individuals come to the medicine seeking different things, some come for healing, some for direction or purpose, some for experience, and some are called by the medicine spirit and just feel drawn for unknown reasons.

The medicine works very deeply and can help us realize whatever our goals are – most often in mysterious ways.

Each individual is VERY different, we may appear to be a similar as human beings, yet under the surface each lives in a unique universe of their own creation.

We are cosmic beings, with unimaginable depth. This medicine works differently according to the most appropriate manner for the individual. Some have visions, some deep physical experience, others may feel very little – yet the medicine is always working and even subtle shifts can change our perspectives and entire reality.

If you are considering working with the medicine, here are standard guidelines for preparation:

Diet for 1 – 2 weeks leading up to ceremony.  Avoid all pig products, alcohol, spicy foods, stimulants and caffeine, refined sugar (fruit is okay), chemicals and processed food.  Limit or avoid red meat, dairy, white flour, salt, and cold foods and drinks.   Enjoy an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables (cooked and raw), whole grains, seeds, & nuts.

Clarify your intention(s) for ceremony and greater direction in your life.

Pray, meditate, go into nature and connect with the universe, spirit, god, & or yourself.

Focus solely on your goals, you may try leaving aside reading, entertainment, news, social media – seeing the ceremony as a springboard into your dreams.


Each individual creates the possibility for transformation in their own lives. The medicine is magic yet it also is a master teacher of a universal science of being. It helps us to understand how we create every situation that we experience and shows us the universal order of life.  When we apply these suggestions sincerely we are following this universal order to create ideal conditions to open and receive.

Approach the ceremony with the greatest respect, as you are presenting your best version of yourself to a vast mystery that is beyond understanding.

Let go of ideas of what the experience may be, and also how your goals may be met. Take aim and release. Allow the medicine to be medicine – whatever that is for you.

One ceremony can be very transformational – yet leave the ideas of sparklers and fireworks aside. The medicine work is a process, and requires dedication, patience, respect and humility.

There is always opportunity to work with the medicine more than once and deepen understanding of how to apply the teachings to ones life.

No two ceremonies are alike – each are always the perfect medicine for what is needed in order to release the unnecessary and realize the wholeness of who we are.