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Neurofeedback and Ayahuasca: A More Effective Program for Personal Growth

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In our program we incorporate reason through group interactions, dialog in pairs, and self-dialog in meditation. We do this using partner and group counseling, psychotherapy, ceremony, and dream work. This provides a spectrum of ways to encourage and support participants in their exploration of new insights.

16 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Our Bodies

Maintaining ourselves in Western culture rarely allows us to meet all of our needs. How did we let sleep, diet, physical tone, lack of stress and mental engagement come to be considered luxuries?


Our physical bodies are not ancillary to our spiritual selves. Our lymphatic system, muscles, skeletal, digestive, and cardio-pulmonary systems have major impacts on our cerebral function and total state of being. Not only is it difficult to further one's personal growth when one is sick, it's difficult when one is weak.


In our program we stress diet, exercise, community, relaxation and diversions as means to better prepare ourselves for transformation. These components work to support the processes triggered by the Ayahuasca and neurofeedback.


Diet includes organic meals, vitamins, and super food supplements, along with abstinence from stimulants, depressants, and other drugs.

Exercise includes morning pranic yoga, aerobic exercise, and mid-day hiking.

Community is built through group exercises, shared projects, and dream work.

Relaxation is supported by comfortable lodgings and the assurance of adequate sleep.

Diversions consist of indigenous ceremonies and easy tours to interesting locations.

17 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Putting It Back Together

Referring to our three-part picture of personality, our program proposes using neurofeedback to develop participants' basic self-awareness and energetic regulation, and in this way better prepare them for a transformative experience.


Several days later we will use the Ayahuasca ceremony to modify traumatic memories and habitual patterns. This ceremony uses lucid dreaming, visions, music, and magic. Careful intent, hallucinogenic plants, sacred objects, herbal baths, spiritual cleansing, and purging all contribute to a sense of wellbeing that supports the transformation process.


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My interest is in advancing health, insight, and function on personal and community levels. My training is in clinical neurofeedback with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and experience with computers, shamanism, education, and indigenous cultures. (more...)
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