"While ayahuasca can ravage a person physically—my skull and stomach feel like they’re filled with wet sand—it has the opposite effect on consciousness. After the ceremony, the mind feels light. My thoughts are oddly lucid and I find myself calmer than I’ve been in months. I can see why ayahuasca appears so effective in treating mood disorders like anxiety and depression, illnesses in which one’s flaws, trials, and disillusions often seem magnified and cripplingly heavy."
"Whether the plant is to heal the body or the spirit, or whether it is part of an apprenticeship, what makes it work is your good intention towards the plant. They are beings which have their own forms, or they can be like human beings with faces and bodies. When the spirit accepts the person, and the person has the will, the spirit grants them energy. The path to knowledge opens, and the healing takes place."