I arrived in Lima a few days before the start of my Ayahuasca retreat and rented a private Airbnb room, in the Miraflores district, to prepare for the upcoming retreat. I wanted to be able to spend a few days alone, without distractions, to clear my mind and set intentions for my work with Ayahuasca.
When preparing for an Ayahuasca retreat, there is a very strict diet to follow, so I also wanted to be sure I had a kitchen to cook my own meals. During my 3 days in Lima, I ate hard boiled eggs for breakfast and quinoa with plain vegetables (No salt or spices) for lunch and dinner. I am usually not picky with my food, but for the first time in my life, I was getting really bored of my cooking.
Before locking myself away in my room to start preparing, I spent my first day out in the city of Lima with Johanna and Haley, whom I met in Huacachina. I’ll admit that Lima was not one of the cities that I was most looking forward to visiting when I arrived in South America, but I thought that Miraflores was very nice. I guess that’s why most tourists tend to stay there.
We spent some time in Parque De La Amistad (Friendship Park), which is up on a cliff, with a beautiful view, overlooking the ocean below. I went there with the intention of doing paragliding. However, when we got there, it wasn’t what I had pictured in my mind.
I was hoping to fly with a hang glider, with my body horizontal, flying like a bird. I didn’t realize that paragliding is just sitting in a seated position and slowly hovering around, up in the air. It didn’t look nearly exciting enough for me to be willing to pay $100 for it.
I spent the next two days, literally shut off from the world. I wanted to arrive to the retreat, with a calm mind and clear intentions. I read through all of the original intentions I set for my South America trip. They can be found in my first post. I also read through the application form that I filled out 6 months earlier when I applied to be able to attend the Ayahuasca retreat. I will share the short version of a few of my original answers.
What benefits do you seek? Do you have specific healing needs or objectives?
1) To find more clarity on my life mission and vision. Specifically, in finding clarity on what short term steps I can take to move towards my long term vision.
2) To clear and release negative energies, emotions, programs and beliefs that are not serving me.
3) To come face to face with myself in deep introspection. To work on loving myself for my virtues and my flaws.
4) To become a more open, loving, vulnerable, caring and honest person.
Describe your dream experiences…
(These are three of my future projections that I use for visualization exercises)
I am sitting under a tree, in a field, having a picnic lunch with the woman of my dreams and future wife. She looks at me and tells me how I am the most open, loving, vulnerable, intimate, caring man she has ever met and that she is so glad that she met me. She tells me that she is so excited to have children with me because she knows that I will be an amazing father because of the example I set in my own life each day.
I am speaking on a stage in a stadium full of 10’s of thousands of people. I am one of the most sought after inspirational speakers and facilitators in the world. Up to this point I have already changed the lives of 1000’s of people and helped them achieve financial freedom, healthy relationships and spiritual enlightenment.
I am living in my dream home that I had built on the North Shore of Vancouver. It’s waterfront property with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. I live here with my wife and two kids. I’m playing road hockey outside with my kids on a nice sunny day. I’m able to spend as much time as I choose with my family because I own several fully systemized businesses and have been financially free for years.
What is your greatest aspiration for your life?
To live each day as if it’s my last and to arrive at the end of my life with no regrets, knowing that I did the absolute best I could in all areas of my life and that I left the world a better place than I found it.
Above all, what helped the most was being able to Skype with some of my best friends during this time.
In the end, I created a long list of intentions. One of which, would be the one that I would bring into my first Ayahuasca ceremony. Here is the intention…
To live my life with an open heart, as the most loving, caring, open, honest and courageous man I can be and to love and accept myself for who I am. To step up and share my gifts with world and make a positive difference on this planet.
The interesting thing is that while preparing for the Ayahuasca retreat, I already started to solve some of the challenges that I was hoping the medicine would help me with.
For example, when I arrived in Lima I had a clear picture of my long term vision, but I had no idea what I wanted to do once I return home. As I was Skyping with friends and spending time alone, in a completely relaxed state, things started to just fall into place. By the time I left Lima, I had a very clear picture of what I would do next.
While in Lima, I decided that I would continue to travel, to develop a system of using long term travel as a tool for positive life transformation. I decided that I would publish a book. I decided that I would travel through India next year, living in yoga ashrams and meditation centres. Upon my return to Canada, at the end of 2016, I plan on starting a new business with one of my best friends.
I sometimes wondered how I would actually know when I have clarity. I believe it’s something that we can feel. When I developed my long term vision last fall, it felt right. When my short term vision came together, while I was in Lima, it just felt right. There had been several opportunities up to this point that I had thought about, but none of them felt right.It’s our heart, not our brain that knows what will truly make us happy.
I think that we struggle to find clarity when we try to figure out what we should be doing with our life consciously and logically. The book, Psycho Cybernetics, talks about how trying to solve problems with conscious effort actually jams the creative side of our brains. It’s the creative part of our mind that is designed to solve problems.
It’s important to use the conscious part of our brains to determine what we want our creative mind to work on. We can use our conscious minds to prepare for the challenge and for determining what our best options are. However, after a decision has been made, it is best to just relax, take the pressure off and leave the rest to our subconscious minds to figure out.
To be clear, I am not saying that we can sit around, doing nothing all day, and all of our dreams will magically come true. We still have to take action. I am saying to stop worrying and trying to force results with conscious effort.
I almost always get my most creative ideas and inspirational thoughts when I am completely relaxed and thinking about something completely different than the problems I am trying to solve.
Answers and inspiration usually come to me during times that I am completely relaxed. When I am driving my car, walking down the street, hiking through nature, lying on a beach, or when I am having a great conversation with someone. These thoughts normally arrive, seemingly, out of nowhere.
In this case, I used my conscious mind to focus on my intention of finding clarity, 6 months ago. I went to some courses and spent time reflecting and figuring out what’s really important to me. Then I took off traveling and stopped worrying about it, until the answers finally came to me.
So as it turned out, one of the cities that I was least looking forward to visiting in South America, has now become a city I will never forget.