What is iboga?

Iboga is a visionary entheogenic plant medicine that comes from a small tree indigenous to central western Africa. Iboga, also known as The Truth Hunter, is used by the people of the Bwiti tradition to understand Life itself. Iboga’s purpose is to detoxify the mind, body and spirit, and give healing at the deepest physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

Anthony Esposito of Awaken Your Soul, an iboga wellness facility, describes the plant medicine like this:

At some point in our lives, most of us have been wounded on some level. For many the wounds run deep,  and for others they may have been as simple as being made fun of in school, an underestimated trauma.

While they may have affected us in ways we never fully understood, memories are stored in our subconscious minds, at times resurfacing and impacting us without our conscious knowledge.

Our wounds may have been abuse in emotional, mental, sexual or physical form, or severe grief or loss. We may have been involved in, or witnessed, a traumatic incident. They may have affected us as children, youth, adults, or at multiple times periods throughout our lives. Over time, these experiences imprint into our subconscious mind, creating conditioning and programming to help us cope with life. At some point along the way these safety mechanisms no longer keep us safe, but create the opposite effect, blocking us from our truth and joy.

These blockages manifest as fear, insecurity, depression, anxiety, disconnection to self and source, debilitating emotions, frightening memories, or feelings of continual worry. In essence our mind has been hijacked and we become the prisoner, allowing thoughts to take control of our lives. With the mind running the show, we enter a vicious, repetitive cycle of self-limiting thoughts, which can result in unhealthy behaviors and uncomfortable feelings or emotions. In its direct, decisive fashion, Iboga reveals what we have simply forgotten: that we are not our mind, and that we deserve to love ourselves.

We do not view iboga as a psychedelic drug, but more as a visionary tool. Iboga has the nickname Truth Hunter for good reason. 

Iboga is a powerful plant medicine, and should only be taken under the supervision of a trained provider.

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How can iboga help me?

For thousands of years, iboga has been used for healing and initiation, and is now coming forth offering it's wisdom and healing properties to the modern world.  

Anthony Esposito of Awaken Your Soul describes iboga's benefits like this:

When we discover our truth and see how our lives have been operating at a dysfunctional level, we cannot “unsee”, the switch has been flipped. It is no longer comfortable living in the same patterns that once felt so "safe", and destructive behaviors are magnified tenfold. Once we become aware, we are blessed with the responsibility of creating change.

Iboga has the wisdom to seek out the root of our traumas. A master teacher, Iboga will give us insights on what life would be like if we continued down a path lacking awareness of our true self. It reveals how wondrous life can be when we cleanse old patterns and begin to treat our lives with value, respect and love.

This medicine allows for a reconnection to our higher self and aligns us to our purest state, before we were wounded. The wisdom of the plant will heighten our awareness to help us gain clarity about our passions, inspirations, creativity and purpose. Iboga opens us to our greater potential and greatly expands the mind. It illuminates the ways we can heal and transform our lives to create abundance and well-being.  We begin to feel, once again, a profound gratitude for the gift of life itself.

On a physical level, Iboga detoxes the body of toxins, chemicals, emotional blockages and can also assist with viruses and parasites. Many things the medicine encounters which do not aid in our well being will be cleansed. This detox also cleanses the mind of belief systems and negative thought patterns that do not serve us. This will also aid the medicine to address the physical aspects of these stored emotions, and many people notice a great improvement in their entire well being.

Iboga will show us how not to live in the past - our depression - nor in the future - our anxiety. Iboga helps teach us how to live in the moment, to become our own witness and to be present now. This medicine has the power to begin to transform the way that we think and how we approach or lives.

It is important to note: that while this is a powerful medicine on many levels, it does not DO the work for us. We must respond to the teachings and implement new behaviors and create new thought patterns. The Iboga retreat is just the beginning of the journey. The medicine will help guide the way but we must decide to walk the path every day to create new grooves.

Iboga is a powerful plant medicine, and should only be taken under the supervision of a trained provider.

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Is Iboga legal?

Iboga is not legal in the United States but there are a number of top rate retreat centers in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada that use Iboga as a psycho-spiritual healing tool. There are also a growing number of ibogaine treatment centers in the same region. Ibogaine is a derivative of the iboga root and is used to heal addiction of all types with a remarkably high success rate.

Iboga is a powerful plant medicine, and should only be taken under the supervision of a trained provider.

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Silence is at the heart of all spiritual traditions, and inner silence is what we all crave, whether we know it or not. I have been on many long silent retreats over the years, including a 60 day solo retreat, and not once have I been let down by the silence. It has never disappointed me. Silence always seems to win in the end. Many of them have not been easy, to say the least, but I find that the most transformative experiences usually contain some difficulty. 

I often say to my clients that if you want to make real and lasting changes in your life, you can go the slow route, such as traditional therapy, or you can go the fast route - plant medicines, silent retreats, or any number of intense paths. Here’s the rub. The slower you go, the more comfortable it is. The faster you go, the more challenging it is. But for some of us, we don’t have the patience for the slow road. I find the combination of silent retreats and plant medicine journeys to be a powerful elixir of rapid transformation. 

Plant medicines and silence give us a rare and powerful gaze into our most troubling, habitual patterns while simultaneously revealing to us the heart of our own unspeakble beauty. With these powerful tools, we are able to loosen the binds of our persistent, stressful thoughts, and ultimately, find that it is safe to let go and relax into presence. In this newly realized, ever present silence, we find our true selves. 

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