I can't tell you how excited I am to be traveling and blogging again! It's been almost 4 years (WHAT?!) since my last blog when I went to Thailand as a Social Work student (http://
I baked for a short while but then quickly returned to my social work/people loving roots and, as it turned out, I was needed as a caregiver for one lovely lady and two very special boys. So, that is what I have been up to for the last year or so....taking care of people I love--including myself! The spiritual retreat in Vermont only deepened my desire to live a spirit and heart driven lifestyle and that is what I am currently doing: living life according to my heart's desires.
You can probably guess by my new blog's title that my heart is now asking me to go to Peru! I know! I was pretty shocked myself. I mean...I loved Thailand but I left having no desire to ever see another jungle or rainforest again but, as they say, the heart wants what the heart wants! So, here I am planning and manifesting the next leg of my life's journey. This journey is going to be very different...I can already feel the profound depth and rawness I will be experiencing during what is sure to be a life changing adventure.
So what exactly will I be doing in Peru?? So glad you asked! Well....here is what I know. My heart has asked me to go to Peru to learn from and work with the plant medicine Ayahuasca. If you have even heard of Ayahuasca then you know more about it then I did when this first came into my heart. But I couldn't deny the way my heart resonated with Ayahuasca and I had to know more...which led to knowing that I had to go and experience it and learn from it.
Perhaps you have some questions like: Why do you want to do this? What are you going to learn from it? Why do you have to go all the way to Peru? Why is this important? What will happen afterwards? All of these are very valid questions that I have certainly asked myself and the answer just happens to be the same for all of them. It is "I have absolutely no idea!" I don't know and I don't need to know. One thing I have learned from the past few years of following my heart is that when I need to know something I will know it. If I don't know it, then I don't need to know it. So I stick to what I know but, more than that, I stick to what I feel. I feel the longing in my heart. I feel the pull of the jungle and Ayahuasca inviting me to come on over and stay for a while. I feel the sacredness of this journey and I feel a resonance coming from deep inside of me that assures me that this is the path for me.
The most common question that I get asked is "Aren't you scared?". To be honest...no, not really. Some anxiety bubbles up from time to time when I think about all of the unknowns but I recently came across a truth that has brought me to a new level of peace: Life is not happening to us, it is happening FOR us. All of life and all of life's experiences are happening for us, to help us learn and grow and expand. So, what is there to really be afraid of? Now, I'm not claiming to be completely fearless! I am, after all, still human so I am working on lessening fear and gaining trust and faith. Like me, it's a work in progress :)
So, I am going to Peru! I found a place that I resonated with called The Temple of the Way of Light where I will be participating in a one month deep immersion Ayahuasca retreat. You can read about the retreat and the Temple of the Way of Light here: http://templeofthewayoflight.org/retreats/deep-immersion-ayahuasca-retreat/
Currently I am in the preparation and manifestation phase of my journey. I feel strongly that I am meant to go this Summer...probably June so I have created a website that has the dual purpose of raising funds and awareness. I am committed to being open and vulnerable while on this journey. This means opening up to everyone and sharing all of my experiences. You can find my website here: https://www.youcaring.com/bethanysperuvianpilgrimage
Thanks for reading and I hope that you join me on this very exciting journey! More to come soon :)