We often tell people not to come to Iboga with expectations. But how can you come without expectations when information on this plant is so widely shared on the internet? I just watched a documentary on a woman from Liverpool, England, who went and lived a month with the women in a Babongo Village. I rarely watch anything so for me it was nice. She learnt their way of life in the village. It was interesting because as I watched the show, they only mentioned Iboga once. It was more about day to day life for the women of the village. Then when it was time to leave, the grandmother said that she would like to initiate the western woman. As I watched the video and saw the results of the initiation ceremony for someone who truly had no expectations, I could see she was so blessed with universal understandings that did not exist for her before.. Her simple but wise expressions of pure understanding of her life's path afterwards truly made me very happy.
I see people come to Iboga and they do not come with this innocence. In this modern world, it is virtually impossible (but I have seen varying degrees of it). Even when you go to Gabon now, you know you are going with the expectation that you are going to take Iboga.
I have done much work with Iboga and one of my main lessons to date has been removing all my expectations of the experience before, during and after. These expectations may be built on past experiences with altered states of being, other psychedelics, or other beliefs but as you learn to release these patterns of behavior you can begin to see the freedom of the experience, without even looking at it.
This has been my greatest lesson to date for this frees me from my own preconceptions and when in process allows me not to define it. I am truly in the state of spontaneity and in this state, I am able to receive. What each individual receives can not be defined.
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