Although commonly misinterpreted so, the word “spiritual” doesn’t have anything to do with religion or religious pursuits. Spiritual can be thought of as a “force” that drives us forward, an evolutionary process, so to speak, that is concerned with the expansion of one’s self and consciousness.
There are many people that believe the word spiritual and living spiritually is an attempt to move towards one’s greatest good. To become better and live with a higher understanding of not just one’s own truth, but of universal truth as well. To be spiritual means that one is seeking to better one’s self and the world around them.
Spirituality comes in many different forms and there are many different ways to be spiritual. Simply put, spirituality provides a sense of meaning to life and encourages an individual’s evolutionary growth. To be spiritual and to engage in spirituality can also be thought of as a sense of healing. After all we can only experience evolutionary growth when we heal from our underlying issues, such as experiences from our past that were traumatic or have caused us pain.
Why is Ibogaine Considered “Spiritual”?
Although widely known for an unprecedented treatment for addiction, Ibogaine’s original use was one more spiritual in nature. It has long been used by the Bwiti tribe of West Africa not only rites of passage ceremonies, but for emotional and psychological healing as well.
As an isolated compound of iboga (the root of the Tabernanthe iboga plant and what the Bwiti still use today), Ibogaine carries within not only the power to heal addiction, but contains spiritual properties as well. To the Bwiti, iboga represents spiritual awakening and is an integral part of healing within their tribe.
When Ibogaine is used for addiction, the experience is unlike any other method of treatment known. It contains psychoactive properties that put the patient into a hallucinatory state, which is an integral part of the healing process.
How Ibogaine Works
Ibogaine works in three separate phases, with the second and third containing the spiritual aspects of this powerful substance. After Ibogaine is administered it quickly works to reset the neurotransmitters in the brain to their pre-addicted state. It is in these first critical hours that Ibogaine works to reset the brain’s chemistry and alleviate all physical withdrawal symptoms.
Some 3-6 hours later is when patients are guided within the mind to experience the spiritual properties Ibogaine contains. Ibogaine works to guide patients into the past where they subconsciously recall repressed memories and traumas. It is often these incidents that have led patients to their addicted state, and only when these memories are uncovered and worked through can they find lasting freedom from their dependency.
The Spiritual Nature of Ibogaine
Ibogaine is known to put people into what’s called the “waking dream state” with the experience of recollection being much like a dream. In this dream they are guided not only to come face to face with the trauma they’ve experienced, but work through the issues that have caused them pain.
It is here where patients come into the “spiritual experience” Ibogaine invokes. Without something to guide one through, it is often very difficult to mentally and emotionally evolve and experience evolutionary growth. This growth however, is vital for addiction recovery. Within the Ibogaine experience is found the tools to embrace this growth and ultimately find freedom from the clutches of addiction.
The “waking dream state” Ibogaine is known for really does feel like a dream, with the images and memories that come up seemingly making sense in a series of visions that don’t seem to make sense at the same time. Detailed imagery occurs, people from the past may surface, and memories completely forgotten often emerge within the mind.
Uncovering the Many Reasons Behind Addiction
Addiction is a many-layered issue and the second phase of Ibogaine allows one to uncover these layers so their addiction begins to make sense. Without uncovering and working through these layers, healing can be difficult. Many addicts return to use again and again because they haven’t worked through their deep-seeded issues. Ibogaine helps uncover them and urges tremendous spiritual growth.
This spiritual growth can be found in the final phase of Ibogaine. It is here where patients find themselves in a deeply introspective state of mind and work through what was uncovered in the second phase. True spiritual healing can be found when we learn to forgive and move on from the past, which is exactly what happens in the final stage of Ibogaine treatment.
Letting go of the past and encouragement for a future of hope and lasting fulfillment can be found through an experience with Ibogaine. Patients that have found success with Ibogaine have expressed how motivated they feel afterwards to live a positive life free from addiction. Where there was once despair, Ibogaine offers hope as well as an experience that many feel is spiritual in nature and saturated in the expansion of one’s deepest self.