Dr. Dan Engle, a psychiatrist in Boulder, Colorado, warns that another risk for people between 70 and 80 is the amount of pharmaceutical medications contraindicated for ayahuasca, including the most common form of antidepressants, selective reuptake inhibitors of serontonin (SSRI). ,quot;But all that said, ayahuasca is a visionary medicine and can heal central psychological wounds,,quot; said Dr. Engle. ,quot;At that stage of his life, in his 70s and 80s, ayahuasca can help people be present and have more acceptance.,quot;
None of the medical warnings deterred James Kilkenny, 70. Mr. Kilkenny, a construction manager who lives in the West Village of Manhattan, began experimenting with ayahuasca in recent years, after learning about a friend who teaches yoga. He said that at this point, he has performed about 25 ayahuasca ceremonies.
It is certainly not in it to seek pleasure. ,quot;Ayahuasca travel for me is not fun,,quot; he said. ,quot;They are painful as hell. They can cause diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes one, sometimes the other, sometimes both at the same time.,quot; Beyond the physical, there are unpredictable emotions: sometimes he has felt trapped, fearful and isolated. ,quot;And you can,#39;t think of getting out of it.,quot;
However, Mr. Kilkenny said he has obtained an extraordinary vision. During a ceremony in Peru, he said he was transported back to the earliest sense he had as a child. “I knew that my childhood, although not abusive, was very, very cold. He had very little approval or affection. What I saw that night was: imagine an inverted pyramid. That point of the pyramid was the first thought. The first thought was loneliness and the need for affection and approval. And the pyramid that came up from that was my whole life. So my whole life was based on that moment, looking for affection and approval. ,quot;
For Mr. Kilkenny, what ayahuasca, travels have provided him is deep ,quot;information.,quot; Now, when you recognize your own need for validation, you are less inclined to act accordingly. This has meant that certain relationships have become unsustainable, such as a long-standing romantic relationship that had a lot to do with ,quot;need.,quot; The dissolution of the relationship saddened him, but did not crush him.
,quot;My life is much quieter and much more peaceful,,quot; he said. “Less search, less understanding, less need. Less fear