With the help and proper guidance of an experienced shaman or shamanic iboga provider an Iboga treatment is a life changing experience for those that are ready and willing for change. Iboga provides a very powerful detox as well as helps a person to resolve any issue they may be having by offering them insight on concerns they need to face but may not be able to see at present time. Many people equate iboga therapy to ten years of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in one night. After an Iboga treatment it is a time of transition into a positive way of life. People may notice they feel as though their vibration has increased and they are ready to tackle whatever life has to throw at them. However, other people and situations in their existing environment will not have changed. So when they return home, how a person reacts to these people and situations is going to be key. Also, it is important to take care of yourself by treating yourself the best that you can and respecting your life like it is the most precious gift of all.
Here are twelve simple recommendations that can help a person mentally, physically and spiritually after an iboga treatment:
1. Exercise. While your body and mind are healing, it is important to get natural endorphins through exercise. This will help with your mood, keep your body strong and your metabolism running properly.
2. Eat healthy. The healthier your body is, the faster it can heal from any damage that may have been caused in the past from chemicals and pathogens. A balanced diet is best.
3. Avoid alcohol. Not only is alcohol a depressant, but it is extremely hard on your body. Alcohol slows down the healing process. People may be more sensitive to alcohol after taking Iboga, so try to give it at least six months to a year before drinking alcohol and only in moderation thereafter. People with past addiction problems may find it beneficial to never drink, which is a choice only they can make for themselves.
4. H.A.L.T. stands for the four most common anxiety triggers to avoid. Never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. All of these things will cause stress, so it is important to try your best to avoid or correct these situations right away if you experience any symptoms.
5. Control your thoughts. Remember, we may not be responsible for a negative thought that pops into our head, but we have control over how long that thought stays there. Controlling your thoughts can take practice, but over time it will become a habit. The first step is to have an awareness of what you are thinking about. If you are having negative emotions it is a red flag that your thoughts are not where they are supposed to be. A way that can help change your thoughts is to try and think about things in your life that you have gratitude for, whenever you feel negative. There are other techniques as well and we cover these in our Aftercare Program (see below).
6. Know that fear isn’t real. Fear is imagined in our heads and can cause a stress response in our body that has negative effects. Remember that future events aren’t real either, just expectations that may not happen. Worrying about a future event will not help you. Knowing that fear is not real goes hand in hand with controlling your thoughts. Remember that you are not powerless over these things. Avoid falling into “the victim” role because self pity hinders a person from being a strong, independent individual.
7. Changing your people and places. When you get back home you may want to stay away from people or places that have negative effects on you. Surrounding yourself with positive people and putting up boundaries for negative people will be beneficial.
8. Let go of resentments and guilt. Most people do this through the iboga therapy process. Forgiving others and yourself will give you closure and allow you to move forward in a positive direction. Forgiving others is for your benefit, not always the other person’s benefit. Forgiving yourself will allow you to let go. The past doesn’t exist anymore and is only your own interpretation of events that cannot be changed. When you live in the past or in the future, it makes it hard to enjoy the present.
9. Pursue your Life Purpose. It is important to make the changes necessary to be able to live the life that will give you the most satisfaction. If you are unhappy with a job or situation, work on solutions and avoid procrastination. Start hobbies that you have always wanted to experience for a better quality of life. A rewarding life is a happy life.
10. Acceptance. It is important not to try and control other people. Accepting others for who they are and beliefs and letting go of situations that you have no control over is the answer to many problems…whether it is the government, a family member, a boss or co-worker, the financial system and so on. This is one of the most important things a person can utilize in everyday life for peace of mind.
11. Reflecting on your Journey. Good documentation of your experience through recording devices and notebooks will help you be able to recall your powerful and transformative journey and carry it forward into your everyday life.
12. Aftercare through Indigenous Path. Many people who come to the Iboga House make a dramatic change in their life and they want to stay connected to people that understand their new outlook on life. Our Aftercare program offers on-going support which helps you to stay connected to our staff and other patients that have been to the Iboga House. The program also offer tips, tools and techniques to help a person stay grounded to their true self.
During and Post-Iboga Therapy, people will find that these suggestions are much easier to execute because they feel “reset”, they are calm and thinking clearly. It is beneficial to try not to over-analyze or make a situation more complex. Keeping things simple is important. Life doesn’t have to be so hard if you do not want it to be.