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Eaten raw, made into a tea, or dried into a powder. These are the usual options offered at one of our ceremonies once the “bar is open.” Unlike other plant medicines that are slowly cooked into a concentrated material, peyote is a raw medicine. It’s necessary to eat a certain amount of it before feeling the effects. Fear is a great deterrent, as is the intensely bitter flavor. If there is fear in your heart, whether consciously or unconsciously, the peyote will not reach where it needs to go to do its healing work.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of safely not eating quite enough to have a complete experience. But under the moon light, with the ocean breeze doing its constant cleansing, and the elder don Chavelo securely at the helm, it's a unique opportunity in the world and in this lifetime to experience one of nature's gifts.