Begin thinking about your community: Do you have allies to share this work with? Do you have a psychotherapist who is friendly with this type of work? Are your family and friends sympathetic to your spiritual process? If so, let those closest to you know that you are embarking on this venture into the Amazon and into your self. Ask them to hold you in their heart, perhaps light a candle for you on the days that you are with the medicine, and/or to pray for you (or however you choose to express these requests).

This work is deep and it requires support, as does all deep psycho-spiritual work. Letting your loved ones know about your work provides them with an opportunity to help you prepare and deepens your support network for when you return and integrate.