Yoga helped bring me to ayahuasca, and ayahuasca brought me to A Course in Miracles (ACIM). To me, ACIM is the Master Teacher that has elucidated both yoga and ayahuasca. Ayahuasca takes you down the rabbit hole to give you the experiences towards which the Course is pointing.
Brittany Trubridge is affectionately known as “The Mermaid Yogi” for her exquisite underwater yoga art photography. I caught up with Brittany to talk about her mission of bringing people closer to nature through yoga, her ocean conservation work, and the importance of circling home.
Many years ago when I started a yoga practice, I had no idea what it would reveal to me. I was just hoping for a little extra strength and flexibility, and I did what I could to avoid all the spiritual trappings of the practice. But, somehow, as it does, the yoga did its job. Over the years it brought me through physical, psychological, and emotional revelations that I can’t imagine would have taken place otherwise.
The distinction between dissociation and transcendence is not always easy to make. At Harvard in the early 1960s, we experimented with DMT. While most of us found the experience to be chaotic and dissociative, one of our visitors assumed a yoga posture and sat in deep meditative absorption for 40 minutes, thanked us and left. The ability to make sense of the experience would certainly be a function of having had some prior experiences of transcendent consciousness…