At the end of a trail of dark earth in the peruvian Amazon, is located the Temple of the Way of the Light, where the indigenous medicine men called Onanya teach visitors about the therapeutic uses of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drink that has been used by locals for thousands of years.
Now scientists are studying the physical effects of ayahuasca on the brain. Among the volunteers who take ayahuasca for studies, researchers have documented an increase in certain key traits that reflect those of the experienced meditators. These changes include increases in the openness, optimism and a capacity particularly powerful known as the runout.
Amanda Feilding, founder and director of the Beckley Foundation, with headquarters in the Uk, collaborates with scientists around the world to understand how psychedelic drugs affect the brain. Feilding describes the shift as «the ability to observe objectively the thoughts and feelings without associating them with the identity».
The decentamiento may sound esoteric, but it is one of the key objectives of the meditation conscious , and it is also a goal of the treatment of depression.
It appears that patients are finally able to break free of the emotional pain you have been suffering from a long time ago, watching with calm thoughts and feelings in an objective way in order to be less judicious and self-accepted.
The participants reported that they felt more decentered and less depressed after taking ayahuasca, and in reality there is a neurological changes in your brain activity.
David Nutt, director of the unit of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, has been working with Feilding and ensures that the brain of people with depression or addiction remains locked in patterns of thought driven by the control center of the brain.