Partnering With Plant Medicine


Partnering with plant medicine is a 7 week course created by Benjamin Sullivan. Ben has been working with plant medicine under a shaman for 8 years now. He has taken a practice that is typically done in the Peruvian jungle and tweaked it into an integrated version. This way us lost folks of the western world can heal ourselves from home versus traveling to Peru. (Peru would be so much better though!) Working with plant medicine in a jungle in Peru would be pretty tough for your average American. Just because this version is integrated with our everyday busy lives doesn’t mean that it isn’t challenging. It is hard anytime you step into the world of personal development and work on yourself. Below is a description written by Ben on the intention of this course.


Once you sign up for this course you will get a 10 question assessment to fill out before your one on one zoom call with Ben. Here you will decide what plant or flower you want to work with throughout the 7 weeks. Plant medicine sounds like psychedelics. I thought that is what I would be working with initially, however a lot of what is done in this course is very similar to what you would do prepping for an ayahuasca retreat. Plant medicine can really be many types of plants or flowers. Each one teaches you something different and has different representations. People in this space are pretty in tune and feel called to their plant/flower. This was not me. I’ll share next week how I chose mine. If you are not being called to a specific plant/flower, Ben helps you find out how to choose one. The rest of the questions help with the one on one and then from there you head into week 1 with the rest of the group where it is all about prepping the container.


You know what plant/flower you’re working with. Now it is time to prep that meat suit of a container yours. This is a pretty strict diet or “dieta” as it is called in Peru. For the most part it is a plant based diet. You can not eat pork, red meat or raw/uncooked fish. No alcohol, processed foods or sweets. You want to limit things like sugar, salt and oils as well because they all interfere with connecting with your plant. There is a short list you can look at of what you can and can’t have. Ben will also send a list of recipes you can make. This is the same diet you do before you go on a ayahuasca retreat. This diet is hard for a lot of people especially for 7 weeks. It is very easy to slip up. It is just one of many challenges in the course. This is just the food part of the diet. There is also an isolation diet.



There are a lot of different frequencies coming in all directions every day. Where you live, work, social media, or people give off these frequencies. This brings a lot of influence. In this course you want to isolate as much as possible. In the jungle you are isolated but that isn’t the case here. You have to limit the social engagement you have because it can also disrupt connecting to your plant just like the diet can. Consider it a mental diet. What you see and listen to such as social media, Netflix or most podcasts have to go. It is on you to gage what that isolation looks like. For me I workout and I’ll work but outside of that I am pretty isolated. Everyone has a different life and needs to find out what this looks like for them.


If you’re a guy and have been jerkin off since you were 15 years old or you have a hot girl friend or wife (and vice versa) then this part of the course may be a challenge for many. You can have no sex at all, even with yourself, for 7 weeks. It is said that sexual energy is one of the most potent and powerful energies to exist. I mean it’s how you create a little crumb grabber so it makes sense. The reason you refrain from sex is because this energy is retained and channeled into different avenues such as creative expression or physical movement drawing it into our being vs being released.


There are ways to help strengthen the container like a muscle. We learn tools and skills throughout the course to help any interference or disruptions in the diet. I mentioned in the first paragraph about the creative side of this course. Creative expression is a way to express ourselves but also allows our plant to speak through us. Time in nature is another way to connect to the earth and get away from all the noise. A personal meditation practice will help connect to your plant as well. This also is time that you will truly be living in the present moment. Support systems are always nice. Having at least one person who you can share your experiences with throughout this course is huge. Last but not least rest and solitude. Who doesn’t like rest? That is self explanatory. Doing all of these in your new routine will help strengthen up your container.



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Justin Maxim

Justin Maxim

I am a creative who not long ago decided to try writing. Usually I am behind a camera but writing is another way I can express myself in a creative way.