The reason i mentioned Ayawaska and a perception of the Bardo/ astral plane is because it is known to dissolve our normal barriers of ordinary perception .Maybe i am using too many syncretic terms interchangeably without elaborating enough but i think there's a lot to be learnt from the knowledge and connection to the world ,other beings and transcendental states that ayawaska can act as a catylyst for.
I believe that the Ayawaska vine it's self is connected to a disembodied form of sentient and mostly compassionate intelligence, capable of communicating and teaching those who arrive humbly to learn from it.
Maybe this intelligence is a manifestation or emanation of something/someone else
Rather than just
having dream like visions or just hallucinating figures, 'actual' apparitions can appear of various kinds of spirits,beings and various forms of extra sensory perception occur. It's not just an overlay of hallucinations like many would assume. In some way, it actually gives you extra sensory perceptions both of the internal psyche as well your physical enviroment, which tends to look a lot more/less than physical while partaking in ceremony ( Just stating what i have observed, not whether or not such abilities/Siddhis are cause for attachment etc)
For me personally, the experience along with many other astral experiences provided a glimpse of parts/realms/states of Samsara that usually remain out of sight. This is why i have personally found them useful in experiencing a first hand look at what would or could probably take decades of meditation to experience without if that was a goal.
Maybe Bardo is a term i should use less until i'm 'qualified' to incorporate that terminology, but i would definitely propose that there are links between the other realms of Samsara and the Varying levels existant on the Astral plane ( something which may sound like a wishy-washy new-age concept, but is actually verifiable by anyone).
Psychedelics and Ayawaska can provide glimpses of many things. I think we must all be in agreement there by now. As to whether or not these glimpses are beneficial will obviously vary from person to person along with their predispositions,karmic traces and intent.
They're not for everyone , we know that. But for me, i know that in the future, when i part take in a ceremony again, i will learn things of value and benefit to myself and ultimately other beings.
I reccomend googling "pablo amaringo pdf" for a pdf with paintings and explanations from an Ayawaska Shaman.
Arbitrary hallucinated figures or regular sentient acquaintances? http://www.ayahuascacommunity.com/visionary-art/