Everyone who joins an Ayahuasca retreat has some sort of expectation of the results. Some go for physical or emotional healing, others go for personal growth and spiritual enlightenment, and again others join out of curiosity.
Nevertheless, one of the most defining characteristics of the Ayahuasca experience is that the effects and results are highly individual and cannot be compared to what other people have experienced. Moreover, each Ayahuasca ceremony or session is unique and has different outcomes, and in general Ayahuasca healing is a long process and not a one-time thing.
So, in that sense it’s wise to keep your expectations low or even let go of them to avoid disappointments, and just surrender to what Ayahuasca brings you. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set intentions. You definitely should. It only means you shouldn’t really expect a predefined outcome. In any case, not after one cup of Ayahuasca.
Another thing here is that it’s widely thought that Ayahuasca rather gives you what you need, and not necessarily what you ask for. Some sessions are beautiful, others may be scary, well, they come in different forms and reveal different aspects of your sub-consciousness, and it’s important to reflect on what is given to you in a session and take things from there.
It often means that Ayahuasca will rather show you what direction you can take in your life to make a change and grow, and what things need development in yourself and in your relationships, and subsequently you will need to do your homework.
Sometimes you can resolve your issues rather quickly, but more often than not it will take hard and recurring work to dive deeper, which may involve again joining Ayahuasca ceremonies or perhaps other plant medicine retreats.