To reach an awareness of the presence of the Holy Light within, we find it necessary to partake of Peyote as the Holy Sacrament. The Spirit Walk is our prescribed manner of partaking of the Holy Sacrament Peyote.
The Spirit Walk is a time of introspection and examination of conscience. It gives the individual a chance to re-evaluate their priorities. Through the Holy Sacrament Peyote, the communicant experiences a loss of selfishness and becomes aware of the god within. This heightened awareness gives the communicant a new perspective of the world and their part in it. Petty squabbles and daily strife become unimportant. Peyote often leaves the communicant glad to be alive and more in touch with the Earth and their deity. The Holy Sacrament Peyote, taken in the Spirit Walk structure, leads one to an orientation towards peaceful resolution of conflicts, empathy towards others, and environmental conscience.
A room will be provided before and after the Spirit Walk. The communicant is advised to be prepared to camp out for the duration of their 8 hour Spirit Walk.
The Spirit Walk is a solitary experience. The presence of another person can be a distraction from prayer and communion with the deity. Should a couple wish to partake of the Holy Sacrament together, we recommend they take a vow of silence for as long as the spirit is upon them. The Spirit Walk communicant must fast for 24 hours on Church land prior to receipt of the Holy Sacrament. The function of the fast is to allow the communicant's body to rest and shed the pressures of conventional lifestyles. During this purification period the communicant may enjoy the quiet grace of Mother Nature on the 160 acres of Sacred Church land.
NOTE: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors prevent individuals from receiving the full benefit of the Holy Sacrament Peyote.
During the fast, the communicant may find a place on Church land where they feel comfortable to partake of the holy sacrament. Enough water for the 8-12 hour experience should be taken to the site, as well as spiritual reading material, a pad and pen (or art supplies--for recording one's thoughts, insights, plans, needs, desires and resolutions or inspired sketching), a warm sleeping bag, hat, flashlight, a lighter or matches and clothes that can be layered to accommodate daily weather changes in the Aravaipa Valley. The Spirit Walk may take place during the day or at night, as this walk is spiritual, not physical. Depending on weather conditions and after obtaining the Church steward's permission, a small fire ring may be made and a fire lit.
The Holy Sacrament Peyote is taken as a tea, ingested slowly, giving the stomach a chance to adjust to its nauseating effect. Once the nausea is overcome, another sip of tea may be taken, until all the sacrament has been consumed. The communicant must not be in a hurry for results. The Holy Sacrament comes on slowly and wears off gradually. Relax and enjoy the peaceful Aravaipa outback.
Penitence, forgiveness of self and others, renewed confidence, desire for self improvement and improved health and a healthy attitude are all benefits of partaking of the Holy Sacrament Peyote.
For first time Spirit Walks we suggest a $350.00 donation including membership dues. We are asking church members who have previously taken Peyote on church land to make a $350 donation for their Spirit Walk. The church is open Thursday through Monday all year round. No spirit walks are scheduled in November, December, January or February, as we experience winter weather during these months.
Spirit Walk Checklist:
- Spiritual reading material
- Hat with a brim
- Sleeping bag
- Pen and notebook
- Layered clothing (for hot summer days and brisk cool nights)
- Lighter or matches
- Walking shoes
- Water vessel
- Food for a small meal after breaking the Spirit Walk fast.
- Cookpot (for making tea over a fire)
- Foam pad
Please don't bring:
- Tobacco products (for other than ceremonial use)*
- Alcohol or any other drugs*
*We recommend abstention from these addictive substances while on the Spirit Walk, if at all possible.