Working Title: ETERNITY
Status: Commencing sixth draft
Genre: Literary fiction, quest, self-discovery, psychedelic, spirituality, philosophy.
Eat Pray Love meets Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas…
Nick is a twenty-something-year-old, high-school substitute teacher from Australia, with a history of social anxiety and depressive episodes, who travels to South America on a quest for self-discovery, and to experiment with the world’s most powerful psychedelic plants.
Nick travels alone to Peru and returns to the site of his first experience with Ayahuasca five years prior. When this fails to live up to his expectations, Nick falls into a depressive spiral, as he battles with disappointment and loneliness. But Nick is soon joined by two old high school friends and reveals a more playful and humorous side to his character. He even enjoys a brief love affair with a Swiss girl that he meets at an Irish Pub in the heart of Cusco.
Nick and his friends travel to an Ayahuasca Healing Centre, located in the jungles outside the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru.
Nick’s second Ayahuasca ceremony marks the most intense and mystical night of his life, as he delves to astonishing depths of the psychedelic experience, transcending time and human form. The event rocks him so hard though, that all subsequent ceremonies carry an underlying sense of apprehension and fear that he must learn to come to grips with.
His two friends return home, but Nick decides to extend his stay at the centre, motivated by a desire a desire to kick his anxiety and depression, and a need to understand the nature of his existence.
In one terrifying ceremony, Nick confronts his dark night of the soul. He feels a flooding of fear, sadness and total despair, and is left distraught. The next day, when he has all but given up his personal work, a girl he has befriended councils him to go to another ceremony, to face his inner demons. He follows her advice and having made peace with his fear, has a beautiful and profound experience, releasing his tightly-held anxiety. Nick reaches an understanding of his whole journey as the unfolding of a great cycle of destiny.
My process: Writing ETERNITY