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Psychospiritual Integration of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Non-ordinary states of consciousness hold psychological and spiritual contents that, when properly integrated, can offer tremendous life-affirming value. Aion Farvahar helps us explore these different states and the value they offer to seekers. Non-ordinary states of consciousness, notably psychedelic or shamanic experiences, are usually complex, multidimensional, and psychospiritual in content. This complexity can be intimidating

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Bridging Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Epigenetics

Researchers and health professionals are advancing the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. Epigenetic changes will be measured after MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in a first of its kind study. Understanding how psychedelic substances work in the body and brain will deepen our knowledge of emotional biology. Many of us have encountered remarkable healing with psychedelic

Longing To Grow Into One: Using Psychedelics To Treat PTSD In Couples

Psychedelic therapy can benefit individuals with PTSD, but can it also help couples better deal with this condition? Randy Lail enters MDMA-assisted psychotherapy treatment with his partner and participates in an MDMA study focused on couples. “After the division, the two parts of man, each desiring his other half, came together, and throwing their arms

Even in the Heartbreaking Mess, There is Staggering Beauty

I share these words and this story with you because maybe, just maybe, today you needed to be told that you are bigger, better than you know. Maybe you needed someone to say, “I see you.” Maybe you needed to be reminded that your rough edges, your heartbreaking mess, holds within it staggering beauty. Please don’t hide, apologize, defer, shrink, or wait any longer. Shine (even if it feels scary and messy)… so that you can illuminate the world.

A Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Re-Parenting

I’d like to share part of the map of a psychedelic journey that I’ve been sketching out over the past few years drawing from both personal experience and from my work as a psychotherapist and life coach. I’ll focus on three key points on this map: attachment issues, brain lateralization and meditation practice. We’ll see how connecting these points can reveal a promising path for healing our earliest and deepest wounds.

Improving Ketamine Mileage

Although the ideal way to use ketamine likely entails receiving the treatment in a safe and comfortable setting, in an unrushed atmosphere, with a supportive psychotherapist or counselor nearby (or just a phone call away), this is not always the experience that the ever-growing number of ketamine treatment facilities offer their patients.

Building Community Around Integration: A Guide for Community-Led Peer Integration

This is an introduction to a new guide for community-led peer integration circles, which will provide context and practical methods for setting up a peer circle, as well as critical considerations for how communities can effectively support themselves to meet their own integration needs. The guide is unique in that it takes an in-depth look

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Drinking Ayahuasca

Article originally featured on Kahpi. Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ceremony revealed the world as hollow and grotesquely meaningless. In the aftermath, he felt dissociated and numb. It took him the better part of a year to recover, and he was

The Power and Promise of Hallucinogenic Therapy

I’m not a medical doctor or therapist but a person who carries insights into how and why psychedelics hold such enormous therapeutic potential. Having personally experienced hallucinogens hundreds of times, primarily LSD and psilocybin, I’ve encountered the inner, transforming experience of reaching a state of mind that's powerfully self-illuminating. In the midst of a downward