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
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
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
Journaling can be an incredibly valuable tool in your ayahuasca integration process, and indeed in working with all psychedelics. The process of writing—not for an audience, strictly for yourself—clarifies thoughts and feelings, helping you recognize patterns that run through your life.
In May 2017, the first psychedelic integration circle was hosted in Los Angeles with the purpose of creating a safe space for people to talk about non-ordinary states of consciousness and offer emotional support, educational information, and harm reduction strategies to individuals who use psychedelic substances. Nearly three years later, PsychedeLiA: Psychedelic Integration, Los Angeles’
Our site is about how to cultivate sacredness and silence in everyday life by becoming more aware of what’s obvious; not by searching for anything hidden or lost.
The psychedelic journey through other states of consciousness potentially impacts the journeyer mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and environmentally. Following these experiences there is an immediate need to return to baseline safely and with the least possible amount of disruption to our stability, while successfully assimilating themes and lessons that are illuminated. Touring through different realms
In this article, I will be integrating understandings I have gleaned from the disciplines of neuroscience, shamanism and psychology to explore the role that spirit plant medicines can play in emotional healing. I want to state up front that I’m not an expert at neuroscience or shamanism or psychology. My intent is to share one
It is commonly accepted within the larger community of psychedelic users that meditation is a useful and healthy thing to do. What is less commonly talked about are specifics: how exactly can meditation practice be helpful to people who use psychedelics? What approaches to meditation are likely to be most fruitful?
Be it plant spirit, a chemical cocktail that triggers our innate wisdom, or some mysterious blend of both, ayahuasca has a profound capacity to illuminate the issues underlying depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Integration has become a buzzword in the world of psychedelics, but there are still questions being asked about what it means to be integrated, who can do it, and how it can be done. As a clinical psychologist and practitioner of Eastern spiritual traditions, I have been contemplating
Recently, the concept of integration has become a hot topic in the context of the use of psychedelic substances, and particularly in the Western ayahuasca-drinking circles. Emphasis is placed
Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca presents enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. In my experience as a meditator and psychotherapist, no other process comes close to ayahuasca’s power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness.