How to Enhance your Psychedelic Transformation

Psychedelics can be a powerful catalyst to change, yet they require effort and support. How can you enhance your psychedelic transformation?
By Barbara Sanders, LCSW
May 29, 2020(Updated: April 1, 2021)

What is the best way to enhance your psychedelic transformation? Many of us seek opportunities to break out of our old ways, and to grow and develop into our best selves. Psychedelics can be a powerful catalyst to this change. Yet these medicines do not work alone, but rather take intention, practice, and support to reap the rewards. Learn from Barbara Sanders, LCSW about how to do it best.


What increases our chances of long-lasting, major life changes during our initiation into the psychedelic realm?  How do we form our intentions before our ceremonies? How do we digest psychedelic teachings after we have tasted the sacred holy?  Why use psychedelic support and integration services?

We human beings are certainly so diverse and variable that no one size fits all. What works for me may not work for you. Thus it is up to each of us to create our own design through which we can grow and develop into happier, more content and healthy people. Then, we can offer better and more authentic assistance to our world and all of its beings.

Each of us is unique unto ourselves.  There is no one provider, guide or trainer that can tell us exactly how to best navigate these new waters of deep healing.  Certainly all sorts of experienced and trusted healers can help us on our journeys. Many seek to merge our intentions with the wisdom of our masterful teachers- sacred plants and other psychedelics. Through our experiences and journeys we hope to find our own paths toward wholeness and deeper compassion for ourselves and others. Then, we attempt to manifest these changes in the world full of people and so many other precious beings.

Why People Use Psychedelics

Some people use psychedelics for partying and enjoying themselves.  Others, for help with difficult psychological or physical trauma and pain. Some, for addiction and/or grief recovery. Many people also use psychedelics to explore more deeply their private spiritual and transcendent journeys.  No wonder a variety of supplemental services exists to help us move toward growth and healing!

At the very beginning of our transformations, we hopefully find ways to use psychedelics safely, with respect and with excellent guidance.  Once we have found those resources, we ask ourselves, what else do we need?  Do we need a teacher, a therapist, a healing professional to walk beside us? Do we need someone to enable our best journeys and best outcomes?  What, in fact, are best practices for using psychedelics?  These substances are illegal in many states. As a result, we don’t have regulatory bodies or licensing boards for such transformative services yet.

Wherever you find yourself in your exploration of psychedelics, I urge you to think carefully and logically about what seems to help you most in life.  Do you gain insight and understanding through reading? What about through watching videos and movies, through listening to podcasts?  Do you experience more depth of consciousness when you have an actual person sitting beside you teaching and coaching you along the way? In these days of pandemic, can an online assistant help you explore steps and phases in this process of transformation?

Using Psychedelics as a Practice

After all, using psychedelics for healing and transformation is a practice. It’s a practice similar to yoga, meditation or therapy, even if you choose to take just one single journey.  A practice includes regular “inner work.” Inner work uses ritualistic methods and guides for creating spiritual growth, better health and well-being as part of a larger plan. Sometimes something happens at the beginning of our experimentation with sacred plants and other psychedelics during sacramental ceremonies and rituals. We may hope that going on retreat for a few days will change our lives.  And surely, retreats focused on transformation can begin that change. But, sometimes they are only first steps in a process toward achieving true wholeness. Retreats also clear away the film from our eyes, as we experience the miracles embedded in this work. The use of supplemental services can truly enhance the process and results of our work.

Transformation may not fully arrive during a first journey.  Throughout my life as a practicing integration provider and psychotherapist, I have used all sorts of services to create deep connections within myself. I have used same techniques to transform myself. In turn, I hope to create vibrant, meaningful connections with people, other beings, the Divine, and with our planet.  My journey covers a range of experiences. These include: breathwork, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, yoga, meditation, spiritual community practices. This is in addition to creative activities like art, dancing, and writing. I have learned much with each modality and continue many of them today.

Catapult to the Next Level

When I added psychedelics to my growth and healing plan, I catapulted safely toward another phase or level. My inner experience expanded with more space, freedom, and a sense of belovedness. I never felt this before.  Little had I known or understood this new depth of experience. My experience of love, life, death, and all its many gifts (as well as its shadows) grew. My life became so much more rewarding and less challenging than it has sometimes been. In the beginning, this process can be a very self-involved approach to healing. Do not doubt that you can enhance your psychedelic transformation in the same way.

Self and Other to Enhance Your Psychedelic Transformation

I believe we need to focus on ourselves, our own health and well-being first. Then we can move out into the world and help create lasting and needed cultural changes.  Ingesting enlightenment is one step. The process continues as we learn how to deal with this new information, these new ways of being that we have experienced during our journeys. We can learn what psychedelic teachers offer us. Next, we can integrate these understandings into our lifestyles and daily practices. Some of us also want to spread that awareness and compassion toward others and our world.

Initially, we seek help, advice, and support from those more knowledgeable than us to assist on this transformational path. Finding people who we can trust is highly important. So we spend time and energy on this search. Integration keeps us grounded and centered before, during and after we float around in that immense, spirit and grace-filled space. In the end, we return to our bodies and face our daily issues, patterns and lifestyle choices again.

Finding the best way to enhance your psychedelic transformation is not a simple, easy or quick process.  We may all wish for fast results. But transformation can be discovered in our dedication and commitment to the activities which can help us experience the miraculous and magical.  With proper support and assistance, our lives can become more pleasant and enjoyable. Above all, our live also become much more meaningful than ever before! I hope to meet you in that mesmerizing, magnificent space.


Published by:
Barbara Sanders, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Nashville, Tennessee. I am an integration provider, a psychotherapist, a writer, and an activist. Visit my website Dignity Therapy Nashville to learn more.

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