Wicked Problems have a tendency to fester or get more severe over time. With Covid-19 and Mental Health, we have two intersecting Wicked Problems. The real treatment we need to address our chronic mental health issues include structural change at the level of politics, culture, education, families and systems of care.
The coronavirus crisis has led the medical and regulatory communities to fast-track medical treatments with a potential to help patients' physical symptoms. At the same time, mental health issues have proliferated among front-line workers and within the broader population. Psychedelic medicine has the potential to support the mental health of our community at large. Making these treatments available more widely will require the intentional efforts of the medical and regulatory communities.
While there is a large focus today on substances and the experience of taking them, much of the healing potential these drugs offer comes through the integration of the experience afterwards. In this article, Brian Murphy, MEd, LCSW shares advice and insight into making the most of integration - whether your experience was over- or underwhelming - and generating the most healing for ourselves and our wider community.
These uncertain times have placed us all on a collective journey that can open us up to healing. Learn from Safa Boga about her patients' experiences.
Finding the best fit therapist for you can be a daunting task, whether or not the work involves psychedelics. In this article, we share insights into finding the best therapist for you - navigating the degrees of health professionals, reflecting on your own needs, listing questions to ask when interviewing a therapist, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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