Bridge Between the Worlds: Psychology + Spirituality
Psychedelics are now gaining enormous popularity all over the world as agents of healing. Although it has its dangers, working with psychedelics can be one of the most rewarding, meaningful, and life-affirming aspects of a person's life.
In order to best use these potent medicines to their fullest potential in our modern world, we need to embrace a culture around psychedelics that includes integration work as an integral part of the healing process. This work acts as a bridge between worlds: our modern world of human psychology and the ancient world of spirits. Both are valid, and both must be tended to for sustainable growth to take root.
Psychedelics + the Nervous System
Some seekers partake with the intention of healing deep emotional wounds, some are just looking to have a good time. Yet without proper integration, these medicines can leave folks just as troubled, and sometimes even more so, then before. Even good experiences, if not properly integrated, can become simply a memory instead of a lived way of being.
The nature of psychedelics allows them to dive deep into a person’s psyche and pull wounds up to be witnessed and healed. Our body’s memories of past traumas rise to the surface to resolve the traumatic imprint that is still lingering in our nervous systems.
When this happens, the surfaced experiences can quickly become overwhelming. We might not even be aware of what is happening. When we are flooded with too much to process at one time, we lose touch with the present moment and are not able to fully metabolize what has come to light.
What often ends up happening is that things are left unfinished, and people walk away from the experience having had a positive or negative cathartic release, but lacking the tools or framework to integrate it properly. It’s like popping a cyst and draining it, but not taking care of it afterwards, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
How Can Psychedelic Integration Help?
The outcomes of integration are largely dependent on your intentions around working with psychedelics. That said, these medicines help open us up to a greater sense of being and wonder, as well as our own innate potential as humans. Some topics that frequently arise when working with psychedelic integration are:
safety + security
health issues (chronic pain, digestion, autoimmunity)
sense of personal + universal purpose
communication with plants, animals & spirits
What to Expect?
Psychedelic Integration is a newly emergent field, just starting to be recognized. Our approach in this work is holistic—meaning we will not only discuss the actual psychedelic experiences you have had, but also explore how these experiences weave into all other aspects of your lived experience.
For trauma resolution and integration, the best approach we have found is through somatic-based practices. We will focus on developing the foundation of a felt sense of safety and orient ourselves more deeply to our larger environment. Often, simply resourcing ourselves in an intentionally held space can help body sensations and any feelings that arise move through us, resolve, and release unfinished energy and emotions held in the body. Protectors, guides, and helpful spirits that we may already have a connection with through our psychedelic experiences can greatly aid in this process.
With strong rootedness in our body, we can then more safely and sustainably explore the higher levels of consciousness psychedelics opens us up to. Based on your natural strengths and abilities, we can work together to help you ground emergent spiritual qualities and abilities into this reality.
Psychedelic Integration F A Q
Do you facilitate psychedelic sessions with clients?
We do not. Partaking in psychedelics can be a profound and life-altering experience, and if you choose to walk this path, we strongly recommend doing so in a safe and nurturing space under the care of a skilled practitioner or trusted friend.
Does it matter what kind of psychedelics I have used?
In a word, yes. The kinds of psychedelics you have a relationship with will affect what plant or synthetic spirits you are connected to, what kind of information will come through, and how that information will be relayed. We have the most experience working with ayahuasca, mushrooms, san pedro, and cannabis. However, we are more than happy to work with clients interested in integrating experiences with LSD and other synthetics, as well as natural derivatives.
What if I haven’t taken psychedelics, but have an interest in doing so?
We always encourage people to do pre-integration work before engaging in a psychedelic experience. While we cannot legally encourage the use of psychedelics, we can say that it is certainly advisable to properly prepare for such an experience ahead of time.
Do I have to retell or relive the traumatic event/s to heal?
No, you do not. There are somatic-based methods of working with trauma that do not require the retelling or reliving of your past experiences. In fact, you do not necessarily even have to remember the experience to work it out of your body. If talking through a past experience or memory is something that you would like to do, however, that is certainly welcome.
I am ready to start . . . what is the next step?
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