Carola Marashi M.A. Transpersonal Psychology
Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social anxiety to depression, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
“Combined with psychotherapy, some psychedelic drugs like MDMA, psilocybin and ayahuasca may improve symptoms of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Cristina L. Magalhaes, PhD, of Alliant International University Los Angeles, and co-chair of a symposium on psychedelics and psychotherapy.
Michael Pollen’s book HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND opened my mind to psychedelics, professionally. I did not realize how much I hid my psychedelic experiences. My first Portland Psychedelic Society (PPS) meeting was the first time I spoke publicly about my early psychedelic experiences. Sitting in a crowded room of 25 people in a standard corporate building with fluorescent lighting, my integration bloomed. It was flashbacks of Alateen meetings in the mid 70’s; my first ‘group spiritual’ experiences outside the church context. Age 13, I sat in circle sharing secrets of living in an alcoholic family. Ironically my first PPS meeting, I was 58 years old telling secrets of my early psychedelic experiences-at the age of 13.
Plant medicine demonstrates shocking success with alcoholism, autism, and ‘treatment resistant depression’. Psychedelics meet us when we go outside the box, out on a limb, and trust. Integration is how we find center in the midst of chaos. As adults we know change is our only constant. Integration therapy is the process of honoring our innocence, standing in our integrity, responding over reacting, and knowing our presence is our greatest gift to humanity. We become stronger from conflict when we face our fears, wrestle our monsters, and own our potential. Psychedelics teach us that we are extraordinary beings living an extraordinary life. We come back from our journeys filled with a new perspective. We live in a bubble, not a box. We can roll with what shows up on our stage ready to engage. Psychedelics teach us that inclusivity is so big, it includes exclusivity. Psychedelic integration accepts our humanness with a spark of life. I’m here to Enchant. Embrace. Evolve.
Psychedelic Integration begins with Set, Setting and Intention. We know this. We are crossing a threshold of binary thinking. We are moving beyond right and wrong. Psychedelics teach out how to explore outside the box, and go out on a limb to find our center. Our first psychedelic discovery is how we are all connected. Isolation and alienation are illusions reinforced by social media and our current pandemic. We re-member we are ExtraOrdinary individuals living ordinary lives.
Set, setting and intention place the ‘why’ before what (the ingredients).
Our ancestors consumed ‘spirits’ to pierce the veil and cross the threshold of living and dying. Our ancestors knew that we are part of the whole cosmos. Our ancestors knew that the ‘why’ of consumption influenced the ‘what’ of our consumption.
Taking a trip that is embarking on a journey of self-discovery AND bringing wisdom back home is our service to humanity. During the past 3 years of mentoring Health Professionals in Psychedelic Integration I offer my best practices of seducing the subtle to make sense of our human evolution.
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