Psychedelics helping me see through the veil: Part 4
What is Psychedelic Integration?
Many Psychedelic experiences on their own can be revealing, pleasant and delightful, but rarely will they do all the work to change our lives on their own. If we wish to achieve lasting change from their use we need to consciously consider this thing called Integration. Integration, which literally means to bring things together and make them whole, is the work that goes around the Psychedelic experience itself.
It's impossible to say for sure what a psychedelic experience will hold, but with careful preparation and planning we can try to get the long lasting benefits from the journey. Psychedelics are not just another “drug” because the altered state they induce can reveal super important information to us.
The influential Czech Psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Groff named them "non-specific amplifiers" of what already exists in our consciousness. So using psychedelics at high doses is unquestionably going to bring up stuff in us and may precipitate unexpected internal and/or external changes. This can be disorientating for a time.
So to get the most therapeutic benefit out of a psychedelic experience and use them safely we need to consider and prepare for several stages: before, during and after the experience. Integration isn't just something we do after an experience. All good integration starts with making sure you are as prepared as possible for the experience and by being smart in what we are doing, when and where.
This website's blog posts will explore topics like: safety, dosages, set and setting, intention setting, handling a difficult psychedelic journey, grounding back into reality, processing the experience, various methods to integrate lessons and ways to put things into action!