Psychedelics (aka plant-based medicine) offer a unique opportunity for personal growth and transformation. They have been used for centuries in spiritual and therapeutic contexts and are known to create a euphoric and expansive experience that can be challenging. It is important to have the proper support in place before, during, and after your psychedelic experience.
The number one thing we can share about going into your psychedelic experience:
“Go in with an open mind, have no expectations and ensure you ground yourself with practices and people that support you”
8 Practices You Can Use to Support Your Psychedelic Journey
- Private coaching or therapy with a trained psychedelic practitioner
- Community circles and group work
- Movement and bodywork
- Nature bathing
Private coaching or therapy with a trained plant-based medicine practitioner
Private therapy or coaching for your personal journey is the best way to ensure you are prepared for your psychedelic experience. A coach can help you set intentions, work through fears and resistance, and provide support during and after your journey. They will be able to support you in ways that work best for you as well as be available to answer any questions you may have.
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Journaling is a great way to process your experience and integrate the insights you receive during your psychedelic journey. It can be helpful to write before, during, and after your experience. You can journal about your intentions, what you are hoping to gain from the experience, your fears, and your thoughts and feelings during and after the experience. This is a great way to track your progress and growth over time.
It is important to eat a healthy diet before and after your psychedelic experience. Eating nutritious foods will help you feel your best and be well-prepared for the journey ahead. Avoiding processed foods , caffeine, alcohol, and drugs will help to create a safe and supportive environment for your experience.
Community circles and group work
Community support is an important part of the psychedelic experience. There are many psychedelic communities that offer support through sharing circles, forums, online groups, and in-person events. These communities can provide a sense of belonging and connection, as well as offer valuable resources and support.
Movement and bodywork
Movement and bodywork are important for physical and emotional release. Psychedelics can create a sense of euphoria and expansion, which can be overwhelming at times. Movement can help to ground you in your body and release any excess energy. Bodywork can also be helpful in releasing tension and emotions that may come up during your experience. Suggested movement and bodywork modalities include yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and massage.
Meditation is a great way to focus your attention and become more present. It can be helpful to meditate before your psychedelic experience to set your intention and focus your mind. Meditation can also be useful during the experience to help you stay present and focus on your breath. After the experience, meditation can help you to integrate your insights and connect with your inner wisdom.
Nature is a great way to relax and connect with yourself. Spend time in nature before and after your psychedelic experience. Take walks in the park, sit by a river, or spend time in the woods. Let nature nurture you and provide a sense of peace and connection.
Breathwork is a powerful tool to help you relax and connect with your breath. It can be helpful to do some breathwork before your psychedelic experience to center yourself and release any tension you may be holding in your body. During the experience, breathwork can help you to stay present and focus on your breath. It can also be helpful after the psychedelic experience to help you integrate your insights and connect with your inner wisdom.
These are just a few of the many practices that can support your psychedelic experience. Choose what feels right for you and trust that you will be guided to what you need. Remember to be safe, take things slow, and go at your own pace. A psychedelic experience can be a beautiful and transformational journey. With the right support, you can create lasting change in your life.
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