EP 097 | 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE WORKING WITH PSYCHEDELICS

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So you’re thinking about trying psychedelics? Are psychedelics right for you? How do you know? And what do you need to know before you go all in? This episode digs into 10 questions to ask before working with psychedelics… 
 
 
It can be daunting to try to sift through all the information, hype, and stories and truly understand whether or not healing with sacred medicines is something you should invest in. While psychedelics and entheogens are starting to make a comeback, science and medicine are striving to catch up to what our ancestors have known for thousands of years. There is still a large gap in education, awareness, and understanding of who should use these medicines, what they can do, why you might want to give it a go, and what to do to get prepared fully.  
 
Psychoactive plants and compounds like ayahuasca, San Pedro, psilocybin, and LSD, DMT, Bufo (5-meoDMT) (just to name a few) can offer profound, transformational experiences and healing for everything from depression to addiction, but it can feel like there’s a lot of mystery around going from just being curious to taking the leap, finding a guide, or sitting in a ceremony, whatever that looks like for you.
 

Psychedelics call to us for different reasons. Some of us want to expand our consciousness and deepen our connection to Spirit, or make changes in our own lives to be better stewards of our world and our time in it. Others are seeking healing for physical diseases, emotional trauma, and mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or PTSD. And others find psychedelics through recreational means and often have accidental breakthroughs with life altering results. 

The main thing to keep in mind is that people often come to psychedelics looking for a miracle or an overnight cure. I say this all the time, but rarely does it work like that. Working with psychedelics is a long process that takes constant reflection, shadow work, determination, and resilience to get the most out of your journeys. It can open up a process that may last the rest of your life. It’s that powerful, and knowing how much work you may need to do after the fact is something that should be considered before beginning the process.  

What you’ll learn about from this episode:

  • Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can
  • Ask “why” until you find the bedrock
  • Listening to the synchronicities of the Universe
  • Harm reduction and how to find the right medicine for you
  • Understanding the risks and doing the preparation work required
  • Managing your expectations and asking for help
  • How can you be outcome independent in your life?
  • Are you willing to go into your shadow in order to heal? 
  • Being open and vulnerable is how you make connections with others
  • Being in radical acceptance that it takes how long it takes and might not look like you expect  
  • Why to invest your time, energy, and money into the integration experience 
  • Getting the support you need to be successful and walk the path 

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