In part 1 of this series, we went through Set & Setting, as well as a few examples of how to set a strong intention through an environment.
Establishing a supportive mindset – continued
In this section, I want to talk a little about the substance itself. Due to how many different kinds of psychedelics there are, there are countless possible ways to use them. Because of this, I will mainly share my thoughts on psychedelic mushrooms, more specifically, Psilocybe Semilanceata, or Liberty Cap.
The Mushroom That Changed The Universe
We won’t talk much about how to identify the mushroom. There’s an entire course for that. Instead, I want to try and share how I see the “personality” of this mushroom, and then hopefully, you’ll pick up themes or things that might help you in your journey.
Liberty Caps are honest. They are the friend that would rather look you in the eye as they slap some sense into you with tough love and honest observation. They are small, yet they are not to be underestimated, because they have the wisdom of an old soul who’ve been through the shittiest of situations and lived to tell the tale.
They are fearless. They expand universes and are the masters of time itself. They are creative and emotional and will show you the clearest images of that which you need to see, while carrying you on the frequency of love, showing you exactly what you are in this reality.
What are they exactly?
As you get into this world, like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, you might hear many things. You can hear terms like “gods”, aliens, organisms, ancient messengers, gaia, and so on. Exactly what these mushrooms are, is beyond me. But I know that what they have shown me and who I have become because of them is absolutely insane.
Some will of course simply say that they’re a drug that alters consciousness, and that it’s all part of a trip that is contained within your own brain. Arrogant people have a tendency to stick to their guns when they experience things they can’t explain.
You will hear and see many things, but it’s ultimately up to you what they mean to you and what they can do for you. You’ll often hear me say “Don’t worry about what other people think of you”.
It’s quite liberating…
How it works
Alright, let’s dive into the wild world of psychedelic mushrooms and attempt to break it down in a way that even the greenest of beginners can understand.
You’re about to embark on a journey with psychedelic mushrooms, or as some folks call them, magic mushrooms. They contain a powerful compound called psilocybin, which is the rockstar ingredient responsible for all the mind-altering effects.
Now, when you pop these little mushrooms into your system, they go on a wild expedition inside your brain and your being. Think of it as your brain taking a detour through a psychedelic theme park. It’s like strapping yourself into a rollercoaster ride that takes you to places you’ve never been before.
The effects start with a slow burn, like the anticipation before dropping into that rollercoaster. You might feel a little queasy or get some butterflies in your stomach. You might feel a tingling sensation in your tongue and mouth, and you might start yawning a whole lot. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal. Just ride it out and embrace the adventure.
I have seen many different “onboarding” sequences, so exactly how it will feel for you will be a pleasant surprise that you can look forward to.
When it kicks in
As the trip kicks in, your senses go haywire. It’s like you’re wearing a pair of kaleidoscope glasses, and the world around you transforms into a vibrant, mind-blowing spectacle. Colors become more intense, shapes start to morph and dance, and your perception of time takes a serious vacation. Who needs to be a part of time anyway?
But it’s not just about the visuals. These shrooms have a way of unlocking the hidden doors of your mind, revealing thoughts, emotions, and insights you may have buried deep down. It’s like a therapy session with a mischievous twist. Your mind becomes a playground for profound introspection and self-discovery. It’s like having a heart-to-heart with your soul, and holy fuck, does it have some things to say!
Be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster ride of a lifetime. You might find yourself laughing uncontrollably at something that isn’t even remotely funny (for me and my brother, it was the word mango and a song). Or you might get hit with a wave of introspection that makes you reflect on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything in between. It’s a wild ride, but trust me, you’ll come out the other side with a fresh perspective.
Going through the Shit
But they can also throw you a curveball. Sometimes they stir up some really shitty emotions or memories that you’ve been trying to avoid. It’s like opening the door to the attic of your mind and finding a dusty box of unresolved issues. But fear not, for it’s in facing these shadows that true growth happens. Like decluttering your mental space and making room for the good stuff.
And speaking of growth, that’s what makes psychedelic mushrooms a potent tool for personal development. They can unlock doors in your mind that you didn’t even know existed. They challenge your perceptions, shake up your beliefs, and help you see the world from a fresh perspective. Almost like hitting the reset button on your brain and giving yourself a chance to bloom into a better, wiser version of yourself.
But always remember to approach these mushrooms with respect and caution. Start with a low dose and have a trusted trip sitter by your side, someone who can be your rock if things get a bit much. Set and setting are crucial, so choose a comfortable environment where you feel safe and secure.
It’s all about integration. Take the insights and lessons from your journey and apply them to your everyday life. That’s where the real magic happens.
Now, fearlessly go forth, embrace your journey, and let the magic of the medicine guide you on a path of self-discovery and personal growth. May your adventures be enlightening, and your insights profound.
Picture integration techniques as the secret sauce that transforms your psychedelic experience into lasting personal growth. You know, like the extra toppings on your pizza that take it from good to mind-blowingly delicious. It’s all about making those insights and epiphanies stick.
First things first, research is your best buddy here. Just like you’d research the best coffee shop in town for your morning pick-me-up, delve into books, articles, and resources that explore integration techniques. Think of it as getting the best brewing tips for your psychedelic journey.
Next up, seek guidance from experienced folks who have navigated the cosmic waters before you. They’re like the wise old owls who’ve seen it all, providing you with nuggets of wisdom and guidance. It’s like having Gandalf by your side, only cooler and with less hair
Now, let’s talk about rituals. No, not the sacrificial kind, but the kind that creates a sacred space for your integration. It could be something as simple as meditating or journaling after your psychedelic adventure. It’s like having a debriefing session with yourself, unpacking the cosmic suitcase you brought back from your mind-bending trip. Personally, I like recording a video where I go through the trip in as much detail as I can. This act alone will cement some of the insights, but as a backup, I can always go back and review it if I need to refresh my memory.
Integration is all about weaving those mind-expanding experiences into the fabric of your everyday life. It’s like taking those rad dance moves you learned at a music festival and busting them out on the dance floor of your existence. You want to apply those insights and newfound awareness to your relationships, career, self-care—basically every aspect of your life.
The Golden Rule
But don’t forget the golden rule of self-care and self-compassion. Integration takes time. It’s like brewing a fine wine; you need patience, allowing the flavors to blend and mature. So be gentle with yourself, give yourself space to process, and remember that personal growth is a marathon, not a sprint.
Familiarizing yourself with integration techniques is like adding rocket fuel to your psychedelic journey. Research, seek guidance, create rituals, and apply those insights to your everyday life.
Remember, the road to personal growth may have its bumps, but it’s also filled with awe-inspiring vistas and moments of profound transformation. Allow your experiences to become the catalyst for the freest and most authentic version of you!
- Research the Substance: Understand the specific psychedelic substance you intend to use, its effects, and potential risks.
- Learn from Experienced Individuals: Seek guidance from experienced users, therapists, or experts who can provide valuable insights.
- Familiarize with Integration Techniques: Explore methods for integrating the psychedelic experience into your daily life for personal growth.