Integration is one of the most important parts of your psychedelic journey. We have listed some best practices to keep in mind to help you effectively integrate your psychedelic experiences into your daily life.
To be with yourself means to stop doing and to just be. Simply observe how your thoughts flow in and out of your awareness. Notice your feelings and emotions as if they are clouds drifting by. A calm walk in nature can be very helpful for reflection. The most precious possession we ever have is time, allow yourself the luxury of spending it only with yourself.
Putting pen to paper can be an invaluable exercise to sow down the train of thought that is rolling through your mind. It is also a great technique of converting something that is metaphysical to something that is physical. Writing is like cleansing the mind.
Overthinking gets you stuck in a thought-loop, writing makes it apparent and helps remove such blocks. When you write, don’t worry about your handwriting, or style or organising it neatly on a page. Write as if you are talking to yourself.
If writing is not your thing, voice recording is another option and more suited if you just want to lay back and let your words flow. Most phones have an in-built feature to record your thoughts not only as you come down from a psychedelic experience but it can be done anytime and anywhere. Also, the advantage of recording your voice is that it can capture the emotional state you were in when you recorded your thoughts.
Pain shared is halved; joy shared is doubled, knowledge shared becomes wisdom. Sharing your experience can give you a new perspective and helps you see yourself from the outside. Speaking about your experience can help you find meaning in what you’ve experienced, creates more connections among concepts and helps commit it to memory.
The power of music can also help you with your integration. Music connects various parts of the brain simultaneously, which makes it easier to create memories. This means that when you listen to music you heard during your psychedelic journey, those memories and feelings can return and you can relive those experiences, but this time in a state of ordinary awareness. This revisiting of your psychedelic experience can be greatly inspiring and help you better integrate the insights gained from your journey.
Make sure you work on all the ways you can bring those experiences to the surface of your mind. Not just immediately after the ceremony but days and weeks later as well. The more you think about it, talk about it and write about it, the better the integration will be. Involve a good friend into your experience or whomever you feel closely connected to.
We believe that the beneficial effects of psychedelics find their roots in the weeks following a psychedelic experience. It’s the integration of new habits and thought patterns that ultimately lead to a sustained state of wellbeing.
We highly recommend practicing awareness in all aspects of our daily life. Eating consciously, being aware of other substances that can have a negative affect on your well-being, sleeping well and keeping your body healthy. For deeper levels of growth there are various meditative practices to support you.
Connect with yourself, listen to yourself and trust in yourself.
And remember, you are the medicine.