Setting your intention
During a psychedelic journey, you can experience an influx of ideas. An intention can help you stay grounded and give meaning to your journey. It can also be an aspect of yourself that you would like to learn more about.
Your intention can be a single phrase you can always remember, or even one word. An intention is not a goal with a specific outcome, but rather a broad theme with a spectrum of possible forthcoming insights and scenarios.
A few days before your journey, take ample time to sit down somewhere quiet and ponder on the following questions in order to clarify your intention:
What am I thinking about most often at the moment?
Which parts of myself or my life need more attention?
Is there any belief, thought pattern or habit holding me back?
Is there anything I can let go of?
Creating a setting
Your immediate environment is your ‘setting’. The setting in which psychedelic explorations take place is of great influence on your experience. Your setting also includes people. Ideally, the place and people you plan your journey with should be familiar to you. Feeling comfortable, safe and at home is essential. The atmosphere should be warm, embracing and loving, which can be created with heaps of pillows and soft blankets.
Decorate the space with natural ornamentation, such as flowers, plants and stones. Objects can be of influence too. In order to smoothen the process of turning inward, we recommend removing any overly distinctive objects from the space. It is essential that you feel good and comfortable in the place of your choosing. You can create a sacred place by adding some personal items that have special value or meaning to you. Use ritualistic items such as incense and sage to impart significance to your journey.
The space you are in should have enough soft furnishings to minimise any risk of injury and provide ample place for relaxation. If you are using candles, make sure they are lit in stable candle holders and not easily toppled. Keep lit candles away from inflammable material.
A healthy mindspace is one without any disturbance. Turn your digital devices on silence or focus-mode, and make sure no notifications, alarms or reminders are active. Check your appointments and obligations to make sure you are not needed anywhere. Inform your family or any other people you live with.
Certain things that may come in handy are eye shades, blankets, warm socks, pillows, a solid sound system, a notebook for taking notes, other items that are meaningful to you and essential oils, for example.
Avoid cold and bright light. Place candles (in safe spots where they won’t create hazardous situations) and use indirect light sources to create various pools of light across the room.