A psychedelic experience induced by psilocybin consists of various phases. Your experience may benefit from being aware of these phases, as you’ll have a general gist of the way your journey will unfold. We generally distinguish four phases in the psychedelic trip.
In this article, we’ll have a brief look at each one of these phases. Please keep in mind that we can only give a generalized outline of each phase, and there’s nothing sensible we can say about their content. We’d also like to emphasize that we highly recommend trying to discard any expectations regarding what you will encounter, as this leaves more space for new insights to emerge during your psychedelic trip.
Consciously entering another state of consciousness is one of the most interesting and valuable experiences one can attain. This is why we recommend approaching the experience with an open and curious mindset. You’ll be able to explore your inner realm much more freely.
What are the phases of a psychedelic journey with psilocybin truffles?
1. Entry phase of a psychedelic trip (approx. 1 hour):
Your psychedelic trip does not begin immediately after ingesting your truffles. The first hour can be slightly challenging. First of all, it’s normal to feel a little nervous. You may notice some slight changes in your perception. Your body temperature can fluctuate. It may feel like you have a hot face, while your feet and hands can feel cold. These initial hour challenges include feeling a bit off-balance. This is why it’s important to create an atmosphere where the mind and body feel sufficiently calm and relaxed to surrender to the effects. Breathe. Settle in. Remember that you’ve started this journey for a reason. Recall your intention.
2. Immersion Phase of a psychedelic trip (1 to 3 hours):
The one and only thing you need to do here is nothing. Just surrender. Let go. As from the moment you allow your mind and body to go with the flow, you will feel your consciousness floating off into a realm of infinite possibilities. This can be either pleasant or unpleasant. You can dive deep into your own thoughts or feelings or memories. On higher doses, it is possible for the ego to dissolve. This is nothing to be afraid of. In egolessness, we can observe with a pure and boundless consciousness, unrestricted by our mind and even uncontained by the body. You can have a strong sense and profound understanding of love, compassion and unity with the universe. On the other hand, you can encounter things that may not be so nice. These can include fears, unresolved issues or aspects of yourself that may need more attention. Approach such challenges with curiosity and try to simply observe them without judgement.
3. Reflection Phase of a psychedelic trip (3 to 4 hours):
This is like entering a calmer side of the lake, after you’ve crossed a river. You’ll notice that the most intense sensations will subside, gently flowing away in waves. Your rational way of thinking will come back to take control over your mind again. It’s not uncommon to feel a need to express a sense of wonder and gratitude. You may have gained a broader perspective on the world or even your place in the universe.
You may feel the need to move, to sit up or shake your hands and feet. Fun fact: it’s possible you may feel an urge to burp.
4. Emergence Phase of a psychedelic trip (4 to 5:30 hours):
When the last waves of the effects have subsided, you can feel a bit fragile. It’s normal that you may need some time to simply sit in silence after your journey. For some people, it can take a little while before they feel comfortable enough to interact with others. It can be somewhat challenging to express yourself. This is why this is a good time to have a cup of tea. Small food and bites can also help to regain a sense of presence in the body. You may have found renewed clarity on your intention. Make sure to drink enough water to hydrate yourself properly. Play soft and uplifting music with a positive vibe to bring the experience to a light conclusion.
An attitude of openness
Embarking on a psychedelic journey takes courage. It’s not easy and certainly not always nice. You never know what you will encounter and how you will react to the things you’ll meet on your path.
This is why it’s important to approach everything with an attitude of openness. Don’t let fear get in your own way. Don’t reject or dismiss anything. Simply observe what comes along and remember that everything will pass.
Have faith in yourself and know that whatever you encounter on this journey needs to arise. You may gain beautiful insights, or even feel ecstatic and blissful – but you may also come face to face with your fears or other issues that you may need to address.
Surrender to challenges
Don’t resist such challenges and move into the spaces you are led into. The harder we try to hold on to something, the more challenging it gets. So let go. Try to relax into your experience. Feel what you need to feel. Look deeply into what you’re seeing with a childlike curiosity. There’s always something to learn there.
Remember that all things change and that when you can relax into that ever-changing reality, things become much more fluent and easy. Also in daily life. Because that’s where the real magic happens. Any ordinary day can be psychedelic, if you approach it with curiosity and humour, and without fear and judgment.
A psychedelic trip may serve to refresh your perspective, renew your gratitude for being alive, and to unveil the interconnectedness of all of existence. The difference is in your attitude and the way you approach things in everyday life.
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.
“To the poet, to the philosopher and the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson