After psychedelic experiences, it’s important to integrate the insight and lessons learned into one’s life. This process of integration can be done by engaging in specific practices, setting up time and space to reflect, or connecting with others who have experienced a similar experience.
Many psychedelic experiences can be extremely beneficial for individuals, and integration is one way to make them even more transformative. Psychedelic integration can also help people get in touch with memories that they typically avoid, reevaluate relationships or connect with themselves in new ways.
Psychedelic states are powerful experiences that can reveal repressed emotions, unhealthy patterns and untapped potential. They can also reveal visions of a future that is aligned with the user’s pure essence, spirit and soul contracts.
However, these feelings and possibilities can only be realized if the psychedelic experience is fully integrated into daily life. Integration requires training, support and guidance from a professional who understands how to guide clients through the complexities of psychedelic experiences.
A psychedelic integration coach helps individuals process their past and apply these insights into their conception of self, relationships, spirituality and worldview. This work is typically done in the form of journaling and/or a supervised journeying experience with a trained facilitator or guide.
Psychedelic integration therapy also supports harm reduction by preparing patients for the possible adverse effects of psychedelics. This is particularly important for those who are new to psychedelic use. Many psychedelic experiences can be difficult and/or upsetting, and they can sometimes result in PTSD-like symptoms.
Psychedelic integration work is one of the most vital aspects of what makes psychedelic therapy and psychedelic medicine so life-transforming for some. Without it, the transformation you experience in your psychedelic journey will be short-lived and the long-term positive change you want to create will not occur.
Whether you have an experience at a retreat or at home, it is important to show up for the integration work that follows. It is a process that requires you to be present for yourself, and in some cases, a coach or mentor can help you to do this.
As psychedelics continue to move through research and legislation toward legal use in therapy, psychedelic integration training is becoming more widely available. This is an exciting time for those who have experienced spiritual emergence and for therapists who choose to specialize in the complexities of integrating psychedelic experiences.
During the Journey
Psychedelic experiences are often life-changing, but they won’t change you without integration work. That’s why many people turn to a psychedelic integration coach after a trip, either for a one-off session or ongoing support.
During this process, it’s important to understand what the experience was trying to teach you and why. Sometimes these lessons are self-evident, but there are other times they’re difficult to digest.
In these cases, it’s crucial to find a psychedelic integration coach that has been trained specifically in helping clients process their psychedelic journeys, both before and after the experience.
The complexities of this process are often difficult to navigate, but it’s worth the effort. Fortunately, there are a variety of options to choose from:
After your psychedelic journey, you’ll likely need time to process and digest the insights and experiences that a peak experience can produce. This is why it’s generally advised to take a few days to rest and digest before you make any life changes or begin to implement any new behaviors, habits, or goals that the trip uncovered.
During this process, you’ll likely need guidance from an experienced integration coach who understands how to create safe and trusted spaces where people can go through the emotions, traumas, and memories that can be triggered by these transformational states of understanding. Without this support, it’s common for people to return to their regular lives feeling confused and ill equipped to fully integrate their experiences.
The integration process can take many forms, including journaling, meditation, meditative movement, breathwork, yoga, and somatic therapy. Some modalities require a group setting, while others can be done on your own or with a group of like-minded friends.