This group will focus on discussion, emotional support, and integration of spiritual or personally meaningful experiences of entheogens (also called psychedelics or hallucinogens, which includes psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, etc.). These substances are being increasingly used in experimental therapeutic settings to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and various addictions. They are also often used recreationally or as spiritual aids. Because of stigma associated with the moral panic of the 1960's over LSD and with the War on Drugs, many people are reluctant to seek spiritual guidance or community support, though the experiences they have had with entheogens may be profoundly meaningful, spiritually or emotionally. This group is intended to be a judgment-free venue for discussion of personal experience. Book discussion may also be a possibility (Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind, or Kevin Nelson's The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain are some examples).
At our initial meeting, we decided to have a bit of homework:
1) if you haven’t read Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind,” that’s the assigned reading. (Nobody’s grading this or anything!)
2) if you journal or spend time writing, answer the question, “what would you like to get out of this group?” Be honest and be authentically you!
We’ll meet, discuss experiences, and support each other.