Post Session: Integration
- Block off the following day to sleep in, relax, and integrate. Integration day should be free of responsibilities or social engagements. We recommend you journal about your experience which will help you internally process your experience. To jog your memory while writing, many participants found it helpful to listen to our Spotify playlist.
- We will have a follow-up call with you to check how you are feeling and provide integration resources if needed.
[Some of the following content is taken and adapted from https://zendoproject.org]
A psychedelic trip does not end after a substance wears off, rather it continues on through the process of integration. Integration is the phase within which an individual assimilates and incorporates an experience into their psyche, body, and life. After a psychedelic experience, integration is the process of reorganizing the self to include the material experienced during the altered state. The integration phase has no definitive time frame. In fact, it can be said that once one has ingested a psychedelic substance, they will be integrating the experience for their entire lifetime!
The Integration Process
Processing and integrating your experience can be hugely helpful, especially if the experience was difficult, extremely mind-altering, or disruptive to your life or relationships. The psychedelic experience really begins when we choose to ingest a substance. Intentions for taking a psychedelic medicine affect the entire experience, all the way through integration and are the threads that tie the whole experience together. Having a clear intention (ex. to access my creativity, to help heal my relationship with my family, to explore stuck life patterns, to connect with others, to play, etc.) helps sets the stage for a positive experience. When possible, we encourage people to develop clarity around intentions before taking a substance. Intention is just as important during integration as it is in the pre-journey phase.
HELPFUL QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF INCLUDE:
- Now that you have had this experience, what would you like to remember/carry forward/complete?
- Did you observe anything interesting, any pattern or trigger during your journey? How did that make you feel?
- Did you receive any insight or idea on further actions to take in your life towards keeping evolving and healing?
- What visions/information are you bringing home to your community?
- How can you manifest these visions on the physical plane? In your life? Work? Relationships?
- What was your intention before taking the substance? (There is always some intention, even if it wasn’t consciously considered at the time). How did your experience reflect your intention?
- How does your experience affect your identity?
- Who is the person you want to become in your life and how can this experience contribute to your growth and expansion?
- What are your intentions in life and how did this experience contribute to your larger goals and desires?
Focusing on the experience as a positive life-changing event (even if it didn’t feel like one) can help you focus on potential outcomes and help you connect with how to use the experience as a catalyst for change and transformation in your life. Intention setting helps you use what they have learned during the journey to manifest change in your life.
One of the most difficult aspects of integration is returning to a society that doesn’t understand or support psychedelic exploration. In fact, re-entering society can feel like a stark contrast between the interconnected, transpersonal state of the psychedelic experience. Therefore, one of the most important tools for successful integration is a supportive, understanding community.
It is relatively easy to ingest a substance and have a mind-altering experience. The real work begins when we try to carry what we have learned back to our daily lives and communities. Embodiment is the process of integrating knowledge, wisdom, and experience into the fabric of one’s being. It is the process whereby ideas become actual beliefs, practices, and behavior. Keep mindful that the ego-mind cannot possibly comprehend and make sense of the totality of a peak experience. When we try to mentally understand every aspect of the experience, we can become anxious, depressed, etc. The body and the heart have the capacity to hold our most intense life experiences including the grief, trauma, ecstasy, overwhelming emotions, and revelations that can come with psychedelic use.
Tools for embodiment include journaling, art, movement, talking, music, dance, poetry, writing, the language of symbols and archetypes, spending time in nature, bodywork, breathwork, therapy, etc. It is never too late to begin this process.
Professional Integration Support
It is beneficial to feel a supportive connection with others who can hold their stories with respect and reverence. Listening, mirroring, and reflecting on someone’s story helps them feel seen and understood and incorporates the experience into their psyche and life.
Michele Monjaraz is a therapist and energy worker who has been training for years on a program called "Possibility management", a highly effective methodology in which she guides us to acknowledge our feelings and use them for continual self-evolution. If you're interested in having online sessions with Michelle, she can be reached at +1 (305) 458-5284.
Our Spotify Playlists
Here are links to our main playlists. Sometimes, playing the same songs shortly after a session can trigger you to feel like you're under the medicine again. This can be especially valuable if you're journaling about your experience and want to trigger the same thoughts and feelings.