Both the mental and physical setting, are the absolute foundation for a safe and rewarding experience. Mentally prepare yourself in the preceding weeks and eliminate unnecessary stressful activities. Minimize your participation in social media and fuel your mind with positive influences. Get outside, exercise a little more, meditate more often or read a positive book instead of watching a thrilling movie. What you mentally carry into the experience really matters!
The environment in which the journey takes place has a great impact on the course of the experience. If you decide to have the experience with an expert or at a retreat center, it will be completely taken care of. If you are going to organize this by yourself it is essential to consider this well in advance to ensure safety and well-being. It is important to feel comfortable with the chosen location in order to fully accept what is happening to you during the experience.
When you take Psilocybin you open a door to the unconscious. You wouldn’t just knock on someone’s door, certainly not if you know the occupant has magical powers. It would be appropriate to respectfully approach this door. What would be your response when the occupant opens the door asking what you have come to do? What brings you here and what are you looking for? Is there something you want to find out about yourself? Is there an area that calls for healing or are you just curious about what the experience has to offer you?
In the same way you are taking time to thoughtfully consider your intention, your mental and the physical setting, you are also preparing your body. Having a cleansed body will help you to let go of your physical limits in order to confidently immerse yourself in the experience. Leave alcohol, tobacco and other addictive substances aside and eat light and healthy, preferably plant-based as much as possible in the preceding weeks/days.
There is nothing more valuable than the presence of a good guide. The space-holder has a responsibility to provide you with your basic needs when needed. A hug, an encouraging word or mere presence can be highly valuable. Find a person who meets the qualities you are looking for. Someone with knowledge, love and respect for Psilocybin, who is experienced and with whom you feel comfortable.
No matter how experienced you are or how well you have prepared yourself, there is nothing more powerful than surrender. This may be the most important and challenging element of Psychedelic practice. Relinquish control, let go of your expectations and surrender to the flow of the experience. At this point, you may fully trust the power of the truffle or mushroom.
The breath is one of the most powerful tools when the experience becomes intense. Conscious breathing is like balancing on a big wave. We are not trying to control the wave or deny its power but we are allowing ourselves to be carried along without becoming disoriented. You can always rely on the breath! Breathing slowly and deeply in and out activates the parasympathetic nervous system which brings the body into a more calming and relaxing state.
A valuable tool during the Psychedelic experience is the power of expression. Thoughts, feelings and emotions are forms of energy that seek to flow freely. There is no right or wrong here. Listen to your body and express whatever comes to mind when you feel it is needed. Move, dance, stretch, walk, talk, sing, cry, laugh and go with the flow of the moment.