Set and setting are important to the psychedelic experience. Sensory deprivation techniques are used in therapeutic settings to make it easier to have such an experience.
“Ego dissolution” (or “ego death”) is the temporarily diminished sense of self that is often experienced on psychedelics. The feeling is usually captured by statements like “I felt at one with the universe” or “I lost all sense of myself”. Ego dissolution can help users incorporate less ego and more soul into their daily lives.
At its most basic level, holotropic breathwork is the practice of accelerated, or enhanced, breathing. It involves breathing at a controlled, rapid rate for an extended period of time. Practitioners are able to enter an altered state of consciousness where healing is possible.
Practicing mindfulness involves focusing your attention on the present moment. Mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, and scientific studies have found mindfulness-based interventions are useful in the treatment of a number of psychological disorders. Using these techniques can help you to combat negative feelings like stress, anxiety, and depression.
Psychedelic integration is the process of drawing insight from an often enigmatic experience. It’s a practice of working with a professional to inform personal growth. The process of integration can even help make a “difficult” experience, a really valuable one.
The warmth of the space, the aroma in air, the security in trusted company…your environment is everything during your psychedelic experience. It isn’t about what you’re ingesting, it’s about how it’s being absorbed. Set and setting can be the difference between a good trip and a challenging one.
Studies show that music is helpful in psychedelic therapy. It helps patients feel better, simplify mystical experiences, and improve memory.