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Thoughts on Using DMT Safely and Respectfully

By David Nickles on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, hits: 19330

Integration

One of the fundamental aspects of a psychedelic experience is digesting what you have faced and putting any lessons presented into practice in daily life. Without this, a psychedelic experience can become meaningless, dysphoric and isolating.

This is not to say every single hyperspace experience must be decoded into a particular lesson. Many experiences may be so out-there that it will be hard to relate them to daily life in some way. However, at the very least, a sense of humbleness, respect or awe and the happiness of being back and alive can be used for making positive changes in your life.

We spend most of our time in “consensus” reality, and it is here that the real tests present themselves. It is here that we write the story of our lives and make good (or don’t) on our responsibilities and aspirations. The difficulties of daily life should not be seen as a problem we must avoid at all costs, but rather as opportunities to improve ourselves.

While it can be extremely blissful, treating DMT and the psychedelic experience as ends to themselves is very dangerous. Balance is always key! Appreciate the gift of being alive and being able to deal with normal life. Entheogens might be a beautiful part of the process but they are not self-sufficient and won’t make life meaningful for you on their own.

 

Pointers for Integration:

• Talk to different people and listen to what they have to say. By definition, our vision of life and the events we go through is one-sided and self-biased. Other people, (experienced with psychedelics or not) can provide differing viewpoints that aid in our learning process, like mirrors that help us notice our blind spots.

• If during an experience you receive messages about how you should change your eating habits, treat others better, study more, etc., then make all the effort possible to put that into practice. You may want to avoid using entheogens again until you have achieved your goal (or have made significant progress).

• Express yourself creatively. A large part of the DMT experience is ineffable. Yet, it is important that we try to digest it in one way or another in order to integrate our emotional and spiritual experiences. Expressing yourself creatively after smoking DMT (or taking other entheogens) through drawing, painting, music, poems or other art forms can be helpful.

• Question things! Do not believe literally and take at face-value what anybody tells you (whether it’s religious leaders, politicians, your friends or your psychedelic experiences/entities). Be self-critical and put things in perspective. Be aware and skeptical of any experience/feeling that involves thoughts or feelings of grandeur and anything that leads to extreme dissociation from other human beings (e.g., “I’m the chosen one, others are sheep.”). Be extremely careful with suicidal thoughts.

• Balance is key! If you are investing more time thinking about and putting effort into psychedelic experiences while neglecting other areas of your life (family, work, health, studies, etc.), take along break. Dedicate yourself to life. Don’t worry; psychedelics will still be there in a few weeks, months or years. There is no need to rush.

• Remember: You may have experienced Eternal Bliss and seen the Fractal All and Everything while interacting with Hyperspacial Beings…but the bills still have to be paid, the house still has to be cleaned and the food still has to be cooked.

• Health is a priority! It pays off in both consensus reality as well as in the entheogenic and hyperspacial realms of consciousness to eat healthy, exercise, improve interpersonal relations, accept and address your emotions, etc. If DMT or psychedelic use is negatively affecting your health (physical, emotional or intellectual) directly or indirectly, stop using it and return only when you have addressed those issues.

• Do NOT make strong decisions during or immediately after a psychedelic experience. If your ally feel like saying something important to somebody, quitting your job due to a realization, or making any other radical change. Write it down and think it over (for a day, week, month or longer). Evaluate this new perspective from another state of consciousness. If it is the right decision, you can still make it after you have waited, but if it’s the wrong decision and unmake it impulsively, there might be no turning back.

 

"Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found."

Happy Journeying and Stay Safe.

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+1 # Helmut 2014-10-09 11:56
Sage advice, thank you
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