Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What does "psychedelic experience" mean?
Psychedelic means “manifesting the mind, the psyche, the inward”. The psychedelic experience is a challenging and demanding alteration of everyday consciousness. It is a strongly processual modality of experiencing the self and the environment in oneiric and introspective sequences. Emotion, perception, and impressions of significance may be heavily altered, depending on dose. Both pseudo-hallucinations and, in rare cases, full-fledged hallucinations may occur. The psychedelic experience has the capacity to take on a surprising character of insight, but it can also be hedonistically colored. It may have a serene, enstatic character, yet it may also be ecstatic. Nature and course of the psychedelic experience are dependent on triggering factors such as set (internal factors like attitude, knowledge and feelings) and setting (surroundings and social relations) (LINK).
If executed with the required knowledge, this experience represents an opportunity for profound self-recognition, changed access to the subject’s personal world of emotion and the body, to social relationships, as well as to nature. Under professional guidance, psychedelic experiences have the capacity to enrich psychotherapy and personal development.
However, the effective use of this realm of experience first has to be learned. Furthermore, it may be harmful to some people and unfit for many others – that is, neither as a means to introspective self-recognition, nor in recreational use or in psychotherapy.
Despite the legal ban on psychedelics and entactogens, millions of Europeans have already consumed compounds such as LSD, DMT, psilocybin or related substances. These, as well as other, non-pharmacological methods have acquainted them with the psychedelic experience.
Through non-pharmacological methods for the alteration of consciousness such as, for example, particular forms of meditation or reinforced breathing, as well as through pharmacological influences from LSD, DMT, psilocybin or other psychedelics, psychotic experiences can be abetted or triggered in case of careless use or adverse genetic disposition. In a presumably small proportion of individuals, even problems with flashbacks or persistent perceptive disorders (HPPD) may occur. (LINK)
There is a great number of individuals who, after making a negative experience of that type, are not taken seriously in their developmental tasks, or even experience erroneous treatment altogether – both socially, as well as therapeutically.
Among the harm reducing concerns of MIND are an improved self-reflection in the users of hallucinogens and entactogens, as well as the training of integration-coaches and advanced training for medical doctors and therapists in treating this kind of disorders.
When and where is it possible to meet and talk to the members of MIND in person?
Scientific Members of MIND:
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The voluntary core team of MIND