Dr.med. Karl-Josef Theine
Co-founder and coordination Therapy Committee
What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?
My interest in collaboration lies in the development of new forms of therapy for old and still not always satisfactorily treatable mental illnesses. Above all, I am interested in an integral approach involving psychotherapeutic interventions, induction of altered states of consciousness (not only, but also substance-induced), modification of societal cognitive patterns and also spiritual aspects.
Where should psychedelic science be in 10 years?
I hope for an establishment of psychedelic science in the everyday science enterprise within the next 10 years. I also hope that it will be normal to do research in different fields of this area supported by public funds and that it will be possible to get a doctorate.
What is the main challenge for an organization like MIND?
I imagine the function of MIND to be as the function of a starter in a car (ok, it will not be with classic combustion engine in 10 years …). Once the process is started, I imagine a chain reaction and that MIND is just one of many scientific organizations involved in the field.
What got you interested in Psychedelic science?
My approach to psychedelic science has been through my late self-discovery and curiosity, to learn more about this area and explore both the therapeutic and the spiritual potential in depth. Meanwhile, I also see an opportunity for social development through the transcendence which has been familiar so far, but not sufficient in an evolutionary ever-evolving universe of cognitive patterns and value systems.
Which meaning does the psychedelic experience have for an open society?
Having been a follower of Integral Philosophy and Integral Psychology for quite a number of years (not just Ken Wilber), I see great potential for development in the psychedelic experience. Too often, we humans believe our own thoughts and struggle to make our own inner subject an object. But this is exactly what I see as a method of developing the mind – for the individual and also for society.