Posts in Psychedelic Commentary
Right Relationship with Substances, and Guan Yin: The Goddess of Compassion

By Contributor: Alison McQueen, MA, LPC

I’m not a “just say no” therapist.  Humans of every culture, across the globe, since the beginning of time, have used plants and other substances to alter their consciousness.  There’s nothing new about substance use; in fact, it’s a normal aspect of being human.  Clearly, a number of personal and cultural problems are normal as well, and substances and addiction can and do play into this.  So we must attend to our own individual relationship to substances, and determine on a personal level what it is to be in right relationship.  We must look through and beyond what our current culture, or family, says about it; we must dig deeper.  Our work is in tapping into a deep inner knowing, a felt sense experience of health, sanity, and self-compassion. 

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Entheogens and Psychedelics

Dear Molly, 

I have recently been getting into ceremonial use of entheogens and find myself becoming increasingly annoyed with how I see these medicines being used. I am ashamed that I have used them for as anything other than for sacred healing but don’t know how to explain this to my friends who I feel still don’t get it. What should I do? 

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Turning Toward Completion Before Beginning Again

This Friday, at our last Conscious Cannabis Circle of the year, we will be celebrating Completion.  As we turn the last pages of 2015, it is a time to remember what has happened, honoring the lessons, both the positive and the difficult, before fully letting it all go.  We often try to skip this part of the process because it is hard to say goodbye, but as we step deeper into our process, we begin to learn that saying goodbye is a necessary part of saying hello.  What are you looking forward to releasing? 

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