A quick and easy Psychedelic Integration Journal
I want my clients to have a helpful and effective psychedelic integration journaling practice that is also simple enough to use if there are still a little elevated.
There can always be deep, questions to be asked and powerful insights to be had, but sometimes we just need to get some things out. We often have a lot to say, a lot of new information, and without a very good structure to organize it.
So to begin with, all I want to know is:
- What did you see?
- How did you feel?
- What was the message?
This is a good place to start, but let’s add a little more structure and orientation.
We’re all looking for orientation, to find our place in time and space. This journal practice offers this.
Orienting in Time
Something that I’ve noticed about psychedelic storytelling, is that meaningfulness often takes precedence over chronology. People share their stories and recount their journeys in order of impact. The really intense thing that happened gets top billing, followed but the next most intense thing, and so on. Someone who tells you about their painful ego death terror before their ecstatic bliss moment most likely had a very different experience than the person who tells you about it after. Not always, but it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. Chronology is not always the most important part of psychedelic storytelling, especially when someone is fresh off a trip.
Adding some chronology is an excellent way to create some ground, a firm foundation for meaning. A maelstrom of experience can leave us feeling like we’re floating in space, confused and directionless. It can often leave us feeling like we just played a game of 52 pickup, staring at a disorganized pile of cards, wondering where to start. If we’re not going to start at the beginning, and there is no rule saying that we have to, it’s still a really good idea to at least know where the beginning is.
That said, let’s matrix the above observations against:
- The beginning (onset)
- The middle (peak)
- The End (comedown)
Create your own Integration Journal, or download the one below
There is nothing like a little craft project to get your head in the game. Spending a few moments to make your own grid can give your mind a little focus and awareness around some of the experiences you’re likely to have. It can make us aware of how one experience gives way to another, and how time passes in a trip.
If you have some inspiration, you can add whatever you like. I’ve seen people add an intention to the top, and I’ve seen people spread this over several pages. If you think you might need a full page for visions, go with that.
If you need it really easy for you, I’ve created a PDF you can download below.
If you’d like to go over this process with me, you are welcome to scheudle an appointment. I’m here for you.
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