A psychedelic experience can be edifying and transformational if you go into it with the right mindset. Your psychedelic journey, like any good journey, starts by defining a goal and setting out to reach it. Your intentions will set the mood of the journey and help point you in the direction you are trying to go. Your goals can range from simple to existential but you should remain open and accepting to the experience and where it takes you.
Questions to help you set your intentions:
What am I anxious about?
Where did I start to feel unsure about myself? How can I move forward in my life?
What do I want to let go of?
What is my current outlook on life?
Having an attitude of openness and optimism can contribute to a positive experience with psychedelics. Let go of your expectations and allow the experience to unfold in a way that is unique to you. Leading up to your retreat, take some time each day to sit quietly and focus on your breathing, taking deep breaths in and releasing your anxiety, expectations and fears. It can be useful to formulate a phrase that brings you comfort and centers you or reminds you of your purpose and intentions for your psychedelic journey.
Some participants might experience a bit of discomfort in the initial phase of their psychedelic journey. Each journey is unique and participants may have different experiences. It is important to remember that you are in a safe space and the discomfort will pass.
Leading up to your retreat, try to adopt a healthy and calm lifestyle. It might be helpful to abstain from alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and other mind altering substances.Eat healthy, nourishing foods such as organic fruits and vegetables, and increase your daily water intake to help regulate your body.Practice meditation, yoga and breath work and ensure to get adequate rest.