Episode for September 10, 2023
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Candida Maurer, PhD, licensed psychologist, has completed her certification in Psychedelic Therapy and Research through the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Psychedelics are being used by millions of people to awaken from ordinary consciousness. Unfortunately, the extraordinary experience of these medicines is often not integrated into our everyday lives, and the profound understanding that occurs fades away. It is through various integration practices that the true benefit of these medicines can be activated.
“Psychedelic awakening has long been an interest of mine which was sparked by experiences in my 20’s. These were life-changing touchstones for the possibility of expanded consciousness, and it was these experiences which led me to pursue my doctorate in psychology. These experiences also inspired me to pursue continuing education in alternative medicine. My foundational belief is that increasing our level of awareness allows us to come to a greater sense of wholeness.”
Psychedelics, or entheogens (a term used to describe substances which allow us to find the God within), have been used for millennia to allow people to have direct contact with other states of reality. A variety of entheogens are being used by millions of people to explore the vast realms of extraordinary experiences that allow us to heal ourselves. The entheogens that became popular in the 1960’s inspired millions to seek greater awareness through psychedelics and other “spiritual technologies” such as meditation, yoga, dreamwork, and depth psychology.
Now, psychedelic medicines are being seriously studied for relief of mental illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, anxiety, serious illness, and end-of-life issues. The research that is being conducted around the country has been extraordinarily promising.
Since psychedelics are still illegal, many people are ingesting these substances on their own or in group settings that may or may not support real psychological or spiritual transformation. It is only through careful intention setting, guidance, and integration that the full value of psychedelic experiences can be accessed.
The intention for my practice is to create a space for the soul to flourish. Since my certification in psychedelic medicine, I am now offering services for those who have used entheogens and haven’t been able to fully integrate their experiences.
It is my hope that these substances will soon be legalized for the huge numbers of people who are suffering, for it will revolutionize the treatment of mental illness and allow an expansion of consciousness that is badly needed in our troubled world.
“When we ignore the body and the spirit in psychology, we ignore the inherent wholeness of the person. True healing takes place when one’s wholeness is revealed to them through integration of the mind, body, and spirit.”