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Building An Ethical Foundation For Psychedelic Professionals

Building An Ethical Foundation For Psychedelic Professionals

As more mental-health, counselling, coaching and wellness professionals engage psychedelics in their professions, the more we need a common ethical foundation to guide our efforts. This is important for a variety of reasons, one of which is the fact that treating with psychedelics, or guiding others in their use, is unlike any other form of therapy, counselling or coaching. For instance, with most pre-psychedelic approaches to...

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Choosing To Soar

Choosing To Soar

  “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” ~ Joseph Campbell     Epilogue (August 22 2020): As I approach another career evolution at 60 (Transpersonal Wellness & Psychedelic Integration Coach), I thought I would share a paper I wrote at the end of my first year with Sophia University back in 2013. The topic of...

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Contemplations On Death

Contemplations On Death

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings” ~ Socrates (469-399 B.C.E) We are all going to die. Yet, many of us live our lives as if this mortal inevitability will happen to everyone else but us. It would seem that for Western culture, denial and suppression are the hallmarks of how we tend to orient ourselves on the topic of mortality. Death is something that happens to everyone else, and we seem to live out each day as if death is...

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The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The transpersonal (beyond self) study of human psychology and most spiritual and even religious practices, are guided by similar intentions. In a very broad sense the study of human psychology — transpersonal psychology in particular — and spiritual/religious practice, are both concerned with the realization of our highest potential as human beings. To become aware of and better understand the consciousness, behaviors, experiences,...

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Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

How can we be happy and flourish as human beings? To be clear, I am not talking about the momentary sense of joy or excitement which may come from winning the lottery. But rather long-term sustainable happiness and well-being, resistant to life challenges and obstacles. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” (Socrates) Well, after our basic physiological, safety,...

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Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

You can’t pick up a newspaper paper today, watch the news or browse any psychological, transpersonal or addiction journal and not come across some reference to, or scientific article about, psychedelics. We are currently undergoing something of a psychedelic renaissance with even wider acceptance, far more scientific and medical research and excitement around the psychological and mental-health benefits of psychedelics, than occurred...

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Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Guns and shooting used to be a very important and enjoyable part of my life for over 35 years. Guns and target shooting also helped me to develop self-worth, self-confidence and (likely) reduce the impact of and even escape, the severe abuse I experienced during my early teens. However, as cathartic or enjoyable as guns were in my life, I gave them up over a decade ago during a period of depression stemming from a substance problem which...

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COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created massive disruptions to our lives while also creating other circumstances and conditions where stress, anxiety and feelings of helplessness and uncertainty can grow. I am sure many of us have felt like pulling the sheets over our heads and only coming out when this is all over. Although some of us are pretty grounded and have adopted self-help routines to cope and manage the stress, others may not...

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COVID-19: Is There Another Very Important Message?

COVID-19: Is There Another Very Important Message?

As we now enter another week of our (unpleasant but very necessary) near-global isolation in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, hopefully most of us have started to acclimatize to the new “normal”. Up to this point, no doubt many of us have had our share of frustrations, stress, uncertainty, confusion, fear, anger – maybe even unintentionally lashing out at the one’s we love. Of course we will forgive or support...

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The Fourth Force: Why Interest In Transpersonal Psychology Is Growing

The Fourth Force: Why Interest In Transpersonal Psychology Is Growing

“The renaissance of interest in Eastern spiritual philosophies, various mystical traditions, meditation, ancient and aboriginal wisdom, as well as the widespread psychedelic experimentation during the stormy 1960s, made it absolutely clear that a comprehensive and cross-culturally valid psychology had to include observations from such areas as mystical states; cosmic consciousness; psychedelic experiences; trance phenomena; creativity; and...

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