The Purpose of Integration

  • Process and talk about a psychedelic experience
  • Help resolve confusion and increase understanding
  • Smooth the return to ordinary life
  • Make practical changes informed by psychedelic experiences
  • Increase a sense of embodiment, emotional and somatic expression to support greater presence and understanding 
  • Cope with interpersonal challenges that might emerge in the days and weeks following an experience
  • Normalize fading of experience
  • Help prevent regression and/or relapse to older behaviors
  • Provide skills or support in coping with lingering distress
  • Reduce feelings of being alone or isolated
  • Support awareness and curiosity of insights or experiences that may arise in the days and weeks following an experience
  • Rebalance the nervous system if there was energy released and/or stored from the journey 
  • Feel connected to a larger psychedelic community embedded in values of personal growth and change
  • Avoid “spiritual bypass” (i.e., the tendency to use generalized spiritual practices to sidestep specific unresolved emotional conflicts, psychological wounds and/or unfinished developmental tasks) 

Integration can involve a range of tools and practices. Here is a list of some of the common activities that can promote integration. Please note that many of these practices can be conducted alone, with family or friends, in a community, or with a trained professional. While integration may include therapy or some other work with a trained professional, it encompasses a much larger set of tools and practices.

Practices for Integration

  • Making or viewing art
  • Spending time in nature
  • Play or spontaneity
  • Physical activity or exercise
  • Yoga or other movement practices
  • Meditation or mindfulness practices
  • Somatic practices
  • Journaling
  • Listening to or playing music
  • Self-care activities related to sleep, food, and water
  • Reflecting and understanding the experience
  • Methods of self-expression
  • Processing strange or overwhelming aspects
  • Coping with distress
  • Creating a daily practice
  • Identifying values and priorities
  • Deciding on values-based changes to make
  • Implementing desired changes
  • Spiritual or religious practices (e.g. prayer)
  • Goal setting
  • Ritual 
  • Seeking support from others
  • Intimacy with loved ones
  • Psychotherapy
  • Body or massage therapy
  • Energy work
  • Shamanic work
  • Increasing social connection and community
  • Working with divination, archetypes, symbols