4 Key Insights Regarding Psychedelics Sitters

July 27, 2020 09:05:49

What is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, according to William Shakespeare, the greatest English poet to grace this planet. This debate about the value of a name comes to mind when you consider how to refer to the people that watch over those who are undergoing a psychedelic experience. Some call them guides, others refer to them as sitters, and others call them facilitators while many in contemporary society would understand if these people are called therapists. Their name notwithstanding, here are some key insights about the roles and experience of being a sitter.

Healing is a Result of Intensification

If you are unconsciously or consciously avoiding a certain issue in your life, psychedelics will bring healing to you in that area by enabling you to experience fully the emotions you have surrounding that issue. This emotional intensification is a necessary step, as psychologists will tell you that in order to heal emotionally, you have to go through projection, transference, then abreaction and finally catharsis. Rather than resist any unpleasant feelings or sensations, surrender to them so that you can heal after the psychedelic experience.

People Heal Themselves

A sitter cannot have a psychedelic experience on your behalf. Everyone must therefore undertake their own journey and come to the transformation that is unique to them based on the specific issues that they are struggling with or searching for insights about.

The psychedelic guide or sitter is therefore a passive or minimally active participant in the process in just the same way as what would happen if you cut your finger. You simply clean it and let that injured part of your body begin the healing process. Similarly, the sitter will just ensure that you have a safe environment within which you can heal from whatever is plaguing you.

It is Good to Define Boundaries

It is advisable to spell out the boundaries and roles of each person during the psychedelic experience. For example, who can turn up or turn down the volume of the music playing in the background? What requests are on or off the table during the psychedelic session?

Without clearly defined boundaries, the psychedelic session can be less safe and less productive than it would be if clear rules were set right from the beginning.

You Cannot Measure the Qualities Which Define a Good Sitter

We live in a world where nearly everything can be measured and quantified, and this raises serious questions about psychedelic sitters since the qualities which identify the very best sitters aren’t easy to quantify.

For example, the motivation and character of a sitter may often be more important than any knowledge that individual may have about how psychedelics work. This raises a question that regulators may be interested in regarding who can be licensed to administer psychedelics, especially in clinical settings. We think that the current work being done by entities like Cybin Corp. will shed some light on those, and other issues upon which more clarity is desired.

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