So much goes on during a psychedelic ‘trip.’ For example, a patient undertaking psychedelic treatment goes through a mixture of emotions throughout the journey process. The emotions can be deep and overwhelming, confusing, or upsetting the patient even more.
The change of perception and visualizing unexplainable phenomena can be too much for the mind to take. That’s why therapists came up with a meditation technique called “RAIN’ to help patients control emotions during therapeutic experiences.
This technique allows you to face difficult emotions with an open mindset that allows psychedelic exploration. It helps eliminate any fears, and the patient can comfortably take in whatever comes through.
Bill Richards highlights this mind technique in Flight Instructions., a guide commonly used in psilocybin studies. The patients are encouraged to explore difficult emotions and dig into them more in-depth. RAIN works similarly, thorough simple step-to-step procedures. Read on to understand what this acronym RAIN stands for.
- Recognize: Understand what is going on
- Allow: Take life as it is, as it appears
- Investigate: Give it more attention and try to figure it out. It deepens your understanding
- Nurture: Take it all in positively with friendliness. It allows you to be happy.
Initially, the N symbolized non-identification. Awakening with a sense of freedom – Being able to identify with different feelings and thoughts. RAIN helps open up your mind more and become more aware of the senses. Using fear as an example, here is a more profound analysis of how RAIN works.
Acknowledge that you are feeling fear. Letting your mind be aware of whatever emotion you are feeling is key in helping you overcome it.
Accept this feeling and permit it by allowing it to be there. Don’t try to fight it. Constantly reassure yourself that everything is okay. Even if the feelings get more persuasive, don’t worry. Give the emotion a chance to manifest itself fully. If it becomes too much for you to handle, surrender to it. Feelings can morph during the allow stage. When this happens, go back to the first stage and recognize the new feeling, and start over again.
Investigate your feelings attentively and with kindness. Explore the feeling curiously and try to understand what these feelings are. Why you are feeling fearful, for instance.
Approach the feelings with friendliness as you try to make sense of the given emotion. Figure out what is causing you to feel fear, and where your body feels it. You can try vipassana meditation or a body scan at this stage.
By the time you are done with this entire practice, you will feel a new awakening. If you had anxiety, your mind would become more open and present. There’s a shift from anxiety to freedom. That’s the main purpose of RAIN.
Anyone that is taking psychedelic medication should consider practicing RAIN, and a meditation teacher can help you complete the process. Once you have familiarized yourself, you can try it on your own. An example of a RAIN meditation guideline is Tara Brach, which you can read.
Meditation is known to calm down the mind, and psychedelics are proving to be viable medicines in treating mental health issues. This could be the reason why the psychedelic industry, including EntheogeniX Biosciences, isn’t averse to combining meditation with psychedelic treatment.
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