This term refers to natural and synthetic substances that alter consciousness, commonly known as Psychedelics, or in more recent times Entheogens. Popular examples include: Ayahuasca, Iboga/Ibogaine, Psilocybin Mushrooms, Huachuma/San Pedro, Peyote, DMT, 5-MeO, LSD, and MDMA.
Sacred Medicines have been used for thousands of years by our ancestors and indigenous people for many purposes including healing, gaining knowledge, and spiritual growth. In modern times these substances have been classified as drugs having no known value in many countries of the world, and consequently are illegal there. The term Psychedelics reminds some people of recreational drugs used for escape. I prefer the term Sacred Medicine because quite simply, they are sacred substances that can induce mystical states, and they are medicines that often times can heal when all other methods have failed.
In the U.S. most Sacred Medicines are illegal to sell or possess with the exception of those protected by freedom of religious use for certain organizations. However, I provide preparation and integration support for people who consider or have already participated in Sacred Medicine ceremonies. There are also countries where these substances are legal, and I may offer guided Healing Journeys to them in the future.
We are currently in the beginning stages of a Psychedelic Renaissance as scientists, universities and non-profit organizations are increasingly studying the safety, effects and benefits of Sacred Medicines. This research occurs despite a legal status that puts many obstacles in place. Organizations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) lead the way and aim for federal approval of some substances as early as 2021.
Sacred Medicines are currently being studied and used for the treatment of a wide range of mental, emotional and psychosomatic conditions such as addiction, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In some cases specific substances are particularly effective for specific conditions. For example, many Iboga/Ibogaine centers specialize in the treatment of opiate addictions. In the case of Ayahuasca, people use it for nearly any ailment of the mind or body.
The results of scientific studies are spreading throughout the internet, and personal stories are being shared with social media. As society awakens to the potential benefits of Sacred Medicines it is inevitable that people will continue to explore these substances with or without government approval. For this reason my goal is to provide the information and guidance necessary for people to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their experience.