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RESOURCES

This is a compilation of various resources that I've found useful on my own journey and with supporting clients

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MICRODOSING PSILOCYBIN: WHY AND HOW

WHY:

Microdosing is the process of using very small, sub perceptual or “unnoticeable” doses of psychedelics (psilocybin, in this context) to elicit a subtle, desired effect.  Intention can be for a variety of reasons, ranging from relief of depression, anxiety, pain or to improve creativity, motivation, discipline, etc.  This might sound like a wide and bold claim of healing, but why can’t it be? If we are open to what psilocybin has to offer us, as a tool for connection to our true selves, each other and the world around us, it can help open up our repressed subconscious potential, to reveal what’s been hidden away as the gift of awareness.  On a scientific level, psilocybin and other psychedelics are believed to work by creating neurogenesis, or the creation of new neuronal pathways in the brain.  Historically, psilocybin has been used by humans for healing and connection for eons.  Whether you believe these effects through a scientific or spiritual lens (or both!), the anecdotal reports and new research is proving that psychedelics have undeniable benefits.  What is wonderful is that we as sovereign human beings have the freedom to explore and experience the power of this for ourselves!  

HOW:

There are many protocols and opinions out there about how to go about microdosing.  Here, I will present my preferred and particular approach, but I encourage you to be curious in doing your own research, paying attention to your individual response to the medicine, adjusting dose/frequency based off of this and reaching out for support and guidance as needed.  

  • 100 mg in the morning, every other day, or Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Some people get a little sleepy at first so you may want to initiate on a day when you don’t have to work or have many commitments.  If you find it does make you sleepy, you can take it at bedtime.  This effect should wear off over time.  

  • Take the 100 mg dose for at least 1 week. If not feeling any subtle effects, you may increase dosing to 200 mg in the 2nd week. 

  • Take a week off from the dosing regimen every 4-6 weeks, to prevent potential tolerance.  

The purpose of dosing every other day is to give some space for integration, and to notice any potential effects (improved mood, energy level, motivation, creativity, patience, etc.).  Many people feel the most profound effects of the medicine in the days in between medicine dosage.  

As you become more familiar with the medicine and how it affects you, you can explore  lower or higher dosages, how often you take it and when you take breaks.  Journaling and using the included tracking sheet (see button at bottom of this document) will be very helpful in looking back to track progress and changes.  

Store premade capsules at room temperature in a plastic bag or container with lid and a little rice to absorb potential moisture for up to one month. It is recommended you store them in the freezer long term, beyond one month.  

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PODCASTS

Podcast shows that I enjoy and are relevant to my philosophy and approach to this work

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WEBSITES

Helpful website resources for support along the psychedelic emotional healing or spiritual path

The Spirit Pharmacist 

is a consult service to help determine interactions or contraindications between pharmaceuticals and psychedelic medicines  

https://www.spiritpharmacist.com/

MAPS

is the Mutidisciplinary Association

For Psychedelic Studies. They are doing the majority of above board clinical research on psychedelics, specifically MDMA for the treatment of PTSD

https://maps.org/

Fireside Project

is a non profit and free Psychedelic Peer Support Line that provides emotional support during and after psychedelic experiences

https://firesideproject.org/

Psychedelic Passage 

is an organization that aligns strongly with my own philosophy and approach to this work.  They are a concierge service that helps educate and connect clients to psychedelic guides.  Their podcast is highly informative and helpful in navigating the psychedelic realm

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9QBHz0Z4nRuVr9s2FDx0UQ

https://www.psychedelicpassage.com/

Double Blind

is a print magazine and media company covering stories about the expansion of psychedelics around the globe. They also provide educational courses and workshops from a foundation of safety and harm reduction

https://doubleblindmag.com/ 

LonerWolf

is a spiritual website that I have found particularly helpful for the spirituality that can open up with psychedelic use

https://lonerwolf.com/spiritual-journey/

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COMMUNITY

Here are links to the local Vancouver Psychedelic Integration Community Meet Up group and other community resources that I have personally vetted for your support, integration and connection

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BOOKS

These books can be helpful in understanding/healing trauma and how it relates to suffering and the human experience

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How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera

From Dr. Nicole LePera, creator of "the holistic psychologist"—the online phenomenon with more than two million Instagram followers—comes a revolutionary approach to healing that harnesses the power of the self to produce lasting change.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera often found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. Wanting more for her patients—and for herself—she began a journey to develop a united philosophy of mental, physical and spiritual wellness that equips people with the interdisciplinary tools necessary to heal themselves. After experiencing the life-changing results herself, she began to share what she’d learned with others—and soon “The Holistic Psychologist” was born.

Now, Dr. LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world. In How to Do the Work,she offers both a manifesto for SelfHealing as well as an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, authentic, and joyful life. Drawing on the latest research from a diversity of scientific fields and healing modalities, Dr. LePera helps us recognize how adverse experiences and trauma in childhood live with us, resulting in whole body dysfunction—activating harmful stress responses that keep us stuck engaging in patterns of codependency, emotional immaturity, and trauma bonds. Unless addressed, these self-sabotaging behaviors can quickly become cyclical, leaving people feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and unwell. 

In How to Do the Work, Dr. LePera offers readers the support and tools that will allow them to break free from destructive behaviors to reclaim and recreate their lives. Nothing short of a paradigm shift, this is a celebration of empowerment that will forever change the way we approach mental wellness and self-care.

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The Body Keeps The Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller
 
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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The Myth Of Normal by Dr. Gabor Mate

By the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.

In this revolutionary book, renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?

Over four decades of clinical experience, Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. Now Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. Cowritten with his son Daniel, The Myth Of Normalis Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet.

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It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn

Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood.
 
As a pioneer in the field of inherited family trauma, Mark Wolynn has worked with individuals and groups on a therapeutic level for over twenty years. It Didn’t Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to reconnection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.

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Waking The Tiger by Peter Levine

Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma... Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.

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