The dictionary definition of integration is–to form, to coordinate, to combine or to blend for the purpose of creating a unified, functioning whole. Bufo, our Toad Sacrament, 5-MEO-DMT is a powerful medicine that brings us into our deepest formative selves, catalyzing profound, intricate processes within soul, psyche, and body. The Sacramental process draws out submerged, deep dwelling aspects of psyche, bringing fragmented aspects of our self to awareness, for release and healing. But entheogenic communion, the taking of the medicine, is only the first step in the process. The next step, after communion, is the assimilation process that comes in the days, weeks and even months following a sacramental journey. This is the integration period. The time where psychological healing and spiritual illumination come together again as a functioning whole. The time in the process when the work is done.
The Sacramental process establishes what is in a sense a new part of you that has been healed. A new and different part that must be returned, re-aligned, and integrated into your old familiar self. This can be an intense process, for some an overwhelming process. Here are a few ways to move through and stay grounded during the integration period.
Firstly, you want to allow the process to manifest in a space of awareness. If you let yourself become caught up in the hustle of life, you might miss the more subtle aspects of integration and lose the meaning the medicine intends to convey. Further, the intense aspects of integration might catch you by surprise, which can be overwhelming without some kind of mindfulness practice. As the medicine shows you things about yourself that were previously unconscious, you will get important insights into the meaning of your healing process. For this reason, you will want to have an internal space in your life that is grounded and peaceful, so you will be mindful enough not to suppress or ignore the medicine’s message because you are thinking you are just having ‘a bad day’. It is common that this kind of release and insight is the key that facilitates the integration of the new self into the familiar self, becoming the moment of healing and transformation.
An excellent way to work with the integration process is meditation. Meditation practices during integration will give you the internal stability to work with uncomfortable feelings skillfully. Integration is a natural process of non-resistance, that gives us a mindful detachment, that builds in us the skill to allow the process to happen unimpeded. Meditation can be a sitting practice with an object of focus, such as on breath. Some people who prefer more active means of meditation might try yoga, tai-chi, or esoteric visualization practices. It is important when choosing a meditation not to force yourself into a practice that doesn’t suit your temperament. For some people working with their hands, like cooking or woodworking are meditative, as is playing music or drawing.
Post ceremony diet is an important aspect of the integration process. Without stipulating what kind of food you should eat; a diet of hardy solid foods will go a long way to helping you stay grounded and in touch with your body. Drink plenty of water. Vitamin supplements can be good too. Stay away from alcohol and stimulants like caffeine, which harm the quality of, and can even destroy the integration. Cannabis can sometimes serve the integration process, if used with skill and intention, but be advised that cannabis use can re-activate the medicine experience, so it is a good idea to start small and with a focused intention. Get all the sleep you need.
Talking with others about what you are experiencing can be crucial in working through the integration process. It is good to have someone in your life you can share with openly what you are experiencing. If during the process you begin to feel overwhelmed, it’s important that you don’t isolate yourself. Having a friend or a social circle in the medicine community can be critically important during those times. If you feel overwhelmed, please consult the list below, which includes free counselling services for concerns related to entheogen issues. Also, because the medicine can trigger a variety of unresolved aspects of self, we have included an extensive list of mental health related services for a diversity of communities.
2023 Monthly Integration Zoom Meetings
All participants and members are welcome to join our free monthly integrations calls on the first Thursday of every month from 6pm-8pm PST.
Dr. Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, BCPP Spirit Pharmacist
Support Resources and Services
- FIRESIDE PROJECT: Free psychedelic peer support. Peer to peer assistance for issues arising from psychedelic/entheogenic experiences. 623-473-7433
- BEING TRUE TO YOU: A crisis support hotline. Talk with a professional trained in providing soul-centered a safe space and guidance on grounding tools and techniques, call: 833-379-0070 Or https://beingtruetoyou.com/crisis-support/
- SPRITUAL EMERGENCY NETWORK: Connect with a mental health professional who is trained to facilitate spiritual growth counseling. http://www.spiritualemergence.org
- 7CUPS: 24/7 support resource. Provides a friendly ear if you ever need someone to talk to. We understand the powerful healing that can come just by being heard. Anonymous and free. http://www.7Cups.com
- CRISIS TEXT LINE: Talk to trained crisis text counselor 24/7. Free. Text: START to 741-741
- PSYCHEDLICS IN RECOVER: For those in a 12-step program or are in recovery and need support. https://www.psychedelicsinrecovery.org
- ANCESTOR PROJECT: Provides a safe space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) to share their healing journey with entheogenic and Earth medicines. https://thesabinaproject.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=17858535
- TREVOR PROJECT: Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)young people ages 13-24. 866-488-7386
- TRANS LIFELINE: A Trans-led organization that connects trans people to community, support, and resources they need to thrive and survive. 877-565-8860
- RAINN: National Organization for the prevention of sexual violence. 800-656-HOPE
- NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 800-237-8255
- NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS HELPLINE: 800-950-6264
- NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS DISORDER HOTLINE: 800-421-4211
- NATIONAL INSTITIUTE OF MENTATL HEALTH DEPRESSION AND PANIC DISORDER HOTLINE: 800-421-3211
- NATIONAL CENTER FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STREES DISORDER INFO LINE: 802-296-6300
- AMERICAN TRAUMA SOCIETY: 800-556-7890
- BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE: 800-448-3000
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: 800-662-4357
- RELAPSE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 800-RELAPSE
- 800 ALCOHOL: 800-ALCOHOL
- 800 COCAINE: 800-COCAINE
- AL-ANON/ALTEEN: 800-356-9996
- AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS, INC.: 800-344-2666
- ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 212-870-3400
- CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE: 800-4-CANCER
- CDC NATIONAL HIV AND AIDS HOTLINE: 800-342-2437
- NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 800-799-7233
- VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 800-273-8255
- LGBT NATIONAL HOTLINE: 888-843-4564
- COMPULSIVE GAMBLING HOTLINE: 410-332-1111
- GRIEF RECOVERY HELPLINE: 800-445-4808
- INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES: 860-882-1211
- NATIONAL COUNSEL ON SEXUAL ADDICTION/COMPULUSIVITY: 800-321-2066
- SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS: 410-282-3400