What if the quality of your psychedelic experience could be influenced before it even begins?
One word: preparation
And a key aspect of preparation?
Crafting a purposeful intention is one way to help prepare and prime yourself, as well as shape and influence the experience. This in turn can influence its outcome in a beneficial way.
An intention can be as vital to the psychedelic journey as a compass is to an explorer. Without a clear intention, a psychedelic session can be like a ship sailing aimlessly at sea.
As explorers of our inner worlds, we have a great opportunity—and dare I say, a responsibility—to be intentional in our psychedelic practices. It’s a mission that can be guided with clarity and purpose when we set intentions for our sessions.
In this article, I’ll discuss the importance of setting intentions, examine the art of formulating personalized intentions, and outline how to employ them before, during, and after your psychedelic sessions. I’ll also shed light on the influence of language in shaping your experience, the historical and cultural significance of intention setting, and offer answers to some questions you may have.
My aim is to deepen your understanding of this sacred practice and to also provide actionable steps to enrich your own psychedelic explorations.
As always, my intention is to help you improve your ability to safely and effectively work with psychedelics for insight, healing, and growth.