This is the last reflection in a mini-series on safety. My intention is to support you in connecting with your needs and boundaries across various aspects of safety throughout your journey of working with psychedelic medicines. 

In addition to spiritual and emotional safety, physical safety is a critical component of a beneficial experience. Not only is it important to ensure that the physical environment is safe and can support you, but it is also important that the guide(s) or group you work with have a clear process to establish and uphold healthy physical boundaries. 

As we wrap up this series of reflections on safety, I encourage you to follow your body’s cues when navigating future situations. Listen to any niggling feeling that something’s not right. Ask lots of questions and walk away from any guide or group that dismisses your concerns. 

Unfortunately, I have been directly impacted by unsafe guides, groups, and retreat centres. This is the reason why I am so passionate about providing safe spaces and supporting others in navigating the psychedelic community. If you feel you could benefit from support with processing an unsafe experience, please reach out to me so I can connect you with an integration therapist.

Have you had an opportunity to reflect upon your needs and boundaries around physical safety and consent? Is there someone you can talk to for advice and support if this is an area that feels unclear or uncertain for you?

If you are preparing for a psychedelic experience, how does your body feel around your guide? Do you notice feelings of relaxation and openness, or tension and ambivalence? Do you feel comfortable approaching your guide to discuss physical safety before, during, and after your experience? (Ideally, your guide will initiate this discussion with you during the preparation process.)

If you are integrating a past experience, reflect on how physical safety was addressed. What aspects of the process and physical setting of your experience supported feelings of safety? Was there anything about the setting of your experience or your guide’s behaviour that triggered feelings of unsafety?