Taking some time post-ceremony to journal can help capture the experience while it still feels fresh in your mind, body and soul. Allow it to be an imperfect stream of consciousness. It might be helpful to draw certain aspects. Here are some prompts to get you started:
- What about your experience do you want to remember most? (e.g., insights, lessons, emotions, visions, sensations)
- What about your experience do you wish you could forget?
- Now that your experience is over, how do you feel in your body? (e.g., notice new sensations or the absence of old sensations such as lightness, heaviness, constriction, tension, openness, relaxation, warmth, grounded).
- What parts of the experience were pleasant or easeful?
- What parts of the experience were unpleasant or challenging?
- What about your experience was unexpected?
- Do you feel as though your intention was met? Why or why not?
- Is there anything about the experience that feels confusing or unsettling?
- Is there anything about the experience that still needs processing?
- How do you feel about the experience as a whole?
I highly recommend keeping a journal throughout your entire journey of working with plant medicine. You may notice synchronicities, common threads, and gain deep insights. I’ve always journaled after an experience, but it was disjointed and in random notebooks or computer files and I’ve lost those pieces over the years. Moving forward, I hope to have my writing and drawings in one space to support a practice of reflection and to ensure I’m not losing track of lessons, insights, and important messages. Some parts of psychedelic experiences can take years to come full circle and fall into place.
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