“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered, “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most.” – Sarah Maas
Sound is a tool that can be supportive regardless of where you are at in your journey with psychedelic medicine. Music, instruments, and sound healing tools (e.g., chimes, singing bowls, rattles) can all be incorporated to support you in meeting your intention. There is a wealth of information on using rhythms and frequencies to heal mind, body, and soul.
When preparing for a psychedelic experience, we can use music to begin to access our emotions. Songs can elicit emotions as well as connect us with past experiences. We can also intentionally use music to explore altered states of consciousness, for example, listening to songs composed with the intention to induce theta waves. I encourage you to discuss using sound to support your experience with your guide.
During a psychedelic experience, listening to music can be a way to guide the experience. Songs can take us on an emotional journey. Music can serve as an anchor, serving as something to focus on if we feel ungrounded or lost. Changing the music can be a way to shift the experience. Sound healing tools can help us clear and release stuck energy, sensations, or emotions.
Post-experience, we can return to songs that were playing during especially powerful moments. Listening to our ceremony music can allow us to stay connected with the emotions, sensations, insights, and other aspects of our experience.
What is your relationship to sound and music?
What thoughts, emotions, and sensations arise as you reflect on using sound as a tool to support your journey?
If you are preparing for a psychedelic experience, have you explored how sound will be incorporated? Do you have any questions about how sound can be used with psychedelics?
If you are integrating a past experience, reflect on how sound was used. Did the music resonate with you? Are there any songs that stand out? Did you have any difficulties with how sound was used? How would you like sound to be used next time?
I host a women’s psychedelic integration circle every second and fourth Sunday from 10am to 12pm in North Vancouver where we reflect and share on all aspects of the psychedelic journey. Send me a message for more information.