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Publication Date: 
December, 2019
Page Count: 
6
Starting Page: 
149
Brief Summary: 

In this Sharing Space article, the author shares the psychotherapeutic process that unfolded after a traumatic prenatal event was uncovered following a ceremony with the Amazonian medicine ayahuasca. He also briefly discusses the implications of psychedelics for the future evolution of psychotherapy, as well as our culture’s resistance to the notion of prenatal sentience and the role of psychedelics in expanding our understanding of human life.

 

 

Abstract: 

A traumatic prenatal event was uncovered following a ceremony with the Amazonian medicine ayahuasca. Further ceremonies revealed abundant details about the contents of that event. What had started as an unsolicited discovery about my early history gradually became a process of deep psychotherapy as I found numerous connections between the event and my adult life. Practical principles for this type of investigation are outlined. I briefly discuss the implications of psychedelics for the future evolution of psychotherapy, as well as our culture’s resistance to the notion of prenatal sentience and the role of psychedelics in expanding our understanding of human life.

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