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Integration Circle - December

 
The Australian Psychedelic Society will be hosting another Integration Circle on Saturday 1st December. Location is to be confirmed, but most likely in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

An Integration Circle is a safe space to talk about your psychedelic experiences. You each have a unique story, and feeling heard and understood by others is essential to integrating your experience. The stories of others may also help provide you further insight.

We will start off with talks from mental health professionals discussing the importance of integration and how to do it.

You will then have an opportunity to tell your own psychedelic story, if you so desire.

Limited spots available.
Tea and snacks will be provided.

When: Saturday 1st December, 2pm-5pm
Where: TBD
Tickets: $10 + booking fee
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Myco-reflections - Sydney

 
Sydney’s Myco-reflections event was a wonderful gathering of the community from Sydney and surrounds. With a number of new faces, the comfortable sized crowd and relaxed atmosphere allowed for a unique sharing of mushroom related stories. The mushroom encounters relayed by members of the community encompassed a diverse range of experiences that reflect the enormous potential psilocybin has for transforming people’s perspectives.

From awe, wonder and amazement at both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of life, at the possibility of life beyond this one and at existence itself, the Psilocybe mushroom’s mycelial connections continue to weave meaning and connection into our lives and community.


Integration Circle - October
 
The APS Melbourne held an Integration Circle in the grungy comfort of Hope St Warehouse in Brunswick, on October 7th.

We would like to thank all of the participants who bravely shared their own story, and also helped to create a safe understanding space. You each have a unique story, and feeling heard and understood by others is essential to integrating your experience. 

For those who missed out, please keep an eye on the page, as these will be occurring every 4-6 weeks.

Do Psychedelics Take you 'Higher'?

 
Melbourne researchers, Tim Bayne and Olivia Carter have published a recent paper exlporing the current evidence of what exactly LSD and Psilocybin do to various domains of consciousness. They focus on the domains of sensory perception, cognitive function, and experiences of unity.

They argue that psychedelics do not necessarily induce a "higher" state of consciousness, and that such an idea may be an overly simplistic way of describing the complex effects of psychedelics. 

Read the abstract and full text here
 


MDMA for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

 
The team at MAPS, lead by Alicia Danforth, have published a randomized, controlled, pilot study using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat social anxiety in autistic adults.

There was a signiificant reduction in Anxiety levels after the treatment, which remained low 6 months after the final therapy session. This difference was found to have a large effect size. Overall, this is a promising pilot study which needs further replication with larger trials.

Read the full study here.  
 

Music and Psychedelics
 
Recent findings point to the potential of music to support meaning-making, emotionality, and mental imagery after the administration of psychedelics, and suggest that music plays an important role in facilitating positive clinical outcomes of psychedelic therapy.

Read a review of the literature here: Abstract and Full text.

Hear a playlist developed by musicologist, Bill Richards for psilocybin therapy sessions in studies by Johns Hopkins.
Psychedelic Science Webinar
 

Join host Bia Labate, Ph.D., and leading researchers for online education about the latest advancements and challenges in psychedelic science. 

Join us for the first Psychedelic Science Webinar Series to discover the latest research into the medical and therapeutic uses of MDMA, ayahuasca, and psilocybin. In seven sessions from October 17 through December 5, you’ll learn directly from key players in psychedelic research and therapy about the hottest topics in the field. You’ll also get a chance to ask your questions and have them answered live. 

Click here to find out more.

 
Inclusion and Equality 
 

Around the globe, concerns are starting to surface that the psychedelic renaissance may be leaving some people behind. Chacruna is an organisation devoted to quality anthropological research into plant medicines and is also an excellent source of information on inclusion and equality within psychedelic culture. Recent publications from Chacruna have highlighted challenging issues around ayahuasca tourism. Their work has addressed the impact of ayahuasca tourism on Indigenous communities, issues surrounding intellectual property and the appropriation of cultural knowledge and claims of sexual abuse during ceremony. 

Earlier this year, BMC Psychiatry published a study noting that 82.3% of people participating in psychedelic studies in the USA were white. This was theorised to reflect the fact that people of colour do not feel as comfortable or protected safely accessing these treatments. It is important as we move ahead to be mindful of the people who are potentially being exploited or left behind. The powerful benefits of these treatments should be made available to the benefit of all, and to the exploitation of none.              

NEW PODCASTS UP!
 
Enpsychedelia podcasts are now being uploaded every week. The weekly 3CR radio show and podcast focuses on drug issues broadly. If you have an idea for a segment, something you want to share on the radio or just want to get some experience with radio, send Nick and Ash an email.

LATEST EPISODES:
Episode 171 features part of Mark Pesce's 2017 EGA Psychedelic Symposium talk, 'Last Days of Reality'.

Chloe Davis- Visual Artist
Commissioned, acrylic on canvas : Psilocybe subaeruginosa
 
Chloe Davis of Adelaide, South Australia can often be found "adventuring through the forest looking for fungi, seeing them in their full glory surrounded by nature". Chloe had always been fascinated by Fungi as a child and as she grew she eventually learned of their very real magic. Her psychedelic experiences have  since strengthened her connection to nature and in turn to the Fungi that she paints and draws.  

To see more of Chloe's works visit her Facebook Page HERE
Something for Your Mind: Psychedelics and Philosophy 
 
The entheogenic and creative insights of psychedelics are commonly discussed, however philosopher Peter Sjostedt-H takes psychedelic insight in a different direction, using it to inquire into the nature of mind. Sjostedt-H has written brief histories of psychedelics in philosophy, starting with Plato's experience of the Eleusinian Mysteries in the fourth and fifth centuries AD. The Mysteries involved the consumption of kykeon, a drink believed to have psychedelic properties potentially derived from ergot. Plato's arguments for the existence of the soul and the forms ('ideas' that exist beyond space and time) were so influential that 20th century British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote that "the safest characterisation of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato".

Sjostedt-H picks up the thread again with Humphrey Davy whose intake of nitrous oxide lead him to posit that matter is merely a projection of the mind and weaves it through into the 20th century through thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Jean Paul Satre and others. Through the discovery of this history, Sjostedt-H himself was inspired to experiment with psychedelics which has lead him to close examination of the "hard problem of consciousness", rejecting the idea that consciousness arises purely from the material mind and ultimately proposing a theory of panpsychism - that sentience is a ubiquitous condition of the universe. 

Read the Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy here        

               
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