While our largely Westernized views on health and wellness tend to minimize (or outright ignore) the connection between the physical and the ethereal, a growing community of people are recognizing the necessity of the mind-body connection for overall wellness.
If our personal experience is any indication, intentional psychedelic use fundamentally changes how we view ourselves as humans and how we relate to the world around us. This fresh perspective allows us to connect the dots—realizing that our most traumatic events in life were essential parts of our evolutionary process.
This fear response is an evolutionary trait designed to avoid dangerous situations and to activate the sympathetic nervous system responsible for our “fight or flight” mechanism in order to survive. Anxiety hijacks this system and causes it to malfunction, tripping the threat alarm where one doesn’t exist—or, at least, not to that level. There’s some evidence to suggest that psilocybin, ayahuasca and other psychedelic therapies can help to rewire the neural pathways in the brain responsible for this phenomenon.