This could be in a ceremonial circle, with a trip sitter, or in a therapeutic setting—but is fundamentally different than recreational use, which is purely for entertainment.
The importance of intentional use cannot be overstated. Not only is the participant intentionally preparing for the experience ahead of time (hopefully with the aid of a practitioner), but they are then welcomed into the psychedelic experience by a professional practitioner who is there to hold space, be supportive, and ensure participant safety.
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 realization creates an environment where inner peace can be authentically cultivated. Perhaps even more important, the psychedelic experience allows us to shift our internal narrative from one of self-hate to that of self-love.