Consciousness, meaning, and the search for self

by Numinus

Aug 10, 2021

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer, Dr. Reid Robison, and Vhari Macbeth, CSW, discuss the concept of the self, multiple “selves”, and how we work with “selfhood” in psychedelic medicine. They cover the following topics:

(1:50) The hosts talk about their personal quests for meaning and selfhood
(4:10) Self-awareness from an evolutionary perspective
(6:00) The fear associated with loss of or disconnection from sense of self
(6:31) Similarities and differences between psychosis and psychedelic experience
(7:41) How a “death” experience can lead to insight and self-awareness
(8:30 Separate selves vs. oneness and unity
(11:59) After the Ecstasy, The Laundry, by Jack Kornfield
(14:44) Psychedelics as initiation tools to get you on the path of self-understanding
(16:01) Is ego death required for a meaningful psychedelic experience?
(17:00) Jamie Wheal
(18:21) The Mystical Experience Questionnaire and the Emotional Breakthrough Inventory
(21:00) Multiple “selves”
(21:50) Internal Family Systems
Your Symphony of Selves, by James Fadiman 
(30:44) Ram Dass and “shifting the game”

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Disclaimer: The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice or mental health treatment. Consult with a medical/mental health professional if you believe you are in need of mental health treatment.

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