Plant medicine has the unique ability to combat the effects of trauma on the mind. It helps us to unravel the stories our minds create around our traumas that no longer serve us while giving us a clean slate to create new healthier perspectives based on wisdom instead of fear. These stories, thought patterns, and complexes are part of a default network, i.e., the subconscious thoughts that determine your actions and feelings, that our minds adopt to protect us from harm. However many aspects of our default network stem from our egos' false conclusions that we are somehow to blame for our own harm. This illusion of control is the root cause of anxiety and depression.
Entheogens remind our brains that we are not responsible for the harm that was done to us because we do not have control over our outside environment. Plant medicine helps to break up those negative thought patterns before they are solidified as core beliefs in the mind.
My studies have led me to believe that our minds co-evolved with plant medicines and that they are basic human need. They provide our minds with non-toxic, non-addictive chemicals that are essential to self actualization. Unfortunately, many of us in this world have been systemically distanced for over 1000 years from entheogenic use like that of our ancestors.
A consequence of that distance is that many generations of negative thought patterns based on unresolved traumas have been solidified as core beliefs and passed down to us as culture and society. Plant medicines can be used as a tool to break that cycle, and to scrape away the influence of society, culture, your parents, and your trauma while empowering your inner truth to take control of your life.
I believe that the Western clinical model of medicine can sometimes work against true healing by attempting to mask and repress symptoms that are actually trying to tell us something. Symptoms like anxiety and depression are usually indicators of a deeper issue and not the issue themselves. I have found that in this work when you focus on the core issues then the symptoms begin to subside.
Focusing on the core issues means crafting a life in which you can live more authentically without guilt, shame, or fear. Sometimes this means changing external factors in your environment, addressing internal issues of the mind like negative thought patterns, limiting beliefs, and complexes; or realizing that we were never taught healthy coping mechanisms to deal with suffering.
Plant medicine will help you determine which issues you need to focus on. Together we can work to come up with sustainable, healthier coping mechanisms to get through the times when we will inevitably experience pain again. By accessing your authenticity, this process can help you form deeper connections, find a sense of purpose, and gain a sense of self awareness that can only be reached through the expanded consciousness.