We're stronger together
We are social creatures. We need to talk with others and feel understood. When we relate with others, we realize that our perspective is one of many. We may start understanding our experience from a different lens. When we interact with others on a similar path, we may feel less alone as we realize others share our patterns and struggles.
"With all things and in all things, we are relatives." –– Native American (Sioux) Proverb
Sharing our experience with like-minded people and asking for support is essential in the integration process. Psychedelic experiences bring deeply buried and complex emotions and patterns to the surface, and navigating on our own can be confusing and overwhelming.
When we create deep bonds and connections with other human beings, our parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and recovery, is activated. Solid relationships with those who care for us and know how to listen can ease the integration process.
If professional therapy is an option for you, you may consider seeking out integration therapists who have significant experience dealing with clients who are working with psychedelic medicine. You may find a therapeutic relationship with a licensed, trained professional/clinician (psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, counselor, etc.) extremely helpful.
However, these professional relationships are only some of the options available on your journey. You may find groups in your area (or online) that organize sharing and integration circles. The plethora of online groups and forums (e.g., Reddit, facebook, shroomery) is a good starting point to find peers and experienced psychonauts to share your experiences with. You may not find licensed therapists or professional support this way, but these online forums are an accessible first step in connecting with dozens of like-minded folks on similar journeys.
Offline, psychedelic societies or other groups of interest may be operating in your area. The Tripsitters Directory may be a helpful resource for finding organizations and groups near you.
"Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other." -- David Spangler