components of integration
Integration is the art of weaving the treasures realized from the psychedelic journey into one’s regular everyday life. The integration process consists of a period of deep self-inquiry into one’s own patterning, coupled with specific integration practices focused on shifting internal patterns that no longer serve the individual. As a result of the integration process, the individual is able to obtain lasting transformative results within their life.
While the integration process is known to be the most important part of any psychedelic experience, it is particularly true with 5-MeO-DMT. Choosing not to integrate a 5-MeO-DMT journey can result in the experience and its treasures quickly fading away while old behaviors, patterns, and tendencies simultaneously return. Along with little to no results being achieved in the individual’s life, a longing to continuously return to the experience can develop. This is often referred to as “chasing peak experiences,” which can result in a less than desirable outcome. As 5-MeO-DMT is known for producing the classical “Ego-Death,” without integration, it can also inflate the Ego, causing the individual to fall into a trap known as “Ego-Superiority.” Integration is the difference between an individual moving closer to wholeness or falling back into separation.
how is the integration with 5-meo-dmt different than other psychedelics?
5-MeO-DMT is the only psychedelic compound that regularly, in its peak experience, result in “non-duality.” Non-duality is a state that, when reached, allows the individual to temporarily cease experiencing themselves as an individual. Instead, all the senses dissolve away, and the experience merges with primordial consciousness. Due to the nature of this experience, unlike other psychedelics, it can often be difficult to remember the details of what happened within the journey. What is left is more of a deep inner knowing that reverberates into the integration process. As a result, there is less of an extraction process of content from the actual experience. Instead, the content and teachings of a 5-MeO-DMT experience are unlocked and realized by virtue of the integration process after the experience.
beginning the integration path
how to navigate it and what to expect
Steps to integration
Preparation takes place in the weeks and even months leading up to the actual psychedelic journey and refers to the active approach an individual takes to prepare the mind, body, spirit, and intentions.
This process includes beginning to take a look into the psyche and seeing what parts of oneself are ready for a transformation. This can be done through a variety of practices and exercises.
The preparation phase allows for much deeper insights, realizations and shifts to occur within the individual’s process, making preparation one of the most important steps to integration.
Navigation takes place during the psychedelic journey. What unfolds during this phase can be affected by the set, setting, dosage, preparation, and one’s ability to surrender to the experience.
On a deeper level, the ability to surrender is a result of how safe the individual feels going into the psychedelic state. This sense of safety is influenced by a myriad of factors for the individual.
An experienced facilitator will have a strong focus on cultivating this safety within the individual coming to sit with the medicine via a thorough preparation process.
The return refers to the time and space between the actual journey and the return back to ordinary every day life. It’s during this time that the individual can allow themself to really soak up the experience.
It is recommended that anyone sitting with 5-MeO-DMT take a landing period of about 3-7 days to feel, witness, and experience the changes taking place within before returning to life stressors.
This time should be spent in a state of self-love, self-inquiry and in a space that feels comfortable. Spending time in nature and connecting to the infinite everything is highly encouraged.
Integration is the phase after the 5-MeO-DMT journey where the individual begins to take what unfolded both during and after the experience while using their shifted perspective and insights to shift internal patterns.
This is one of the most important parts of the psychedelic experience as it really allows transformation to occur, and without it 5-MeO-DMT journeys can easily turn into peak experiences.
Repeated peak experiences with this medicine can result in a term called ego superiority within an individual, actually resulting in an opposite than desired effect within the individual’s life.
how can i prepare for my integration?
Taking the initiative to prepare an integration plan can profoundly impact an individual’s transformation. Preparing for integration begins well before the 5-MeO-DMT journey by the individual assessing the environment they will be returning to post medicine. It is recommended to take a minimum of 3 days to a week off life stressors after the medicine experience. Some individuals may choose to spend that time on a mini-vacation if that is accessible, while others may choose to spend their integration in their home free of any outside energies, engagements, or expectations. It is important to be mindful of what energies the individual is choosing to engage with during this process as they can affect the trajectory of their unfoldment. Part of this is being aware of what type of music, tv programs, books, social interactions, personal practices, food, and more are being consumed as all of these will contribute to the unfoldment. A great way to be proactive in the integration process is to hire a psychedelic integration specialist. These specialists are trained to not only help the individual to prepare their environment for a soft landing but to, for a period of time, help them unpack their experience. This option is greatly invaluable as these professionals have access to a large toolbelt of exercises, practices and prompts to go deep into the individual’s process and help them get the absolute most out of their experience.
can integration be challenging?
Integrating a 5-MeO-DMT experience can result in powerful and transformative shifts within an individual’s life. In order for these shifts to occur, parts of the individual must be shed to make room for their growth. This process can be extremely difficult, uncomfortable and at times lonely. After a 5-MeO-DMT experience new perspectives are unlocked, gaining the individual insight into what parts of themselves are not in alignment with who they really are. This can result in a falling away from one’s identity, including everything from relationships, careers, living situations, and more. Additionally, as these parts of the individual begin to dissolve, suppressed traumas can start to make themselves known in an attempt to be acknowledged, processed, and healed. It can be a challenging terrain to navigate as old memories and emotions surface, they are often accompanied by feelings such as sadness, depression, anger, confusion, self-doubt, and much more. This is known as the “disintegration” process, which can last anywhere from a few days to months, depending on the trauma being released. It is always recommended that individuals in this process seek the support of experienced integration specialists.
When it comes to integration, there are two routes that can be taken. An individual can enlist the help of a trained integration specialist to help them go as deep into their process as possible, or the individual can choose to integrate on their own.
Both routes can be greatly effective when done correctly.
Enlisting the help of an
What is an Integration Specialist?
An integration specialist is an individual who has dedicated his or her life to supporting others in their healing journeys with psychedelics. They have completed one or more trainings specifically geared around the integration process and often have a wide toolset of different practices from additional trainings. The primary objective of an integration specialist is to support those working with psychedelics to get the most out of their healing process. This is done by opening a safe and supportive space to communicate what not only unfolded within the actual medicine experience but what begins to arise as a product of it. Next, integration specialists are able to offer perspective and practices and apply their specific toolsets to the individual’s process where needed. It is important to note that when working with 5-MeO-DMT, it is recommended to specifically enlist the support of a specialist who is well familiar with the compound, as its integration process requires a different understanding and approach than other psychedelics.
Benefits of hiring an integration specialist
Every individual seeking an integration specialist is unique in their personality, traumas, patterning, personal needs, as well as in what is arising from their psychedelic experience. A specialist will be able to meet individuals where they are in their process and optimize their healing.
Each integration specialist has their own unique skills and toolsets to apply during an individual's integration process. These practices are aimed at helping them to move through trauma, heal core wounds and to reprogram the mind.
Working with an integration specialist keeps the individual accountable to show up for themselves on their healing journey consistently while keeping the trajectory of the process moving in a healthy and effective direction.
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Connect to an integration specialist
Finding the right integration specialist to help support you through your experience with 5-MeO-DMT can be difficult. When it comes to diving deep into the psyche, it is important to find someone you feel both safe and confident in their capabilities. To help you start narrowing in on who will suit your process best, it is important to first determine things such as what gender, age, and ethnicity feel most comfortable to you.
Next, you can narrow in even further by taking a look at their skills, modalities, and other offerings, as oftentimes, integration specialists apply a mix of their toolsets during their integration containers. For example, an integration specialist may also be trained in breath-work, somatic therapy, and hypnosis. If those things resonate with what you are looking for you may be able to get a better understanding of who will best fit your needs.
The last thing to help you in your decision will be scheduling a call to get a feel for their presence and style of coaching. Often times integration specialists’ first call with you will be free so you both can get to know one another and see if the two of you are a match.
At F.I.V.E, we believe in providing the best quality support in integration for those working with 5-MeO-DMT. As integrating this compound is different than any other psychedelic, we do require that all of our integration specialists have an intimate understanding of this medicine through personal experience in order to best serve your personal process. Connect to an integration specialist today and get the support needed to get the most out of your experience.
Solo Integration Work
When it comes to integrating 5-MeO-DMT without any guidance or support it is important to commit to a focused approach when tending to ones process. This means dedicating time each day to self inquiry, and personalized practices aimed at reprogramming old harmful patterns into healthy new ones. While integration can be an arduous process bringing to the surface traumas, memories, unresolved emotions and more, it is also the golden key to our healing. It has no time frame and no linear structure. Instead it is an organic unfoldment that offers us a new way of living and being in the world. Solo Integration will require patience, determination and trust in the process as there is no clear cut path.