Diagnostic labels, meds to bring us up or down, fads to fix our bodies and our minds, and platitudes that pass for wisdom: current western approaches to healing and fulfillment often cause more dis-ease than they cure, robbing us of our ability to innovatively forge our own paths of mending and enlightenment.
Sadly, psychedelic practices are increasingly following the disempowering trend of one-size-fits-all care, promising miracle cures and spiritual transformation with the finger-snap fix of one substance or another. Some are even proclaiming that a single psychedelic dose is “the equivalent of 10,000 hours of talk therapy.”
At Cardea, we see the renaissance in psychedelics as an opportunity to create new modalities of change in ourselves, and maybe even in the world around us. But it is dishonest to “medicalize” psychedelics and talk about them as “quick fixes” because this is not how they work. And the reason they don’t work that way is because human beings don’t change that way.