The Origins of Psilocybin

The origins of psilocybin date back thousands of years and are deeply rooted in indigenous cultures and their use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms for spiritual, religious, and medicinal purposes.

Psilocybin is found in over 180 species of mushrooms, primarily within the genera Psilocybe, Panaeolus, Copelandia, and Gymnopilus. These mushrooms grow in various regions around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Archaeological evidence suggests that psilocybin mushrooms have been used by humans for thousands of years. Rock art in the Sahara desert, dating back 7,000 to 9,000 years, depicts mushrooms in shamanic rituals, indicating their long-standing use in spiritual practices.

Psilocybin mushrooms were reintroduced to the Western world in the mid-20th century. In 1957, R. Gordon Wasson, a banker and amateur mycologist, published an article in Life magazine about his experiences with psilocybin mushrooms in Mexico with a local curandera, Maria Sabina, bringing them to public attention. This sparked a wave of interest in psychedelics and led to further scientific research.

What is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in certain species of mushrooms, commonly referred to as "magic mushrooms." Chemically, it is classified as a tryptamine alkaloid. When ingested, psilocybin is converted by the body into psilocin, which is the active form that affects the brain. Psilocin primarily interacts with serotonin receptors, particularly the 5-HT2A receptor, leading to altered perception, mood, and thought processes.

Mushrooms are not a magical cure-all, a quick fix, or a means to escape reality or avoid taking responsibility for your life. Psilocybin reveals thoughts, emotions, and traumas that your body and mind, consciously or unconsciously, may have ignored, suppressed, avoided, or numbed. Some core unpleasant emotions- shame, guilt, grief, rage, frustration- may surface during your psychedelic experiences.

The benefits of psilocybin come when you practice sitting with painful emotions that have been buried in your heart.

What are the benefits?

Psilocybin can induce profound changes in consciousness, including visual and auditory hallucinations, altered sense of time and space, and deep emotional and psychological experiences.

Recent research has shown that psilocybin may have significant therapeutic benefits for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. Studies have highlighted its potential to facilitate deep emotional healing and psychological insights.

Many users report experiencing mystical or spiritual phenomena during psilocybin journeys, such as a sense of unity with the universe, encounters with a higher power, and profound personal revelations.

Psilocybin is considered to have a low potential for addiction and is generally regarded as safe when used in controlled settings. However, it can cause temporary side effects such as nausea, dizziness, and paranoia, especially if taken in an inappropriate setting or without proper guidance.

Microdose vs Macrodose

A common question that many as is "should I macrodose or microdose?"

Macrodosing and microdosing are not mutually exclusive and neither is inherently better than the other. You will want to choose the one that best fits your intentions, life situation, and personal goals. You can always experiment with different doses.

Microdose and macrodose are popular concepts, which act as signposts to help you get state. In reality, a wide gradient of possible experiences exists between a microdose and a macrodose.

It takes time and effort to properly prepare your mindset and environment for a macrodose. When you go on a big journey over the course of four to six hours, you might relive and process suppressed emotions you've been holding onto for years.

On the other hand, the practice of microdosing is ideal if you want to start at a slower and gentler pace.

Microdose

Microdosing involves taking sub-perceptual doses of psilocybin, typically about 1/10th to 1/20th of a typical recreational dose, on a regular schedule.

Many individuals report a general uplift in mood, reduced symptoms of depression, and lower levels of anxiety. Microdosing can help stabilize emotions and reduce mood swings.

Users often experience better attention, clarity of thought, and an enhanced ability to concentrate on tasks. Microdosing may boost creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Many people find they are more productive and efficient in their work. Microdosing can help reduce stress levels and improve the ability to cope with challenging situations.

Some users report increased physical energy and stamina. Improved sleep quality and regulation have been noted.

Microdosing Schedules

There are different approaches to creating a microdosing schedule. If you are just beginning some structure and planning may be helpful.

Keep in mind every body is different and in general micro doses can range from 10mg-200mg.

Dr. James Fadiman recommends a one-day-on, two-days-off schedule.

Paul Stamets recommends a four-days-on, three-days-off schedule. Previously he recommended a five-days-on, two-days-off schedule.

Some journeyers take a microdose every other day or on the same three days each week.

As with any substance, the body can build tolerance to psilocybin, causing diminishing returns. The off days allow this tolerance to dissipate.

Some veteran psilocybin users recommend taking one to two weeks off from microdosing every two to three months to avoid building a long-term tolerance to the medicine.

Macrodose

Macrodosing involves taking a larger, typically hallucinogenic dose of psilocybin, which leads to significant alterations in perception and consciousness.

Macrodosing can facilitate the processing and release of deep-seated traumas and emotional blockages. Users often gain significant insights into their behaviors, thought patterns, and life circumstances.

Many people experience profound spiritual or mystical states, including a sense of unity with the universe and encounters with transcendent entities. These experiences can lead to a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Macrodosing has shown promise in treating various mental health conditions such as major depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Some studies suggest that macrodosing can help break the cycle of addiction to substances like alcohol and tobacco.

Significant doses can lead to long-term improvements in behavior and lifestyle, such as increased openness, improved relationships, and greater appreciation for life. Users often report a lasting increase in mindfulness and presence

Therapeutic Support

Having someone trustworthy with you before, during, and after a journey will provide an extra layer of comfort and safety. Together, you'll be able to express and process complicated thoughts and emotions. Journeying with someone you trust may make it easier for you to let go of control and submit fully to the mushroom experience. Knowing you can rely on someone to respond can diminish anxieties you may otherwise experience.

Their main priority is to remain non-judgemental and present, and to ensure your psychological and physical safety.

A guide may feel like a parent, grandparent, sibling, or a teacher. They are in service to you and your experience. They will follow your lead rather than try to pull you along in any direction.

An effective guide will help you feel more confident and self sufficient. They will listen and point you back to yourself. You may realize that they are there to embody a reflection of your true self. You have everything within you to wake up, realize the truth, and make meaningful changes.

Preparation & Integration

Preparation and Integration sessions are just as important, in my opinion, as is the medicine.

Preparation Sessions are available to help you build trust which can lead to more effective ceremonies.

Integration after taking psilocybin refers to the process of incorporating the insights, emotions, and experiences gained during a psilocybin journey into one's daily life.

This process is crucial for maximizing the benefits of the experience and ensuring lasting positive changes.

Working with a shadow worker or reiki master for integration after a psilocybin experiences can offer unique and complementary benefits that address both the psychological and energetic dimensions of healing and personal growth.

Psilocybin integration can significantly enhance the process by providing deep emotional healing, energy balancing, and a holistic approach to personal growth. Shadow work and reiki practices complement each other well and can help you integrate the profound insights and experiences from your psilocybin journey into your everyday life, leading to lasting positive changes and overall well-being.

Ways to consume

Eating Raw or Dried Mushrooms Consuming mushrooms fresh from the harvest. This method retains the natural state of the mushrooms but can be challenging due to their taste and texture. Drying mushrooms helps preserve them and makes them easier to dose accurately. They can be eaten directly, though they can be quite chewy and have an earthy flavor. Benefits: Simple and requires no preparation. Easy to dose, especially with dried mushrooms. Considerations: Taste can be unpleasant for some people. May cause stomach discomfort or nausea in some individuals.

Psilocybin Tea Mushrooms are steeped in hot water to make a tea. This can be combined with other herbs or flavors (like ginger, lemon, or honey) to improve taste. Benefits: Easier on the stomach, reducing nausea. Faster onset of effects compared to eating raw or dried mushrooms. Can be flavored to mask the taste of mushrooms. Considerations: Heat can degrade psilocybin if the water is too hot.

Capsules Dried mushrooms are ground into a fine powder and encapsulated in gel caps. Benefits: Tasteless and easy to consume. Precise dosing. Convenient for microdosing.

Edibles Incorporating mushroom powder into food items like chocolates, gummies, or baked goods. Benefits: Masks the taste of mushrooms. Can be a more enjoyable way to consume. Allows for creative dosing and presentation.

Moonbeam Wisdom Bars are my personal favorite. This is medicine which I bless with intention and infuse with Reiki on the New and Full Moons. The bars are made of dark chocolate and are topped with cacao nibs.

Tinctures and Extracts Psilocybin is extracted using alcohol or other solvents, resulting in a concentrated liquid form. Benefits: Precise dosing. Can be mixed with beverages for easier consumption. Longer shelf life.

Psilocybin Mushroom Smoothies or Juices Preparation: Blending mushrooms with fruits and other ingredients to create a smoothie or juice. Benefits: Masks the taste of mushrooms. Easy to consume and digest. Can be combined with other nutritious ingredients.

Lemon Tek Preparation: Mushrooms are ground into a powder and soaked in lemon or lime juice for 15-20 minutes before consumption. Benefits: Converts psilocybin to psilocin more rapidly, leading to a faster and potentially stronger onset of effects. May reduce nausea.

Planning a Macrodose Journey

Prepare your body

For days or weeks before your journey, commit to living a healthy lifestyle and abstain from certain sensory inputs that may cause upsetting or uneasy states of mind.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and other substances that similarly affect the body, mind, and spirit.

Some people consume cannabis in the form of CBD or THC before, during, or after a journey. For others, avoiding cannabis may be the best option.

Reduce or eliminate animal products and processed foods that cause mucus to accumulate.

Eat foods that nourish your body, including organic fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and make juices or smoothies. Kombucha and other fermented foods and drinks can help rebalance gut flora.

Make sure you sleep well and feel rested.

Consider pampering yourself with a massage or a day at the spa to help calm your nerves and prepare your body for surrender and inner exploration. A warm bath at home with music or essential oils can also provide similar benefits.

Transition into a calmer, more reflective state of mind and body. Practice regular meditation, yoga, breathwork, or other self-care techniques.

Spend more time in nature and reduce screen time.

Ideally, you want to begin your journey with clean, empty bowels. On the day of your journey, consider fasting for four or more hours before ingesting psilocybin.

Prepare your mindset

Openness, curiosity, and surrender are the best attitudes to foster when you experiment with psilocybin. The fewer expectations you have, the happier and less anxious you'll be throughout the process. Holding on to unmet expectations often causes unnecessary disappointment.

You may be disillusioned if you expect to have the same experience you've read or heard about in videos, books, or trip reports. Your unique life experiences will result in a journey that cannot be compared with the experiences of others.

Some journeyers may report feeling different types of physiologial discomfort during the journey. Anxiety is common during the come-up phase, which may last an hour or so after ingestion. Some sensitive journeyers may feel unpleasant sensations throughout the experience. Nausea and stomachache are the most common side effects of taking mushrooms.

Fears of the unknown and fear of loss are common to the human experience. As a result, many people never leave their comfort zone because it feels familiar and reliable. Anything that challenges their beliefs or wouldview can feel overwhelming.

During Journey

Mushrooms embody a living spirit, one that also lives within you and of which you are a part.

If you struggle, remind yourself that everything is temporary and the journey will end. Keep reassuring yourself that you are safe, and it will all pass. Trust that whatever physical or psychological effects you encounter are natural. Welcome every sensation with curiosity. Accept and fully surrender to whatever arises.

When setting intentions, the goal is to prime the mind with your objective, motivations, and questions - the whys of your exploration with psilocybin.

Intentions set the tone for the journey, acting as a purposeful bridge into the unknown and an anchor point to which you can return when things become confusing. Intentions can reflect a commitmnet to work on yourself. Setting intentions before a journey will help you cultivate the proper mindset and establish a framework through which you can understand and integrate your experiences.

Setting an intention is not the same as holding on to an expectation. The latter can often lead to disappointment and resentment. To get the most from your experience, it's wise to keep an open mind and let go of your expectations of houw you think your journey should unfold.

Potential Physical Effects

Increased heart rate
Muscle relaxation or tension
Shakes/tremors
Jitteriness
Cramps
Nausea
Vomiting
Pupil dilation
Dry Mouth
Sweating
Chills
Numbness
Drowsiness

Potential Psychological Effects

Heightened senses or awareness of physiological processes (e.g. heartbeat)
Restlessness
Trouble Focusing
Disorientation
Inability to determine what's real
Tension
Anxiety and panic
Paranoia
Euphoria
Visual illusions with eyes open and closed
Intensification of colors
Proprioceptive changes (e.g. body may feel large or tiny)
Synesthesia (e.g. seeing sounds or hearing colors)
Experience of merging with the environment/universe
Time and space may be experienced as infinite or nonexistent
Perception that the experience will never end
Highly symbolic experiences (e.g. visions involving religious or mythical signs, symbols, and scenes, perhaps beyond your personal field of experience or knowledge)
Regression to a younger age
Reliving the birth experience
Sensations related to any diseases or operations you've had
Experiences described as mystical or spiritualLoss of subjective self-identity, or "ego dissolution"
Perception of losing your mind or going crazy (related to the "ego dissolution" experience)
Transpersonal experiences that transcend the limitations of space, time, and your physical senses.
Assuming the identification/experience of another person
Heightened transference (i.e. projecting strong emotional attitudes of key figures from your past/present life, especially close family members, onto you or yourself or your environment)

After Journey

Regardless of how your journey went, you may want to spend most of the following day relaxing and reflecting. Let yourself rest and sit with any paradigm shifts you may have experienced. You may feel emotional, vulnerable, and raw, espeically if you had a challenging time. If you had a blissful rise through magical realms, you might feel a bit let down by how mundane everyday life can seem. Ideally, you can treat yourself to a healthy and peaceful day off. You may wish to spend the day being in nature, listening to soothing music, having nourishing meals, or doing whatever else you enjoy most. Make sure to replenish your body with plenty of water and electrolytes.

During your journey, you may have had groundbreaking revelations about your partner, job, family, or living situation. You may feel like you need to make drastic changes immediately. However, the few days after your journey are usually not the best time to make major life decisions. Consider giving yourself time to reflect on the experience before taking action.

While understanding the deeper meaning behind your experience is an important first step, it is vital to incorporate the lessons you've learned into daily life. In creating an action plan, you'll want to establish integration practices that nourish you in the realms of body, mind, spirituality, community, and environment.

As you begin to consider your first steps, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Why do I want to work with psilocybin?
  • What are my expectations?
  • What thoughts, ideas, habits, relationships, possessions, and environments are holding me back from reaching my full potential, and how willing am I to let go of them?
  • Am I ready to face the parts of myself that might trigger shame, guilt, grief, or anger?
  • How open am I to developing the patience, fortitude, and courage necessary to face the difficult aspects of my life?
  • What lifestyle changes am I willing to make to live a happier, healthier life?
  • How much time and energy am I willing to dedicate to my psychedelic journey?
  • What traumas have occurred in my life, and how ready am I to feel the pain these events have caused?
  • Who can support me on my journey, and how do I connect with them?
  • How will I source and maintain a safe and consistent supply?
  • If I am on antidepressant medications, am I willing to consider tapering off?
  • What type of financial resources am I able and willing to invest in my journey?

Single Private Macrodose Journey

Most guides will offer a 30-minute Pre Journey Consultation

Expect: Overnight Guardianship and to spend 5-7 hours in ceremony on your journey. Plenty of water will be available, sounds of medicine music, sage, palo santo, and reiki energy healing will fill the entire container of Sacred Healing.

Integration begins by creating a soft, gentle landing as you come down from the medicine and return to the earthly plane.

A light meal and the presence of a loving guide can help you feel grounded and aid in a smooth transition back to an ordinary state of consciousness.

Single Private Macrodose Journey PLUS Preparation & Integration

Single Private Macrodose Journey (laid out above) PLUS

  • Preparation Session to be held 2-3 days prior to Macrodose Journey.
  • Plus 4 Integration Sessions held after your journey (either weekly or biweekly)

Sessions are held virtually through Zoom and can be recorded if you would like, for later viewing. Each session is 60 minutes and includes Reiki healing energy, Shadow Work tools, and Spiritual Guidance.

Preparation & Integration

  • Preparation Session to be held 2-3 days prior to Macrodose Journey.
  • 4 Integration Sessions held after your journey (either weekly or biweekly)

Sessions are held virtually through Zoom and can be recorded if you would like, for later viewing. Each session is 60 minutes and includes Reiki healing energy, Shadow Work tools, and Spiritual Guidance.

$300 USD

Suitable for Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, MDMT, Ibogaine, Ketamine, Kambo, and other Plant Medicines or Spiritual experience integration work.

Guided Integration Sign Up

Raise the vibrations of healing with like minded individuals

Group Microdosing Journey

Includes: 2-3 hours of guardianship, shamanic drumming, sacred dance, and other sacred medicines if they are called.

$150-200 USD sliding scale

Non refundable deposit of $50 USD is due when booking your ceremony. This deposit will go towards your journey.

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Private Group offerings are also available, please inquire.

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Your Guide

Hi! I am Bonni Sue, and I am deeply connected to the transformative power of psilocybin. My journey with this sacred medicine began in the early 2000s, but my understanding and intentions have evolved profoundly over the years. In 2011, I turned away from Western medicine and conventional healing methods, seeking a more holistic and soulful approach to wellness.

This quest led me to the world of plant medicines, where I discovered my true calling. Through working with larger doses of psilocybin mushrooms, I embarked on a deeply transformative path, healing past traumas and uncovering profound insights into my life's purpose. These experiences have not only brought me personal healing but have also ignited a passion within me to help others on their own journeys of self-discovery and healing.

As a space holder, I am dedicated to guiding others through their unique experiences, helping them unlock their potential and find greater meaning in their lives. To deepen my practice, I have completed courses in Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Masterclass, specializing in working with psilocybin.

I am committed to creating a safe, supportive space where individuals can explore their inner landscapes, heal, integrate, and transform through the wisdom of plant medicines.

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