Psychedelic Series: Psychedelics and Meditation, a Talk with Michael Matania

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Psychedelic Series

On the first Tuesday of every month the Psychedelic Society are partnering with Juju's Bar and Stage to offer you exclusive talks on the science of psychedelics. Our speakers are experts in their field, covering a range of subjects from meditation, to dmt, to nature connection and beyond. We aim to engage our audience in a dialogue about the application of psychedelics for a more compassionate and joyful world, through education and conversation.

First in the Series: Psychedelics and Meditation

Psychedelics and meditation are both powerful tools for personal and societal transformation - but how do they fit together?

This interactive talk will compare and contrast the ways in which psychedelics and meditation alter consciousness, as well as the application of meditative practices for integrating peak experiences.

Psychedelics can grant us access to the highest categories of subjective states, a chance to have a cheeky peak at the transcendent and discover new ways of relating to existence.

But as Alan Watts once remarked:

"Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with one eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen..."

Studies are beginning to reveal the importance of integrating ‘peak experiences’ that we encounter in the psychedelic state, in order to create real and lasting change in our lives.

Integration means learning from a new kind of experience and then re-arranging one’s whole sense of reality: a sense of self, of ethics, and what you think is 'really real'.

Meditation is one such tool that we can use to help us to integrate the mind-blowing revelations that come to us on psychedelics.

In this talk you will discover:

How meditation practises can be deployed during a psychedelic trip to navigate the experience.
Techniques that can help integrate a peak experience into your daily life and understanding.
The latest scientific insights that underpin the importance of integration practises
About the speaker:

Michael Matania is the founder of meditation training company Tough Cookie and the Network Engagement Manager for the UK psychedelic society, where he leads on changing attitudes toward Psilocybin within the clinical mental health and political sector.

Michael developed his ideas through his career as a psychological resilience specialist with the national mental health charity Mind. He co-created the 'Mindkit' resilience programme which introduced 18,200 students and teachers to meditation, launched the 'Employee Champions' Professional Network for the 'Time to Change' national mental health campaign and was a co-designer of the 'Whole School Approach' to Mental Health National Strategy for England & Wales.

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