Psychedelics and Death: Exercising the ‘Letting Go’ Muscle
Physical Death calls for the greatest release and surrendering, literally, of our lives. The process of dying frequently entails experiencing altered states of consciousness which, along with death itself, involves letting go of ego’s attachment to holding on to control. This is challenging territory that most of us lack conceptual and skill training in understanding and navigating. The judicious use of psychedelics, with a trained guide, offers opportunity to explore altered states and exercise the “surrender muscle” - i.e. to practice letting go. Working with terminally ill patients using 5-MEO-DMT has proven especially fruitful in helping reduce their fears of death and dying, strengthening their spirituality and promoting a sense of inner peace. Tom Pinkson,a psychologist who helped start the second Hospice Program in the U.S. and worked with life-threatened children and adults for 32 years, he shares his experiences using psychedelics to strengthen the surrender muscle.
This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.
This video was produced by Green Fuse Media, contact Nathan at email@example.com.
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