Integrated Plant Medicine
It has been said that a ceremony can be a life changing experience. This inevitably changes your perspective on self, identity, and purpose.
However, this rapid and profound transformation can leave us sensitive, vulnerable, and can be a lot to process all at once. With guidance these lessons can be applied to our daily lives in a powerful way.
Katherine Lawson, MA Plant Medicine Integration Specialist Katherine@DreamsHeal.com
I'm currently enrolled in the Mind Body Medicine PhD program at Saybrook University. I received my MA in Counseling Psychotherapy, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I am also trained in using hypnosis as an integrative treatment method and am a certified Embodied Imagination (EI) practitioner, focusing on healing through dream work. I maintain a private practice in Palo Alto, California. As a Medicine Integration Specialist, I strive to provide seekers a path toward the power of the subconscious mind and the imagination, I guide individuals to embody and integrate significant experiences found during their retreat. We experience images as living entities and experience a state of consciousness radically different from our habitual consciousness.
What you will learn is that healing interactions are available to us as we relate to these images. These interactions will impact our mind, body and spirit. As a result of my studies I have come to the conclusion that there is much in common between mystic experience and Embodied Imagination. I base this belief on my own personal experiences, as well as on the experiences of others I have witnessed as a practitioner of Embodied Imagination. Images from our dreams and from plant medicine journeys can be viewed as independent beings, possessing their own intelligence. Additionally, much like during dreams, when using consciousness altering substances, we visit realms that can be viewed as a real world between the corporeal and spiritual.
Helps make sense of the powerful ceremony experiences and puts them into their proper place
Takes the lessons and insights of the medicines and implements them into everyday life (Embodied Imagination ®)
Clarifies what you seek to heal or grow in your life
Gain skills for staying connected to your truth
Nurtures your connection to your soul and to the medicine
Focus on working through areas of life that need love, attention and clarity
Gain a holistic view for beginning to change old thought patterns, programming, conditioning and belief systems that no longer serve; works to break down limiting beliefs
Create a plan to make necessary life changes that bring peace, wellness, abundance and support for your highest truth
Learn how to share your experiences
Emotional support following ceremony
Resources for further learning
Cohen (2017) studied the integration of the ayahuasca experience in Western participants. He notes that participants (77%) describe difficulty reintegrating into life as it was before their experience as they continue digesting the experience for some time. Exploring the images helps to deepen the meaning, allowing for more knowing.
The participants who reported working with images and symbols described great benefit from the process. Change can occur through attending to physical, spiritual and psycho-affective levels of the experience by way of analysis, interpretation and processing in various psychotherapeutic forms.
Cohen, I. (2017). Re-Turning to Wholeness: The Psycho-Spiritual
Integration Process of Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Western
Participants From a Jungian Perspective (Doctoral dissertation,
California Institute of Integral Studies).