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10 Questions to Ask Your Psychedelic Guide Before Your Journey

Updated: Apr 25


Embarking on a plant medicine journey can be a profound and life-altering experience. Whether you're seeking personal growth, spiritual insight, or therapeutic benefits, having a skilled and trusted guide to accompany you can make all the difference. Your guide plays a crucial role in ensuring your safety and maximizing the potential benefits of your journey. Before you dive into the realms of altered consciousness, it's important to ask your guide some critical questions to establish trust, set intentions, and create a safe and supportive environment.


Here are ten questions to ask your guide prior to your journey.



What Is Your Experience as a Guide?


Understanding your guide's experience and background is essential. Ask about their training, personal journey with psychedelics, and their approach to guiding. Experience and expertise are key to ensuring your safety and receiving valuable guidance during your journey.



What Is the Structure and Plan for the Session?


Ask about their process for the session. This includes the duration of the journey, the dosage, and the integration process afterward. Knowing what to expect can help you mentally prepare for the experience.



What Is Your Approach to Set and Setting?


The set and setting, or the mindset and physical environment in which the journey takes place, are crucial factors in determining the outcome of your experience. Discuss how your guide plans to create a safe, comfortable, and conducive atmosphere for your journey.



How Do You Manage Challenging Experiences?


Psychedelic journeys can sometimes lead to challenging or difficult moments. It's important to know how your guide will support you through these moments. Ask about their strategies for helping you navigate challenging emotions or experiences. Are they trauma informed and how have they handled a challenging experience in the past?



What Role Will Music or Other Sensory Elements Play?


Music and other sensory elements can greatly influence your journey. Ask your guide about their choice of music, if any, and how they plan to use it to enhance your experience. You may also want to discuss the use of visual aids, such as art or natural surroundings.



Can You Explain the Importance of Setting Intentions?


Setting intentions is a powerful practice before a psychedelic journey. Ask your guide about the significance of intentions and how they can help guide your experience. Work together to clarify and set your own intentions for the journey.



What Safety Measures Are in Place?


Safety should be a top priority during your journey. Inquire about safety measures, such as emergency protocols, access to medical assistance if needed, and how your guide will monitor your physical and emotional well-being throughout the session.



How Will Integration Support Be Provided?


Integration, the process of making sense of your psychedelic experience and applying insights to your daily life, is the most important aspect of the journey. Ask your guide how they will provide integration support after the journey.



Do You Have References or Testimonials?


It's perfectly reasonable to ask for references or testimonials from previous clients who have worked with your guide. Hearing about others' experiences can provide valuable insights into what you can expect.



What Are Your Ethics and Boundaries?


Understanding your guide's ethical principles and personal boundaries is crucial. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the role and limitations of your guide in your journey. Consent is key in this area of work.



As you can see SAFETY is a priority in this work, so finding and working with a trusted and experienced guide ensures a more transformative experience. Open communication about your needs, fears, desires, and anything else that is sitting on your heart is valuable and important. Your needs matter so honor yourself by taking the time to dive into these questions before you say yes!



xo,

Carma



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