After “the return” the next step is to identify the experience. Solidifying the experience into words or images (or any other expression for that matter) can help the subject reconnect with the sensations and emotions of the journey. This will in turn help them deepen their healing or growth .
The integration specialist (guide, coach, etc.) should be carefully listening as the subject narrates their experience. The specialist should try to hone in on themes: was the journey physical in nature? Did it pertain to the earth or environment? Did repressed memories float to the surface? These themes can help inform the coach on the best integration practices to use in the future.
There can be a lot of data that comes from a psychedelic experience. Sometimes so much so that it becomes overwhelming. That’s where Bayesian Analysis comes in.
Bayesian Analysis is a process to chart wisdom, insights, downloads, etc. from your session. I’ve created a Google Doc linked here that outlines this process.
Here’s a video describing how to use the spreadsheet.
Credit goes to Jamie Wheal of the Flow Genome Project for this tactic.
During this step of the process, the specialist works with the journeyer to determine the most impactful actions (integration practices) to keep the healing/growth process alive.
Practices should be designed intelligently and be easy for the client to adhere to. They shouldn’t feel like a burden. The subject shouldn’t be afraid to start small then build up the practices after solidifying the habits. In other words; keep them practical & don’t go overboard.
The practices also should be aligned with the insights of your journey, for example, if you discover extreme mind/body dissociation use an integration practice like somatic experiencing to bridge the gap. If you unearth sexual abuse use the proper therapies that address it as opposed to an unrelated modality. Practices should be active but not overwhelming.
Practices can morph — they can look radically different on day three compared to week three.
It’s important to remember that the “after-glow” period of a journey can last for days, weeks, or even months after a journey.
Below is an exhaustive list of practices you can use during your integration process. The majority of these have been pulled from the book Consciousness Medicine 
Visit our modalities page for specific resources for some of these practices.
It’s important to remember: Our integration practices aren’t just for ourselves, they are also for the ones we love. The work we put in will radiate out to those closest in our lives.
There are practices you shouldn’t engage in after a psychedelic experience. They boil down to three general guidelines. Guidelines found from this medium article.
1: Bourzat, Franciouse (2019). Consciousness Medicine. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
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