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June 17, 2023 62 mins

Guest Name: Sean Lawler
Guest Bio:
Sean Lawlor, LPCC, is the author of “Psychedelic Revival: Toward a New Paradigm of Healing,” coming soon from Sounds True.

He is a regular contributor to leading sites on the topic of psychedelics. Sean has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University, and he has been trained in ketamine-assisted therapy, MDMA-assisted therapy, and Internal Family Systems. He currently facilitates ketamine therapy at a clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Episode Summary:
In this latest episode of the PsychedelicIQ podcast, where host GV Freeman dives deep into the therapeutic world of psychedelics with author Sean Lawler, whose new book “Psychedelic Revival: Toward a New Paradigm of Healing” offers profound insights into this transformative realm.

In this episode, Lawler shares his personal journey into psychedelic therapy, blending his expertise in clinical mental health counseling with training in ketamine and MDMA-assisted therapy. Together, they explore the concept of the psychological shadow, drawing from Carl Jung’s work, and its crucial role in personal growth and self-awareness.

The discussion delves into the intersection of cultural influences on therapy, emphasizing the need for respect of individual beliefs and values, and the ethical considerations surrounding consent. Practical tools such as journaling and recognizing triggers are highlighted for navigating the shadow self during therapy sessions.

Lawler warns against ‘psychedelic bypassing’ and stresses the importance of integrating spiritual and psychological development, while also balancing experiences across different planes of reality. Community support is emphasized as essential for self-awareness and growth.

Listeners are invited to explore Lawler’s new book for a comprehensive understanding of psychedelics, including their historical context and spiritual dimensions. The episode closes with an exploration of peyote’s cultural significance among Native American tribes and a call for practitioners to embrace the transformative power of psychedelics responsibly.

Join us in this enlightening conversation and consider connecting with Sean Lawler online or joining a mastermind group for deeper engagement with the psychedelic community. Tune in for an exploration of healing, growth, and the profound potential of psychedelic therapy.

Show Notes:
[3:35] Origin Story of the Guest
[9:04] Concept of Psychological Shadow
[13:31] Cultural Impacts on Therapy
[19:26] Ethical Considerations
[21:42] Ways to Address Shadow Work
[27:03] Addressing Trigger
[28:17] Spiritual and Psychological Bypassing
[31:43] Interconnections of Transcendent, Oneness and Ego Death to Psychedelic Bypassing
[44:26] Ways to Spot Bypassing and Get Away from it

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