I feel sad that altered states of consciousness are not more accepted and utilised in our culture, that their potential to create deep and lasting healing and change is not more embedded in our culture. As an adult, I have diligently sought safe ways to expand and shift my consciousness, including meditation (weeks at a time), mantra (given by elders from different traditions), ritual and Shamanic techniques. I have spent thousands of hours learning to quieten my mind to tune into subtle energy to help the people I work with.
I have personally received a lot of healing, heart-opening and deeper enjoyment of life through accessing different states of consciousness.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.