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Managing the Mind and Emotions in Transformative Experiences: Tools and Techniques, With Jonathan de Potter

Season #7

Dive into the world of psychedelic medicine with Jonathan de Potter as he discusses the potential benefits and drawbacks of plant-based substances. He emphasizes the importance of tools for managing the mind and emotions during transformative experiences such as psychedelic therapy.

The episode explores various tools like meditation and visioning, as well as the need for deep intentionality and emotional processing. It also delves into the risks and requirements of participating in a psychedelic retreat, highlighting the importance of screening for physical health, mental conditions, addiction history, and suicidal ideation.

Furthermore, the episode examines the transformative effects of community in psychedelic therapy, emphasizing the role of small and focused groups and expert plant medicine guides. It touches upon the healing power of love and the need to move away from Western culture's individualistic focus. Jonathan shares his personal journey of healing after a motorbike accident and how it altered his perspective on suffering and the role of love in bringing about change. Self-reflection, learning from lessons, and embracing unconditional love for oneself and others are emphasized as essential components of the healing journey.

  • Plant-based medicine includes substances like ayahuasca, San Pedro, and magic mushrooms that have neurogenerative and healing properties.
  • Psychedelic medicines support neuroplasticity, allowing regions of the brain to communicate more effectively and facilitate personal growth.
  • These experiences can help individuals heal childhood traumas, release negative energies, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.
  • Meditation helps in finding inner peace and becoming aware of the mind's thought patterns.
  • Serious mental health conditions may require personalized attention and are high-risk for retreat organizations.
  • Experienced plant medicine guides ensure a safe and effective journey.
  • Revelation and growth: Embracing dissonance and exploring different realities within relationships can lead to a higher truth and deeper love for ourselves and others.

About Jonathan:

Jonathan de Potter is the Founder of Behold Retreats, a bespoke wellness service that facilitates journeys of self-discovery and transformation, supported by the scientifically proven therapeutic and spiritual benefits of plant medicine.   Jonathan is passionate about raising awareness on the benefits of plant medicine therapy, and its potential to dramatically improve wellbeing and spiritual wholeness. This led him to launch Behold Retreats in 2020, providing curated programs incorporating a memorable plant medicine retreat in a safe, legal and highly supported setting.   Jonathan has spent his career working in strategy consulting with clients across Asia-Pacific, defining and delivering digital transformation programs.  

Originally from Hawaii, USA, Jonathan is forever a student of life, enjoys time on the beach and big ideas to make the world a better place.  

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