This episode of the Evolver Network Podcast is with four members of ERIE, the Entheogenic Research, Integration and Education group from San Francisco, CA.
ERIE provides education and integration services for individuals interested in entheogens and/or psychedelics. Here we discuss the need for integration in western culture, tips for preparation and self care after journeys, and community context for working with entheogens.
You can see videos of many of their speaker events in San Francisco on their Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/erievision
Please read below for a more detailed introduction to ERIE’s purpose. http://www.erievision.org/
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Many thanks to Larry Norris, MA, Natalie Metz, ND, Julie Megler, NP, and Carl Grether for a deep discussion.
The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education (ERIE) mission:
1) Review and conduct research on the use of traditional plant medicines, and their modern analogs, for creativity, healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration;
2) Develop integration methods that combine new research with existing, tested practices to help people incorporate extraordinary experiences into their lives;
3) Articulate a new educational paradigm that honors and draws upon the vast Indigenous knowledge of plant and fungi kingdoms, then envisions new applications of it within contemporary Western contexts; and
4) Create a forum for the responsible discussion of these topics.
ERIE envisions an integral worldview that is suited to a meaningful cosmos. We believe that this perspective is necessary to achieve a healthy, sustainable future for our species and for the biosphere. It may also aid in healing existential angst and other deleterious effects on human psyches and society that have arisen from the materialist-reductionist worldview. The integral view entails remembering our once-respectful relationship with nature and the lessons that she has to offer us and incorporating it with the best of modern discoveries.
According to the NIDA website, half a million Americans will take LSD for the first time each year and many more will use other entheogens, both natural and synthetic, often without knowledge or guidance. One of our goals is to inform and assist those who choose to explore entheogens about the potent effects of these powerful psychic amplifiers. We provide information about the historical use of entheogens, along with results from current research; and discuss the potential of entheogens for healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration, as well as their possible risks. We also provide multiple integrations services to assist individuals with their previous entheogenic experiences.
Entheogens have been used since prehistory by Indigenous peoples, who say they learned the use of medicinal plants through their respectful, intimate relations with Nature. We honor the wisdom that Indigenous elders have held in trust for the world for centuries. We also honor the wisdom of such modern Western elders as Hoffman, Grof, Metzner, the Shulgins, Harrison, the McKennas, Ruck, Ott, and Luna, among others, standing on their broad shoulders to survey the state of entheogenic research. We strive to coordinate ancient Indigenous wisdom with contemporary research to produce a composite picture that is meaningful and relevant to the lives of contemporary Westerners.