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The Collective

Psychedelic Professionals Meet: Laramie, WY

For professionals, researchers, practitioners, and activists to learn, share, network, and connect in community in Laramie, Wyoming!

Psychedelic Professionals Meet: Laramie, WY
Psychedelic Professionals Meet: Laramie, WY

Time & Location

Jul 29, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Collective, 100 S 2nd St, Laramie, WY 82070, USA

About the event

Help us build capacity to support therapeutic access to entheogenic medicine in Wyoming! This professional meetup is open to therapists, social workers, healthcare professionals, advocates, activists, and interested community members who want to share in education and dialogue around entheogenic medicines in Wyoming. Join local professionals in a casual, friendly space where we can connect and meet other like-minded practitioners and activists. We can't WAIT to see you there, Laramie!

For July in Laramie, we are excited to welcome friend, ketamine therapist, and author, Sean Lawlor. In our journeys through life, it is easy to get caught in ideas of “arrival.” Many of us are taught to set clear goals and structure our efforts toward their achievement. Helpful as it is to align our visions with our desires, excess focus on “getting there” removes us from our present experience, where we meet our ever-unfolding process. Psychedelic practitioners instruct clients to “trust the process” rather than attach to an outcome; as the Buddha taught long ago, attachment causes suffering. But what does it mean to trust the process? How do we do it? When we believe we are doing it, might we be deceiving ourselves? What are the consequences of such self-deception, and what might we learn in its recognition?

In this presentation, writer and ketamine therapist Sean Lawlor, LPCC will explore notions of trusting the process and attaching to an arrival as they apply to psychedelics and his six-and-a-half year writing journey on the subject, which recently culminated in the publication of his book, Psychedelic Revival: Toward a New Paradigm of Healing, released in June 2024 through Sounds True/Macmillan. In the wake of over sixty interviews with diverse luminaries in the field, a three-year education at Naropa University in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling,  and numerous experiences with a range of psychedelic medicines, one truth Sean has learned is that the processes of writing and psychedelic healing share an extraordinary amount in common. Each invites exploration of the inner world, helping us “make the unconscious conscious.” Both invite a trusting of the unfolding inner process. And both are stunted by over-attachment to specific outcomes, particularly those sourced in shadowed desires.

In the end, Sean will explore hard lessons he's learned about his own shadow through writing his book, aiming to redirect illusions of a distant arrival into focus on the present, where we are and always will be arriving so long as we receive the gift of another day.

Please also be aware of our Community Guidelines for all Nowak Society events. To protect the community, we ask that no one try to solicit illegal substances or services from anyone attending the event. Be kind, be respectful, and keep it legal.

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