In the last decade, the psychedelic renaissance has done much to rehabilitate and revitalize the concept of spirituality in both research and practice. Love is a separate but related theme commonly experienced with sacred plant medicines and psychedelic-assisted therapies.
So many report powerful and transformational experiences of love - from self-love, to love felt from and towards others, to experiences of “being” love. And yet rarely is the study of love the primary focus of inquiry or attention. This is despite the fact that there is consensus among elders, guides, clinicians and researchers that love remains one of the most powerful energies thought to create the best possible conditions for healing and growth.
Whether a result of its entanglement with ideas of romantic love and sexual attraction, or that many have been hurt in the name of “love”, it is imperative to explore the many facets of love as a healing force, including its role in therapy and healthcare with and without psychedelics. Click here to read more on this topic by Dr. Adele Lafrance and Paul Uy.
The Love Project is three-fold:
1. Survey research (among those with experience with psychedelics where love was a central theme)
2. Qualitative research (interviews with those with experience with psychedelics, including medicine guides/therapists)
3. A documentary (interviews with those with experience with psychedelics, including medicine guides/therapists)
The psychedelic renaissance is an opportunity to learn about love as a serious object of scientific inquiry, as well as to envision therapy and medicine as relationships that can bear an explicit and deliberate focus on love in all forms; a force that can bring healing to mental, emotional and physical disease, and that strengthens our ability to choose one another against our individual instincts, social programming, and imperatives.
"Love seems to be considered by many to be an unprofessional topic, which in healthcare I’m afraid is a weighty ignorance. It seems that “unconditional positive regard” has been useful, but there is room to say more. As we become more sophisticated as a culture, we will have to deal with this very vulnerable topic more deeply in medicine and in research. " - Dr. Joe Tafur
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