We are in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance.
Although Ketamine is not a psychedelic, it induces a non-ordinary state of consciousness that can be similar to a psychedelic journey. This experience offers an incredible opportunity to gain profound insight and shift belief systems that have been keeping us stuck in depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health struggles.
What does Ketamine do?
Ketamine decreases the Default Mode Network (DMN) in the brain, minimizing repetitive thought and behavioral patterns. Since this is the part of the brain where we store previous experiences that guide our behaviors, we have an opportunity to consciously create new thoughts and behaviors, rather than subconsciously continue old programming.
Ketamine blocks NMDA receptors and induces AMPA receptors, stimulating new neuronal production and the release of BDNF, which creates the ideal environment for neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to our brain's ability to change in response to new information, which is essential to improving mental health, and cognitive health in general. Whereas SSRIs can decrease neuronal signaling, Ketamine can increase neuronal signaling and connections rapidly.
What opportunities does ketamine offer?
*Coaching is imperative in this process, and provided through Inlighten Wellness
With ketamine decreasing the DMN and increasing neuronal pathways, you are provided the opportunity to create lasting, significant mindset and behavioral shifts.
Ketamine provides the opportunity to surface unresolved trauma that has been stored in the body, which can be the root cause of many diseases. These traumas can also cause us to disconnect from the innate intelligence of our body, which means we start to live in our mind and lose touch with our internal GPS system. Ketamine can help us bring light to the darkness, so that we may release what is keeping us stuck
Depending on the dose, Ketamine can produce a spectrum of sensations from a trance to an out-of-body experience. This in turn leads to what is termed a non-ordinary state of consciousness. There can be distinct types of these states that can range from empathogenic, out-of-body, near death, and ego-dissolving transcendent experiences. An empathogenic experience is a sub-psychedelic state, involving reductions in ego defenses, and a sense of understanding and compassion for oneself and others in their lives. At the highest psychedelic doses, a person feels complete dissolution from their body and unity with all people, nature, and the universe, and other profound shifts. Gaining this awareness outside of the confines of one's body allows other domains of information to give you novel insights about your relationships to others and to the environment, insights into who you are, why you are alive, and what your purpose is. It can also shed light onto why you are suffering and how to live differently in your daily life. Ketamine helps to facilitate greater awareness of a person’s ability to heal themselves.