Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Lawrence.
Greg, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Psychedelics reappeared mid-life to help me when crisis hit. I’d experimented with them in my teens and early 20’s back when I knew nothing about their potential for personal/spiritual growth. I’d had many enlightening experiences, but unfortunately started using meth and my life spiraled out of control. After getting clean, I walked away from all drugs including psychedelics.
Five years ago, I found myself facing a devastating loss, at the same time realizing that I hadn’t resolved issues from childhood (which were certainly part of the reason I became a drug addict). I started working with a therapist and a coach and using psychedelics as part of my “healing team.” This time I used them intentionally to resolve longstanding issues. I discovered the concept of “psychedelic integration,” which means using the insights offered by psychedelics to make positive changes in one’s life.
When I attended community Psychedelic Integration Circles I knew I’d found my tribe and my life’s purpose. I now lead weekly Circles and am in private practice as a Psychedelic Integration Specialist.
Has it been a smooth road?
Since the publication of Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind, interest in the use of psychedelics as “medicine” has skyrocketed. However, here in L.A. and most of the country, the use or possession of psychedelics is illegal. This is an ongoing challenge for people who seek to explore their own consciousness as well as for those of us who guide them.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Psychedelic Integration Specialist story. Tell us more about the business.
Psychedelic Integration involves working with people before and after an encounter with an entheogen (another word for psychedelics meaning “that which generates God/the divine in a person”). Clients may have had a difficult experience with a substance or one they don’t understand. They may be experiencing anxiety, depression or mood swings; or they might feel isolated and have trouble connecting with others. Many people are looking for someone to help take their experience and make it part of their lives. In either case, we examine what happened during their journey, what it means to them and what they learned from it.
Psychedelics communicate with us in strange ways sometimes – through sights, sounds, symbols and emotions. Sometimes they play games with us or show us simulations, and people aren’t always sure how to interpret these things. As a Psychedelic Integration Specialist, I work with clients to decipher these messages, to make the experience a part of the client’s life through deliberate, mindful and intentional actions.
In working with clients, I draw upon my studies and knowledge of psychology, family and relationship dynamics, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and integrative coaching as well as my own deep experiences using psychedelics for personal and spiritual growth. I am a:
• Certified Transformational Recovery and Integration Coach
• Master Instructor in Integrated Energy Therapy (IET)
• Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner
In addition to my private practice I work as a Psychedelic Integration Coach with The Transpersonal Counseling Center, a psychotherapy practice located in Los Angeles, as well as two organizations that focus on psychedelic advocacy, education, harm reduction and integration; Psychedelic Experience Integration (PsychedeLiA), where I do integration work with clients one-on-one and also facilitate bi-weekly Community Integration Circles; and Innerspace Integration, where I serve as a member of their Integration Support Network.
As a Psychedelic Integration Specialist my ultimate goal is to help people get the most out of other states of consciousness.
My web site is www.psychedelicintegrationspecialist.com
What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I believe people define things as “luck” when they don’t stop to consider the interconnected nature of everything in their experience.
- Website: https://psychedelicintegrationspecialist.com/
- Phone: (818) 216-8299
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: psychedelic_integration
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psychedelicintegrationspecialist
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