Have you ever experienced a moment in which you are fully aware; your whole being feels congruently aligned to a greater natural force; and a clear transparent dimension arises where time does not exist and you exist in oneness with everything? Alternative states of consciousness provide an experience of ego dis-identification, a shift in perception and a dreamlike reality, these elements help facilitate processes of self- development. Ordinary states of consciousness arise naturally like sleeping or dreaming while alternative (non-ordinary) states can be induced through practices or substances, some peak states happen as an outcome of certain circumstances like when playing music, dancing or practicing a sport.
According to integral theory all human beings are capable of experiencing alternative states of consciousness regardless of the stage of development, while the interpretation of the state will be according to the person’s worldview (Wilber, 2006). The significance of alternative states is not only about what is experienced at the moment but also what the person makes with the meanings that were unveiled during the experience, the interpretation we make afterwards can make a significant difference not only in defining how we enjoyed the ‘trip’ but also its usefulness in becoming more aware and challenging us for growth Ibogaine induces a state of deep introspection and witnessing, which relaxes oneself into healing unconscious wounds and uncovering shadow material. So far the results show possibilities to use the healing effects of ibogaine inside an integral transformative practice by using a safe small to medium dosage protocol with an incremental and accumulative process. Ibogaine used in small to medium doses for short intervals relaxes the urge to repeat old ways of being giving the person a chance to consciously choose a new direction and take on new behaviors.
A client centered integral transformative program designed for the use of ibogaine includes mixing various practices like shadow work, meditation, inquiry, yoga, contemplating nature and nutritional support. The customized program is tailored to clients’ worldview and needs using tools like Enneagram, lines and levels of development and the four quadrants. An integral perspective on transformational practice includes the following:
Awareness of self: understanding your worldview (levels of development), knowing your shadow, a sense of self according to experiencing different states of consciousness.
Embodiment: being grounded in your body, learning from the body as an instrument capable of tuning into multiple sounds and vibrations that communicates the needs for balance and healing.
Connectedness: with provider/therapist/facilitator and with a culture and community that supports and challenges for greater growth.
Healing ground. An environment that is balanced, safe and intimate and a system that allows for your creative impulse to be explored and expanded. all this you will be able to find in new roots.