Although microdosing can do a lot for you in terms of creativity, focus, productivity and flow, we believe it is possible to give (much) more direction and meaning to your microdosing experience.
The more consciously you use microdosing, the more it could be a tool for personal growth and transformation. In this sense you could compare it with mindfulness. However, it doesn’t just happen by itself. It is not a quick-fix or a solution to all your problems. It is only when you consciously decide to shed light on your thought and behavioural patterns, and continue to look at these patterns, that you will benefit the most from microdosing on the long term.
We collected tools and tips that have helped us during our microdose discovery journey and that we frequently suggest to our coachees. These guidelines are certainly not new and perhaps you are already familiar with these concepts and practices. Be that as it may, if you are on the path of awareness, you know that this might just enrich your experience and support your sense of being guided into the right direction.
Psychedelics as a Signpost: What Are They Pointing at?
You could compare the current interest in psychoactive plants to the spread of Eastern philosophy and spirituality that took a flight in the West since the sixties. “At first sight it seems very different: where in Eastern traditions you seek silence, or stillness, by turning inwards. For example through meditation, while a psychedelic experience is more likely to cause a hurricane of impressions. But if you go through that hurricane, eventually you end up at the same point as Eastern meditators: fully at peace with yourself, as an inherent part of ‘all that is’. The journey however is much more chaotic.” It is also been said that: “If a high dose of psychedelics is comparable to a hurricane, then microdosing is like a fresh breeze, allowing you to integrate the universal insights in a more subtle way during your normal daily life with far less disturbance or distraction.
We like to think of microdosing as a signpost at a crossroads. When I point my finger at something, I’m not inviting you to look at my finger, but at what I am pointing at. This also applies to microdosing. Don’t focus your attention solely on the direct effect of microdosing, for instance that sense of flow or a burst of creative ideas – but also on what microdosing points to for you as a person. For instance: what does the change in behaviour tell you about you, and how you deal with life? In this way it can work as a tool that helps you to be more conscious.
Yet you might be thinking now, “Pointing towards what? Aware of what exactly? A heightened awareness is an ever-increasing awareness of your spiritual essence, the meaning of life and the underlying nature of all things. By increasing your awareness ‘you’ rise above your normal thinking processes. In this way you can experience your true nature and your true potential. First you learn to observe your normal mind – do you see all those busy thoughts about past, present and future? Constantly judging yourself and others? Once you realise that you are more than just these thoughts, you can transcend them. With this, you enter the infinite, unlimited part of your being.
This is the key to true empowerment. Making your own choices, regardless of what your environment has taught you or told you. Believing in yourself and your capabilities to get things done, fulfil dreams or go beyond what you believed was possible for you.
How to Benefit From Increasing Your Awareness
Below we discuss a number of concepts that may come in handy if you are on this path. They are not in a specific order. It is also possible that one concept resonates with you and the other does not. It doesn’t matter. Every human being searches his way through the words of others in order to come to his own truth.
If a concept really appeals to you, we encourage you to dive deeper – it will be easy to find more content from the authors/teachers that are mentioned.
Awareness is the Beginning
Microdosing in itself is not a life-changer. At best it can make you more aware of yourself, your life, your choices and everything around you. This is one of the many reasons that people want to work with microdosing. This awareness is not directly a benefit or a solution to all your problems. The fact that you become aware of, for example, fixed patterns in yourself, your work, school or in your relationship, does not mean that they will automatically solve themselves. In fact, it can be frustrating when you suddenly get the insight that you are not in the right place at work or that your relationship is not going as you always had in mind. Be mindful that it can be challenging to integrate the realisations, insights and awareness in your life in a good way. Be open to it and welcome the awareness as an opportunity for change.
Reading tip: The power of the NOW – Eckhart Tolle
Be a Hunter and Gatherer
After microdosing for a few days, you may have already noticed certain behavioural and thought patterns in yourself, and you may realise that you don’t really need some of those ingrained patterns at all. It is useful to write down these kinds of realisations. On the day that you take another microdose, start by formulating an intention or a question for yourself: What do you want to pay extra attention that day? What do you want to become more aware of during your daily activities? Which behavioural patterns would you like to reset? Think for a moment about why you actually want to work with microdosing, set your intention and make this a small ritual.
The intention is like a spear that you use to hunt for what you would like to become more aware of. A ‘hunter’ for insight into yourself. Make sure the intention is formulated in a positive way. A number of examples of this are:
Translating whatever it is that you are wondering about yourself in a concrete question, can help you to become more aware of the answers and insights that arise. What is the trigger? What makes you lapse into automatic behaviour? Observe your behaviour that day without judging yourself. Observe only the patterns, why do you do what you do and feel what you feel and the answer to your question will become clear. A ‘gatherer’ of behavioural and thought patterns that you no longer need and no longer serve you on your life path. Microdosing acts as a cloth with which you clean the lens of your perception.
What Do You Really Want to Spend Your Energy On?
For those who have read spiritual books, or have studied Buddhism or shamanism, these tips will not sound like anything new. For others, these guidelines may sound a bit haphazard. Leave that judgment for what it is. It comes down to being conscious about the use of your energy. There is as much energy involved in making yourself happy as in making yourself unhappy. How beautiful is it, then, to channel that energy in the direction that you want, so that you consciously deal with your energy?
Let Your Opinions and Judgements Be for a While
The moment you notice that you are judging, ask yourself the question: Is that [thing I worry about] really so? Can I be sure it is true?
We see reality through the lens of our thoughts and judgements that are conditioned by the past. So we actually see the world with blinders on. We don’t see things as they are, but we see things as we are ourselves. Our judgements say more about ourselves, than about the thing or person we judge.
When you attach too much to what you think you know for sure, you miss out on everything you don’t know yet. Letting go of your judgements gives you more energy.
Accept the Present Moment
Easier said than done, right? This takes some effort at first but it will come natural to you after some practice. When you find yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in, such as traffic jams, waiting for the bus, talking to a colleague who is telling a long-winded story, etc, simply become aware that this situation is happening. When you do not accept the situation, the only one suffering is you. The situation remains unchanged. You, and only you, can make the choice to not get carried away by your emotions and to let go and accept what is.
We sometimes think that we have to understand everything. But some things are just there to appreciate and accept as they are. If you surrender to the present moment and become totally present, the past loses its power.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously
Being able to laugh at ‘yourself’ makes you light. A little self-mockery never hurt anybody. Focusing too much on ‘the self’ can be exhausting. You become deaf and blind to the rest. Because you are tired you don’t see the miracles around you anymore.
Become Intensely Aware of the Present Moment
As Eckhart Tolle wrote: “Take some time to observe a plant, flower or animal. Immerse yourself completely in the actions you undertake. Start with small daily activities such as brushing your teeth, vacuuming or cleaning up. Watch your breathing and observe what it does to you when you consciously experience the Now. Learn to accept what is and to surrender to the Now.”
When You Let Go of Control, You Are in Control
Your nervous system, your circulation, your breathing, falling asleep and waking up again, these are all automatic processes that do not require any conscious decisions. You just let it go and still it is under control. It is the same with a lot of other things.
In the video below, philosopher Alan Watts explains that when you let go of control, you are in control. Sounds like a paradox! This is precisely why it is worthwhile for the control freaks among us to have a look.
Create or React: What Do You Choose?
You react to situations around you as they unfold and you are at the mercy of your own emotions and the whims of others (and of life itself), constantly reacting to situations and wondering why all of this is happening to you.
You create the life that suits you. You seek out the circumstances that are important to you. You see and seize opportunities, in short, you are in control.
Of course there are always situations in your life that are beyond your control. But even then you can choose to accept ‘what is’. Then you can consciously choose how you want to deal with the situation in question instead of being a victim of your emotions. This whole process takes a lot of practice and awareness, but the gain is great when you experience how much more pleasant life is when you are not at the mercy of your surroundings. So continue to choose, do I want to create or react?
It’s Time to Trust Your Intuition
Your intuition is a higher form of intelligence. It works differently than our mind, but it always leads you to the right place, like a primal instinct. Probably because intuition is not hindered by ego, judgement and criticism.
Learning to recognise your intuition and daring to trust it does not come natural to most of us. You can be curious about what it does to you when you learn to trust your intuition.
Anything is a path out of millions. As an inner hunter/gatherer, you should always keep in mind that a path is only a path. If you feel you should not follow it, under no circumstances should you do so.
There should be no fear or ambition involved in your decision to stay on that path or to abandon it. You must look carefully and consciously at each path. You owe it to yourself to ask one question: Is this a path with a heart?
All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, you cannot enjoy a path without a 'heart', while a path with a heart is easy to walk. It takes no effort to follow it with pleasure. It leads to a joyous journey. If someone follows it, he is one with it.
Identification With the Stories of Your Mind
The mind is an excellent instrument or ‘tool’ when you use it well. When used incorrectly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put more accurately, it’s not so much that you use the mind wrongly, it’s more that it uses you. That is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. That is the misconception. The instrument has taken you over. It is as if you are possessed without knowing it, and as a result you mistake the entity that has taken possession of you for yourself.
The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not that entity – the thinker. When you know that, you can begin to perceive the thinker. At that moment a higher level of consciousness becomes active. You are who you are because you tell yourself you are like that.
Do you often worry, and think: “What if…”, “I will have to…”, “I must take care of…or else…” In that moment you identify with your mind, which projects itself into an imaginary future and arouses fear. You are powerless to stand up to such a situation, because that particular future does not exist. It is a fantasy. You can simply stop this insanity, which undermines your health and life, by acknowledging the present moment. Constant inner worry does not lead to action, but only to more worry. It is like betting against yourself.
So, time for action. When you catch yourself worrying, follow these steps:
Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to repeating thought patterns, those old gramophone records that may have been in your head for years. This is what is meant by ‘perceiving the thinker,’ which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the supervising presence.
When you listen to that voice, be impartial. This means that you do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, because as soon as you do, the same voice comes back in through the back door. Soon you will realise: there is the voice and here I am, listening to it, looking at it. That awareness of ‘I am’, that awareness of your own presence, is a thought. It comes from a place beyond the thinking mind. So when you listen to a thought, you are not only aware of that thought, but also of yourself as the witness of that thought. A new dimension of consciousness has emerged.
Put an End to the Illusion of Time
This is the key: end the illusion of time. Time and the mind are inseparable. Take time out of the mind and it stands still – unless you decide to use it.
Identification with the mind means that you are trapped by time: the compulsion to live almost entirely from memory and expectation, instead of in the present moment. That compulsion creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and a lack of willingness to appreciate the present moment, acknowledge it and let it be what it is. This compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation or satisfaction in whatever form. But they are both illusions.
The more you focus on time, on past and future, the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Why is it the most precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. There is nothing else. The eternal present is the space in which your whole life unfolds, the only factor that remains unchanged. Life is now. There has never been a time when your life was not now, and there never will be. Second, the Now is the only thing that can lift you beyond the limitations of the mind. It’s the only way you can access the timeless and shapeless realm of Being.
Have you ever experienced, done, thought or felt anything outside of the Now? Do you think you can ever do that? Can anything actually happen outside of the Now? The answer is clear, isn’t it?
Nothing has ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now.
Nothing happens in the future; future events happen in the Now.
The core of this, you cannot understand with the mind. The moment you understand, there is a shift in your consciousness from the mind to Being, from time to presence in the Now. And suddenly you feel that everything is very much alive, radiating energy and radiating Being.
This is an excerpt from The Power of the Now in Practice, Eckhart Tolle
There is so much information about meditation that we consider it important to just name it nere. It is scientifically proven that meditation is healthy for you. Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg became known for his brain scans of meditating monks. He saw that the brain is in a flow during meditation. Brain parts that separate you from other people or things become blocked. This makes you feel more connected and you can even really feel one with others. Also the parts of the brain that define time and space fall silent. Away it goes, worrying about sooner or later. Something similar can also happen when you focus intensely on things like beautiful music, nature or a painting, Newberg says. In a meditative state, deep feelings of peace and happiness arise. You can also benefit from this in your daily life. You become more resistant to stress and more flexible, and gain more self-knowledge. Start small. Five minutes a day should work, shouldn’t it?
The essential process of meditation is observing what is going on inside you.
All these signposts can get a place in your daily life. Working with microdosing can be used as a tool, because it makes you more conscious. Microdosing then becomes a tool for mindfulness.
Further Reading & Listening
- The power of the NOW in practice, Eckhart Tolle
- A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
- Alan Watts
- Bruce Lipton
- Joe Dispenza
- Gabrielle Bernstein
- AfterSkool channel
A warrior must develop the feeling that he has everything he needs for the extraordinary journey of a lifetime.
All that matters to him is that he is alive.
Life in itself is enough, it explains itself and is complete.
So you can say without moderation that the greatest of all experiences is that you are alive.
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