Plant Medicine Integration, in an unregulated sacred medicine culture, is perceived at best as an add-on. It’s not well understood, and for that reason, trauma-informed plant medicine integration work which is trauma-informed does not receive attention both within the ceremony and without.
We need, therefore, to better understand the importance of integration and what it might, context depending, consist of in order to begin to conceive of it as equally as important as the medicine itself in promoting deep healing.
Integration, in our trauma-informed paradigm at AYA Healing Retreats, is about supporting participants to become an embodiment of their insights. If within the context of the sacred medicine experience we can turn our insights into a living reality, one that we use to create new behaviors and ways of responding to difficult people and circumstances in the busyness of our every day, we’ve become an embodiment of our insights.
In short, the objective of integration is for the insights received through the sacred medicine experience to be embodied and a living reality, instead of a collection of experiences that fade into the background. This integration space needs to be held with safety, care, and compassion, alongside an understanding of trauma foundations.
Learning to embody one’s sacred medicine insights in a holistic way, that is, with the full participation of one’s body, mind, and spirit and to have it manifest externally through one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors may be a lofty aspiration, but it is achievable, and what we consider to be the ultimate goal and guiding premise of any successful plant medicine integration practice.