MEANINGS OF WORDS AND TERMS COMMONLY USED BY MEDICINAL MINDFULNESS
What’s in a name? Medicinal Mindfulness is equally passionate about both mindfulness and psychedelic medicines, and while each is incredibly valuable on its own, our work over the past decade has taught us about the profundity of the combination of these two ancient technologies for personal and global healing.
Often times “drug” or “substance use” trends in our society involve the use of a prescription or illicit substance to numb or reduce symptoms, and to turn away from a difficult or painful experience. We believe in using the combination of safe, sacred, and legal medicines with mindfulness practices to turn towards underlying concerns and root causes of pain.
A new angelology of words is needed so that we may once again have faith in them. Without the inherence of the angel in the word – and angel means originally “emissary,” “message bearer”- how can we utter anything but personal opinions, things made up in our subjective minds? How can anything of worth and soul be conveyed from one psyche to another, as in a conversation, a letter, or a book, if archetypal significances are not carried in the depths of our words?
We need to recall the angel aspect of the word, recognizing words as independent carriers of soul between people. We need to recall that we do not just make words up or learn them in school, or ever have them fully under control. Words, like angels, are powers which have invisible power over us.
-From The Blue Fire by James Hillman, the founder of Archetypal Psychology
This page outlines some of the most commonly used words and terms at Medicinal Mindfulness. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Medicinal: of or pertaining to medicine; having healing or curative properties or attributes; adapted to medical uses; of or relating to the science or the practice of medicine; a medicinal substance.
Medicine: the department of knowledge and practice which is concerned with the cure, alleviation, and prevention of dis-ease in human beings, and with the restoration and preservation of health. The art of restoring and preserving the health of human beings by the administration of remedial substances and the regulation of diet, habits, and conditions of life. A method or process of curative treatment.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and in the service of self-understanding and wisdom” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something;
the quality or state of being intentional and having purpose; attention; regard; memory
Mindful: taking thought or care of; heedful of; keeping remembrance of
Psychedelic (psyche + delic ) : of a drug; producing an expansion of consciousness through greater awareness of the senses and emotional feelings and the revealing of unconscious motivations; of, pertaining to, or produced by a drug.
It’s etymological roots are very important here::
Psyche: life, spirit, soul, self; akin to the Greek psychein to breathe, blow, make cold; the vital principal of corporeal
matter that is a distinct mental or spiritual entity coextensive with but independent of body or soma; soul, self, personality; the specialized cognitive conative, and affective aspects of a psychosomatic unity; mind; the totality of the id, ego, and superego including both conscious and unconscious components; in Greco-Roman mythology Psyche is a beautiful maiden personifying the soul who was loved by the god of love Eros; from the Greek psyche which means butterfly, moth, soul
Delic: to make manifest, to reveal and make visible
Medicinal Mindfulness is intentionally working to maintain the “angel aspect,” or deeper meaning, of the word psychedelic, which has come to mean a number of things in our culture since the “psychedelic ‘60’s” and some of the collective and cross-cultural trends of uncontained, unsafe psychedelic use and misuse/overuse. Based on our collective clinical and life experiences, as well the etymological roots of the word psychedelic, Medicinal Mindfulness defines psychedelic as a soul manifesting and spirit revealing sacred medicinal tool. In our experience, some of the greatest benefit and true power of psychedelics is best revealed in contained and intentional settings with professional support and guidance.
Psychedelicize: to make psychedelic; to render more colorful and lively
Psychedelic Harm Reduction:
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition:
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
Psychedelic Harm Prevention in the Medicinal Mindfulness model takes this paradigm a step further. Saying “harm reduction” implies inherent harms, where as we believe that when used skillfully and intentionally, cannabis and other safe psychedelics can be used to heal and make our lives better. With that being said, risks are real, so we address them head-on.
Psychedelic integration is the process one goes through in the days, weeks, and months after a psychedelic therapy or intentional psychedelic experience. During this time, we are making sense of the content of our experience, processing the profound insights that came up, as well as any significant or challenging memories and emotions that surfaced.
SOURCE: Unless stated otherwise, all definitions come from the Oxford English Dictionary oversize volume at the Allen Ginsberg Library at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado