Maria Papaspyrou

Entheogenic Integration And The Transcendent Function.

Entheogenic experiences are often referred to as ‘journeys’ for they can journey one to great inner and outer depths. However, the end of an altered state is often when the journey really begins. This is the journey of integration, of assimilating into consciousness the insights and openings one has encountered in their experience, in a form that can enrich their everyday lives, relationships, and sense of self. The myths and symbols we bring back from these deep soul journeys are part of our psychic life, imbued with vital meaning. During integration our task is in translating the archaic speech of vision into a meaningful narrative, if we are to harness the powerful directional energies of the unconscious towards greater health and wholeness.

Maria has worked as an integrative psychotherapist in the fields of mental health and education, alongside her private practice. Her research interests have focused on the interface between entheogenic experiences and psychotherapy, as well as the intersections between the archetypal feminine and altered states of consciousness. She has given talks and published articles in both festival and academic circles on the sacramental and healing properties of entheogens, supporting their re-introduction in psychotherapy. She is the co-founder of Club Imaginal, a lecture series in Brighton, and always in search of creative narratives that can engage our individual and collective potential and restore our connection to the energies of the world soul.