According to new research, psychedelics could be your ticket to self-actualization

Self-actualization refers to the process of realizing one’s full potential while maintaining the ability to appreciate and fully enjoy life. It’s a state of mind that everyone aspires to but not everyone achieves.

According to research, a self-actualized individual:

  • Accepts himself for what he is
  • Shows great empathy for the people around them
  • Has an intelligent imagination and can solve difficult problems and dilemmas

Interestingly, new research in the field of psychedelics has begun to highlight how the use of psychedelics could propel you towards self-actualization. Here’s how.

#1. It can help with self-acceptance

According to a study published in Frontiers in psychiatry, psychedelics can make us more open to new experiences, which is often a barrier to self-acceptance.

Most people who have trouble accepting generally avoid experiences that seem psychologically difficult to them and eventually suppress any crucial emotions that arise from those experiences.

It appears that psychedelics can reduce experiential avoidance and thus increase acceptance in two ways:

  1. Psychedelic-induced relaxation of beliefs. It refers to the gradual dissolution of one’s previous beliefs, which often hinders the ability to accept things as they are.
  2. Intensification of private events. Individuals may experience a surge of heightened emotions and memories that may have previously been inaccessible to them.

The impact of these effects encourages the user to confront their inner experiences and accept them by letting go of their previous beliefs. The study showed that most participants who took part in a psychedelic experience showed lasting acceptance of their inner events and surroundings.

#2. You can increase your creativity

Creativity is essential for anyone seeking self-realization. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not a quality reserved for the wealthy but rather a state of mind that everyone can cultivate. A study by Luisa Prochazkov, a psychologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, not only confirms this claim, but also shows that the consumption of psychedelics can act as a “stimulant” to develop a more creative mind.

“Rather than conceptualizing creativity as a personal trait reserved for a few talented people, we view creativity as a state of mind or a series of cognitive processes that anyone can engage in when trying to generate innovative ideas,” says Prochazkova.

In her new study on the effects of microdosing psychedelics on creativity, she found that microdosing had a powerful impact on the creative centers of the brain.

“By reducing the weight of prior beliefs, psychedelics have been suggested to abolish intrusive thoughts and biases – inducing freer, uninhibited cognition associated with creativity,” says Prochazkova.

#3. Your empathy can increase dramatically

Empathy is another fundamental quality in the process of self-realization, as research shows that how you treat others reflects who you are internally.

To increase your level of empathy, it’s crucial to overcome personality traits that can negatively affect the way you relate to others. Awkwardness, neuroticism, and Machiavellianism are personality traits that many people possess to varying degrees and act as empathy inhibitors.

A study by Dr. Brandon Weiss of Imperial College London identified how psychedelics could potentially be used to overcome these negative traits and induce positive personality change.

“Psychedelic experiences are associated with profound changes in the way people relate to themselves, others, and the world around them,” says Weiss. His research suggests:

  1. Your personality can change for the better. People often reported being less argumentative and more understanding with others after using psychedelics.
  2. You may have less anxiety. Highly anxious participants displayed reduced levels of neurotic traits after a psychedelic experience. These levels remained persistent even after three months after use.
  3. You may feel more connected with others. Research has shown that people who have had a psychedelic experience have reported an increased sense of belonging to their community. This was due to a sense of “respect” generated by the experience, causing users to change their perspective on how they viewed themselves in the world.

Conclusion: The road to self-realization is long and difficult. However, the benefits of a psychedelic experience can offer us some respite on this journey and can act as a shortcut to self-realization. Naturally, psychedelic researchers strongly advise using these substances only in the presence of professionals and considering your family medical history.

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