Over the course of the recent weekend, I found myself immersed in a group discussion of insights, shared wisdom, and a profound sense of collective resonance. Amongst a dynamic group of therapists, healers, and practitioners within the psychedelic space, we engaged in deep discussions that explored the intricate barriers and opportunities hindering black and brown therapists from making significant strides in this evolving field.
This was my second time co-facilitating this type of conversation, and I’ve come to recognize these exchanges as a form of medicine that transcends mere cognitive stimulation for me. They possess the transformative ability to invigorate the very essence of my being, not just intellectually but energetically and spiritually. Witnessing the incredible work undertaken by these individuals within their respective communities and the determined strides they are making to enhance accessibility to psychedelic medicines left me in awe. Yet, alongside these triumphs, there remains a collective burden and grief surrounding the systemic oppression in making these transformative medicines available to “our” communities.
Reflecting on the initial steps of my journey nearly four years ago, I vividly recall the feelings of isolation and solitude. Fast forward to the present, and I find myself cared for and validated within this vibrant community. Gratitude permeated the space, extending beyond the exceptional company to encompass the collective wisdom that saturated our discussions. A common thread seamlessly wove its way through our narratives—we are all navigating, learning, and evolving, each doing the best we can within the intricacies of this unpredictable terrain.
In a current ancestral training with Daniel Foor, I find resonance in his words: a collective issue demands collective power. The echoes of these words reverberate in our ongoing conversations about systemic oppression and white supremacy within the psychedelic community. As we collectively unravel and scrutinize these complex dynamics, we actively contribute to the gradual dismantling of a system that perpetuates inequality and exclusion. Through these dialogues, we sow the seeds of change, fostering a future where the psychedelic space stands as a beacon of inclusivity, diversity, health equity and social justice.