Overcoming obstinate trauma cycles, often formed early in life, is possible through unconventional means with psychedelics like psilocybin.
But psilocybin mushroom microdoses won't magically solve a mental health issue when taken by a person who isn't informed on how to heal. Furthermore, experiences from a microdose and a trip are lightyears apart, thus highlighting the need for a trained mentor when navigating psilocybin-assisted healing.
Sisters Megan and Nicole Michelena are Microdose Institute-certified mental health experts specializing in psychedelic medicine. They are the founders of Denver, Colorado-based Zenchronicity , a microdose mentorship program that supports trauma healing with the help of psilocybin.
Using 12 strains of psilocybin, with 12-week programs focusing on either group or one-on-one sessions, the Michelena sisters might be onto something.
Zenchronicity zeroes in on healing trauma cycles through the balancing of what they call masculine and feminine energies. This, they say, is achieved through intention-setting, targeting masculine and feminine wounds, overviewing past traumas, and establishing clear and present communication in relationships and boundaries. The last step is manifesting. Some of this is done by utilizing sound healing, TFAR (Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Results) tools, and counseling.
"Traditional therapy is great, but the issue is that it takes a long amount of time," says Megan, who is a certified holistic nutritionist, health coach, trauma-informed yoga teacher, and psychedelic therapy expert. "Well, we live in a world that is instant gratification, everything’s at our fingertips. So somebody sitting on a couch for 15 years to deal with their inner child problems or their issues with their parents is really not a thing that anybody wants to do."
What once took years to process can be sped up significantly with psilocybin.
"Who doesn’t want to heal faster?" she asks.
The time is now: Psilocybin-assisted therapy is now a reality thanks to decriminalization measures in Oregon, Colorado, Quebec in Canada. Legislation is being pushed forward as we speak in California , New York , Massachusetts .
That's why the sisters spoke to Fox 21 in favor of Colorado's Proposition 122, just before it was approved and decriminalized psilocybin, other psychedelics, and healing centers. They explained how the new tools we have with psilocybin can help to unlock trauma patterns that many people deal with but rarely overcome on their own without the proper guidance.
Disrupting the Default Mode Network
They explore possibilities of disrupting the default mode network (DMN)—a network of regions in the brain when we're in state of rest—with the help of psilocybin. The belief is that psychedelics provide temporary ego deaths that help form new perspectives and insights.
"It’s where self, our ego, and all of the trauma lives," says Nicole, who is also certified yoga instructor and psilocybin expert. "It’s self, identity of self; it lives in the frontal cortex of the brain."
They explained how psilocybin allows for you to reprogram the brain.
"And we’re seeing that with John Hopkins, and through our own work, going into the DMN, scrambling it and shifting trauma patterns in real time," Megan says. "Who doesn’t want to do that, you know? So what used to take 15 years, is now taking [a much shorter period of time]. "Even in one macrodose in a night, you can shift or have at least a different perspective on what it was that happened as a child."
They explained how changing patterns is a hard thing to do on your own.
"What we’re really seeing that shifts everything in real time is when you microdose, and you become self-aware," says Nicole. "So you start to control thoughts. And everything comes down to thought, right?"
Having the ability to change thought patterning in real time is amazing, they say.
"Therapy can’t even touch that," she says.
They explained how modern Western medicine and therapy sends people to a therapist’s office. "This is giving them the innate tool to understand that they are doing their own work, no one else is doing it for them," Nicole says. "Yes, someone may be guiding you, that’s what do when we mentor, we guide, but we aren’t telling them anything. […] We are just making sure that they have all the correct tools, that when they come out of this 12-week process that they’re able to step in, and if they want to continue to use the plant to dig even deeper, they can, but they don’t need us, they have all of the tools inside themselves."
Going about therapy the wrong way is just going to re-solidify those patterns. But if you have a coach and somebody that has a step-by-step program, they can explain what society is doing wrong.
"I’ve done my greatest work, and my biggest shifts when I had somebody holding that vision and knowing what I was capable of, and pushing me out of that comfort zone, because out of your comfort zone is really where life changes and where you grow," says Nicole. "And so that’s why we believe in our coaching program, and why we even have coaches and mentors is because they make you evolve and change and shift, but they also hold space for that. And they allow for that in a very safe container or space."
What Exactly is a Psilocybin Microdose?
Giving a ballpark psilocybin microdose is dependent on several factors.
"In regards to dosing," Nicole says, “traditionally, it’s 200 milligrams to 400 milligrams. We go based on the individuals' age. We start everybody at 200 milligrams, and we see where it goes. Sometimes we have to move them up faster if they’re working in for especially for working in an addiction. We really need to get into that neuroplasticity, we really need to address it, get it pulled to the surface and then reprogram, but it really just depends on the person and how their body is reacting. So everyone is different, but we work between 200 and 400 milligrams."
They explained how certain strains of psilocybin work in different areas.
"We work in 12 different strains," Nicole says. "And, yes, they have done many studies on it, some are stronger than others. Some have different effects on the body, we, we approach it in regards to when we’re working with individuals and things are coming up, we look at the strain based on what the individual is working on."
The team has worked with shamans down in North and South America who have worked with plants from a very long time, such as ayahuasca.
"Golden teachers are actually one of just the overall because they’re so grounding, they will drop you into your body, they will ground you, they will make you feel they give people a very gentle awareness of self without having to use a really heavy strain to make them like holy cow," Nicole confides.
The sisters explained what masculine an feminine energy mean when they come into the picture. "If you look at like, feminine and masculine energy, it’s how the universe works," says Megan.
She explained it has nothing to do with genitalia. "We all have both energies," Megan adds. "So our masculine side is producing. When you’re protective when you’re nurturing your children, right. Masculine is actually to nurture. So if you’re protecting anything, or caring for anything, it’s producing something. So it’s masculine energy, and it’s giving energy. Then feminine is that flow, it’s a creation. So when artists talk about their flow, or when they’re writing things or creating art, that feminine energy. It’s the essence of taking care of ourselves when you’re taking a bubble bath, or meditating, or if you’re in any kind of a flowstate of just being—that's feminine. And when these aren’t balanced, is when you get into trouble."
This sisters are currently on season two of their Zenchronicity podcast .
"This season is season two, we actually just started recording it this week, and it’s all about people’s experience and personal stories in regards to their use of any psychedelic therapy," Megan says. "We have many people that are coming on in in the near future who have dealt with severe trauma. They’ve worked in ketamine, MDMA, ayahuasca, kambo, iboga, psilocybin. This whole season is focusing on taking away the taboo of psychedelics. We just want people to hear the story, because you can get out there and listen to people talk about micro dosing all day long, but it gets kind of boring and stagnant after a while, and everyone loves a really good story. So that is what this season of the Zenchronicity podcast has in store."
The 12-week group mentorship includes the core program includes intention setting TFAR mindset work, physical health, balancing masculine and feminine energies, healing trauma through though-patterning, astrology, meditation, and breath work. Apply for the Zenchronicity one-on-one mentorship package.
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