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The Psychedelic Trip Journal

I am a part-time perfectionist. 

There are some things that are worth being perfected, and some that don’t need as much attention. I often find myself writing twenty to forty or sometimes even a hundred lines of the same sentence — before feeling and knowing that it is complete.

It’s a blessing and a curse. (OCD much? haha)

This perfectionist attention was put into the making of The Psychedelic Trip Journal. & I’m all ears to improvements, so please send it all my way — the bad & good.


Overall, The Psychedelic Trip Journal is a great integration journal for the psilocybin & psychedelic experience.

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Psilocybin Mushrooms, Neurogenesis, & Leonardo da Vinci

How do psilocybin mushrooms relate to neurogenesis and Leonardo da Vinci?

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7 Bad Trip Tips

The title says it all. 
Plus I left in a “blooper” at the beginning of the episode a little after the 1 minute intro (same with episode 14).
Enjoy 🙂

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Psilocybin & The Alchemist

You may have heard of the book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, but how is it related to the psilocybin experience? 
To my psilocybin experiences?

I share two important messages from this book, & quotes, all related to epiphanies I experienced on psilocybin.

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Ego as an Onion + Meditation

How is the human ego similar to an onion? 
Find out throughout this episode 🙂
Plus some meditation toward the end! (and aliens?!?!)

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The Zen Art of Journaling

How do you like the vocal sound in this one? (when episode begins around 1 minute) Trying something new.  Let me know via in the comments or via instagram DM @psilocybinstories. Thanks!

Learn how journaling can be used for therapeutic purposes as well as for making sense of your psilocybin experiences!

(P.S. here is THE PSYCHEDELIC TRIP JOURNAL)

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How Psychedelic Integration Changed My Life

My first psychedelic experience induced in me epiphanies so profound that I wondered if it was possible to obtain them in my everyday life. This is where my integration process first began — a seed of thought that would later blossom into the physical world. 

Einstein explains this scientific phenomenon:

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Months later going into my second psychedelic experience I was prepared to take notes to try and capture the essence of this ineffable dimension (This inspired The Psychedelic Trip Journal).

Check out the rest of the post on Mindleap Health, originally published here.

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11 Things Psilocybin Can Teach Us

Psilocybin, a natural psychedelic element found in hundreds of fungi, has been used for thousands of years in medicinal and ceremonial settings. The current popularization of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) brings with it ancient wisdom containing practical life lessons if we’re willing to listen. Here are eleven.

1. How to Change Our Mind

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Michael Pollan could not have chosen a better title for his book How to Change Your Mind: “What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

Pollan’s book title gives insight into the extraordinary potential of psilocybin and other psychedelics which can help us:

  1. Change our minds.
  2. To think more critically.
  3. To alleviate mental illness.
  4. To raise self-awareness.
  5. To take the sting of death away.
  6. To increase compassion and much more.

Read the rest of this post on Mindleap’s site, originally published here.

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Psilocybin Highway Poem

Psilocybin Highway,
Yea this path is my way.

Might be yours too,
So I’ll meet you in the driveway.

You get there shocked and you say,
“That a spaceship or a hyundai?”

We have a good laugh,
Hop in headed to the flyway,
Ayyy.

Now we cosmic exploratin’
Can’t see them down below they hatin’

But our minds are on they own,
Focused,
Learnin’ Life,
Creatin’

And we’re part of this creation,
Playin’ roles of God & Satan.

Might seem a fucked but perfect process,
Toward our final destination…
…Transformation…

…Life is change…
…We are all connected with everything…
…We can’t see it like we can’t see the wind…
…But we can feel it & see its impact…

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The Psilocybin Experience Factors

2 years after my first psychedelic experience, in 2012, I traveled to Venezuela on a mission trip. Up to that point I had only taken magic mushrooms 3 or 4 times. 

I’ve never craved psychedelics. I’ve always appreciated them with a deep reverence after my first experience.

Anyway, looking through photo memories, I can see my charisma and trusting presence. I wonder if psilocybin makes us more of who we are? But do believe that it can awaken the Soul.

As I’ve gotten older, some of my trusting presence has faded or hidden. I think it’s still within me. Many people have mistaken my carefree presence as naive and weak, but now that it’s not as strong within me, I realize this was a strength.

I didn’t need or use any drugs during this trip. I really was high on life, and have been high on life much of my life. I had little to no anxiety, no worries, just carrying a deep trust I had for life, God, the Universe, which my psychedelic experiences made complete. I understood that everything in life was unfolding perfectly, trusting it without a doubt, which I believe is what allowed me to live so completely in the present moment, overflowing with life.

I was in a state of trust, and would like to practice trusting life again. I think as we age and experience inevitable moments of suffering, we trust less, we’re in our heads more, we miss out on joys otherwise to be had today – holding onto pains of our past or worries of our future. It’s not easy.

My once in a blue moon psychedelic experiences often return me to that state of trusting presence. My hope is that it can do the same for others, and that we can carry some of that trust into our daily lives.

I know several factors impact the experience – that the psychedelic experience is unique to the individual. Maybe the experience brings out more of who we already are, but maybe it can do more than that with the addition of a spiritual practice, or other practices. The presence of genuinely supportive people makes a difference.

I see this in reflection as I’m currently not in the all-around great shape I had been in most of my life, and not just physical shape but mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial — I’m still paying student loans but at the time it felt like free money. Haha.

Life is constantly changing. I’m not in the ideal shape I used to be in, but I’m happy with who I am and where I’m currently at. I accept myself, (I try to!), as I simultaneously (try to) take actions toward a more ideal future. Imperfect progress is a way toward progress, and I do imagine a better future, although 2020 hasn’t made it easy.

I hope you and yours are well.

I know that psilocybin alone isn’t the answer, though it is nice hearing about its decriminalizations and medicinal legalizations. I think it will help many people in the long run.

Cheers to your beautiful cosmic self,
Psil Silva