While our cultural mindset is deeply entrenched, with the engagement of the psychedelic community, a living system model of health becomes possible, anchored in nature, community gathering and healing centers, and local, living economies expanding and growing, like a mycelial network emerging from the detritus of an old consciousness.
There is a growing spiritual void as our current economic model erodes the vital sense of connection and relationship with one another and the community of life; these relationships make us healthy and whole… it is easy to imagine that, like the medical-industrial complex and industrial agriculture, the psychedelic industry will build a powerful, self-reinforcing model of commodification, wealth extraction, and medicalization of these medicines’ sacred properties – an example of hubris and willful ignorance at a time when the health and wellbeing of the human species is at a tipping point. It is clear that amid our global mental health crisis, both financial investments in mental health services and a transformation of linear models and associated hierarchical systems are needed – and that psychedelics can play a critical role. How those investments are structured and controlled are important considerations if we aspire to move the needle on health and wellbeing overall.
Original Article (Non-profit quarterly):
Psychedelics and health: a sacred economics path to restoring wholeness
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