Drugs and Altered Consciousness

“Castaneda stated that he would always question the validity of his experiences under the influence of the psychotropic drugs, and that he regarded the final stage of consciousness expansion – the pure wondering perception of viewing the world without interpretation – as not possible with the drugs” Interview with Sam Keen

All work in Radiant Images Workshops is done completely drug-free and without hypnosis or other artificial methods. People who elect to continue to use drugs and alcohol recreationally are wished well and encouraged to find other paths to follow.

We use and teach techniques that will anyway get you ‘higher’ than external substances can get you, in a direct and manifest manner. These openings of expanded consciousness need to be prepared for and experienced authentically from within.

Those who do use or have used chemicals, food, sex or whatever as external means of feeling good or to feel numb and are willing to address and move beyond these issues, should work initially under the guidance of a therapist or teacher until they have reached a level of stability where they can really benefit from the journey into living consciously that follows.

We cannot guarantee the mental stability of people who use drugs at the same time as entering into altered consciousness in our workshops, and anyway, the opening up at the lower levels of consciousness that alcohol and drugs access will attract lower level entities. This is a drain on the energies and potentials of the other people in the group and it is a waste of our time. These substitutes for the desire for higher awareness are acknowledged as valid steps along a path of awareness, but a place needs to be found beyond the attraction to the “quick abandonment” and there is no place for them in group work.

Many people who use alcohol or chemicals in their regular or daily lives already feel “alien” to some degree and are usually looking for genuine heightened awareness and may have even initially experienced some of those spiritual dimensions. In a sense, they have already been called onto a path of seeking greater meaning in their lives and their journey has already begun. But that is just the beginning. Kadeisha Workshops is what happens after one becomes willing to empower ones own life through living consciously.

The above does not apply to antidepressants. While these will somewhat inhibit your ability to fully access altered consciousness and we will encourage you to stop taking such medication, this will be done gradually and together with your prescribing physician if that is required. The earlier work of Kadeisha Workshops is about finding and dealing with whatever gave rise to needing such drugs in the first place. Is clear from the writings of Jung, Hillman and others, that depression is not something that needs to be suppressed or instantly “made better”. It needs to be lived through by fully accessing the emotions and conditions that caused it. Many men and women have begun their work in Imaginal Psychology using antidepressants. Almost all stop taking them entirely and are thrilled by reclaiming their own sense of clarity and a reawakened passion and emotional aliveness.

If you are currently in therapy or on psychiatric medication, you or your therapist might want to check whether this type of work is suitable for you. People who have never done any personal growth work or been in any kind of therapy before, or have never examined or addressed their abuse or anger or similar issues, or those who need a great deal of personal attention, are welcome to work with a suitable Conscious Body Therapist or their own therapists to achieve an initial level of personality stability, integration and well-being before doing our workshops.