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FROM TABOO TO TREATMENT: THE PHYSICAL HEALING POWERS OF PSYCHEDELICS

In recent years, the power and potential of psychedelics have captivated the minds of researchers, therapists, and individuals worldwide. Once relegated to the realm of taboo and stigma, these substances are now entering the limelight as potential therapeutic agents. But while much of the attention has focused on their profound effects on mental and emotional well-being, there lies another intriguing question: Can psychedelics also heal physical ailments?


For many, the idea that a compound like psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, could alleviate physical pain might sound fantastical. However, as is often the case with psychedelics, there's more beneath the surface than one might initially believe.


The Mystical Healing of Psychedelics: A Personal Experience


A couple of years ago, I experienced severe back pain resulting from a workout injury. The pain wasn't isolated. Years of dashing around in high heels had compounded the issue, leaving me with persistent pain in my hips and knees. Over-the-counter remedies, physiotherapy, and alternative treatments offered little respite. It felt like my body was trapped in a continuous loop of discomfort.


Seeking a break from the relentless pace of everyday life and hoping to find some solace in nature, my husband and I rented a quaint cabin nestled in the mountains. The fresh mountain air, the promise of hiking trails, and the isolation seemed like the perfect setting to rejuvenate.



However, one day, as a snowstorm blanketed the landscape and ruled out any outdoor activities, we found ourselves confined to the cozy interiors of our cabin. With time on our hands, we decided to engage in an intentional psilocybin ceremony. After some research and preparation, I consumed 3.5 grams of the substance, setting a clear intention to unblock any stifled energy channels within me.



The onset was swift. Within 20 minutes, I began to feel a transformation unfolding from within. A vivid sensation emerged, like a colossal serpent awakening inside of me. Its voice, echoing deep within, urged me to release my burdens and embrace the present. "Let it go, let it all go," it whispered. As the serpent's energy surged, it asserted, "You wanted this, here it is."


This ethereal encounter was profound, but the real marvel lay in the tangible effects that followed. As the hours passed, the enduring pain in my back, hips, and knees started to wane. My body began to twist, stretch, and contort in ways I had never imagined possible. It was as if the serpent had unlocked dormant energies and pathways, guiding my body toward its natural state of equilibrium.


Emerging from the ceremony, the most lasting transformation wasn't just in my psyche but in my physical being. I found myself instinctively altering my diet, incorporating movement routines that resonated with my body, and most importantly, the persistent physical pain had nearly vanished.


My story is not unique. Countless others have found relief from physical ailments after profound psychedelic experiences.


The Miraculous Healing of Kevin Colley: A Journey from Despair to Hope


Kevin Colley, once a shining star in the world of professional hockey, played for the New York Islanders. Kevin faced a devastating twist of fate when a severe neck injury abruptly halted his sports career in the early 2000s. At 44, Kevin's vibrant journey on the ice was replaced with pain, agony, and a battle against personal demons. But like every dark cloud has a silver lining, Kevin's story too had a turning point, one that combined spirituality, inner exploration, and unexpected healing.


When I first encountered Kevin, it was during a psychedelic retreat in Jamaica in July of 2023. Our initial meetings didn't revolve around his celebrated sports journey or the peak of his career. Instead, Kevin appeared as a shadow of his former self, grappling with a deep-seated depression and sorrow. The loss of his father weighed heavily on him, and the chronic neck pain he had experienced since his injury in 2006 only added to his mental burden. Trapped in this cycle of emotional and physical agony, Kevin had turned to prescription painkillers, which, over time, he began to abuse.


The retreat comprised two main ceremonies. While the atmosphere was filled with a mix of anticipation and anxiety, there was a palpable feeling of collective hope. Participants sought answers, healing, and transformations. After our first ceremony, Kevin remained much the same – quiet, introspective, and clearly carrying the weight of his challenges.


However, after the second ceremony, a significant change in Kevin's demeanor was impossible to ignore. He had a radiant smile plastered across his face, a stark contrast to the subdued, brooding figure I had come to know. Yet, there was an air of mystery around him. He remained in his own world, not sharing his experience with others immediately.


A couple of months later, after processing his journey, Kevin reached out and I had the opportunity to delve deeper into Kevin's transformative experience during an interview on my podcast. With an air of serenity, Kevin recounted the events of that fateful ceremony. He described a profound spiritual journey where he was presented with a vision of his late father. This moment alone was deeply emotional, providing him with a sense of closure.


But the true miracle unfolded shortly after. In Kevin's vision, a spirit addressed him with a promise: to show Kevin its true power. What followed was an almost surreal experience. The spirit, in Kevin's words, "sucked out all of the pain from his neck with a large syringe." While it's easy to dismiss such experiences as mere hallucinations, the change in Kevin was tangible and undeniable.


Post-retreat, Kevin experienced a rejuvenation that he hadn't felt in decades. The chronic pain that had plagued him for years had disappeared, replaced with a sense of joy, peace, and contentment. This wasn't merely a temporary relief but a transformative experience that reshaped his very life.


The man who returned home from Jamaica was different. He became more loving, present, and emotionally available as a father, cherishing every moment with his children. On the ice as a coach, his approach evolved. He was compassionate, understanding the struggles of his players, but also fiercely driven, instilling in them the same passion and determination that once defined his career.


Kevin Colley's story serves as a testament to the miraculous healing powers of psychedelics.


Kevin’s story is not the only example of spontaneous healing through psilocybin. Follow me as I share more stories of clients whom I’ve seen transform during my time as a psychedelic integration coach. And look out for the next episode of my podcast, The Palveshow, where Kevin shares his psychedelic journey in his own words.


Feel free to reach out if you, or anyone you know, are interested in learning more about the healing powers of psychedelics.




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