243 – How to Incorporate Shadow Work With Magic Mushrooms
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Hey there. Welcome back to Microdose You. I’m Dr. Dave. And today we’re gonna talk about shadow work. How do incorporate shadow work in your microdosing of magic mushrooms? Um, I put out a little pole on my, on the YouTube channel, oh, a week or two ago, and, um, it seems like 75% of you, roughly three quarters, um, don’t even know what shadow work is, and that’s okay. I didn’t know what it was either until I started actually using magic mushrooms and I kind of started getting into this whole world and of, uh, psychology and psychiatry and, and all kinds of things. And I finally realized how important shadow work is. See, when you’re, um, microdosing, when you’re using magic mushrooms to improve your life, change your brain. Um, it’s not like it’s an SSRI or, or a, um, uh, antidepressant. It’s not just a pharmaceutical pill.
You just pop and everything’s better. So along with using magic mushrooms, um, it’s good to do other work on the side. And we’ve talked about journaling and meditation and yoga and spirituality and things like that. But shadow work is something, it, it’s super, super important in my opinion. And basically what it is, well, I’ll explain how, why It’s even called shadow work. Um, you’ve been carrying around shadows no matter who you are, what you are, how your life has been, you’ve been carrying around, and sorry about it. I’m in a park and there’s all kinds of, um, lawnmowers and backup tractors. If it gets too loud, we’ll move, but hopefully you can bear with it. It’s, hopefully it’s not too bad. Um, so you’ve been carrying around. We all have been carrying around things from our entire life, um, good things and bad things. And the reason they’re called shadows, or we call them shadows, is because they follow you wherever you are.
You can’t get rid of them. You can’t get rid of your past life. You can’t get rid of. Let’s just, just say for example, if you were, um, I abused as a child, say something like that. Um, you can try to forget it. You can try to take it outta your life, but it, but it’s with you. It’s in, it’s in your dna basically. You can’t get rid of it. So when we say do shadow work along with microdosing, we’re talking about recognizing why we got to the point we are right now, why we feel the way we do, what, how it’s influenced our life or our lives. And, um, then what do we do with it? Well, well, let’s, let’s talk about how we, how we bring it up. So I was sharing this with you on a previous video that I went into my psychiatrist office for a visit several months after I started microdosing.
And I said to him, I said, I have figured out a lot of the reasons why I feel the way I do today. Like I, I outlined some things that I shared with him. I said, Well, number one, number two, number three, these were things that occurred earlier in my life that absolutely had an impact. These particular things had a negative impact. And I have, I figured this out. And he said to me at that time, he said, David, um, what you have figured out, it takes people, It could, it could have taken somebody 15 to 20 years of talk therapy to figure out what you have figured out in, in a matter of a few months through microdosing. And that was be the beginning of my shadow work. Even though I didn’t really understand what shadow work was or even know the name at that point, the beginning of my shadow work was figuring out why or what happened in my life to get me to where I am right now.
The shadow, the shadow that always followed me around. So let’s just make this up. Um, let’s just say through thinking and meditation and journaling and just being aware, once you’ve started your microdosing, let’s just say you’ve come up with a thought. And the thought is something like, one of the reasons I am anxious and depressed as, because I realized that I had an abusive, um, relationship. I had an, let’s say I had an abusive marriage. Now this is an example I’m giving. I’m not saying this is me. It’s, it’s an example. Um, and then you have realized that that’s one of your, that’s part of your shadow that’s following you around. Again, no matter if you try to forget about it or put it outta your life or, or whatever, it’s, it’s with you, it’s not going to escape. And if you don’t recognize it and don’t deal with it, it’s only, it’s, you’re not gonna heal.
And no matter how many magic mushrooms you do, no matter what kind of dose you do, if you don’t do the work alongside of it, become more spiritual. I just had a really good conversation with my friend trip on the phone and he’s, he’s done some videos with me here and he’s teaching me a lot about spirituality. Um, and this is nothing that we talked about today really. Well, maybe a tiny bit, but it’s something that I’ve been reading about for quite, quite some time now. Your demons, the things that happen to in your past life, follow you around your shadow. Good things also follow you around good things. If you had some great experiences, they follow you around. Also, they are part of your shadow, but they generally don’t have a negative effect on the way you feel. The good things generally make you feel better.
The bad things that happen to, to you in your life make you feel worse until you’re able to do the work that it takes to get rid of them. And I’ll, we’ll explain that in a second. You probably, you can’t get rid of them, but we’ll explain what to do. So the first part of shadow work is to realize that you’re going to do it. You’re going to accept, you’re gonna think you’re gonna meditate until you figure out. And it will come to you, it will come to you why you are feeling the way you are today. And again, we’ll use the example of let’s say you had an abusive relationship. So what I’m gonna recommend you do once you start to figure this out, I’m gonna ask you two journal, right in a journal. Now, um, I’ve gotta, it’s funny, I picked up this journal.
I, I journal all the time. I carry journals with me all the time. But I picked this one up at the airport a couple months ago when I was traveling to visit a friend in Atlanta. And it caught my eyes cuz it’s got mushrooms all over the front of it. I love it. And then I started thinking, um, I want to develop a microdosing journal, one that has all of the information you can put into it to, to describe on a daily basis your micro doses, how you feel, how much you took, um, all the, you know, every, everything, every single thing that you can journal about microdosing. And I’m actually developing, I’m in the process of developing that right now because I’ve looked on things like Amazon. There are some out there, but guess what? They’re not good. It’s, it’s almost like a waste of time.
So bear with me, Um, in a short amount of time, hopefully, you know, these things do take a little time to develop. I’m gonna have what I call a microdosing journal, and it’s going to be incredible. I recommend all micro dosers have one and use it and refer back to it on, on a daily basis. But I got ahead of myself. That’s not developed yet. It’s not there. Stay tuned for that at a, at a later time. Okay? So let’s say during your shadow work, you really take your time and you think back and you try to figure out, um, some of these demons or, or difficult things you went through in the past. Well, you do a lot of thinking, write them down in your journal and just come to grips with, okay, this was in my past, this happened. Um, I can’t change the past.
I can’t go back and change the past or else I would, but this did happen. And, um, that’s the way, that’s the, that’s why I feel the way I do right now. Now I’m gonna feel better because I’ve realized it. I’ve kind of accepted it. Um, I feel bad for the person that brought this on the person or however this came. I feel bad for that person and I’m not gonna hold a grudge. I’m not gonna hate this person. I’m going to actually forgive this person and give this person as many positive vibes as I possibly can because this person has problems on their own and there’s a reason why they did this to me and got me into this, into what I’m feeling today. But, but they had a problems and that’s why they had to do it. So I, I am gonna understand it.
I’m going to forgive and I’m not gonna hold any bad feelings. Once you do that, you’ve lifted like an incredible weight off of your shoulders and something that’s been following you for, for, uh, years, perhaps decades, perhaps most of your life. When you recognize that, when you write it down, when you come to grips with it, when you forgive, when you lift up all hate, lift, all hatred and bad feelings towards, um, another human being, then you have gotten yourself to a point where you are really, really ready to heal and doing this shadow work and it never ends. I don’t want you to feel that once you do it, it’s over. I want you to always kind of work on that because you probably can pull other things from your life and, and always just think about it and think about the person or people that have hurt you.
And again, um, lift all, get rid of all bad feelings and hatred towards that person or those people and, um, wish them well and wish them the best life they could possibly have. And trip actually helped me with a little bit of this one, this call we just had today. That, that part, and it really, I realized how powerful this is. Um, so that’s what I wanted to say about shadow work. Um, it’s something that’s really important. Um, also it could be done if you’re simply taking a, um, antidepressant or another type of pharmaceutical, but I think the shadow work really works extremely well in conjunction with the, um, microdosing of magic mushrooms because it’s just, um, it’s a natural plant medicine that is, that really does work on rewiring your brain and, and doing that. And along with the shadow work is, um, it’s life changing.
There’s, there’s, there’s zero question in my mind. Very, very powerful stuff. So, um, I want to thank you so much for being here. Again, none of this is medical advice. Um, it’s, I’m giving you my experience friend talking to friend like I always say. And I also wanna let you know that what you’re hearing or seeing today is available on both my YouTube channel, which is, um, microdose you and also my audio podcast, which is also entitled Microdose use. So if you are a, um, visual person you want to prefer to see me and see my expressions, then by all means watch me on the YouTube if you’re more of an, uh, I’d like to listen to podcast when I’m out for a walk or a run or in my car, then check out the audio version of Microdose u. Um, they’re both good. I will say that the YouTube version, the video version is usually a little bit ahead. So, um, if you see something on YouTube, it’ll probably be released on the audio version of the podcast, um, a short time later. That’s the only thing you need to know. And also my, um, resource page, which is in the show notes here, resource page, if you’re beginning or new to microdosing, um, I got a resource page you can just click on. It’s in the show notes and it answers a lot of the, um, most frequently asked questions about microdosing. So next time, Dr. Dave
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