How can psychedelics truly serve lasting planetary awakening? In the last decade we could observe a resurgence, increase in popularity and even hype around psychedelics as tools for healing, personal development and numinous experiences. Even Netflix has made a 4-part documentary on them. However, with the hype there is also a growing critique of what some call the psychedelic renaissance, whilst others the psychedelic gold rush.
Personal experience, research and work in psychedelic transformation and integration have shown me that psychedelics can indeed serve as a tool for planetary awakening. The way in which this can happen, I argue, is by nurturing the importance of psychedelic integration. Simply having an experience, no matter how interesting and visually rich is not enough for lasting transformation. For psychedelics to serve individual and thus planetary awakening, there is a need of a shift beyond experience towards more integration. Proper integration would in turn lead people to develop an integrative attitude on life and perhaps even integral life practice as a nourishing soil to sustain the insights from the experiences and bring them back into daily life.