Learn LSD HYPNO-FANTASY facilitation
A video-sharing presentation with Q & A by Sasha Alex Lessin, Ph.D. and Janet Kira Lessin June 15, 11:30-3:30 am PST
The Lessins show slides and share the procedures based on decades of experience facilitating LSD therapy and its equivalents for Seekers. In the 3-6 hour session you learn how to create the set and setting for partners to work with you or with each other one-to-one or in small groups.
The therapy session starts with exercises to center yourself and your partner, the Seeker. You learn how to lead your blindfolded Seeker to activate her or his bodily energy, then how to evoke an initial, emotionally charged critical experience in the Seeker. You offer a hypnotic trance induction and help your Seeker-partner hyper-oxygenate as you play powerful evocative music. To finish your facilitation, you have your Seeker draw a mandala to express the experience. You silently listen to the Seeker relate the account of her or his inner experience. Next day, you guide a follow-up Voice Dialogue Parts session to integrate the experiences within her or his functioning everyday ecology.
Janet shares her personal journey with LSD and the simulation LSD work with Dr. Lesssin.
HYPNOTICALLY-INDUCED, PARTNERED ACID TRIPS
We combine deep breathing and an LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) trip we create through hypnotic suggestion. Hypnosis is merely suggestions you accept with the understanding you can override and modify that are not in your best interest. We never give any actual acid nor do we suggest anyone use the real stuff in our mock LSD session. Sometimes, however, unbeknownst to us, participants ingest real LSD just before they arrive at our venue and, since it takes about 45 minutes before LSD they took before arriving kicks in, we cannot yet ascertain that they have taken real acid.
At one of our day-long group sessions, a boomer, reliving her childhood, rocked and wailed as a woman half her age held her. An athlete, whom we watched desperately pushing his head through the hands of his partner; later told us he had, in his simulated acid trip, been experiencing his actual birth, and that his partner’s hands enacted his mother’s vaginal muscles, assisting this time, in his delivery to redo her inability to assist when she’d been cut-off from this by medical Demerol. At this same group a smiling former priest sits in lotus and for the first time knows the oneness with God he preached about for years. On pads in the dimly-lit room, about the boomer, the athlete and the ex-priest a dozen other close-eyed, hypnotized “breathers”, accessed their own deep truths as their partners watched and assisted them. Some breathers writhed shrieked or sobbed; others stayed still, silent and peaceful.
HOW LSD-SIMULATION THERAPY EVOLVED
In 1976, Dr. Lessin’s trainer, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, developed Holotropic Breathwork as a legal simulation of LSD therapy. Dr. Grof had created the most effective psychotherapy ever developed. Years of scientific research Grof directed for the U.S. government had proven LSD-assisted psychotherapy the most effective treatment for alcohol and narcotics addiction, emotional, psychosomatic, and relational problems, and for the anguish of terminal cancer. Psychedelics, in controlled settings with expert guidance, had also proven invaluable for those seeking personal and spiritual growth.
LSD–a non-specific emotional amplifier with no adverse physical side-effects–let patients watch their unconscious. They saw, felt, and resolved painful memories, womb experiences, images of past lives, and spiritual sequences. They released inner conflicts and trapped feelings that had led to their problems. They relaxed, enjoyed life, and responded well to stress.
Yet, reacting to widespread public abuse and hysteria, the U.S. and other nations ended all legal LSD therapy. Grof had found a therapy that solved most mental health and growth needs but could not use it.
He left government work and signed on as Scholar-in-Residence at Esalen Growth Center in Big Sur, California. There, over the next decade, he explored alternative nondrug means of reaching the deep healing in the unconscious. His wife, Christina, helped him combine methods from art, primal, gestalt, music, movement, and Jungian therapy with bioenergetics, psychosynthesis, and rebirthing as well as ancient and modern spiritual and shamanic practices. Their synthesis, Holotropic (which means moving toward wholeness) Therapy, met the challenge of a safe, legal and self-directed means for people to explore their unconscious as powerful as LSD therapy. The Grofs called their acid-alternative Holotropic Breathwork.
Breathwork’s a heady blend. A Grof workshop frees and uplifts you if you can handle deep emotions and welcome spiritual experiences. Only if. Breathwork’s too strong for very disturbed–or weak-hearted–people.
Our adaptation of Grof’s work, starts tamely. Dr. Lessin tells participants to expect repressed memories, womb feelings, past-life pictures, and spiritual visions.
Dr. Lessin outlines the procedures–emotional-trigger exercises, body and voice releases an hypnotic LSD ingestion ritual and deep breathing in partnered pairs. The participants pair up. One partner of each pair, “the Breather,” reclines, watched by his partner, whom we call “the Sitter.” The Sitter sits next to the Breather’s head, and maintains a focus on the Breather for the next three or four hours if the Breather is just doing an LSD simulation.
The Sitter extends the sitting to six hours if it turns out that the Breather has actually dropped acid, disregarding the taboo of actual LSD, and is still intensely peaking on it. If this be the case, the Sitter schedules another session on another day with the Breather before they change roles and the person who was Sitter get to be the Breather.
The Lessins induce breathers to relax deeply, then to breathe faster and more fully, and to notice images behind their closed eyes. For a few breathers, these relaxed beginnings deepen into blissful memories of pleasures and triumphs in life, intimations of floating in a loving womb, of un-drugged birth into a loving family.
But for a breather who feels trapped or one who never stops struggling, nightmarish images unfold. If the Breather feels trapped, she or he may remember times s/he felt helpless and hopeless and imagines caged animals, a fetus caught in a womb he’s outgrown, a concentration camp, or Hell.
A breather who is a compulsive struggler, remembers conflicts, pictures war or battles with animals. The breather may arch her or his neck and push like a fetus fighting for birth.
The Breather’s feelings may build for two hours, climax and release. Now relaxed and reflective, s/he draws a mandala to symbolize his experience.
Then the other half of the group breathes. Then all participants review the workshop. What do they get?
Most get freedom–freedom from being pushed-around by their own internal, unconscious forces. Grof-work frees people from confusing the present with their internal images. When you recognize your images, they stop dimming your view, damping your delight.
More on Holotropic Breathing at https://wp.me/p1TVCy-5qF