January 27th, 2021

Episode #8 of the psychedelic leadership podcast

{Solo} Timely Advice for Influencing Change: Truth, Triggers & Getting Right With Yourself

In this solo episode, Laura Dawn shares some blunt but wise advice that she received a few months back, that has proved to be incredibly valuable and beneficial when it comes to influencing real change.

During this time of significant change, we can learn to stay centered and resilient amidst the whirlwind of upheaval by asking ourselves what we choose to focus our awareness on and what we genuinely care about.

These times are asking of us to turn our attention inwards, away from who’s right and wrong, fueling division and polarity, and train our minds and hearts to stay open and non-reactive to what’s unfolding around us. This is how we can maximize our efforts to influence real change.

In this episode of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast, Laura Dawn explores uncovering our truth, working with triggers, and suggests how the most effective use of our time and awareness is to “get right with ourselves” and how psychedelics and sacred plant medicines can help.

My name is Laura Dawn, and you’re listening to episode #8 of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast, because what the world needs is a new kind of leader. 

Hi friends, I’m so thrilled to be sharing this next solo episode with you. And the intention for these episodes is to explore topics that I think are pertinent right now, and to honestly just share transparently what’s up and alive for me right now, where I’m meeting my own growth edge, how I’m thinking about things, and where I’m putting my attention, weaving together teachings that I’ve found really helpful for me on my own path hopefully to inspire and bring insight to your own journey. 

And these episodes are for you if you genuinely want to inspire real change on this planet, holding space in a multitude of ways for this time of great transition we are moving through. I share these episodes for the leaders of our time, the warriors of the heart walking the medicine path. 

Because as we know, these are trying times. 

And I think at times like this, it’s really worth asking ourselves what we are choosing to pay attention to. What are you focusing on, in your life right now? In what direction are you shining your light of awareness?

And this is what we’re going to be focusing on in this episode and why this is so important to be asking ourselves, exploring truth and triggers, which will lead me to sharing some pretty blunt advice I received a few months back that’s had a big impact on me, around this notion of getting right with yourself and why this might just be the best use of our attention right now. 

And I think it’s worth considering that our awareness is one of our most valuable resources and precious assets and that awareness is literally like a key that can unlock an inner doorway to our own freedom and liberation. 

And I think really the follow-up question to this is to ask yourself what’s really important to you right now? What do you care about, what matters to you? 

I think this is so important for us to be asking ourselves about what we’re choosing to focus on and what we care about because where we place our attention is literally the content for which we create the stories of our lives. As we know, what we focus on grows. But it’s also how we’re contributing to the collective story which is especially important right now.  

And it feels like there’s this royal toss of just so much upheaval, as I talked about in my last solo episode, which was all about making peace with impermanence. 

And so refocusing on what’s important not only acts as our inner compass, but it offers us an anchoring rod to help give us the resilience to show up and hold space for these times of great change, not just for ourselves but for those around us. 

And it’s incredibly easy to get caught up and focus all of our attention outwards on the drama of it all. 

As we know, we don’t have to look very far for reasons to be angry or upset, on just so many levels, politically, economically, and otherwise. There is so much widespread suffering unfolding on the planet right now, and for people who are bridge workers, leaders, on any levels, you know, on the path of sacred warrior ship, it’s easy to want to react, and do what we can, which of course has it’s time and place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

But it’s easy to get hooked and wrapped up in this outward focus, specifically fueling stories about what we believe is right or wrong, who we think is right or wrong, who we agree or disagree with.

And when we cling to our tightly held beliefs about, well, everything, the way things should be, we get swept up in the chaos of this upheaval, which can be very de-stabilizing, and dis-orienting, especially when allow ourselves to get deeply triggered by what we see unfolding, of course, based on our internal stories and beliefs. 

And the moment we’re triggered is the moment we shut down. Literally, it’s like a somatic constriction and contraction. And it’s worth starting to pay a lot more attention to where that constriction might be happening in your body. For me, I notice that when I feel triggered, or when I feel like I’m trying to argue with reality, I contract in my chest, and so I’m just paying attention to that. 

And when we’re triggered, essentially what we’re doing is closing ourselves off. We’re creating a barrier between ourselves and other people. Which essentially, it’s the opposite of helping and showing up to hold space for so many people struggling through this time, in a good way. 

And what I’m pointing to here is the path of the Bodhisattva, someone who genuinely wants to wake up to contribute to the awakening of humanity. And that moment that we feel triggered is that moment that we shut down and centralize into Self, spiraling into self-absorption, really. 

So the training is teaching ourselves how to maintain a sense of openness, and my favorite teaching Pema Chödrön frames this as strengthening our capacity to maintain an open attentiveness to whatever is arising in the present moment. 

Which is much easier said than done. This really takes a lifetime of practice. 

But just as a side note, I think it’s fascinating that this is one of the primary benefits we receive from plant medicines and psychedelics. They lend themselves to shifting a personality trait known as openness, which can help us stay more open-minded to what’s unfolding around us without as much of a need to cling to our personal storylines. 

And what I think these times are asking of us, especially the leaders and change-makers of our time, is to cultivate an inner fortitude so when all the chaos of upheaval is swirling around us, we can find ourselves in the eye of the storm, maintaining our center. Staying grounded, as we practice taking our seat within the center of an open heart and an open mind. And we cultivate a posture of non-reactivity. 

And this is where we find our power and our strength to influence real change. 

And so it’s not about not doing anything about what’s happening. But it’s about showing up from this place of openness and non-reactivity that I think makes all the difference. 

And so part of the training, to prevent ourselves from getting totally knocked off-center, which is what happens the moment we get triggered and react, requires that we reign in our attention and start to bring a lot of discernment to what we choose to focus on. 

And so there’s something I want to share about this that I think is pertinent. I find it incredibly fascinating that in every given moment, we’re exposed to something in the vicinity of 1 billion bits of data, like raw sensory information that we’re exposed to, yet we only process a very small fraction of that, some say about 2000 bits of data, but I’ve also read some research that says as low as 150 bits of data. But either way, out of a billion bits, there’s like a tiny amount the brain is processing in any given moment.  

And this makes sense, right? There’s a mechanism called sensory gating, and Aldous Huxley talked about this in his book The Doors of Perception, calling it the reduction valve (and the thalamus plays a role in this). And so essentially, the brain blocks out a lot of information, so we focus on what’s important and not become completely debilitated by sensory information overload. 

So then the question becomes, well what do we habitually pay attention to? And habitually is the keyword here, because just as we create habits of body, we also create habits of mind. But we tend to not realize that what we pay attention to also becomes a habit. 

And there are two levels to this question and we touched on this in the really fascinating conversation I had with psychedelic neuroscientist Manesh Girn, in Episode #5. 

And so we first and foremost pay attention to anything in our field that is related to our survival. The human organism is designed to ensure our survival, which in our world today fosters this natural predisposition to focus on what’s not working, what’s wrong, what we need to fear and be afraid of. 

And this is well researched and documented, and in the field of psychology, it’s called the negativity bias. And this is why it’s so easy to get hooked, as I mentioned on all the drama unfolding right now. 

And then, the second part to that question in terms of what information we process comes down to this simple line: that we see what we believe. We pay attention to what we already believe to be true, and we are constantly looking for information to confirm that belief, that bias. Because that process is much more energy-efficient, and energy efficiency is also a survival-based mechanism. 

And I mean, there is so much that we could unpack around this notion that we see what we believe, but when you really think about it, it just has such huge implications and ramifications for our lives. 

And there’s a model in neuroscience called predictive coding that discusses this, and we also touch on this in episode #5 with Manesh. And this model essential points to how much our present moment is so heavily influenced by our past. 

And in the last episode, I had the privilege to speak with Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief, and he really gets into this in his work: that the majority of our beliefs that were handed to us as children are self-limiting and that we’re given or imprinted with these root programs that then run on autopilot and influence our lives. Which is why we all have the experience of witnessing specific patterns repeatedly unfold in our lives, even if they cause us a lot of pain or don’t line up or support what we consciously want with our lives. And of course, so many of our patterns remain hidden, outside of our perceptual field of awareness, tucked away in the depths of our subconscious mind. 

So one analogy is that it’s like we’re given a box as children that has a lid with little shape cutouts on the top of it, and we’re told that everything we experience and perceive, all the data that we’re exposed to, we need to reach out and only grab the information that has the same shape as the cutouts on the lid, so we can fit the data in our pre-existing box, and we literally spend our entire lives doing this, relentlessly validating what we believe to be true. 

And this is why everyone on both ends of the political extreme feels justified in what they believe and why they are right, and everyone else is wrong. And so when we keep looking out, we keep reinforcing what we already believe to be true. We’re stuck in this perpetual loop of self-confirmation and self-validation; and it’s how we directly contribute to the ongoing division and polarization.

So if we are committed to rising above the division and stepping out as a leader who is willing to move beyond sides, political, or otherwise, you know people are polarized around just about everything these days, and we choose to train our minds to focus on Unity to shine our light of awareness to seek out the common ground we all stand on…I believe this is worth paying attention. 

And I think for me, the irony is, at least in my experience, this kind of training, “warriorship” training, requires that we shift our focus away from constantly looking out, and I mean this literally. And instead, we commit to a practice of turning our awareness inwards, and we look for that common ground by first and foremost learning how to befriend ourselves. Again, easier said than done. 

And in this process of befriending ourselves, making peace with our shadow sides, our flaws, all of our inadequacies, we realize just how human we are, and we slowly start to soften our hearts and open towards accepting just how human everyone else is. 

And just like you and me, everyone else is trying their best to make sense of these radical times we are living through. And just like you and me, everyone else gets triggered and reacts to defend their model of reality. This is what humans do. And we start to have compassion. And through this process, maybe, just maybe, we choose to focus our attention and awareness on fostering kindness, real genuine kindness for ourselves and our fellow humans. 

And this process, is really a life-long journey, and it doesn’t have anything to do with anybody else; commenting on what other people are doing is not required here. 

And this is so much easier said than done, especially when you start to see the way the mind and ego-identity is constantly trying to defend its position; it’s model of reality, it’s the story of what’s true. That’s the sense of solid ground we’re relentlessly trying to find to stand on as I talked about in my last solo episode.  

And so these teachings are applied in the everyday nitty-gritty moments in our lives. We don’t have to look very far for reasons to be triggered, whether it’s someone saying something on social media, or someone close to us that we love. 

And so I’ll just share on a personal level, a few months ago, when Noah and I were choosing to separate after 9 years of marriage, I was on the phone with one of our mutual friends, and I was seeking advice and guidance on how to prevent my marriage from completely falling apart. 

And I was explaining to him what I felt like Noah was doing that felt hurtful. You know, seeking validation on where I was justified. 

And he paused, and then what he said was somewhat blunt and like… mildly jolting, and it just totally struck me.  

He said Laura Dawn: All you need to do is get right with yourself, that’s it. That’s all everyone needs to do right now is get right with themselves. 

And actually, later that night I sat with the medicine, and this pith and poignant advice opened up a gateway into a much needed perceptual shift because it immediately drew my attention and focus off of Noah and towards myself, looking at how I’ve been showing up and taking radical responsibility for that. 

And I think this is one of the big reasons plant medicines are showing up in such a big way right now, they’re like extending out a hand, inviting us to take a pause from focusing on the outside world, inviting us to go inside, saying look at what’s right here, inside of your own mind. Get to know that, learn how to work with your own mind. Which is why I think plant medicines go so well with the Buddhist teachings because they are all about learning to work with your own mind. 

And so plant medicines help us to question our beliefs and to shake up our models of reality. 

And so that night, the message I received from the medicine was just so clear, it was like girl, pay attention, you need to peel back all the layers of everything that is filling your life right now; all the things you’re creating and working on, all the layers of your relationship with Noah, with your family, with everyone you know, peeling back the layers of all the stuff and things that you’re filling my life with, layers of beliefs, layers of behavioral patterns, everything, 

Peel all those layers back and connect to the core essence of who you are, and focus on making peace with that. Get good with that right there. Make friends with that. 

And this instruction from the medicine just offered so much clarity. It was just like, all you need to focus on right now is making whatever necessary adjustments you need to make to get into “right relationship” with your Self. 

Focus your attention there. And then start to make those adjustments. Have the conversations you need to have to bring closure or healing to a relationship. Find the place to live that will support your highest alignment. Seek out the support you need to align with your healing. Whatever it is, focus on that, on making those adjustments in your life. 

And this just isn’t about anyone one else but ourselves. 

Because the moment I get fixated on judging what other people are doing, or not doing for that matter, whether it’s my partner or someone out in the social sphere, I get pulled away from the only thing I have control over, which is how I choose to show up in my own life, the words that I use, the actions that I choose. 

This is not only the best place to lead our lives from, but it’s the only thing we can really do to actually influence real change, the change we wish to see transpire on this planet.  

And so we need to find our own truth through this time, and I’m not talking about buying into one version of a collective truth; I’m talking about your core truth and then having the courage to shape and mold our life in a way that aligns with that truth, tuning into this core truth as your internal compass. 

And in so doing, can you allow space for others to do the same? In the honoring of your truth, can you respect other people honoring theirs? 

And so, I invite you to reflect on, where you need to get right with yourself and what that means to you. 

And this question offers us some guidance and support in orienting ourselves towards paying attention to what’s really important and the work that’s only ours to do here. 

So I invite you to reflect on: 

What do you care about? 

What’s important to you? 

Where are you out of alignment in your life? 

Where are you not in vibrational resonance with your core truth, and what steps do you need to take to get back into deeper alignment with the essence of who you are? 

And what you stand for? 

What’s preventing you from either listening to your core truth or following through on taking the steps that will bring you into “right relationship” with yourself. 

And this is like advanced training, but I believe it’s the medicine for our time, and it’s what these times are asking of us. And it does require a lot of dedication and practice. And so what’s worth paying attention to here is patience, for ourselves and others. We choose to shine our light of awareness on compassion and kindness for ourselves and others, forgiveness and acceptance for ourselves and others. 

This is what I mean when I say awareness offers us a key to unlock our own freedom and liberation. And we hold that key. 

And so that night after that journey that I shared about, I got on my yoga mat and I tuned into a song that has become sort of my theme song for this whole topic by one of my dearest sisters, Annie May Willis called “I’m onto You”. And it’s all about tuning our core truth. 

So I’ll leave you with this song. 

Once again, my name is Laura Dawn and you’re listening to the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast. 

Until next time.  

 

My name is Laura Dawn, and you’re listening to episode #8 of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast, because what the world needs is a new kind of leader. 

Hi friends, I’m so thrilled to be sharing this next solo episode with you. And the intention for these episodes is to explore topics that I think are pertinent right now, and to honestly just share transparently what’s up and alive for me right now, where I’m meeting my own growth edge, how I’m thinking about things, and where I’m putting my attention, weaving together teachings that I’ve found really helpful for me on my own path hopefully to inspire and bring insight to your own journey. 

And these episodes are for you if you genuinely want to inspire real change on this planet, holding space in a multitude of ways for this time of great transition we are moving through. I share these episodes for the leaders of our time, the warriors of the heart walking the medicine path. 

Because as we know, these are trying times. 

And I think at times like this, it’s really worth asking ourselves what we are choosing to pay attention to. What are you focusing on, in your life right now? In what direction are you shining your light of awareness?

And this is what we’re going to be focusing on in this episode and why this is so important to be asking ourselves, exploring truth and triggers, which will lead me to sharing some pretty blunt advice I received a few months back that’s had a big impact on me, around this notion of getting right with yourself and why this might just be the best use of our attention right now. 

And I think it’s worth considering that our awareness is one of our most valuable resources and precious assets and that awareness is literally like a key that can unlock an inner doorway to our own freedom and liberation. 

And I think really the follow-up question to this is to ask yourself what’s really important to you right now? What do you care about, what matters to you? 

I think this is so important for us to be asking ourselves about what we’re choosing to focus on and what we care about because where we place our attention is literally the content for which we create the stories of our lives. As we know, what we focus on grows. But it’s also how we’re contributing to the collective story which is especially important right now.  

And it feels like there’s this royal toss of just so much upheaval, as I talked about in my last solo episode, which was all about making peace with impermanence. 

And so refocusing on what’s important not only acts as our inner compass, but it offers us an anchoring rod to help give us the resilience to show up and hold space for these times of great change, not just for ourselves but for those around us. 

And it’s incredibly easy to get caught up and focus all of our attention outwards on the drama of it all. 

As we know, we don’t have to look very far for reasons to be angry or upset, on just so many levels, politically, economically, and otherwise. There is so much widespread suffering unfolding on the planet right now, and for people who are bridge workers, leaders, on any levels, you know, on the path of sacred warrior ship, it’s easy to want to react, and do what we can, which of course has it’s time and place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

But it’s easy to get hooked and wrapped up in this outward focus, specifically fueling stories about what we believe is right or wrong, who we think is right or wrong, who we agree or disagree with.

And when we cling to our tightly held beliefs about, well, everything, the way things should be, we get swept up in the chaos of this upheaval, which can be very de-stabilizing, and dis-orienting, especially when allow ourselves to get deeply triggered by what we see unfolding, of course, based on our internal stories and beliefs. 

And the moment we’re triggered is the moment we shut down. Literally, it’s like a somatic constriction and contraction. And it’s worth starting to pay a lot more attention to where that constriction might be happening in your body. For me, I notice that when I feel triggered, or when I feel like I’m trying to argue with reality, I contract in my chest, and so I’m just paying attention to that. 

And when we’re triggered, essentially what we’re doing is closing ourselves off. We’re creating a barrier between ourselves and other people. Which essentially, it’s the opposite of helping and showing up to hold space for so many people struggling through this time, in a good way. 

And what I’m pointing to here is the path of the Bodhisattva, someone who genuinely wants to wake up to contribute to the awakening of humanity. And that moment that we feel triggered is that moment that we shut down and centralize into Self, spiraling into self-absorption, really. 

So the training is teaching ourselves how to maintain a sense of openness, and my favorite teaching Pema Chödrön frames this as strengthening our capacity to maintain an open attentiveness to whatever is arising in the present moment. 

Which is much easier said than done. This really takes a lifetime of practice. 

But just as a side note, I think it’s fascinating that this is one of the primary benefits we receive from plant medicines and psychedelics. They lend themselves to shifting a personality trait known as openness, which can help us stay more open-minded to what’s unfolding around us without as much of a need to cling to our personal storylines. 

And what I think these times are asking of us, especially the leaders and change-makers of our time, is to cultivate an inner fortitude so when all the chaos of upheaval is swirling around us, we can find ourselves in the eye of the storm, maintaining our center. Staying grounded, as we practice taking our seat within the center of an open heart and an open mind. And we cultivate a posture of non-reactivity. 

And this is where we find our power and our strength to influence real change. 

And so it’s not about not doing anything about what’s happening. But it’s about showing up from this place of openness and non-reactivity that I think makes all the difference. 

And so part of the training, to prevent ourselves from getting totally knocked off-center, which is what happens the moment we get triggered and react, requires that we reign in our attention and start to bring a lot of discernment to what we choose to focus on. 

And so there’s something I want to share about this that I think is pertinent. I find it incredibly fascinating that in every given moment, we’re exposed to something in the vicinity of 1 billion bits of data, like raw sensory information that we’re exposed to, yet we only process a very small fraction of that, some say about 2000 bits of data, but I’ve also read some research that says as low as 150 bits of data. But either way, out of a billion bits, there’s like a tiny amount the brain is processing in any given moment.  

And this makes sense, right? There’s a mechanism called sensory gating, and Aldous Huxley talked about this in his book The Doors of Perception, calling it the reduction valve (and the thalamus plays a role in this). And so essentially, the brain blocks out a lot of information, so we focus on what’s important and not become completely debilitated by sensory information overload. 

So then the question becomes, well what do we habitually pay attention to? And habitually is the keyword here, because just as we create habits of body, we also create habits of mind. But we tend to not realize that what we pay attention to also becomes a habit. 

And there are two levels to this question and we touched on this in the really fascinating conversation I had with psychedelic neuroscientist Manesh Girn, in Episode #5. 

And so we first and foremost pay attention to anything in our field that is related to our survival. The human organism is designed to ensure our survival, which in our world today fosters this natural predisposition to focus on what’s not working, what’s wrong, what we need to fear and be afraid of. 

And this is well researched and documented, and in the field of psychology, it’s called the negativity bias. And this is why it’s so easy to get hooked, as I mentioned on all the drama unfolding right now. 

And then, the second part to that question in terms of what information we process comes down to this simple line: that we see what we believe. We pay attention to what we already believe to be true, and we are constantly looking for information to confirm that belief, that bias. Because that process is much more energy-efficient, and energy efficiency is also a survival-based mechanism. 

And I mean, there is so much that we could unpack around this notion that we see what we believe, but when you really think about it, it just has such huge implications and ramifications for our lives. 

And there’s a model in neuroscience called predictive coding that discusses this, and we also touch on this in episode #5 with Manesh. And this model essential points to how much our present moment is so heavily influenced by our past. 

And in the last episode, I had the privilege to speak with Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief, and he really gets into this in his work: that the majority of our beliefs that were handed to us as children are self-limiting and that we’re given or imprinted with these root programs that then run on autopilot and influence our lives. Which is why we all have the experience of witnessing specific patterns repeatedly unfold in our lives, even if they cause us a lot of pain or don’t line up or support what we consciously want with our lives. And of course, so many of our patterns remain hidden, outside of our perceptual field of awareness, tucked away in the depths of our subconscious mind. 

So one analogy is that it’s like we’re given a box as children that has a lid with little shape cutouts on the top of it, and we’re told that everything we experience and perceive, all the data that we’re exposed to, we need to reach out and only grab the information that has the same shape as the cutouts on the lid, so we can fit the data in our pre-existing box, and we literally spend our entire lives doing this, relentlessly validating what we believe to be true. 

And this is why everyone on both ends of the political extreme feels justified in what they believe and why they are right, and everyone else is wrong. And so when we keep looking out, we keep reinforcing what we already believe to be true. We’re stuck in this perpetual loop of self-confirmation and self-validation; and it’s how we directly contribute to the ongoing division and polarization.

So if we are committed to rising above the division and stepping out as a leader who is willing to move beyond sides, political, or otherwise, you know people are polarized around just about everything these days, and we choose to train our minds to focus on Unity to shine our light of awareness to seek out the common ground we all stand on…I believe this is worth paying attention. 

And I think for me, the irony is, at least in my experience, this kind of training, “warriorship” training, requires that we shift our focus away from constantly looking out, and I mean this literally. And instead, we commit to a practice of turning our awareness inwards, and we look for that common ground by first and foremost learning how to befriend ourselves. Again, easier said than done. 

And in this process of befriending ourselves, making peace with our shadow sides, our flaws, all of our inadequacies, we realize just how human we are, and we slowly start to soften our hearts and open towards accepting just how human everyone else is. 

And just like you and me, everyone else is trying their best to make sense of these radical times we are living through. And just like you and me, everyone else gets triggered and reacts to defend their model of reality. This is what humans do. And we start to have compassion. And through this process, maybe, just maybe, we choose to focus our attention and awareness on fostering kindness, real genuine kindness for ourselves and our fellow humans. 

And this process, is really a life-long journey, and it doesn’t have anything to do with anybody else; commenting on what other people are doing is not required here. 

And this is so much easier said than done, especially when you start to see the way the mind and ego-identity is constantly trying to defend its position; it’s model of reality, it’s the story of what’s true. That’s the sense of solid ground we’re relentlessly trying to find to stand on as I talked about in my last solo episode.  

And so these teachings are applied in the everyday nitty-gritty moments in our lives. We don’t have to look very far for reasons to be triggered, whether it’s someone saying something on social media, or someone close to us that we love. 

And so I’ll just share on a personal level, a few months ago, when Noah and I were choosing to separate after 9 years of marriage, I was on the phone with one of our mutual friends, and I was seeking advice and guidance on how to prevent my marriage from completely falling apart. 

And I was explaining to him what I felt like Noah was doing that felt hurtful. You know, seeking validation on where I was justified. 

And he paused, and then what he said was somewhat blunt and like… mildly jolting, and it just totally struck me.  

He said Laura Dawn: All you need to do is get right with yourself, that’s it. That’s all everyone needs to do right now is get right with themselves. 

And actually, later that night I sat with the medicine, and this pith and poignant advice opened up a gateway into a much needed perceptual shift because it immediately drew my attention and focus off of Noah and towards myself, looking at how I’ve been showing up and taking radical responsibility for that. 

And I think this is one of the big reasons plant medicines are showing up in such a big way right now, they’re like extending out a hand, inviting us to take a pause from focusing on the outside world, inviting us to go inside, saying look at what’s right here, inside of your own mind. Get to know that, learn how to work with your own mind. Which is why I think plant medicines go so well with the Buddhist teachings because they are all about learning to work with your own mind. 

And so plant medicines help us to question our beliefs and to shake up our models of reality. 

And so that night, the message I received from the medicine was just so clear, it was like girl, pay attention, you need to peel back all the layers of everything that is filling your life right now; all the things you’re creating and working on, all the layers of your relationship with Noah, with your family, with everyone you know, peeling back the layers of all the stuff and things that you’re filling my life with, layers of beliefs, layers of behavioral patterns, everything, 

Peel all those layers back and connect to the core essence of who you are, and focus on making peace with that. Get good with that right there. Make friends with that. 

And this instruction from the medicine just offered so much clarity. It was just like, all you need to focus on right now is making whatever necessary adjustments you need to make to get into “right relationship” with your Self. 

Focus your attention there. And then start to make those adjustments. Have the conversations you need to have to bring closure or healing to a relationship. Find the place to live that will support your highest alignment. Seek out the support you need to align with your healing. Whatever it is, focus on that, on making those adjustments in your life. 

And this just isn’t about anyone one else but ourselves. 

Because the moment I get fixated on judging what other people are doing, or not doing for that matter, whether it’s my partner or someone out in the social sphere, I get pulled away from the only thing I have control over, which is how I choose to show up in my own life, the words that I use, the actions that I choose. 

This is not only the best place to lead our lives from, but it’s the only thing we can really do to actually influence real change, the change we wish to see transpire on this planet.  

And so we need to find our own truth through this time, and I’m not talking about buying into one version of a collective truth; I’m talking about your core truth and then having the courage to shape and mold our life in a way that aligns with that truth, tuning into this core truth as your internal compass. 

And in so doing, can you allow space for others to do the same? In the honoring of your truth, can you respect other people honoring theirs? 

And so, I invite you to reflect on, where you need to get right with yourself and what that means to you. 

And this question offers us some guidance and support in orienting ourselves towards paying attention to what’s really important and the work that’s only ours to do here. 

So I invite you to reflect on: 

What do you care about? 

What’s important to you? 

Where are you out of alignment in your life? 

Where are you not in vibrational resonance with your core truth, and what steps do you need to take to get back into deeper alignment with the essence of who you are? 

And what you stand for? 

What’s preventing you from either listening to your core truth or following through on taking the steps that will bring you into “right relationship” with yourself. 

And this is like advanced training, but I believe it’s the medicine for our time, and it’s what these times are asking of us. And it does require a lot of dedication and practice. And so what’s worth paying attention to here is patience, for ourselves and others. We choose to shine our light of awareness on compassion and kindness for ourselves and others, forgiveness and acceptance for ourselves and others. 

This is what I mean when I say awareness offers us a key to unlock our own freedom and liberation. And we hold that key. 

And so that night after that journey that I shared about, I got on my yoga mat and I tuned into a song that has become sort of my theme song for this whole topic by one of my dearest sisters, Annie May Willis called “I’m onto You”. And it’s all about tuning our core truth. 

So I’ll leave you with this song. 

Once again, my name is Laura Dawn and you’re listening to the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast. 

Until next time.  

 

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Microdosing mentor, visionary life coach and business consultant, author, and international speaker, Laura Dawn has been leading transformational retreats for over 10 years. She teaches business leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers how to mindfully explore psychedelics and sacred plant medicines as powerful visionary tools for inner transformation and creative manifestation, inspiring you to embark on the path of heart-centered leadership to influence real change. LD is pursuing a Masters in Science specializing in Creativity Studies & Change Leadership, exploring the intersection between psychedelics and creative problem-solving to unlock innovative solutions to the complex challenges we collectively face.

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This episode of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast features one of my favorite songs called “I’m on to you” by the wonderful and talented musician Annie May Willis. Please support this beloved musician by purchasing her music on Bandcamp and/or following Annie May on Instagram.

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