Consciously Exploring Your Relationship with Drugs
Humanity has a complex, long-term relationship with a wide variety of drugs. In this article let’s delve into your personal relationship with drugs, how you frame them, and how you might upgrade these relationships to be more conscious and aligned with your path of self-development. Let’s include common drug sources like coffee, tea, and chocolate too, so this will be very inclusive. My purpose here isn’t to encourage or discourage you from using any particular substances but rather to invite you to take a more conscious and honest look at your current frames, attitudes, biases, and behaviors, and dete...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 21, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Emotions Health Lifestyle Relationships Values Source Type: blogs

My Most Intense Psychedelic Journey So Far
I blocked off Friday evening for another magic mushroom journey. For the two experiences last month, I used about 1.5g of dried mushrooms each time. This time I opted to take 4.2g, eating the dried mushrooms plain, starting at 5pm. I trust my intuition regarding how much to take, figuring this much could invite a fairly intense experience. It was actually super intense, way beyond what I experienced with ayahuasca and my two prior mushroom trips. It really started kicking in after about 40 minutes. I put on an eye mask and laid back on the couch while listening to music. It flowed nicely at first with lots of red-orange...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 17, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Activation and Suppression: A New 60-Day Challenge
Recently I had a delightful three-hour Zoom conversation with a friend, mostly about psychedelics. One key insight – very applicable outside of psychedelics – was realizing how important it is to be cognizant of our inner suppression circuitry and to challenge it, question it, and sometimes bypass it. Lots of ideas that we generate each day are decent and workable, but our brains internally reject or dismiss them. Think of this as the default mode network (your everyday way of thinking) defending its equilibrium. It tries to maintain the status quo, such that your future expectations are projected forward as relativ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 12, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Lifestyle Productivity Source Type: blogs

My First Two Magic Mushroom Journeys
At the end of our Denver trip for the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference (see my earlier full conference review if that interests you), I played a game at one of the afterparties and won a magic mushroom (shown below). It weighed about 3 grams. Magic mushrooms were decriminalized in Colorado last year, including for personal use and gifting but not for selling. Saturday Night The afterparty only went till 1am, and it wasn’t the right setting for a deep mushroom journey. I thought about my intention for this little guy and decided that for my first experience, I just wanted to energetically shake hands with...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 11, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Health Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Direct Core Relationships
Have you thought much about the core relationships you’d like to cultivate with life, such as your relationships with work, people, physical reality, your body, government, creativity, entertainment, time, food, intimacy, home, etc? You surely have many specific instances of these relationships showing up in your life, such as a particular job or family member. But have you ever stepped back from the specifics to make some high-level decisions about the purest forms of these relationships that you want to experience? There’s tremendous power in doing this since it helps you elevate your standards, define bou...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 9, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Relationships Values Source Type: blogs

Psychedelic Science 2023 – Key Takeaways
In my previous post I shared my detailed review of the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference in Denver. In this post I’ll summarize my key takeaways after further reflection. Effectiveness There was abundant evidence of the transformational effectiveness of psychedelics, which shows great promise in treating issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction, especially at relatively high doses (like 30-40mg of psilocybin). Psychedelics can also create powerful effects that people describe as spiritual. Given a high enough dosage, most people report a profound mystical experience that they claim to be one of...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 8, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Health Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Psychedelic Science 2023 – Full Conference Review
In June I attended the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. We were told this was the largest psychedelic-related gathering in the history of the planet, attracting about 12,000 attendees and 500 speakers. In this post I’ll share about my experiences and insights from the conference. Here’s a pic from inside the Bellco Theater where the main keynotes were held. The Colorado Convention Center is sizable, and sessions were spread across many different rooms. Even though I didn’t do extra exercise on this trip, I was typically hitting about 1000 calories ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 7, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Health Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Las Vegas Psychedelic Community Fundraiser & Pool Party Today (July 1, 2023)
This is pretty short notice, but if you’re in Vegas today, I invite you to come join Rachelle and me at a pool party, psychedelic Q&A, & fundraiser event for the Las Vegas psychedelic community that’s happening today (July 1st), 3pm to 10pm. It’s at a house near Tropicana & Eastern, and it’s only $10 if you want to go. Rachelle and I are going – we’ll probably get there around 3:30 to 4:00pm. We’re not involved in planning it, but we know some people who will be there from the Las Vegas Psychedelic Society – very cool and open-minded people and likely a good match for ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 1, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Source Type: blogs

Intention Experiment: Emanating Passion ❤ ️ ‍ 🔥
For anyone who likes intention-manifestation experiments: In Conscious Growth Club (our online self-development community, now in its 7th year together), we have a monthly Zoom call where we co-create a group intention and infuse it with energy. We just did our latest Intention Infusion call and opted for the intention: Emanating Passion. So our July intention is about communicating and broadcasting more of what lights us up – creatively, socially, behaviorally, etc. We also select an intentional tracer each time, and for this one we went with heart tattoos. Think of the tracer as an extra symbolic breadcrum...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - June 30, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Abundance Creating Reality Source Type: blogs

Psychedelic Science 2023 – Film Festival Day
I love how friendly and open the vibe is here at Psychedelic Science 2023 in Denver. As we were heading down the elevator in our hotel yesterday, we got to chatting with an enthusiastic attendee on the way out. She told us they had to cap registrations at 11,500 and turn away 70 interested vendors. That doesn’t surprise me. We’re clearly in a wave of surging interest in psychedelics. I’m here because I’m keenly interested to learn more about the potential for using psychedelics for self-development. I’ve only done a few psychedelic journeys so far, and I’d say there’s a 99% chan...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - June 21, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Radiance Wellness & Music Festival
On Saturday Rachelle and I are attending the Radiance Wellness & Music Festival at AREA15 (near the Vegas Strip). So we’ll be having a day of meditation, spiritual workshops, mindfulness, mantras, breathwork, sound baths, live music, and dancing from about 8am till midnight. Area15 is a very unusual spot in the city, and I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while, so I’m happy to be finally going there to see what it’s like inside. It’s easy to overlook the many experiences that can be had in one’s own city. (Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog)
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - June 17, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Source Type: blogs

Psychedelic Science 2023 Conference
Next week I’ll be attending the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Supposedly it’s the biggest psychedelics conference in the world, expecting 10K+ attendees and 300+ speakers. The speakers include Paul Stamets and Michael Pollan – you might know them from Fantastic Fungi or How to Change Your Mind. I’m going because I want to learn more about psychedelics. I also want to immerse myself in a social world of people who are open-minded about such explorations. I’ve only done a few journeys so far, the last one being several months ago, and I’d l...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - June 11, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Making the Mundane Magnificent: A Fresh Approach to Everyday Tasks
We all have those mundane tasks that we can’t seem to shake off our to-do lists – the ones that make us sigh just thinking about them. But let’s challenge this mindset: Is the task boring or are we approaching it with a boring mindset? What if the task isn’t inherently dreadful, but we’re simply being uninteresting in how we approach it? What would happen if we were to bring a fun, engaging, and playful mindset to these tasks? Consider the simple act of doing household chores. They can often feel tedious, right? But let’s reframe. Instead of approaching them with a sense of dread, I often pai...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - May 11, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Emotions Productivity Source Type: blogs

Harnessing the Power of Reframing to Enhance Your Personal Growth
In my personal growth journey, I frequently use a transformative tool known as reframing. Reframing is the process of shifting our perspectives (or frames) to better understand and navigate our experiences. This tool is transformative because our framing directly impacts how we perceive situations, make decisions, and ultimately, shape our lives. It’s not just about changing how we view things; it’s about changing the outcomes we can achieve. Testing Different Frames A fascinating way to explore the power of reframing is by testing new perspectives where they diverge from our existing ones. We can think o...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - May 9, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Abundance Creating Reality Productivity Relationships Source Type: blogs

CGC Year 7 Underway 🎉
Year 7 of Conscious Growth Club (CGC), our exclusive personal growth community, is off to a delightful start. We welcomed our newest members with an orientation call on Friday, May 5th, and today, we’re holding our first Intention Infusion call, one of the many new call formats we’re introducing this year. In these calls, we’ll share individual intentions and co-create and energize a group intention, along with an intentional tracer. To give you a glimpse into the CGC experience, here’s our calendar for the rest of the month, showcasing some of our new call formats. We actually have 9 different c...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - May 8, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Source Type: blogs