The Sixth Step in Safe and Responsible Use is Implementation.
Implementation refers to the process by which the material accessed and insights gained in an entheogenic experience are incorporated over time into one’s life in a way that benefits the individual and their community. While entheogens open up the mind to what is possible, long term transformation occurs through the choices one makes every day on how to live a healthy and joyful life after one’s peak experience. Insights gained often encourage a shift in habitual activities that no longer serve the individual, such as eating a healthier diet, exercising more, meditating, spending more time in nature, healing personal relationships, and finding a supportive and nourishing community in which to practice healthy living.
Individuals may need support on relating their internal experience and transformed inner world view with the external world within which they find themselves on a daily basis. For example, if a young man or woman that has been historically locked into a pattern of self-destructive behavior leading to violence, unemployment, or crime suddenly, after use of entheogens, decides to live a more constructive life, pathways must be made accessible to this individual to find their way to meaningful and constructive life choices. A healthy community can support this process by helping with finding job opportunities, establishing beneficial practices, finding strong mentors and coaches with whom one feels safe to advise on life choices, and sustainable living, including self-sufficiency.
By partnering with local organizations and government, as well as helping people become more aware of resources already locally available, the Port Townsend Psychedelic Society aims to support individuals in their implementation process.