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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rob Colbert

Letting Go in the Liminal Space: Why Altered States During Ketamine Assisted Therapy Offer a Gateway to Release

Our daily lives are often a whirlwind of thoughts, emotions, and attachments. We cling to worries, past hurts, and rigid perspectives, hindering our ability to move forward and embrace growth. Altered states of consciousness, induced by meditation, breath work, or during Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), offer a unique opportunity to cultivate the art of letting go. This liminal space, between our usual waking state and a state of heightened awareness, provides fertile ground for releasing negativity and fostering transformation.


Enhanced Self-Awareness: The First Step to Release


In an altered state such as KAP, our minds have the opportunity to become quieter, allowing heightened awareness of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This clarity acts like a spotlight, revealing patterns of attachment we hold onto subconsciously. We may become aware of a persistent knot of anger related to an unresolved conflict, or a constant undercurrent of anxiety about the future. Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards letting go.


Reduced Resistance: Loosening the Grip


The relaxed and expansive state characteristic of KAP can lessen the nervous system's resistance. Imagine your thoughts and emotions as swirling currents of energy. In our usual state, we often try to fight against these currents, pushing them away or clinging desperately to the familiar. However, during KAP our resistance weakens. We can begin to observe these currents with detachment, allowing them to flow freely without judgment. This non-resistance allows us to detach from negativity and limiting beliefs, making it easier to let go.


Shifting Perspectives: Seeing Beyond the Ego


Altered states during KAP can offer a shift in perspective. Stepping outside the confines of our usual ego-driven mind allows us to see challenges from a broader viewpoint. We may realize that a problem that seemed insurmountable is actually a small hurdle in the grand scheme of things. This broader perspective fosters acceptance and a willingness to let go of the need for control.


Emotional Release: Healing Through Letting Go


Many of us hold onto bottled-up emotions from past experiences. KAP can provide a more comfortable space to confront and process these emotions. Through integration techniques like guided meditation or visualization, we can explore the source of these emotions and gently release them. This emotional release can be a powerful catalyst for healing and inner peace.



Prompts for Letting Go in an Altered State


Now that we've explored the benefits of letting go in an altered state, here are some prompts to guide you through the process:


  • Body Scan: Focus on your physical sensations, starting from your toes and moving upwards. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort. Acknowledge these sensations without judgment, breathe into the sensations, and let them loosen their grip.

  • Emotional Release: Imagine yourself in a safe space. Bring to mind a situation or person that evokes negative emotions. Observe the emotions without judgment. Now, visualize yourself releasing these emotions, like letting go of a balloon.

  • Gratitude Practice: Focus on the things you are grateful for in your life. This shift in focus can help release negativity and cultivate a more open mind.

  • Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs: Identify a limiting belief that holds you back. Ask yourself if this belief truly serves you. Now, imagine releasing this belief like a feather on the wind.

  • Mantra Repetition: Use a simple mantra like "I let go" or "I release" to anchor your attention and facilitate letting go of unwanted thoughts and emotions.


Remember: Letting go is a journey, not a destination. By practicing these techniques in altered states, you can cultivate the ability to release negativity and cultivate a more open and accepting mind in your daily life. As you learn to let go in the liminal space, you'll find yourself emerging into a more authentic and empowered version of yourself.


To practice letting go in your regular waking life or into altered states work with a trusted support person or therapist, contact us at An Enduring Love today.

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