MAGIC WITNESSING MEDITATION
I have journeyed with this medicine (and many others) many times in my life and in many different contexts. A few things stood out for me during my one session with this group.
They held stable, inward-focused, and safe integrity to the circle without being overbearing as to how that needed to look, thus allowing people the space they needed to express themselves how they needed too.
There was a lot of focus in the beginning in helping people understand and know that the experience may be challenging and that that can be a very positive experience, as well as advice on navigating those challenges.
The circle had a solid sense of being consent-informed and they navigated that in a very easeful and graceful way.
There was substantial time placed into getting a sense of the facilitators as people in a way that helped create a sense of safety while also dispelling mysteriousness/ambiguity that could result in the spiritual hierarchies.
Substantial time was also invested in circling with intentions the night of and integration the next morning. I had been to circles that do "integration" the following morning, where it is just people retelling their stories and moving on. This circle was not like that. There was a concerted effort to genuinely helping people feel seen and to understand how to move forward with what they experienced into their life afterward.
All in all, my experience in this circle was quite meaningful for me, personally, of course, but also on the level of inspiration. Seeing what is possible in a non-traditional medicine ceremony that nicely balances spirituality and modern psychotherapeutic perspectives was very inspiring.