Music plays a central role in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, guiding the client-journeyer through an intrapsychic space populated by feelings and memories, insights and visions, archetypes and symbols.
Music and psychedelics dance in the same deep cosmos of consciousness. Taken individually, each has the potential to elicit experiences of emotional catharsis and spiritual transcendence, granting access to expanded awareness and ecstatic states beyond the bounds of Self and ego. When experienced in conjunction, a profound synergy often arises. Music bypasses the linear brain, providing a structure and energetic container that guides and amplifies the “mind-manifesting” power of a psychedelic trip.
Recent research suggests that music can be a key factor in maximizing therapeutic benefits for patients undergoing a psychedelic session. This appears especially true when the music facilitates a mystical experience—a state of consciousness characterized by a profound sense of oneness, interconnectedness, and ineffability. Several studies have found associations between the occurrence of a mystical experience during psychedelic therapy and improved clinical outcomes, such as relief from addiction and end-of-life distress.
PRATI believes that thoughtful attention to the qualities of music used in a psychedelic therapy session—including the styles, sequencing, and selection of songs—is essential for catalyzing transformative states that can promote deep healing