Bringing Light to Your Shadow with Psychologist, Dr. Kile Ortigo | Mind Meld 258

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Dr. Kile Ortigo is a psychologist and author of the book Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide for Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration. In this mind meld, we muse about the art integration, shadow work, the role of myth in personal development, the psychedelic therapy revolution, and more.


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“my work is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. The approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain the numinous experience you are released from the curse of pathology even the very disease takes on a numinous character.”

Carl Jung

Not only is that quote an absolute wonder tickler, it’s true. There’s no greater evidence of that truth than the psychedelic mental health revolution we’re in the midst of. If you’ve been following it, you know.

If not, psychedelic-assisted therapy has been shown to alleviate a slew of crippling psychic maladies– Treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, trauma, addiction, and more. But it’s not just the psychedelic experience that heals, it’s the therapy. That’s what turns the event into a healing high weirdness rather than just a wonder dip. It’s the combination of the two that really imbues the daily doldrums with the numinous je ne sais quoi of being. 

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There are standard protocols, but psychedelic therapy is an art that’s still being polished. Every time I find someone doing said polishing, I’m delighted to amplify their signal in whatever small way I can. Kile Ortigo absolutely fits that bill. He’s a psychologist who does integration therapy, and his method makes use of all the right lenses– science, philosophy, mythology, and more. He blends it all together into a beautiful method. Said method is on full display in his new book, Beyond the Narrow Life, which you can grab now!



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