Did My Ego Death Experience Make Me Enlightened?

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

The very question, “Am I now enlightened, for making it through this overwhelming, yet essentially elective and recreational experience?” and the fact that it is so often posed after surviving an experience of ego death, is kind of telling.

The TL;DR answer: it kind of depends on your definition of the term, but probably not. Let’s get into it.

What is Ego Death?

What do we mean when we use the term Ego Death? What is it that dies? Is this a good thing? What happens during an ego death experience? And what happens afterward?

How to Approach the Psychedelic Experience

Psychedelic experiences can be radically different from those we are used to. What knowledge has history given us about approaching psychedelic experiences? And what can we learn from contemporary approaches towards the use of psychedelics?

Integration of Psychedelic Experiences

Psychedelic experiences, whether “good” or “bad,” can be tremendously insightful. That is why you should start working on integrating the experience as soon as you can, if you want the insights to last, and to start informing your actual moment-to-moment experience of being human.

Realms of Psychedelic Insight

So what happens when you trip?
We’ll discuss the stages through which a psychedelic experience moves, and will then talk more at length about the different Realms of Insight that can be identified in a psychedelic experience.