The history of the legendary Beatles has been reignited in a new Netflix documentary called “Get Back.”

And in an intriguing interview with Terry Gross on her NPR show, Fresh Air, Paul McCartney talks about the Beatles’ use of psychedelics and meditation. Paul’s answers are very telling in regard to where we are and what we’ve learned about psychedelics since the avant-garde 1960’s.

The Beatles, Paul, John, George and Ringo, went through a psychedelic period and they also went through a “spiritual” period where they learned to meditate with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – both in the US and India.

Young Beatles with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (credit: beatlesbible.com)

In the interview, Paul makes it clear that the band’s psychedelic phase was separate and distinct from their meditation phase:
“… at that time everyone, including us, were doing a lot of drugs. And that can burn you out – as anyone who’s done it knows. So we were in the London scene and it was getting a little bit wearing really. I remember feeling very tired with just all this activity; you never stopped.”
What’s apparent from Paul’s comments is that our current psychedelic renaissance, right here, right now, is vastly different from the experimentation of the ’60s. Yesteryear was more recreational and today’s approach with psychedelics is more measured, more defined, and more entwined with spirituality.

Spirituality came later for The Beatles as Paul describes meeting their guru Maharishi and learning to meditate:

“We went to see him and it was like a breath of fresh air because instead of just getting crazy, this was the opposite. This was getting un-crazy. I think all of us liked it – I certainly did – John and George did too and I think Ringo did too. We ended up going to India – to Rishikesh – for a retreat kind of thing. And it was a very nice experience; it was calming, which I think all of us needed. And it was spiritual although it wasn’t like you were worshiping a God; you were finding the truth or the calmness I would say, inside yourself. So that was very good for us particularly post-psychedelics.”

Beam me up!

In our culture today psychedelics, spirituality, and meditation are most often embraced together.
Why?
Psychedelics has the ability to “beam” us into a meditative state to “awaken” us to the self-limiting beliefs and patterns that are creating havoc in our life and in our personal and professional relationships. But without the meditative dimension, which is often overlooked even today, people who do psychedelics regularly find themselves untethered and not able to “integrate” the healing revelations that arose during their psychedelic journeys.
We are realizing today that meditative states are pivotal to exploration of our inner Self, which leads to healing. So the combination of psychedelics and meditative approaches are a potent combination when applied in meaningful ways to align our inner world with our outer world. This is successful integration.   
In my emotional release work, people often come to me reporting that they’ve tried psychedelics for emotional healing but were unsuccessful. I believe this is because they had no effective framework to “integrate” their revelations, so their attempts for emotional and trauma healing were elusive. In fact, some report having tried many times to no avail. What they’re missing is that meditation dimension.

We don’t need full-blown psychedelic journeys

What I find among those I work with is that for successful emotional healing, we don’t need full-blown psychedelic journeys when paired with a potent approach to meditative processing. Adding small amounts of psilocybin or cannabis to my Emotional Liberation method catalyzes the meditative process and invites deep inner exploration and resolution.

When done this way, unlike full-blown psychedelic journeys that have to be spaced out over weeks and months, microdosing these plant medicines can be done with regularity so the processing and release has a regular rhythm that has ongoing and progressive benefits.

After explaining The Beatles’ history with psychedelics and later meditation, Paul was asked, “Do you still meditate?”

“Yes” was his reply and then added, “I sometimes think I should’ve developed! I should be somewhere else by now,” and says wistfully, “but I haven’t.”

Maybe Paul just needed a little plant medicine this time around to beam him into those parts unknown!

With Love,
Becca
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