Maria Papaspyrou

Feminine and Altered States of Consciousness

United Kingdom

The powerful links humanity once held with nature have gradually eroded, and our primordial links with the feminine depth and essence have been distorted. Through the passage of time and generations we lost our ancestral ability to be connected to, and be guided by, the heartbeat of the World Soul. The plight of the feminine and the plight of nature are threads of the same tapestry, and in our current socio-political, economic, environmental, moral, and spiritual crisis there is a deep call to re-member the sovereign feminine and to protect the sovereignty of the spirits of the land, restoring them to their true power and essence.

Altered states of consciousness are potent portals and catalysts for addressing the current imbalances we have created for ourselves, and the world around us. They can initiate an inner movement towards rewilding, a return to a state of primal power. We are in need of new myths and paradigms to help us re-birth archetypes of equilibrium, which integrate masculine and feminine forces in our inner and outer worlds. This is a path of wholeness towards psycho-spiritual emergence and individuation.

Maria, MSc, is a BACP accredited integrative psychotherapist and systemic family constellations facilitator based in Brighton (UK). Her research interests have focused on the interface between entheogenic experiences and psychotherapy, as well as the intersections between the archetypal feminine and altered states of consciousness. She has given talks and published articles on the sacramental and healing properties of entheogens, supporting their re-introduction in psychotherapy. She is the co-founder of Club Imaginal, a lecture series in Brighton, the founder of T.R.I.P.P. network - a U.K.-wide list of psychotherapists offering integration services, and co-editor of the upcoming book by Inner Traditions "Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine".