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The Ketamine Paradigm Shift for Self Awareness and Positive Change

I heard a quote that said, “the first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you’re not going to stay where you are.” Many of us, including myself, desire insight into our own consciousness. Whether it’s having more awareness into the deeper parts of yourself, getting unstuck and discovering your individual, unique truth – ketamine can serve as the gateway. This medicine can alter the perspective you have towards yourself and your life. Although it has been helpful for various conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc., it can be beneficial even if you don’t struggle with a clinical indication. I’ll explain how ketamine affects your brain by promoting structural changes, methods to incorporate and support these changes, as well as the guidance it can provide in discovering the next version of yourself.

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The Creation of New Pathways for Your Brain 

Ketamine can assist the individual on their journey into the layers of their psyche and guide the individual into their own consciousness and places they were unable to reach on their own. When we’ve had the same reactions, thought patterns, beliefs, and/or habits for years that are no longer serving our highest good, the idea of pivoting can feel out of reach or even impossible. However, even if patients have developed specific neural pathways that are not beneficial, it doesn’t mean they’ll be stuck with them indefinitely. This is the beauty of neuroplasticity. The special quality of ketamine, that is unlike other medicines, is that it acts on a chemical in the brain called glutamate. The effects of glutamate include mood function, cognition, and memory -- essentially supporting optimal brain function.

Why Neuroplasticity Is So Important for Growth 

Ketamine and its role in neuroplasticity can assist the individual to gain more clarity about themselves and their life. Perhaps there is a healthier habit you want to include in your daily routine, or a thinking pattern you want to leave behind. This medicine has the potential to reshape our brains in order to reinforce healthy thoughts patterns, actions, and ultimately our reality. With neuroplasticity, the brain is learning and acquiring whatever skills, behaviors and thought patterns that are repeated. In the article “Role of Lifestyle in Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis in an Aging Brain,” the authors state that “The plasticity of the brain is defined as the brain's capacity to modify and shape itself into a different form, ability to act, and adapt in a certain way with the given experiences.” 

 The author of Hardwiring Happiness, Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist shares a helpful reprogramming method --

“By taking just a few extra seconds to stay with a positive experience—even the comfort in a single breath—you’ll help turn a passing mental state into lasting neural structure.”

This means by taking time to absorb the moment and have it imprint on our psyche, can end up being stored in our long-term memory. 

This Area of the Brain Supports Self Improvement  

Interestingly enough, there is a part of your brain called the insula cortex which is believed to be dedicated to self inquiry and awareness of one’s own internal states.

When it comes to the body, there is nothing that’s included that doesn't have an intentional reason for its function. This can mean that we are meant to do this inner work and continue to discover our individual, unique truth. The best part is, we all have this innate ability. Why? Because it’s built into us. However, if we don't take advantage of this gift, we are handing over the keys to our freedom. Ketamine can provide us with the key to our inner expansionDr. Dave Rabin Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist kindly states,

“We have the ability to nurture ourselves to empower our own inner healer,”

How to Have An Intentional Ketamine Journey 

The reason setting intentions can be helpful is because there is energy in our thoughts which leads to whether or not we take action. The power of thought ultimately changes the lens we see through -- day by day, moment by moment. Fabienne Fredrickson, a world-renowned author and motivational speaker has said,

“When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen.”

As Dr. Rivas often says, "ketamine is simply a tool or catalyst for change", and ketamine allows for creation of new habits and thinking patterns. It can be tempting to rely solely on the medicine for improvements. A tool cannot be of service until it’s applied.

Ketamine + Intention + Action = New Possibilities. Granted, the first time we try to implement anything new is going to be the hardest. Fortunately this is the opportune time to begin. A common theme after infusions include feeling more motivation to start. Another interesting occurrence that I have seen is when patients come in with a certain intention, but end up having insights and motivation for something entirely different.

The medicine ultimately leads you to the places that you need to look. Whether it's something you chose or it chose for you.

Our priority is to create a safe and therapeutic space for patients in order to support and guide these changes. The right environment and support can make all the difference. If you are considering ketamine, we follow the standard protocol based on the latest research, which is a facilitated series of six infusions. By the way, here’s a peek into what you can expect if you decide to take your journey with us.

The Journey Into Discovering Our Truth 

It’s been powerful to witness how ketamine has been able to guide patients into introspection and a drive for cultivating the new and healing the old.

The guidance that ketamine provides can be profound. When paired with intentions and intentional action, these two can form a powerful alliance.

This has been shown time and time again with our patients at Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy. 

The relationship we have with ourselves is the most important one we will ever experience since it affects every area of our lives. We all have the ability to find who we really are, we just need to want it more than remaining where we've been.

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