What Elders Offer To Psychedelic Communities
Psychedelic communities in the Western world are often comprised largely of younger people. In traditional cultures, elders are central members of the community. They advise, teach, and guide the transfer of knowledge to support the well-being of all. Especially in times of conflict and confusion, elders bring balance, insight, patience, and clarity. They possess the vision to consider the long-term impact of decisions and how they may affect the vulnerable.
Elders Are A Limited Resource That is Especially Important Now
As public awareness of the transformative potential of psychedelics has expanded in recent years, there is a greater need for the informed perspectives that elders bring. Many elders have extensive backgrounds in community development, policy making and business. They are spiritual leaders, trusted healers, mature artists, and seasoned activists.
Psychedelic companies and organizations have developed rapidly, and many are now entering a consolidation phase. Advice and reflection from elders is increasingly necessary to light the path forward. Elders often approach challenges with pragmatism and support collective creativity and resolution of disagreements.