Mushrooms as medicine
Here’s what Depth Psychologist/Medicine Box Microboard Member Sean Merrick MA, LMFT had to say about them
Mushroom medicine is some of the most powerful medicine available to us. That's why we at Medicine Box work with it. But it is also some of the most misunderstood. Part of the reason for this is that we have been taught to view mushrooms as simple organisms, when in actuality they are so much more.
Mushrooms are complex beings with their own unique consciousness, and the fungal networks that support them underground are crucial carbon sinks for our planet. Without the work of mycelial networks in funneling carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous to and from plants and trees, it is unlikely that any living creature could exist on earth. They are here to help us heal and evolve, but we must respect them as powerful medicine. During our conversation with depth psychologist Sean Merrick, MA, LMFT, our audience learned three Mindful Messages that every mushroom is trying to teach us. Whether it's a spiritual ceremony, a microdosing regimen or a simple supplement to your diet, they will help you build a meaningful relationship with your chosen entity.
Three reasons why mushrooms are important
First, show reverence. Mushrooms, like any fungus, represent the rebirth of decay. So when you're working with this plant medicine, you need to pay attention to the deadwood that you're trying to burn off. It might be an old relationship, a job you hate or a limiting belief system. Whatever it is, you need to be honest with yourself about what you're trying to let go of. Otherwise, you will hit a wall with your healing — something those in recovery are all too familiar with.
Second, mushrooms bring nutrients, so pay attention to what you're needing in your life. Take, for instance, reishi, which is not only in Mind's Eye but also our Happy Belly gut health formulation, and supplies plenty of potassium, protein and B-complex vitamins. Turkey tail also has Vitamins B3 and D, and there's also plenty of antioxidant activity in specimens like lion's mane, turkey tail, chaga and cordyceps, all of which are in Mind's Eye. But mushrooms can also deliver less obvious and measurable benefits to your life as well. Just as mushrooms help to bring important nutrients to the forest floor, they can also help you to identify what's lacking in your life. Maybe you need more creativity, or more connection to nature. Whatever it is, be open to receiving the gifts that the mushroom has to offer.
Third, it also is a master communicator, listen to what it's saying, listen to what your experience is saying. The message is always there; it's just whether we're open to receiving it.
Mushrooms are powerful medicine, but they are not a cure-all. They can help us heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but we must do our part as well. We must be willing to put in the work to make changes in our lives, which is where the proper mentorship makes all the difference.That’s why we host frequent webinars with Sean Merrick and the country’s top renegade therapists, as well as our affiliated microboard of plant medicine scholars and coaches. We invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and join our mailing list to learn more about your opportunities to connect with a community that has pledged itself to natural healing. In the meantime, heed the Mindful Messages WELL — they’ll take you farther than you might think.