Psychedelics and The Shadow: The Shadow Side of Psychedelia

Exploring the dark and golden shadow of psychedelia from the participants and practitioners to organizations and institutions

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The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.

– Carl Jung

Psychedelic substances are thought to expand the mind and foster deep healing and insight. While this may be the case for many, there lies a shadow side to psychedelics. To begin to work with the shadow starts by becoming aware that the shadow exists, but is not something to be pushed away or can be healed in one session. The shadow and its many forms is a guide – to personal and collective wounds as well as to deeper authenticity and wholeness. This is why Psychedelics Today has put together the “Psychedelics and The Shadow” course – to help bring the shadow out of the depths and begin to cast light upon it.

This course includes interviews that explore the various layers of psychedelia and the shadow side to these layers.

You will learn:

  • What the Shadow is
  • How Jung viewed the Shadow
  • The difference between the Dark and Golden Shadow
  • Issues of abuse that are reported during psychedelic ceremonies by individuals and organizations
  • How psychedelics may aid in spiritual bypassing and may inflate the ego rather than dissolve it
  • The shamanic view of illness and dealing with the shadow
  • How capitalism is shaping and fueling the shadow aspects of psychedelics
  • And Much More!

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.

- Carl Jung

Shadow Panel Interviews:

Kyle Buller, M.S. and Ido Cohen, Psy.D.

An Introduction to the Shadow and Psychedelics

In This Interview:

Kyle and Dr. Cohen introduce the Psychedelic and the Shadow series by welcoming everyone to the class and exploring their definitions of the shadow, why the shadow is important to highlight, and the reason why they created this series. Kyle and Ido explore the shadow through a Jungian perspective as well as a through a trauma-informed lens.

  • What is the Shadow?
  • How do we normalize the Shadow?
  • The generational differences in working with the Shadow and trauma
  • The Shadow as denied parts that go into hiding
  • Integrating and working with the Shadow

You can learn more about Kyle and Dr. Cohen below in the "Instructor" section

Deanna Rogers

When West Meets South: Exploring the Shadow of the Amazon and Ayahuasca

In This Interview:

Deanna shares her experience and wisdom from working with the Temple of the Way of Light and Shipibo healers. She explores the shadow aspects of working with ayahuasca and the shadow of the Amazon.

  • The different cultural contexts of psychedelics
  • Sexual abuse in ceremonial spaces and the cultural differences that allow this to happen
  • Trauma work and psychedelics
  • The dangers of visions
  • What it means not to "stick with the process"

About Deanna Rogers: In 2013 Deanna felt a deep call to the Peru and has been working with Temple of the Way of Light since. She has facilitated hundreds of people in the jungle and for the last 3 years in Canada she has focused her work on plant medicine Preparation and Integration. Her goal is to empower people to cultivate deep connection to self, to help integrate trauma and align to their path going forward. She has trained with and inspired by Indigenous Curanderos, Dr. Gabor Maté and is currently studying Somatic Experiencing.

Scott Hill, Ph.D.

Emergence of the Shadow in Psychedelic Experience: A Jungian Perspective

In This Interview:

Dr. Scott Hill explores how the shadow emerges in psychedelic experiences from a Jungian perspective and how to work with the shadow aspects. We explore the shadow and difficult experiences, the Dark and Golden shadow, and how Jung viewed the shadow. Dr. Hill pulls from his work and book, Confrontation with the Unconscious: Jungian Depth Psychology and Psychedelic Experience.

  • What is the Shadow and how to face the Shadow?
  • The difference between individual and collective Shadow
  • Integrating the Shadow with Jungian approaches
  • How the Shadow emerges in psychedelic experiences
  • Projections as being denied parts of self.
  • Not everything in the unconscious is related to the Shadow

Scott J. Hill, PhD, conducts scholarly research on the intersection between psychedelic studies and Jungian psychology. He holds degrees in psychology from the University of Minnesota and in philosophy and religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. At CIIS Scott studied with two pioneers in transpersonal psychology and psychedelic experience, Stanislav Grof and Ralph Metzner, and constructed the only contemporary Jungian framework for understanding difficult psychedelic experiences.

Joe Tafur, M.D.

Exploring Ayahuasca Tourism, Maximization Culture, and Epigenetics

In This Interview:

Dr. Joe Tafur shares his wisdom and experience of working with ayahuasca and Shipibo Healers and how capitalism is having an influence over ayahuasca retreat centers in Peru. We also explore the shamanic view of the shadow and how shamanic cultures might work with shadow material.

  • Abuse in medicine/psychedelic spaces
  • How psychedelics are used in maximization culture and how that influences psychedelic tourism
  • The shamanic side of the Shadow
  • Why integration is important

Lastly, Dr. Tafur shares exciting news about an upcoming project that explores the topic of psychedelics and epigenetics, Modern Spirit.

Modern Spirit is dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare by illuminating the intersection between biology, emotion and spirituality. As a non-profit dedicated to scientific research, community building, and educational programs, we are working to expand our culture’s capacity to heal.

Dr. Tafur, a has been traveling to Peru to work with Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and to study with Master Shipibo Healers since 2007. He was initiated into traditional curanderismo by Maestro Ricardo Amaringo at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual.

As a physician, he works to promote the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare and to demonstrate the intersection between traditional healing and allopathic medicine (learn more at

Laura Mae Northrup, MFT

Sexual Trauma, The Body, & The Shadow

In This Interview:

Laura explores the shadow of psychedelic work and sexual trauma/abuse. In her podcast, Inside Eyes, she explores the theme of healing sexual trauma with psychedelics as well as highlighting the abuse that happens in medicine sessions and communities.

  • Trauma, Somatics and the Shadow - How the body is connected to the shadow
  • How the body plays an important role in psychedelic experiences and other healing experiences
  • Healing sexual trauma with psychedelics
  • The Shadow of group work
  • Spiritual bypassing by chasing community
  • Integrating trauma, psychedelics, and the Shadow

Laura Mae Northrup is the creator and host of the podcast Inside Eyes, a series that explores the use of entheogens and psychedelics to heal sexual trauma. She is a practicing psychotherapist and educator. Her work focuses on defining sexual violence through a spiritual and politicized lens and supporting the spiritual integrity of our collective humanity. She is a champion of living more fully engaged and responsible lives through the healing use of entheogens and psychedelics. She lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Jessica DiRuzza, MFT

How the Shadow is Showing Up in The Collective

In This Interview:

Jessica shares her insights about how the shadow is playing out in the collective and explores the archetypal themes that are present in current astrological transits. We explore how one can navigate the collective shadow at this time.

  • How the collective shadow is showing up in current astrological transits
  • How the Shadow is related to shame and that shame is a relational wound
  • How to heal the Shadow from a relational framework
  • How can we all collectively navigate this time of Shadow?
  • The importance of embracing all emotions and not labeling certain emotions as "bad" or "good."
  • The importance of integration

Jessica DiRuzza is a licensed psychotherapist, astrologer, and teacher. Jessica received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She completed her undergraduate degree at California Institute of Integral Studies, where she studied and taught archetypal astrology and transpersonal psychology.

Gita Vaid, M.D.

Ketamine Psychotherapy and the Shadow

In This Interview:

Dr. Vaid explores the Shadow through her psychoanalytical training and views expressions of the Shadow as aspects of character. We explore Dr. Vaid's work with ketamine and how she works with Shadow material during holotropic states of consciousness

  • Character work and the Shadow as character expressions and self states
  • How the Shadow can show up in psychedelic experiences
  • Spiritual bypassing by chasing ego dissolution

Gita Vaid, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. She completed her residency training at NYU Medical Center and her psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Dr Vaid is on faculty at The Ketamine Training Center where she teaches and practices ketamine-assisted psychotherapy as well as at her practice in New York City. She is a co-founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence, a multidisciplinary initiative whose focus includes psychedelic psychotherapy, establishing theoretical frameworks, clinical implications and the development of treatment protocols.

…this integration [of the shadow] cannot take place and be put to a useful purpose unless one can admit the tendencies bound up with the shadow and allow them some measure of realization – tempered, of course, with the necessary criticism. This leads to disobedience and self disgust, but also to self- reliance, without which individuation is unthinkable.

- Carl Jung

Your Instructor

Kyle Buller, M.S.

Co-Founder of Psychedelics Today

At the age of sixteen, Kyle suffered a near-death experience which almost took his life. After this traumatic accident, Kyle’s life changed and he began seeing the world through a new lens. The world and his life did not make sense anymore, nor did the world look the same. This loss of self-pushed Kyle to seek a path of self-discovery and healing.
Kyle subsequently earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, where he focused on studying the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, Reiki, local medicinal plants and plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork. Kyle has been studying breathwork since October 2010 with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson of Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork.

Kyle earned his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on somatic psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early-episode of psychosis and providing counseling to undergraduate/graduate students in a university setting.
You can learn more about Kyle's work at and

Your Instructor

Ido Cohen, Psy.D.
Ido Cohen, Psy.D.

Dr. Ido Cohen, Psy.D - is a clinically trained psychologist who got his Doctoral from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He practices Relational and Depth/Jungian-oriented psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups in San Francisco, with issues ranging from early childhood trauma to dream work and psychospiritual processing. For his Doctoral research, he conducted a 6 year study on the integration process of ayahuasca ceremonies from a Jungian perspective and has been providing preparation and integration services to individuals and groups for the last 8 years. He is also the co-founder of “The Integration Circle”, a community of practitioners who offer integration circles and workshops as well as diverse support to those who are preparing or integrating experiences of expanded states of consciousness. Ido is passionate in supporting individuals to create long term, sustainable change leading to vibrant, authentic, expressive and love filled lives.

Course Curriculum

  Deanna Rogers - When West meets South: Exploring the Shadow of the Amazon and Ayahuasca
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  Scott Hill, Ph.D. - Emergence of the Shadow in Psychedelic Experience: A Jungian Perspective
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  Joe Tafur, M.D. - Exploring Ayahuasca Tourism, Maximization Culture, and Epigenetics​
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  Gita Vaid, M.D. - Ketamine Psychotherapy and the Shadow
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  Laura Northrup, MFT - Sexual Trauma, The Body, & The Shadow​
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  Jessica DiRuzza, MFT - How the Shadow is Showing Up in The Collective
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  Dr. Ido Cohen and Kyle Buller - Thoughts on the Collective Shadow During the Coronavirus and Integrating the Shadow
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  Bonus Interview - Lenny Gibson, Ph.D. - The Shadow as an Abstraction
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Courses Included with Purchase

Psychedelics and The Shadow: Webinar Replay
Exploring the dark and golden shadow of psychedelia from the participants and practitioners to organizations and institutions
Ido Cohen, Psy.D.

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