Psychedelic Feminism: Love for the Earth, the Gender Spectrum and the Wilderness Within

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Founder of Cosmic Sister Zoe Helene joins GCI at the latest Summit to explore psychedelic medicine as sacred, spiritual tools to heal patriarchal wounding, empower the gender spectrum and preserve our planet.

In her work as a cultural activist within the psychedelic movement, Helene’s approach is characterised by a rejection of reductionism and deliberate use of language. The word ‘psychedelic’ stems from the Latin word ‘psyche’, which itself originates from the indigenous Greek word ‘psukhē’ meaning “that which animates our bodies,” she explains. Psychedelics interact not only with the mind (the psyche), but also in our hearts, souls and indefinable life force.

With a view to respecting psychedelic medicines and the richness of experience which they induce, Helene also avoids ‘using’ psychedelics. “You wouldn’t use your partner, you wouldn’t use your friend, you wouldn’t use things that you care about deeply,” she says. Instead, “you work with, or commune with, or explore.”

Psychedelic substances are a sacred medicine to interact with sparingly. Avoiding the concepts of ownership, exploitation and abuse associated with the word ‘use’ also removes psychedelic compounds from the realms of drug-use and illegality.

Psychedelic Feminism

Psychedelics are tools that enable us to see the truth. “I think psychedelics are particularly amazing at helping us to see the things that are difficult to see, or that we don’t want to see,” Helene explains.

The psychedelic field itself is weakened and compromised by the nature of its male-dominated industry. Psychedelic Feminism mobilises the enlightening powers of psychedelics to identify, heal and grow beyond the wounds and programming inflicted by the patriarchy. Due to the normalisation and internalisation of patriarchal oppression, these wounds can be hard to identify. Helene advocates working with psychedelic plants to heal, empower and self-liberate from the patriarchal limits of society.

“Without gender balance in the world, we will not survive as a species.” – Zoe Helene

As psychedelic substances speak to us from beyond the human creation of the patriarchy and gender disparity, Psychedelic Feminism is the practice of communing with psychedelics to restore gender balance by recalibrating the distribution of power across the gender spectrum. Helene’s feminism is inclusive of “everyone, anyone who cares about the gender disparity,” she explains. “Without gender balance in the world, we will not survive as a species.”

The overarching theme of balance introduces the ecological component which is crucial to Psychedelic Feminism. The same patriarchal values that shape the gender imbalance also result in human behaviour that threatens the existence of Earth’s life forms, including our own.

Helene clarifies that “without the eco-component, if you will, it’s not Psychedelic Feminism”. Psychedelic experiences are “really always about the same thing,” she says, “kindness to yourself, kindness to others, kindness to the Earth.”

The Role of Myth in Psychedelics

The psychedelic aspects of myth allow people to utilise archetypal psychology to integrate the complexity of personhood which the patriarchy historically denies. This is the living mythology perspective. “Humans are complex, females are also complex,” states Helene.

Femininity is not a monolith, and psychedelic experiences can provide us with a richer insight into “the wilderness within.” Whereas women are often reduced and simplified to a single archetype, like the ‘mother’ or the ‘maiden’, psychedelic work can reconnect a woman with the depth and complexity of their existence by facilitating the integration of her many facets.

 “If there’s not enough room at the table, you just simply have to make more room” – Zoe Helene

Helene calls on Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness (both within and without us) to exemplify this work. The scarcity complex experienced by men and women at the hands of patriarchal programming is a fallacy and creates self-denial of the multi-faceted nature of our being. “We are all wounded by the patriarchy,” Helene states.

“If there’s not enough room at the table, you just simply have to make more room.” She also condemns tokenism, saying “I was that token woman many times… one voice from one female is not enough.”

Acknowledging and honouring the wilderness within us, facilitated by psychedelic work, can create a more balanced external world where power is redistributed equitably. When humans have the ability to be aware and unafraid of the vastness of our complexity, it becomes possible to have a balanced conversation.

Ultimately, Psychedelic Feminism advocates communing with psychedelic plants as spiritual tools through which to access wisdom. A psychedelic journey continues beyond the duration of the ‘trip’ through the practical integration of this wisdom in the world.

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