Ingo Komenda is a german psychologist (Dipl. Psych. /M.D) and hypnotherapist with over 20 years of experience. His private practice, „Praxis Komenda“ is near Munich in Germany.
For his english website, check https://hypnoticshift.com/
As magic truffles were recently legalized in the Netherlands, they are now also legally available in Germany.
Mr. Komenda, thanks for taking the time to talk about microdosing and its relation to psychotherapy. In what context did you get to know microdosing?
„I tried microdosing myself some time ago and I though it was very interesting. And I still think that.
I am not too much into mainstream psychopharmacology, which often comes with many side effects.
I have used microdosing, especially whenever I found my own thinking becoming too rigid. What‘s interesting is, it seems to help me think outside of the box.
So I had the idea to find ways to use this in therapy. In the past few years we‘ve gained a lot of insight. But still, we do not know that much. So far it‘s been a very experimental idea, I guess.“
As a practicioner, you have quite the holistic approach to health. Can you talk a little bit about the role of consciousness in health?
There are many factors that influence healing, but a basic one is certainly the subconscious mind.
For example, in 20 years of practicing, I have noticed that most people are very left-brained. Their consciousness is dominated by the left hemisphere, which is responsible for logic, linear thinking and control.
The right hemisphere, which is responsible for intuition, emotion and creativity, is totally under-developed in many people. That can be problematic. A healthy human being should have a good flow and connection between the left and right hemisphere.
People who tend strongly towards the left side are often very rational, but also fearful and controlling.
In working with hypnotherapy, I realized that that people get healing impulses from their subconscious mind. In the depth of our being, there is a very powerful agent, that is always striving for completeness and healing. You might call it the soul, if you like.
Healing literally means, to make whole.
Could microdosing help harness the power of the unconscious mind to promote healing?
„Yes, without a doubt.
First of all, it seems to somehow shift the action a little bit towards the right hemisphere. Microdosing has that capacity of restoring balance.
But of course, only if you let it.
You can also work against that, because when it is only a microdose, you can still control everything.“
We often think about health, healing and medicine as a thing that needs to work independent of our state of mind. If we take antibiotics, we don‘t expect them to only work if we focus on it, that‘s not what we are used to.
“We chase the quick fix, but the psyche does not always respond well to that approach. Microdosing should not be mistaken for a silver bullet, there is no such thing.
I don‘t know if it can substitute for therapy, but at least it might add something valuable to it. Of course, you have to act responsibly.
You may need to get a doctor or a psychologist to back you up, because there is no agent that will do all the work for you. You still need to get into the right state of mind.
Also, you need to figure out if it is good for you. You have to try it for yourself to know how it suits you and if you are serious about getting better, you need to give it time.
Everyone reacts a little different, but that is always so, even with anti-depressants. When you take an anti-depressant and have a very negative attitude towards it, it will develop more side effects.
When you are positive and happy about it and consider it an opportunity to get better, that may be just what happens.
Intention always determines the outcome.
That is especially true with substances like psilocybin, which is one of the active substances in magic truffles. It enhances the neuroplasticity and really allows the brain to change,
So the intention is key.”
Combining microdosing with therapeutic care can help focus the intent, in order to reach a certain goal.. Would you say that is necessary in all cases?
„Well, it is always good to get an outside perspective. It is very difficult when you are trying to see things only from the inside, because one way or another, you stay inside your box. That determines how you think and feel, as well as what you see and do not see.
It is always a good idea to have someone on the outside helping us, by mirroring us.
Just taking microdosing and expecting that This is now the wonder agent which will do everything, won‘t work.
And then, there is fact-checking. Not all microdosing is the same and it is vital that people should know this.
Some synthetic substances could even have an effect on the heart for example, if you do too much or do it all the time. Then it‘s really important to have a doctor around. They can help you by pointing out the dangers, testing your health after a month or so, just to see how the body reacts. This is important.
And there is one condition under which you really should not microdose without supervision. If you have a latent psychosis, it can be dangerous to play around with psychedelics, even in microdoses.
That‘s when you really need to take a step back and consult a professional first.“
There seem to be problems stemming from the blanket terms psychedelics and microdosing. What negative effects have you heard of when it comes to truffle microdosing?
„There are some people who say that they get a weird body feeling, a kind of heavy feeling. And at first I had that, too. But it turned out, I could change that by adjusting my intention.
This usually only happens with slightly higher doses, so people experiencing this can always lower the dose if they don‘t know how to aim their intent. Or they can get help.
Most people don‘t feel anything in the beginning.
After some time, they start getting slightly more upbeat, a little bit more easy-going. That‘s what many people say.
So, I‘ve never heard of any real negative effects, but some say that at first it doesn‘t really feel right. If that doesn‘t go away, that might be your subconscious telling you to stop.
If it feels kind of off, even after playing around with dose and intent, don‘t do it.“
You‘ve tried it yourself?
„Yeah, now that it‘s legal, sure.
I really only do it when there is some healing work to be done, when I feel that I am stuck. The thing is, when we approach a problem, we always do it the same way. That‘s what our conscious mind is used to.
The subconscious might have a better solution, but a lot of that gets edited out. Sometimes you want to weaken those filters a bit, to let some of the ideas flow through. That is what microdosing does, in my opinion.
The healing principle is always the same.
Healing always comes from the subconscious mind, especially physical healing.
The subconscious mind sends healing impulses, but the conscious mind, trying to shield itself against the pain, blocks that impulse.
The more fearful the conscious mind is, the more it blocks out.
Sometimes in order to heal, you need to allow the pain to be. Microdosing might just help you relax the grip of your conscious mind a bit, just like hypnosis does, and then you can address the problem.
Fear and anxiety are basically blocking out the healing impulses of the subconscious?
A healthy human being sees both the left and the right hemisphere as advisors. One is the artist and the mystic, the other is the scientist.
Most people tend to favor the scientist and mute the mystic.
The conscious mind loves control and when there is an uncontrollable situation, it always looks for scapegoats and rationalizations. It does not listen to the other half.
But: The conscious mind processes about 170 Bits per second.
The subconscious has a processing capacity of 3 Terabyte per second.
So, what the conscious mind has is only an illusion of control. It cannot control anything, but it wants to and this creates an imbalance in our psyche.
If the imbalance prevails, it can cause people to get very sick. We call that psychosomatic disease.
The more you try to shut down the signals of the subconscious, the stronger the strain becomes.
If we have this massive bandwith for absorbing information we aren‘t even consciously aware of, how can we protect ourselves?
That requires a complex answer. There is no single santa clause formula that you follow and everything will be great, there are literally millions of factors.
Who do you surround yourself with and what do you focus on all day? What are you reading and listening to? What mental nourishment are you giving your mind?
You have to limit in some sense what you take in, just like you select what food you put in your body.
Then there is exercise of course, you need to move your body and have some contact with nature.
Next, because of our mirror neurons, it is important what state of mind the people around us have. If you surround yourself with hysterics, you better believe that is going to rub off on you.
Or you can surround yourself with people who are empathic and friendly and you will not be affected so badly by a crisis.
You can add meditation and hypnosis, which is my favourite thing, to further ground yourself.
What microdosing may do for many people is to just help them reduce anxiety to some extent.
But it is not possible to have everything as usual and then expect that microdosing will make everything wonderful. That is too narrow a view of mental health and of the world.
Microdosing might help people change their lives for the better, but it won‘t do it for them.
Great, thank you for the insight! Any closing words?
Oh yeah, one last warning.
If you try instrumentalizing microdosing in order to perform better in a job or way of life that you hate, it is possible that microdosing will up the pressure. Because there are impulses from your subconscious mind telling you to stop. Microdosing can amplify those signals.
It is not an agent of get-what-you-want, but it may help you get what you need.
If you‘ll let it.”
Disclaimer: The opinions voiced in this interview are not to be taken as medical or legal advice. The information these statements contain are provided without guarantee.
Many thanks for this interview to:
Ingo Komenda, psychotherapist M.D. specializes in:
- exit strategies for narcicistic relationships and co-dependency
- hypnotic techniques for ADD
- anxiety disorders
- spiritual crisis
- hypnoshamanic work
- training in self-hypnosis (Hypnodrift system)
You can contact Mr. Komenda for online consultations for his personal brand of hypnotherapy at:
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