This episode zooms in on how a deep interest in the human mind, psyche and spirit and 19 years of psychedelic exploration have influenced Donca Vianu, who we consider one of the elders in the psychedelic space. Donca shares her personal story, visions and concerns in the light of her career as a psychiatrist and later psychedelic integration therapist.
About Donca Vianu, MD
Donca Vianu is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with more than 40 years work experience spread over different countries and cultures, of which 30 years in The Netherlands. She is also a highly skilled psychotherapist for psychedelic experiences, in which she was a forerunner for many years, as she has 19 years experience with ayahuasca.
Donca has a rich psychological toolbox with which she helps people with diverse challenges and complaints to recover and grow. Her lifelong interest in spirituality led to a study in comparative religions and later in Buddhist psychology with Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and poet. A big passion for the Arts, led her to follow extensive training in Theatre, Dance, Somatic Movement, and study creativity as an interdisciplinary science.
Currently, Donca is writing a book that collects the many lessons learned from Ayahuasca, the mother of teacher plants, and works with psychedelic organisations as a facilitator, advisor and supervisor. Related to psychedelics, Donca focuses on education, harm reduction and integration of psychedelic journeys. Lastly, she brings her full toolkit into her work with 1:1 clients as a life coach, helping high functioning people to manifest their dreams and to lead a meaningful life which positively impacts their immediate and far away surroundings.
Microdosing Table Talk Episode 21
In this episode:
- How Donca’s fascination for the mind led her to become a psychiatrist
- Different psychiatry models: biological, social and political
- How ayahuasca shifted Donca’s worldview and life
- Comparative religious studies and ayahuasca
- A lesson about aging-related anxiety
- The medical rational mindset versus the intuitive ways of knowing that psychedelics invoke
- Being able to feel what patients are feeling
- The journey of the soul over many lifetimes
- The true value of psychedelic medicines is the worldview they bring us
- Examples of how to do the inner work related to a psychedelic journey
- Four serious concerns about the implementation of psychedelics in Western medicine
- Conspirituality and spiritual bypassing
- Why microdosing is a good start to explore your inner landscape
Disclaimer: Microdosing Institute is an information platform and a community with the sole purpose of providing education on microdosing. We do not encourage the illegal use of psychedelics. Even though we discuss the many benefits of microdosing, we do not claim that microdosing is proven effective as a medicine, medicinal aid or supplement, or that it could be seen as a replacement for conventional therapies or medicines.
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