Marta has graduated from MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London and Post-Msc (PDEng) in User System Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Marta is an expert in persuasive science and technology. She had researched this topic in the medical and well-being field for two years during her Post-MSc course and during her work as a UX researcher at the TU/e. She is interested in demystifying the psychedelic experience and creating a scientific framework that would be more accessible to the Western mind and more relevant than the shamanic or new age framework which is popular in the psychedelic community. She is a co-founder and a coordinator of Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands; a non-profit organization focused on advocating a safe use of psychedelic substances.
The psychedelic movement seems to be divided into two groups. People who believe in entities or otherwise called beings or spirits and people who see these forms as constructs of the mind and refer to these as eidetic hallucinations. Why there is such a difference in views between people in using psychedelic substances? What causes one person to see this concept as real and the other as a metaphor? The problem might be less trivial then it seems and is not only a semantic deliberation. What if diving into the topic of entities hinders personal healing process? From information gathered from internet forums seems like many people use psychedelics in the context of an exploration of the idea of meeting other beings or travelling into other dimensions. Many people seem to be confused what is real and blame their life events on entities instead of taking responsibility for dealing with their conditioned programming. The talk is based on the Internet survey that was distributed to the various psychedelic forums and social network pages. The questionnaire explored many possible reasons for why some people have encounters with the entities, from prior belief framework to the degree of susceptibility to persuasion.
On the 28th of February 2018, the Dutch court announced guilty three members of the Santo Daime church who tried to bring around 100kg of Ayahuasca tee from Brazil to the Netherlands. Santo Daime has gained a special allowance for using the brew in the ceremonies by religious freedom argument in 2001 as a result of another court case. The recent court decision follows rising sentiments in many European countries, against increasing number of Ayahuasca ceremonies. The problem seems to be especially escalated in the Netherlands, where prosecution of the brew providers is negligible due to the Santo Daime case, leading to the rise of sessions facilitated by inexperienced practitioners. A similar situation takes place in connection with other substances, like psilocybin truffles or Iboga which are not regulated by the Dutch law. Psychedelics, when used irresponsibly can cause severe psychological damage. To reduce this harm potential, we propose to create a Psychedelic Code of Conduct that would list safety points that we think should be covered by facilitators providing psychedelics. The list of safety precautions will be prepared in consultation with groups like ICEERS and MAPS. In addition to the conduct, the project will have a system of participants’ reviews that would provide prospective attendees with more information on how these sessions are conducted. This is an ongoing project in collaboration between Psychedelic Experience and Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands.