Shifting Consciousness through Nature Engagement: a Solution to Climate Issues
While on a walk around the California coastal rocks, I was having a philosophical discussion about passions – mine being my research with entheogens and a friend’s being surfing. We found a commonality, in that when we surrender to the power of nature, we not only heal ourselves, but find meaning in our place on Earth by shifting consciousness. As I have traveled the world working with Indigenous cultures and plants, as well as studying Ecological research, I have confirmed that climate change is a real and honest threat. However, what if solutions could be found through connecting to nature and really FEELING why we should be making more sustainable and smart choices in our daily life? How we can interact with one another and the planet to promote climate justice. Ecopsychology is real if we shift consciousness, through modalities such as psychedelics, ecotherapy, outdoor sport, intentional community based living and more. Let’s have an open dialogue, exploring both my research and positive ways we can shift consciousness and save the planet through connecting to nature.
Molly Helfend is an ethnobotanist, herbalist, storyteller and journalist dedicated to documenting global environmental, ecological and botanical rights. Her research is focused within enthogens/psychedelics, health, ethnobotany, travel and spirituality. Molly has also worked as a content marketing director, community educator and brand strategist with over 10 years of experience working with health and wellness and psychedelic companies and publications across the globe.