Dr. Jeff McNairy Bridging Ancient Modalities With Western Psychology WELLNESS FORCE RADIO EPISODE 186

Jeff McNairy: Bridging Ancient Modalities With Western Psychology

“With modern talk therapy and plant medicine, they both need each other in some aspect. Talk therapy is great to get people prepared for the experience of plant medicine. Not everybody who comes to Rythmia has that background, but some do and it's good that they have an idea of what their issues are or might be. Some have a history of trauma and so talk therapy helps them build a little confidence in doing the real work when they come to Rythmia. Then once they leave, the focus shifts and they have to stay on track and really be plugged in with themselves.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

How can we connect the head and the heart in healing?

On Wellness Force Radio 186, former Director of Passages Malibu and now both Chief Operations Officer and Chief Medical Director of RythmiaDr. Jeff McNairy, talks about how you can combine modern talk therapy with plant medicine, how to prepare yourself for plant medicine treatment, and how breath work can have just as powerful of an effect as plant medicine.

Discover how plant medicine can assist you with your inner child work in order for you to let go of the past and heal

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Listen To Episode 186 As Dr. Jeff McNairy Uncovers:

  • Why people from the Western parts of the world have a hard time understanding what this new modality of plant medicine is all about.
  • What it is that continues to drive him to work with so much passion at Rythmia.
  • Their approach to ensuring that Rythmia is a medically-licensed, safe and secure place where people feel comfortable and truly enjoy their experience.
  • How he has experienced healing through plant medicine.
  • What he didn't know about himself as an adolescent and being the oldest of 7 siblings compared to what he knows now.
  • What inner child work is and how to approach it to help yourself heal.
  • The healing aspect of modern talk therapy and how it can work together with plant medicine.
  • Who is and who isn't eligible for participating in plant medicine therapy.
  • The breathwork experience that Rythmia provides for their guests.
  • What it's like for him to live in Costa Rica and embrace the vibrant Central American culture.
  • The physiology of Plant Medicine and what happens when a person takes it from a medical perspective.
  • How challenging plant medicine can be and what to expect from the experience.
  • Why the main ingredient of plant medicine, DMT, which brings enlightenment is still considered taboo.
  • How plant medicine can help build the bridge between ancient modalities and western psychology.
  • The various churches and cultures in the US and around the world who are approved to use plant medicine.
  • What Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is and how they've helped bring more awareness to the use of plant medicine.
  • The difference between empathy and sympathy and the importance of connecting with ourselves to connect with other people.
  • What it means to him to be connected to the self.

Power Quotes From The Show

“We strongly believe in the power of the mind and the power of intention. There are a lot of studies that show that if you believe you're going to be healed using this medicine, procedure, or belief system, then often times you will be healed because your mind, body, and spirit are connected and plugged in.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

“Before I tried plant medicine, I thought I was pretty well adjusted and it turns out I was not. I learned that I had a ton of behaviors and mindframes in resistance mechanisms that were impeding me from really being happy and connected to people. I was horrible at relationships and I was angry. Even though I could mask it really well at my job while helping these people and loving my work, I was kind of a mess on an individual level.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

“Plant medicine links up with the pre-frontal cortex and the amygdala and you get to see and have awareness about what your neuron pathways were about from years past. You get to understand how the trauma you experienced as a child has been affecting you for years, build new neuron pathways, see your reality in a new light, and change your thought process about the world around you.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

“Our ego is the image that we portray to the rest of the world. It's who we want people to think we are and it's there in order to protect us. Some people are more plugged into themselves than others so their ego isn't too strong and they're more authentic. As you do plant medicine and plug into yourself, you realize that you don't need to hold onto that ego anymore.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

“I can't connect with anybody unless I'm connected to myself first. The problem with society these days with wars, conflict, and different cultural misunderstandings is that people don't feel the connection to those other people at all. The reason they don't is that they're not connected to themselves. So, if you are connected to who you are as a person, that means that you're capable of having true empathy.” – Dr. Jeff McNairy

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About Dr. Jeff McNairy

Dr. Jeff McNairyDr. Jeff McNairy, Psy.D., M.P.H. has been working in the healthcare field for 25 years. He has worked in a variety of medical environments and seen the struggle individuals have when actually trying to heal.

He is the Chief Medical Director at Rythmia Life Advancement Center and was the former Director of Passages Malibu, a world-renowned drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Through Dr. McNairy’s intense experience with the most desperate patient populations (addition, acute mental health, and trauma), he has seen that the only real healing can come from within.


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