Appendix x. List of reviews and testimonials from Psychedelic Insights
WOW- what happened today?! I still cant put it into words and comprehend what happened but I do know already that the experience was much much more than I expected and it felt so real and rewarding 😊.Confrontational on one hand but on the other hand groundbreaking and very joyful to experience a world without control😀
I want to thank you so much for spending your valuable time today with me and for being a part of my journey. I really enjoyed having you nearby - we've only known each other since today but I felt a strong connection with you. I've had a lot of support from you and the conversations we had during and after - I felt super safe and supported 🙏🏽🙏🏽 .
I don't know exactly what happened to me and how I will wake up tomorrow(and the rest of my life), but I already have the idea that this has been a life changing experience.We’ll talk soon and I wish you a very nice and sunny weekend🌞
Thank you so much!
Alexander: So, i wanted to share my experience with Luc and the whole „Psychedelic Insights“ team with you.
I havent had any experiences with psychedelics prior, but i was always curious what they can do for me. Especially because ive been an avid fan of personal development for a decade already, and noticed that i just couldnt get rid of some of my negative habits. After i read a lot about the magic of mushrooms, i decided to try it.
Luckily i found Luc and the whole „Psychedelic Insights“ Team. Let let me tell you what an amazing job they did with guiding me through my first mushroom experience.
Before we even scheduled the experience i had two very in depth calls to prepare for my journey. I got an extensive education on what i can expect from the journey, i got all my questions answered and, most important, they helped me a lot with setting a clear intention for the experience.
My intention was: healing.
We met in Amsterdam in my AirBnB. After first meeting my guides in person and hearing even more about their story, i felt even more happy to have chosen Niels and Elsa as my guides. They were amazing!
When the experience started i felt very safe. Niels and Elsa were at my site at all times and helped me get the most out of my experience. They helped me really let go and enjoy the ride!
During the beginning of my mushroom experience i had some trouble letting go and really diving into the experience. There was a lot of resistance which i wasnt able to let go by myself. Niels and Elsa‘s experience was really shining here! They guided me perfectly and helped me let go in a matter of minutes. Im sure without them by my side i would have felt a little bit lost navigating through this amazing experience.
After they showed me exactly what to do, i let go, slipped into the experience and let the mushrooms do their magic.
And let me tell you: magic they did!
It was a wonderul experience that i cant put into words. It was breathtaking!
Right now Niels, Elsa and Luc are still helping me integrate the whole experience, which i am super grateful for, since i havent learned this much about myself in a matter of hours EVER.
So, to put it in a nutshell:
I had a beautiful experience and can only recommend working with „Psychedelic Insights“, if you are just a tiny bit curious of what these magic mushrooms, combined with an amazing team of loving and caring professionals can do for you. :)
Thank you Luc!
Thank you Elsa!
Thank you Niels! 🙏❤️
Skye: I have benefitted greatly from my experiences. And I definitely experienced the 'afterglow'. I have not done a lot of intentional integration and was 'riding the wave' but recognise that there is concerted awareness to live. In the last day or so, I feel much more 'back to baseline', but the shifts inside, feels permanent.
Marta: I have only positive feedback! The trip was wonderful, the experience and your support were top notch. You're such beautiful people.
I received from truffles what I was asking for, beyond expectations.
I'm still in awe when I think back at my trip.
Some of the things I received from truffles are embedded in me since the trip, some others are a matter of understanding (and wanting) how to incorporate them in my life. The life after.
Tom: OMG, this changes absolutely everything…
Frits: This retreat Luc and his staff organised gave me such intense and wonderful insights. I felt so safe during this retreat. The true love and honesty Luc and his team provided, were the base of this beautiful intense and life changing experience for me. Beautiful people! I can fully recommend Psychedelic Insights to everyone who’s thinking about or wanting a journey to discover your true self, where’s true love, power and beautiful insights and connection! Luc and the whole team, thank you so much!!!
Jasper: The retreat has taught me very valuable lessons about life and brought me inner peace as well as regained strength on a mental level. Luc and the team were extremely knowledgeable, understanding and compassionate. It’s high time for our world leaders to join a retreat :). Thank you all very much.
Dirk: Dear all, The retreat, professionally organised by Luc and his team, is by far the most important experience in my life. I didn't had any experience with psychedelics or other things besides a cold beer. Therefore I was a bit hesitant. The Team took great care of me. Together we set the right intention. During the trips they created a safe space. Never too little or too much attention, just right. A perfect setting of atmosphere, sound and smell. This safe space allowed me to go full in. The first trip I deeply went into myself. Ended in a conscious space of Oneness. Words can not describe what I saw and experienced. The second trip was really different. So nice to have the Team around, they are so experienced. This trip was more outside, in nature…
Bert: Don't be afraid for the unknown. Open your mind, body and soul. This is life changing in a good conscious manner. With positive side affects beyond your imagination. Just do it.
Kees; I was made aware of the magic in us. This setting was very powerful and filled with love and magical.
Iwan: Luc his work is healing, connecting , inspiring, humorous, with a lot of love. I can advice everybody who is curious to understand themselves better. The only way out is within.
Janneke: words cannot describe how valuable this week has been to me. The insights I got and the group that was there was great.
Jeoffrey: This is something what everybody who is ready for it should experience. It’s a life changing experience for who wants to find truth in themselves. No words can explain the experience, only by doing it you will find out:-)
Ik kan alleen maar mijn dank 🙏🏽 uiten naar het gehele team. Zulke open, betrokken en fijne mensen. Voelt je meteen op je gemak en voelt al meteen vertrouwd. Het heeft mij enorm geholpen en kan ineens rust ervaren en heb nieuwe inzichten gekregen.
Echt een aanrader!!
Marcel L. (veteraan RNLMC)
It's really difficult to know what to say in this review. I won't talk too much about the effect of the mushrooms themselves because there's a lot of information out there about them already. All I will say is that they provided me with a most incredible and healing session. Please do believe the positive reviews, and I'm confident that as long as you follow the precautions advised around set and setting, pretty much everyone would gain something positive from taking mushrooms on occasion. I have lived through some difficult experiences in my life, and through my job seen a lot of suffering in others which has taken a toll. I feel the mushrooms have helped me heal some of the wounds, and allowed me to return to my life and work refreshed, ready to embrace whatever challenges follow.
In regards to the Psychedelic Insights team, I really can't recommend these guys highly enough. On the day of my experience I had Luc and Ellen guiding me, along with an observer. I was in a pretty fragile place mentally, and although I felt confident I am sure my experience could have been negatively affected had I not been in the company of such seasoned sitters. Luc, Ellen and their friend all have an incredibly kind nature. Prior to the experience they took their time to explain the process to me, and allowed me to raise anything I felt important. They ensured the environment was warm, comfortable and relaxed. They gave me clear information about dosing and helped me feel empowered in my choice. The experience itself was the most intensely healing/cleansing day of my life. That being said the sheer depth and breadth of emotions was exhausting, and may have been frightening had I not be so well looked after. For most of it Ellen appeared to be my main sitter, and she did incredibly well at striking the balance between being present enough for me to know she was there if I needed, whilst giving me the space to be with some very personal thoughts/feelings. Luc was also on hand when need, he interacted in a natural and cheery way. Although my trip was tough, I didn't feel it took any dark or worrying turns which I understand can affect some people. I feel that had my trip gone that way both Ellen and Luc would be a powerful presence who could be depended on. In "the job" that I do, I see the best and the worst of people, and they are definitely the best of people.
When considering a new experience such as this, I am much more comfortable taking the risk myself than I would be letting those close to me do so. I can honestly say that if any of my family considered this kind of experience, I would recommend Ellen and Luc to them without any doubt. At the beginning of the day, Luc and Ellen were effectively strangers to me. Almost 3 months later, even though I've not seen or really spoken to them since I consider them close friends, and feel a huge gratitude for the service they give in sitting with people through such experiences. Thank you so much
Pretty much everything else was great, be it the introduction, the location, the food etc. Also you guys are just amazing. Christian
Thank you all again for your generosity and care.
Thanks to you I have glimpsed something I didn’t know of before and which changes everything.
I’m clinging to the warmth and quiet joy of it and intend to continue the ‘work’ as I learn more about this extraordinary mystery.
I would like to share with you that I really enjoyed the journey but until now It hasn't revealed to be transformational as I was expecting. Probably my expectations were to high.
To be honest, I don't remember that much of the trip and what I remember wasn't that overwhelming. I had very good feelings, but I didn't felt overwhelmed by then. Maybe I took to much, or to less...
For a first experience, was soft and opened the opportunity for future experiences and that was already worthy.
I don't know if in close future it will be more reveal , but honestly I doubt because my memories are so few.
Anyway, I hope that this practice begins to be available to more people and respected as a therapy and that people begin to be more open about their mind and more connected with the world around us.
I thank you again for everything and wish you all success on your journey of promoting this gateway to our insight.
Review from Psychology PhD:
I am a psychologist from the U.S. The growing body of research involving the use of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs as adjuncts to psychotherapy led me to want to know more about the experience, especially because I might soon be able to legally assist a client to use these drugs as an adjunct to the work I do with them. I was also personally curious about how psilocybin would effect me, but I wanted to go to a place where I could feel confident there were reliable controls over the quality of the drug. I mean no offense toward other locations in the world where psilocybin could be used when I say that I chose Amsterdam because of the city’s long history of careful controls over drug production, distribution, and use.
I chose Psychedelic Insights to assist me for similar reasons. I wanted to feel confident that there would be knowledgeable people I could trust to help me if I needed it, just in case anything went wrong during the trip. This was especially a concern because I had never tried psilocybin before. I also wanted to feel like it was less likely that problems would arise. Emails with Luc prior to my visit reassured me that he was a guy I could rely on in all of these ways.
I really can’t say enough positive about the extraordinary service provided by Psychedelic Insights. Let me start with the people. Luc and Ellen were informed, patient, and exceedingly compassionate throughout my trip. They provided a very comprehensive discussion of what to expect and of how to prepare to receive the trip prior to beginning it. The process was so very carefully designed and implemented. I cannot stress that enough. Ellen and Luc made a really great team. They were both so incredibly attentive to the need to create a therapeutic setting. I knew something about this issue prior to arriving but still, my mindset was definitely assisted so that I could be appropriately receptive to the experience. This was a direct result of how they prepared me and also of how they prepared the location.
You can imagine, engaging in this kind of work is incredibly intense and the nature of the experience is unpredictable. To have two people who are able and willing to sit with you and reassure as needed, regardless of the nature of the experience you have, and then patiently, compassionately, and so wisely assist in the processing before, during, and after the trip was really quite exceptional.
I want to mention something else even though this might seem like a silly detail. A very positive aspect of the experience for me was the flavor of the truffles. This was probably not due to anything special that they did but I want to mention it anyway because it contributed to the pleasantness of the experience. After I was shown how to grind up the truffle, I was shown how to make a tea out of it. I did that and when I drank it, I was so surprised that the tea was absolutely not at all unpleasantly flavored. I’d expected the worst because of what I’d heard about magic mushrooms. My experience was that the tea was not the least bit unpleasant. I did feel slightly nauseas at one point, but that was short-lived and I think it was a function of the impact of the drug on my body rather than the flavor.
I should also mention that the space was a lovely, warm, comfy home. I look back on the whole experience and I have such nice memories. What a privilege for me, someone who, prior to that day, had never met Luc or Ellen, to be able to receive such kindness and warmth from both of them. I feel as though I made two new, very special friends.
The trip I had was almost certainly allowing me to experience much higher levels of development than what I am at. It was the most beautiful complex experience I’ve ever had, the “I” is remembering the experience but there was no “I” during the peak, it was a real relief to experience some of the things I am trying to point toward with my writing in the diploma (this idea of being much larger than my conscious experience - the “extended mind”).
In some ways I am coming very late to the psychedelic game, I don’t think I would have been able to have such a positive experience even 5 years ago. But maybe I am completely misunderstanding things as I don’t have multiple experiences. Maybe the next trip will be a complete disaster :)
On a personal level I think it will take me quite some time to work through the central issue that trip raises. For me it comes down to how to resolve the unity of that experience, the injustice in the world that I see, and the responsibility I have for being so privileged.
PS Our discussion was very valuable for me, thanks to you both. Mark
Wow... I first became intrigued with medicinal medicine about a year ago and did a lot of research on psilocybin and the amazing (and beneficial) properties. I did a lot of research on different trip guides and when I found "Psychedelic Insights" in Amsterdam and read about their philosophy and concepts, I thought I found the right place. I had preliminary chats with Luc and Ellen and felt so good about them that I soon booked my "trip". Upon arriving at their business and meeting Luc and Ellen, I immediately got a wonderful and confident feeling from them and this was proven by their trip guidance. Sometimes in life you meet people and can feel their positive energy and love, this was especially true about Luc and Ellen. I couldn't have imagined just how magnificent the experience was. I would recommend Psychedelic Insights, Luc, and Ellen to anybody. It was one of the most spiritual and wonderful experiences I've ever had. Full of Discovery about myself, love, and the universe. Five big beautiful stars.
Luc, I'm not sure how to even begin to express my gratitude to you and Ellen. It was a real pleasure to meet you both. I really appreciate the work you guys put into making my experience feel safe and memorable. I felt you and Ellen always had the best intentions. Thank you guys for your patience and reassuring words during my trip.
I feel extremely happy for the opportunity to experience something so profound that it made me question the nature of reality and our place in it. I believe it's human nature to be drawn to the unanswerable questions of our origins and the meaning behind it all. By no means do I have the all the answers, but I feel an incredible amount of relief to experience a just tiny piece of it.
One of my favorite insights I came back with was the knowledge that the true nature of the universe is infinitely more beautiful than what we can perceive with our default neural filter. It's almost like psilocybin polishes that "window of consciousness" as you put it, making things look clear.
I like that you said consciousness is the universe experiencing itself. The philosophy of panpsychism has never been more real to me.
Psilocybin has been an exceptional teacher. It has opened the doors or perception further than I've ever experienced before. Nothing compares, all my studies of philosophy and religion, my deepest introspective meditations or hours in isolation tank sessions don't even come close.
I feel renewed with a fresh sense of optimism and a genuine love of life. It has really helped my depression and anxiety issues immensely. Mission accomplished! We can't control the world, but we can control how we feel about it.
Again, thank you and Ellen for everything. I can't wait to book another session with you guys in the future and really diving into the depths of consciousness.
I love you guys with all my heart. Keep up the great work!
Hi Luc, We've had a chat and I've spoken with Ellen. It's apparent that you're both exceptional people. Steve
Hi Luc, I was very impressed by your group and the beautiful room. You clearly worked hard to build the service. I was super impressed by your team, especially the very kind Ellen, who helped me a lot by sharing her experiences.
Dear Ellen, dear Luc,
a couple days after the session, I just wanted to let you guys know that I am doing well.
The last couple of days have almost been like a dream. Eventhough my social fears were still present, they did not bother me anymore. It felt like a profound love for everyone and everything overradiated anything else. After coming back to Germany yesterday, I held my mother in my arms and told her I love her more than anything. I never did that before. Her smile and happiness was absolutely priceless.
Today that after glow kind of wore off, but the memories and insights of the trip are still present. I really look forward to integrate everything that comes up and finally tear down these walls of fear that keep me from connecting with other people. I was never more certain than now, that this is the only way to go.
Now to you guys. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing. Ellen, you know, I was so scared before the experience and you really took so much of my anxiety onto you. I could literally feel that. Your love and nurturing felt extremely comforting. Luc, your such a freakin brave warrior. During my trip you were there all the time for me to connect and empower me to go deeper and deeper. I cannot put this in other words, it was as if you said: It's okay, you can let go now! So THANK YOU so much and please keep up what you're doing.I really hope to be back with you guys again in the future and go even further.
Lots of Love from Germany
Hey Luc! Good evening! I send you my wishes for a happy 2020 full of health and joy.
Well I must say I am calmer, smile more, even less hyperactive.
And have much more easiness doing things and making decisions.
And have been having small insights here and there, about things I now see I used to missinterpret.
And more importantly I have forgiven my parents. It has always been right there, this issue, that I had to do it, but thought I couldn't.
It is so different now, after the session. It just happened. Internaly, the burden is off.
Sure I am not happy all the time. Maybe I thought that that would have been the case, that all my problems would have been solved now but I guess that I have to get to work with what is the new me now..
The space is well set (simple and empty of things).
You and Helen: wonderful.
Documentation: "thinking and stress": very good.
Amsterdam: too much water...(I am joking but its true) Otherwise beautiful.
Thank you for your time reading this.
Greetings from Greece.
Hi Luc and Ellen, Hope you are well.
What a journey , in some many ways. I just got down to write a few recollections from my session in a dairy and thought I would convey my thanks again now that I have settled down from what was certainly an experience :-)
On Saturday I could feel myself relaxing and things started to seem brighter. Was it the rain in Dubai also that helped clear the sky - who cares. And I don’t even care if it lasts in the same way. What matters is that I believe that some positive change somewhere has started. It will show up and it is for me to keep looking for it and nurturing it.
The real reason I am writing is to say Thanks. Couldn’t have been possible without the help that both of you provided. The balance was important. And with Ellen beside me was like an angel protecting me. I will never forget that. Thank You.
You guys keep safe and keep doing what you are doing.
Immy was a great spiritual guide during my journey with psilocybin, I’m grateful for how caring and attentive she was with me during my immersion, she’s like an angel honestly, she was generous to help me understand things when my mind was trying to figure it all out, it was like she had so much empathy towards what I was going through, when I felt pain it’s like she have been there before so there was not judgment but support, the whole experience was liberating for me, I feel like we shouldn’t define trips as bad or good because it happen the way it happens to show us things that we need to see, my trip wasn’t easy but I’m happy I got to cry out my pain, it was life changing for me, I was carrying so much guilt all of my life and I didn’t know, I think that’s where my depression was coming from, psilocybin gave me access to that part of me and showed me how painful it was to blame myself for things happening around me, it was totally subconscious tho, I had no idea of the amount of guilt I was carrying. Today it’s been exactly a week since I was in Amsterdam and I’ve been integrating all I receive during psilocybin, Now I’m aware of things I was not able to see before, I feel like I didn’t know what real love was before psilocybin, I thought I knew but this medicine showed me a whole new perspective of pain and love, my insecurities, fears and guilt are fading away little by little as I integrate, I’m a bigger observer now so every time an old pattern arrives I can clearly see it, I keep separating my ego from the real version of me more than ever before, it’s not an easy task to deal with ego, but awareness give us choices and feels liberating to choose the path of love.
Nature it’s really wise that give us plant medicines like psilocybin, I think maybe nature is protecting itself and protecting us, after this spiritual journey I feel even more connected to nature.
I’m grateful for the opportunity psilocybin gave me to liberate myself from guilt. The past week I have smiled and laughed consistently, it feels good to be even a happier person than ever before. I will keep awareness to stay happy and at peace.
Dear Ellen and Luc, Thank you very much for the profound experience last Friday. Your open-minded and non-judgemental approach was essential for my experience. It was an intense and difficult trip, and your strength and emotional support helped me get through it. I had several panic attacks and I thought I was going crazy more than once. The helping hand you both gave - helped me let go.
I still have difficulties processing what I went through and it was remarkable in many ways. The loss of ego and sense of self was definitely beneficial and the week after coming home has been a good one in many ways. I feel less depressed and anxious, but still have some difficulties on getting things done (although this has always been a challenge). Have started some new good habits, and left some negative habits behind. I hope this will continue and I will make the effort to make sure it does.
Even though I still struggle on understanding what I went through, I can positively say that it has improved me for the better. It cleared some old cobwebs and reset some negative thought loops from the past. The social anxiety is far less profound than ever before and my social life has really been blooming the last couple of days. The experience has also allowed me to open more up to others and meet them with more care and understanding.
We can never be perfect, but we must always thrive to improve ourselves. In improving ourselves we can also improve our environment and society. I cannot thank you enough for the job that you do, both for me, and for many others.
Even though it was a scary experience, I still want to do it again at some point. I have a sense that the most difficult trips might be the most beneficial ones too. However, I still have some processing to do :-)
Also, having another person going through a much more different experience than me, was a breath of fresh air too. I believe the sense of unity helped me get more out of the experience.
Putting the psychedelic experience into words will simply not do it justice. Lets just say that the experience was more helpful than what I can put into words :-)
Thank you so much, and I hope to see you guys again.
Hoi Luc, I just wanted to say thanks again to you, Ellen and Yan for an amazing experience on Saturday. I’ve read your integration guidance and have been trying to put it into practice. So far the results are subtle but significant. I’ve had more fun with my kids in the last couple of days than I have in a long time, and really nothing is more important to me than that.
Would it also be possible to ask for the playlist you guys used, in particular the ho’oponopono stuff?
If you guys ever need anything I can help with, please let me know? I think what you’re doing is amazing, and am keen to support you in any way.
Wishing you all the best Doei Mark :)
Hi guys! I was meaning to get in touch, thank you kindly for the reminder.
I saw my psychiatrist yesterday, and she was, as you guessed from our talks, very positive and willing to help me integrate this experience into the work we do together. Though I mostly experienced dreamscapes and environments during my trip with you, she was happy I shared it with her as it adds to me as a whole, even if I don't really know what to make of it.
I wanna thank you for a very positive experience, your expertise and calm, warm and welcoming nature. I've tried to recall the calmness I felt during stressful moments during the days after. Having personal understanding of a medium (?) dose, next time I'm willing to expand that and see where that takes me. Wewill most likely book another visit in the future, perhaps even a couple-session as you suggested.
All the best! Elin
Greetings Ellen. I'm so sorry it took me this long to respond to your message. I've been so busy since I got back that I lost track of too many things. Please forgive me. I think about you guys and the out of this world experience I had in Amsterdam every day. I truly feel like so many vessels within my heart, body, soul and spirit were opened, relieved and enlightened that day. I will forever be grateful to you, the Gods and my ancestors for blessing me with such hope for a magnificent future.
My integration process has been going very well. I wrote down everything that was communicated to me in my session and I read and pray on it often. I'm more focused and ready to start a new life where I just don't think and dream but Do! It hasn't been easy trying to modify my thinking patterns and habits but I am working hard to meet the challenge.
One day, I plan to work with forward thinking individuals like yourself to help the masses to regain their footing and adapt and adopt mindsets and behaviors that are conducive to creating a better world for everyone.
I truly am so hopeful about the future even with all the pain, suffering and difficulties that lie ahead. We can do anything when we do it together and with love.
I pray that you and yours are well and will continue to be so. Please take care and be careful. And of course, I would like for us to stay in touch. For now, have a good night and enjoy the upcoming week. 😘👍😀 Uche