So you’ve had a psychedelic or psychedelic adjacent experience. What comes next? This week we sit down with Beni Summers, Rabbinic Intern at Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Supports, to discuss psychedelic integration, float tanks, Buddhist psychology, and Jewish mysticism as we cultivate a deeper understanding of ecstatic states and the fruits they bear.
"Something that floating taught me was that I have, or that we as people, have the whole keyring with every key attached to our being. I used to think that you had to go out and find the keys, in a book, in a pill, in a song - and yes, they're out there but they are already inside of us." - Beni Summers
Jewish Psychedelic Integration
Beni’s Story of Awakening
Floating into Revelation
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Beni is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston. He has worked in a wide range of Jewish organizations for the past ten years, most notably as a Moreh Ruhaniyut (Spiritual Teacher) for several congregations, camps and schools up and down the east coast of the US. Beni currently serves as the Rabbinic Intern for Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Support, offering online Integration Circles and classes in the Torah of Expanded States. He hosts a contemplative community called Sit & Sing in his home, and studied contemplative neuroscience at Lesley University. He has taught meditation to teens on retreats, and in communities around the Boston area. He is a lover of electronic dance music and is an avid festival goer, and just returned from journeys at Lightning In A Bottle and Electric Forest.