Set and Setting

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[what is set and setting]

While considering the appropriate therapeutic dosage levels for psychedelic compounds, Fisher (1963) notes that dosage is not a crucial factor in determining the quality and direction of psychedelic experience. On the contrary, Fisher cites the openness of the individual to self-exposure, the willingness to learn, the ability to rise above egoic boundaries, the person's self esteem, the person's ability to trust the setting and individuals who are acting as guides, and "many more" factors as crucial in determining the type of experience an individual is likely to receive.

[expand set and setting to include sociological factor] with reference to the Lightning Path as a systematic attempt to impose a positive set and setting conducive to rapid, global awakening of consciousness, or the prolific and proliferating ability to have authentic Religious Experiences


Fisher, Gary (1963). Some Comments Concerning Dosage Levels of Psychedelic Compounds for Psychotherapeutic Experiences. Psychedelic Review. 2: 208-219.

Halpern, J.H. (2004). Hallucinogens and Dissociative Agents Naturally Growing in the United States. Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 102: 131-138.