20 Journal Prompts for Ketamine Preparation

20 prompts for ketamine preparation

Journaling has long been recognized as a powerful tool for self-exploration and personal growth. According to research, the act of putting thoughts and emotions into written words can foster self-awareness, emotional regulation, and cognitive processing (Smyth & Greenberg, 2000). Journaling allows individuals to reflect on their experiences, gain insights into their thought patterns, and make sense of their inner landscapes (Ullrich & Lutgendorf, 2002). As such, it serves as a valuable practice for those preparing to embark on a profound journey like a ketamine experience.

Why is Psychedelic Preparation Important?

Preparation is a crucial aspect of any psychedelic or ketamine-assisted therapy experience. These journeys have the potential to unlock deep layers of consciousness, unveil hidden aspects of the self, and facilitate profound shifts in perspective. Proper preparation can help individuals approach the experience with intention, openness, and a sense of readiness, allowing them to fully embrace the transformative potential of the journey. Journaling offers a structured and introspective way to engage in this preparatory process.

15  Journal Prompts for Ketamine Therapy Preparation

  1. What are your intentions for this journey? What do you hope to gain or explore?

  2. Who of your friends, family, and/or loved ones know you are taking this journey? Who do you know you can talk to about it after you’ve done it?

  3. Do you have any fears, anxieties, or concerns about the experience? If you do, how can you approach them with compassion and curiosity?

  4. Explore your current state of mind and emotional landscape. What thoughts, feelings, or patterns have been prevalent in your life recently?

  5. What are activities that help soothe or calm you when things are difficult? Make a list of 5 things, so you know can support you if you feel you need more support after the experience.

  6. Consider any unresolved traumas, challenges, or emotional wounds you may be carrying. How might this experience help you gain insight or find healing?

  7. Reflect on your relationship with yourself: do you feel you have been loving and compassionate with yourself? Are there things you feel you could support yourself in better, when perhaps you haven’t?

  8. Reflect on your relationship with others: are there relationships that you would like to strengthen, or relationships you think are time to let go of? With the relationships you want to keep in your life, what aspects of these connections would you like to explore or understand more deeply?

  9. Reflect on the people in your life who make you feel really good about yourself – what do these people do, that make you feel so good? Now reflect on if you do those things for you.

  10. Reflect on the way you show up for other people in your life: what are the things you do, that you know make others feel good about themselves?

  11. Contemplate your values, beliefs, and life purpose. How might this journey help you align more fully with your authentic self?

  12. Explore your creative aspirations or blocks. How might this experience unlock new perspectives or inspire your creative expression?

  13. Reflect on your connection to nature, spirituality, religion, or a sense of something greater than yourself. Is there anything you would like to explore deeper in these realms?

  14. Consider any recurring dreams, symbols, or archetypes that have been present in your life. How might they hold significance for your journey?

  15. How is your physical health? Have you been exercising in the way you feel you need to, and feeding yourself with quality nutrition and hydration?

  16. What aspects of your life or personal growth would you like to gain clarity or new insights about during this experience?

  17. Are there any specific patterns, behaviors, or thought processes you hope to transform or release through this journey?

  18. How might this experience help you cultivate greater self-compassion, self-acceptance, or self-love?

  19. Are you navigating (or anticipating) any significant life transitions or changes? Is there excitement or fear around them? How might this journey support you through these transitions?

  20. Consider your relationship with the concept of “letting go” or surrendering control. How might this experience invite you to explore new depths of trust and surrender?


Remember, these prompts are meant to guide your introspection and preparation, but there is no need to answer all of them exhaustively. Allow yourself to be drawn to the questions that resonate most deeply with your current state and intentions. And – journaling doesn’t need to be writing (though it’s most helpful) if you don’t have the time! You could simply percolate on a few of these questions on your drive to work or school during the day.

The act of journaling itself is a practice in mindfulness, inviting you to slow down, turn inward, and cultivate a sense of presence and awareness as you embark on this transformative journey.

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