The Flow Genome Project is teaming up with Psykia Institute and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to study breathwork as treatment for veterans suffering from severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
*UPDATE: Since you all rocked it with the first 15k, let's see if we can hit the full target! 30k and we will be able to fund phase 1!
Dear Flow Hacker Nation,
We are sponsoring a first of its kind new study with Dr. Matt Johnson at Johns Hopkins University (one of the lead psilocybin researchers behind all of the studies you've been hearing about) on the impact of breathwork on PTSD and we need your help!
We are starting by raising $15K for the first phase of their study design, and will be continuing to contribute our research and findings into the project as it matures.
And right now, we're going to match dollar for dollar funds from this community, to try to get to that number as fast as we can. We believe in the team that Psykia Institute (co-founded by the amazing neuroscience PhD student who organized the first psychedelic conference at Harvard in 50 years) has put together, and we know that our community is about as aligned and active in this space as any––so we're stepping up to lend a hand.
Why, you might ask, with all of the super cool findings coming from psychedelic research would we be interested in something as basic as breathing?
Here's our answer––if you remember as far back as Stealing Fire, the case we made was "what's really revolutionary here, is less the specific way people are getting into non-ordinary states, but rather, what each approach can tell us about the knobs and levers of our bodies and brains."
We've been saying that about psychedelics and our understanding of the serotonin system. We've been saying that about meditation and EEG, and about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system too. It's less the key, than the door it opens that's really interesting.
Same goes for breathwork. The ability to alter our neurochemistry through deliberate breathing protocols could be a game changer for people in need.
Because the crazy thing is--even with breathwork--holotropic, pranayama, Wim Hof--being all the rage, and with decades of profound anecdotal impacts--no one has ever validated the science behind it with respect to trauma in this way.
That's what this new research is about--providing solid evidentiary support so more communities, clinics, schools, prisons and hospitals can cut through red tape and resistance and begin mending their people with simple tools that anyone can master.Open Source. Scalable. Free.
If you've ever suffered from trauma, anxiety or depression, and want to support the movement to get beyond SSRIs--please consider supporting this project.
Every dollar you give, we'll match to reach the first 15k. Double the impact. Half the time.
The way things are heading, PTSD isn't going away anytime soon. Starting now, and sharing these learnings as far and wide as possible, feels like the right thing to do. So we are, and we hope you will too.
Thanks for stepping up and lending a hand.
Jamie and the FGP team
ABOUT FLOW GENOME PROJECT
A collection of award-winning academics and artists, professional athletes, special operations commanders, Fortune 500 business leaders and a global community of dedicated flow hackers over a hundred thousand strong.As a research and a training organization, we decode the neuropsychology of optimal performance and open source our findings to the world. Our goal is to help individuals and organizations experience more flow and the significant boost in performance it provides.On the research side, in partnership with the world’s leading universities and Fortune 500 companies, we advance Flow science. On the training side, we work with individuals and organizations, teaching them to harness Flow to significantly level up their performance.
ABOUT PSYKIA INSTITUTE
We are Psykia Institute, a newly founded organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to merge breakthrough science and traditional wisdom to help communities cultivate psychological and spiritual well-being. We advocate for a systems-oriented approach that guides individuals to identify and establish essential forms of connection (with themselves, each other, and nature). This is explored through curating multidisciplinary discussions, funding clinical research, and creating practices around the theme of interconnectedness. Most recently, Psykia reintroduced the topic of psychedelic medicine to Harvard University.