Who We Are

Modern Spirit is dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare by illuminating the intersection of biology, emotion and spirituality. As a non-profit dedicated to scientific research, educational programs, and community building, we are expanding our culture’s capacity to heal trauma. Our current research is focused on the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project.

Why Now?

Current Western culture has by in large neglected the importance of emotional and spiritual well-being in mental and physical healthcare. This oversight has contributed to the growing epidemic of mental and health and psychosomatic disorders, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, affected individuals have been forced to seek alternative treatment beyond the confines of established healthcare. In their search, many find emotional and spiritual healing techniques that can address their unresolved trauma and lead to improvements in overall health.

Modern Spirit’s mission is to bring emotional and spiritual healing home.

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Core Areas of Inquiry

  • How does trauma healing affect emotional biology?
  • How does spiritual health manifest in emotional well-being?
  • How is spiritual practice connected to spiritual healing?

Core Areas of Inquiry

  • How does trauma healing affect emotional biology?
  • How does spiritual health manifest in emotional well-being?
  • How is spiritual practice connected to spiritual healing?
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Our Work

In pursuit of our mission Modern Spirit works in the areas of scientific research, educational programs, and community building.

Scientific Research

Advancing our understanding of trauma healing through the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project

Educational Programs

Providing integrative educational programs to the community and healthcare providers, including the Emotional Biology 101 Podcast Series

Community Building

Building community for those interested in spiritually-minded support and healthcare resources

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is now studying whether MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help heal the psychological and emotional damage caused by sexual assault, war, violent crime, and other traumas. Thus far, their investigation into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has demonstrated very positive and unprecedented results, so much so that on August 16, 2017, the FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA for the treatment of PTSD.

What we know:

In MAPS’ completed Phase 2 trials with 107 participants, 61% no longer qualified for PTSD after three sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy two months following treatment. At the 12-month follow-up, 68% no longer had PTSD. All participants had chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, and had suffered from PTSD for an average of 17.8 years.

These clinical findings are based on psychological assessments and subjective reports.

What we don’t know:

Modern Spirit is joining forces with MAPS and University of Southern California (USC) to investigate the biological mechanisms underlying these impressive clinical results. In other words, we are looking for ways in which MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy can lead to measurable biochemical (“epigenetic”) change. We will collect saliva samples from study participants to analyze the epigenetic effects of this form of trauma healing.

Learn more about the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project.

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