Candida Maurer, Director

Candida Maurer, Ph.D, Co-founder of Eastwind Healing Center and Eastwind School. Licensed psychologist, Reiki Master, Healing Touch practitioner. Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 1991.  Adjunct faculty, University of Iowa, Counseling Psychology.  MA, Rehabilitation Counseling, 1979. Massage therapist/Asian bodywork therapist, 1996-2013.  Reiki Master (Takata lineage) and Reiki Jin Kei Do Master (Takamori lineage). Hypnotherapist.  Dream Analysis. Medical Intuitive. Meditation. Quantum Healing practitioner.

Dr. Maurer is NOT taking any new clients for the foreseeable future.  

Dr. Maurer is a graduate of CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Research, and is currently seeing people for psychedelic preparation and integration services.  Dr. Maurer has integrated psychotherapy, holistic philosophy, hypnosis, dreamwork, and energy medicine into a powerful combination that has proven to be the healing key for many people. A gifted teacher, she is on the adjunct faculty of The University of Iowa where she has taught dream analysis, Jungian theory, and hypnotherapy. She has published in the area of pain management and hypnosis.

“When we ignore the body and the spirit in psychology, we ignore the inherent wholeness of the person. True healing takes place when one’s wholeness is revealed to them through integration of the mind, body, and spirit.”

“I have spent over 40 years studying psychology within myself and others, and bring a wealth of experience, understanding, and compassion to helping people change the underlying patterns that bind them. I have been interested in a holistic approach to healing throughout my life and it was natural for me to seek integrative methods for psychological healing once I became a psychotherapist. As part of my training, my personal experiences with alternative medicine propelled me to study extensively in the field of bio-energetic medicine and how it intersects with psychology. I came to see that the body is an extension of the mind on the physical plane and that bodily symptoms have psychological meaning. I also studied meditation, dream analysis, and hypnosis in order to help affect change at the deeper levels of being.

During various classes in Reiki, Healing Touch, Quantum Healing, yoga, qigong, etc., I witnessed many people transforming aspects of themselves that had seemed to have been “stuck.” When we feel stuck, we are generally caught in a pattern of thought, feeling, and behavior that seems unmovable. These patterns are held in the body-mind in a such a way that they are usually operating unconsciously. Even though we have understanding of our problems, understanding alone does not solve them, and we continue to be stuck in outmoded ways of being. Symptoms such as depression and anxiety surface in order to show us that we are out of alignment with our true self. Often, bodily symptoms hold the key to our inner processes so that we can tap into the body’s messages to understand all aspects of ourselves more deeply. In other words, with practice we can learn to trust our own body’s wisdom. This level of understanding allows us to access ourselves in a new and deeper way. When we learn to work with our bodies, our minds, and our spirits in a manner that honors each level of experience, our symptoms begin to disappear. It is through practices such as meditation, dream analysis, energy balancing, and hypnosis that we become aware of our patterns and our innate healing potential.  

I feel that my task is to help others find and activate their own inner wisdom. I firmly believe that the medicine of the future will include the understanding of the energies in and around our bodies as holding the vital link to our health. When we are consciously in alignment with these energies in our bodies and in our field, we feel balanced and centered. This experience allows us to transcend the patterns of personality that have kept us from finding our true Self and we are led to healing and wholeness.”

Psychedelic Therapy Integration

Dr. Candida Maurer, licensed psychologist and director of Eastwind Healing Center, has completed her certification in Psychedelic Therapy and Research through the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Psychedelic awakening has long been an interest of mine which was sparked by experiences in my 20’s. These were life-changing touchstones for the possibility of expanded consciousness, and, it was these experiences which led me to pursue my doctorate in psychology. These experiences also inspired me to pursue continuing education in alternative medicine. My foundational belief is that increasing our awareness is in itself healing in that it allows us to come to a greater sense of wholeness.

Psychedelics, or entheogens (a term used to describe substances which allow us to find the God within), have been used for millennia to allow people to have direct contact with other states of reality. A variety of entheogens are being used by millions of people in order to explore the vast realms of extraordinary experiences that allow us to heal ourselves. The entheogens that became popular in the 1960’s inspired millions to seek greater awareness through psychedelics and other “spiritual technologies” such as meditation, yoga, and depth psychology.

Now, psychedelics are being seriously studied for relief of mental illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, social anxiety, serious illness, and end-of-life issues. The research that is being conducted around the country and is approved by the FDA for Phase-3 trials has been extraordinarily promising. After treatment, approximately 70% of subjects achieve real healing and are no longer classified as having a mental illness. Additionally, these results come after only one to three trials of entheogenic substances and so far, these results hold for up to 18 months of follow-up data. In other words, unlike anti-depressant medications, there is no need
to continue to take these medicines on a daily basis.

Since psychedelics are still illegal, many people are ingesting these substances on their own or in group settings that may or may not support real psychological or spiritual transformation. It is only through careful intention setting, guidance, and integration that the full value of psychedelic experiences can be accessed.

The intention for my practice is to create a space for the soul to flourish. Since my certification, I am now offering integration services for those who have used entheogens and haven’t been able to fully synthesize their experiences.

It is my hope that these substances will soon be legalized for the millions who are suffering, for they will revolutionize the treatment of mental illness and allow an expansion of consciousness that is badly needed in our troubled world.

Dr. Maurer is also an outstanding spiritual and visionary artist. Love the art at Eastwind? You can contact Dr. Maurer (at the email address below) with questions, or to inquire about purchasing it.

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Visit Candida’s blog site.  This blog detailed her and her husband Michael’s experiences with his life-threatening illness from a spiritual perspective, which he ultimately passed away from on April 25th, 2018.