It’s hard to believe that despite the fact that humans have been using psychedelics for millennia throughout different cultures, we still know so little about their benefit and true potential. An even bigger problem is the widespread misunderstanding surrounding the use of such substances. For starters, psychedelics have been demonized since the counter-culture of the 60s when a whole generation had shifted their attention inwards and were using psychedelics to explore the inner boundaries of their psyche. At that time the U.S government had shut down all scientific research on LSD and classified it as a schedule 1 drug, making it illegal and harshly penalized throughout the states. [...]
Sting recalls his Amazon trip in which he consumed the powerful hallucinogen ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew that, as Sting describes, makes you feel “wired to the entire cosmos. It is direct access to the god-head. There is definitely a higher intelligence at work. ”Experiences can be “both miraculous and terrifying, humorous and adventurous, humbling and revelatory when Westerners drink ayahuasca.”
Anyone that has tried a psychedelic drug know that it’s impossible to fully explain the experience to someone who hasn’t tried one. The entertainment industry completely misrepresents these experiences with dragons flying out of people’s faces and walls melting into nothing, which never occur even with strong doses. So, here is my best attempt at explaining the psychedelic experience.
I’d like to start this off with an anecdote from Ram Dass, who was talking about working with a member of the anti-drug coalition on a book about LSD. In choosing pictures for the book, they agreed on only one:
“It was a picture of a guy on the floor, looking at some spilled Coca-Cola. And [...]
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We seek to live in a safe secure and controlled world of relative comfort. When something happens that interferes with this world we experience anxiety and frustration which manifests itself as fear. Our dreams, hopes and lifestyle may feel threatened so we experience stress or fear. Most of our fears stem from three things. These are the lack of control, uncertainty, and the unknown. What is more [...]
Moving forward into 2015, we are planning on doing a blog series about the psychedelic experience, sharing stories of visions, healing, and the spiritual evolution that goes hand in hand with this medicine.
While talking about navigating the “noosphere” is a bit like dancing about architecture, we hope to choreograph a movement that resonates with everyone from the novice to the shaman in terms of this type of story telling.
The video above by The Warrior Poet, Aubrey Marcus, is in exact alignment with what we hope to provide to you. For those who are beginning to research, and find their own spark of curiosity about the world of psychedelics, this video is [...]