To take a psychedelic with intent is to be a passenger on a train bound for the unknown. It is an act of blind faith. It is a trust fall into the navel of the universe. Keep your eye open and look deeply into the fog. If you see monsters, have courage. If you find ecstasy, have temperance. This is not your train, and not your body. You may die. Let it all go. Witness, and allow. You are alone, yet life in all eternity will be there to guide you home.
– Aubrey Marcus
Other than yoga and meditation, there is no better tool for spiritual growth than psychedelics. The power of taking psychedelics in a controlled manner can bring temporary states of awareness previously unachievable. When used correctly, and while keeping a consistent meditation practice, it can be the shortcut to permanent enlightenment.
For thousands of years, religions around the world have incorporated psychedelic plants in various rituals for spiritual growth.
Powers are born of practices performed in previous births, or by herbs, mantra repetition, asceticism, or by samadhi.
– Yoga Sutras of Patañjali 4.1
According to the book “Inner Quest” by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, in Ayurveda, especially the Tantric version, herbs are the embodiment of the living goddess. If applied properly they release divine energies—to heal not only the physical aspect of our being, but the mental and spiritual aspects as well.
Types of Psychedelics
- Marijuana (mild)
- Mushrooms (medium)
- DMT (extreme)
Form of Spiritual Cheating?
90% of American Buddhist monks were introduced to Buddhism by psychedelics.
– Rick Strassman
Is the psychedelic experience spiritual burglary? The question is asking whether taking psychedelics is a way to steal a glimpse of the infinite without having earned it or properly prepared for it.
One of the most valuable things that a psychedelic can do is to show you the state of being that you are aiming for with any sustainable practice like meditation. Most of us, with our hectic lives are very far from living in a permanent state of alignment with source or Truth. It is true that psychedelics can only give you a glimpse of this access, but without that glimpse how do we know what we are going for? I liken it to someone telling a person how to ride a bicycle without ever letting them get on one. Good luck with that.
A Scientific Study
The research: One study concluded that controlled exposure to psilocybin could have long-lasting medical and spiritual benefits. In 2011, Johns Hopkins researchers found that by giving volunteer test subjects just the right dose, they were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers. This provoked long-lasting psychological growth and helped the volunteers to find peace in their lives, all without side effects. Nearly all of the 18 test subjects, average age 46, were college graduates. Seventy-eight percent were religious and all were interested in finding a scientific experience.
Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking.
Is it Necessary?
Absolutely not, there are other, more stable tools such as yoga and meditation for spiritual growth.
However, if you want to experiment with your Consciousness in this lifetime, you might as well experience it in as many ways the Shakti has to offer.
You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.
– Terence McKenna
Think of it like hitting the reset button on life—it’s good to do once awhile.
Aren’t Psychedelics Addictive?
There is no answer for this since every person is different. Considering most people in today’s society have addictive personalities, whether it’s alcohol, gambling, food, or porn, I would not blame psychedelics for addiction. As with any addiction, there lies a deeper issue which needs to be fixed, that is independent of the outlet being used.
An Important Reminder
Mindset and setting are so important to the trip. Your thoughts about the trip affect the trip itself. Never enter a psychedelic experience with a negative mindset. Always be in a place you feel comfortable and safe in. The key point here is that you should think about your life as one big fucking trip, where you should be constantly aware of your mindset and setting.
It doesn’t mean that “negative” trips aren’t beneficial for us either. In fact sometimes the most “negative” trips will reveal things about ourselves that we need to bring more awareness to.