The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception

These days a lot of people want to, or have tried psychedelics.

Traditional education about it sucks, so when people discover they've been lied to it's like they've discovered the pill from the Matrix.  Most jump in without preparation and without an idea of what they're risking.

As far as drugs go psychedelics are generally very safe. They can have amazing therapeutic properties for some people.

But don't do them without first doing as much research and preparation as possible, and without some idea of what you're getting into.

Psychedelics break down walls in your brain, but some walls are there for a good reason.

It's pretty fascinating to witness what seems like one of the world's biggest brain experiment.

Who knows if humans were supposed to do this?

Although there is arguably some magic to their usages, it's a mistake thinking they'll solve our problems magically.

The contradiction between knowing it's probably all in your head, a chemical reaction, while feeling like its very real, sometimes more than normal reality can be unsettling. Was it only me hallucinating? Chemicals in my brain?

There is no right answer. Materialistic science probably doesn't apply there. It doesn't even matters. It's about the experience and what can be brought from it.

We need to be careful with these experiences because they alter the chemistry of our brains.

For good or bad (although it can be argued that bad can be good on a deeper level).

Education should be focus not only on the consumption but everything that comes before and after. People should be prepared, Set & Setting is important, as is the integration phase afteward.

Having done meditation will be beneficial during an experience, instead of jumping right in cluelessly. Have some clue as to how your brain work.

Having already tried mind-altering substances like weed will de-stigmatise what's happening.

Curiosity and rebellion shouldn't be the only drive to try psychedelics.

Bad trips can make people find themselves lost, broken or unable to make sense of what's happening.

I've seen that shit and it can get very bad. Basically you can get into a pyschotic state where it just feels very alone. Time is fucked up. Sometimes you even forget that you took a drug.

Talks, literature, thoughts processes and tales of other trippers are helpful during an such experiences and the recovery period.

Remembering it will pass is key. Ride the rollercoaster.

I like the analogy of psychedelics experience being like shaking the snow globe. It can be quite uncomfortable. You can get tired of just thinking. But after a while dust settles down and things slowly get back to normal.

If you had a bad trip, I think it's better to cope with it than trying to put it behind.

If you choose to not deal with an issue,  you give up your right of control over the issue.

My first real experience was like a seed.

No 'enlightenment' or answer whatsoever.
It was more being confronted to my own self, for what it is and being able to hear my thoughts clearly.

That seed has ramifications over my life and decisions, which led to reflections and thoughts that I wouldn't have had before.

Alan Watts said:

Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. When you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope; he goes away and works on what he has seen.

It made me more open to new things, like a new perspective. I like to think that I can put situations and things in better context now.

In the same way, it made me stop caring about a lot of stuff in a Stoic way.

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