“It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this (psychedelic) experience.”
― Aldous Huxley
Psychedelics, if used responsibly,can be profoundly life-changing and awe-conjuring.
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As has been arguedhere previously, substances such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms can catalyze mystical experiences that result in “a long-term increase in openness, which equals an increase in aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination and fantasy, and broad-minded tolerance of others’ viewpoints and values.”
Furthermore, these substances can also lead to “breakthroughs,” or experiences “in which subjects see and understandtheir lives and minds in entirely new ways, gaining a renewed sense of the value of life andconstructive insight intotheir peculiar psychic baggage.”
There is much anecdotal evidence and now a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that these breakthroughs can help people overcome depression, addiction, and more.
Beyond that, psychedelics tend to “unlock” people’s minds in such a way as to allow them to perceive the beauty, surreality, and majesty of the universe in previously unfathomable ways. As Aldous Huxley suggests in the opening quote, it’s almost like discovering an entirely new universe.
These powerful substances have enormous potential to enhance your life, but you must remember that psychedelic experiences can vary widely.Luckily, there are many things you can do togreatly increase your chances of having a positive experience.
In a thread on occupychristmas.org a few weeks ago,HEthens offered tips and advice for an optimal psychedelic experience. This article is a compilation of the best wisdom offered in that thread. Follow this advice, and you’ll be well on your way to psychedelic bliss.
40 Tips & Ideas for an Amazing Psychedelic Experience
Surrender completely. Let go. Trust the process. The only way out is through.
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A Note on the Safety of Psychedelics
As we repeatedly stress on occupychristmas.org, psychedelicsmustbe approached with reverence and caution. We believe that in a loving context, psychedelics are powerful medicines with tremendous potential, but there are a number of physical and psychological safety concerns that one should consider before journeying with psychedelics. Please, please do plenty of research, and do not take psychedelics if you have reason to believe that they will not jibe with your personality or particular mental baggage. If in doubt, seek professional guidance to have a safe, legal, and transformative psilocybin experience, for example, at Synthesis.
The Essential Psychedelic Guideon Erowid is an exceptional free resource, and we recommend reading it,especiallythe section on ‘Psychedelic Safety,’ before ever dabbling in these substances, if you feel compelled to do so. Also, read this article on the dark side of psychedelics. Lastly, if you aren’t certain that a substance you’ve procured is the substance you believe it to be, you should definitely buy a test kit to be sure.
Also check out The Psychedelic Stoic: Navigate Bad Trips Using Ancient Philosophy
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In 1952, Aldous Huxley became involved in the now legendary experiment to clinically detail the physiological and psychological effects of the little-known drug used by Mexican and Native American elders in religious practices. The drug was peyote—now commonly know as mescalin. By any standards, the results of the experiment were remarkable. This extraordinary book details the practicalities of the experiment and gives Huxley’s vivid account of his immediate experience and the more prolonged effect upon his subsequent thinking and awareness.