3 Reasons I am Grateful for the Psychedelic Renaissance
A Special Thanksgiving Day Edition of 'The Psychedelic Blog'.
Less people will be stuck in the Matrix.
“Paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. It is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world” - Alan Watts.
What is the Matrix? A conditioned way of going through life - missing out on the subtle beauty of it all. The next promotion, the next house, the next car…and so on. As Watts eloquently points out - we miss out on so much by being constantly focused on accomplishing our goals & rushing to the next thing.
This is not to suggest we should all sell our homes, move to Tibet & meditate from sunrise to sunset. We need to make ends meet. Life calls on us to do certain things that we may not want to do. However, so many of us have been caught up in the notion that the next ‘thing’ will usher in some level of happiness we have yet to experience. Odds are it won’t.
Psychedelics unmoor us from this perpetual desire to accomplish more. They take us off of the proverbial hamster wheel, allowing us to roll around in the wood shavings. They have a way of forcing us into the present moment, and the accompanying feeling is one of, ‘this isn’t so bad’.
When I am at a dinner party, and I hear someone engaging in a vapid conversation about how they have had their eyes on this one house and are finally going to make an offer, I can’t help but think in a year, they will be having the exact same thoughts, except instead of a house, it’ll be a car or a trip to the Maldives.
If they only knew everything they ever needed to be happy was inside of them the entire time…they wouldn’t waste their lives programmed to think some future purchase or event is what will determine their happiness. Thanks to Psychedelics - more people will become aware of this fact.
Changing how we die.
“One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly” - Friedrich Nietzsche.
We do not die right. We suffer needlessly. We financially burden our loved ones. We lose our dignity. All for what? There is nothing glorious about holding on to the last possible second. Nietzsche was right.
One promising aspect of the Psychedelic Renaissance is an alleviation of the fear of dying. Psychedelics create experiences that are similar to NDE's (near-death experiences). And we know that this type of event results in enjoying life more and fearing death less.
In a world where Psychedelics achieve ubiquity - we can infer that a fear of dying, that has a grip on so many of us, will dissipate. And the logical next step resulting from this paradigm shift is a conversation. A (currently taboo) conversation about our own mortality, and how we would ultimately like to go (for those fortunate enough to have some level of agency here).
It’s in those conversations that so much suffering can be prevented. We have all witnessed family members suffer needlessly. We have seen our once proud loved ones be relegated to adult babies - incapable of doing the simplest of tasks for themselves. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Changing how we die starts with a conversation, and that conversation will become common after more people have experiences with Psychedelics. The experience of traveling to the other side will unmoor us from an irrational fear of death. And because of that, we will live better lives…right to the very end.
More meaningful, long-lasting, loving relationships.
“There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with” - Seneca.
So many problems of the modern world can be traced to the breakdown of the family. The promise of prioritizing career over family was a horrendous miscalculation; with women in particular citing not having children as the biggest regret of their lives. How did we get here?
One cause is ‘luxury beliefs’ - which are dangerous ideas that celebrities & politicians recklessly promote at no cost to themselves. ‘Defund the police’ is a prime example of a luxury belief (those promoting this idea often live in gated communities…immune to the consequences of their absurdity). Abandoning a conventional life of marriage & children was promoted by many in the elite class. And this cascaded to the public, with significant consequences.
Fortunately, people are waking up. There is a growing desire to return to values that prioritize things like getting married & having children. Psychedelics will act like kerosine on this slowly burning fire by reminding us that love is all that matters in this life. No one has ever done a Psychedelic and said - “I want to focus on my career & sleeping with as many strangers as possible”.
That is not to say Psychedelics won’t lead to relationships ending…they unequivocally will. We have all, at some point in our lives, been in a relationship we shouldn’t have. Psychedelics help lift the veil of self-deception…empowering people to get out of the unfulfilling or toxic relationship they are in…freeing themselves to go & find the right person.
As Seneca pointed out, life is infinitely more valuable when you have someone to share it with. One of the hallmarks of a Psychedelic journey, whether it be Psilocybin or MDMA or Ayahuasca, is this - love is the force powering the universe. Without it, we are nothing. With it, we are everything. And on that note - I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and all the love in the world.
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