Are Psychedelics a Portal to Another Realm?
3 naturally occurring Psychedelics may hold the answer..
The mere existence of Psychedelics pose many questions. Why does a fungi (Psilocybin), two random plants (Ayahuasca), and the secretion of a toad (5-MeO-DMT) alter the consciousness of the most intelligent species on Earth? Why has nature gifted us with the ability to explore advanced stages of consciousness? How did we find, cultivate & pass down the use of these naturally occurring Psychedelics?
The answers to these questions largely remain a mystery. One theory posits that by disorienting their source of predation, Psychoactive fungi, plants & animals evade being consumed. Example - if a group of early humans ate Psychoactive mushrooms & experienced powerful hallucinations, they were unlikely to find that patch of mushrooms again. This would be a better strategy than making your predator sick, where they might evolve immunity to those defenses. I struggle with this take for a few reasons:
While it would provide an evolutionarily plausible case for Psilocybin, what about Ayahuasca? Or 5-MeO-DMT (aka ‘Bufo’)? Ayahuasca is the combination of two separate plants that exist thousands of miles apart from one another, indistinguishable from hundreds of thousands of other plants in that region. It seems unlikely these two random plants would conspire to disorient humans with profound mystical experiences in attempt to avoid predation. The Sonoran Desert Toad, where 5-MeO-DMT comes from, spends 10 months of the year underground. Humans aren’t a practical threat. And relying on your predator to grind up your secretion into a smokeable powder doesn’t quite add up.
These medicines don’t disorient so much as they catapult you to a different dimension. They grant us unprecedented experiences that would seem antithetical to avoiding predation. By catalyzing a profound mystical experience, they are likely to attract return visitors.
Let’s explore another option: naturally occurring Psychedelics offer a portal to another realm. They allow us to temporarily visit the universal consciousness we all come from. They provide us with a glimpse of a reality we were not evolutionarily adapted to see.
To those skeptical of this assertion: we already know we are only seeing an adapted version of reality. Infrared light has less energy than the colors in the visible spectrum, so we can’t see them. Radio waves, which emit low levels of energy, are unseeable because the human eye evolved to only detect a very small range of energy.
Let’s look at the experiences these three Psychedelics offer for insights into how they actually may represent portals to another world:
Psilocybin - One of the most common experiences while on a Psilocybin journey is visual & mental hallucinations in the form of geometric shapes & patterns. Perfect triangles, squares & rectangles. There is a theory from Physicist & Cosmologist Max Tegmark that the universe is math. That the physical universe is not merely described by mathematics, but an actual mathematical structure. Could Psilocybin be a portal into the underlying framework of the universe? What if those geometric shapes weren’t hallucinations…but a line of sight into the structure of the universe? The consistency of the types of geometric shapes Psilocybin users report on seeing lends credibility to this notion. Perhaps we are witnessing the underpinnings of the universe.
Ayahuasca - It is common while under the influence of Ayahuasca to be visited by dead relatives…some of whom you knew, some you have never met. Memories could explain away the visitation of loved ones we knew & lost, but what about ancestors that we never met? Could Grandmother Aya be a portal to the ‘universal consciousness’? Perhaps Ayahuasca is a gateway to a realm where time & space do not exist, death only affects the body and reality as we know it ceases to be. Many Ayahuasca users report visitations from the same ancestors on different journeys. It strikes me as peculiar that the same hallucination would happen multiple times. Ayahuasca representing a portal to different realm would support the repetition of experiences. Grandmother Aya may be a launching point to the unknowable.
5-MeO-DMT - A Bufo journey is often described as being launched on a rocket ship into another dimension. For 15 minutes - you are no longer part of the reality you occupied for the previous portion of your natural life. Many ‘black out’ after smoking 5-MeO-DMT…they can only recall a ‘feeling’ of leaving this world. I vividly remember my first 5-MeO-DMT experience - the tree in front of me started pulsating and before I knew it, I was propelled into outer space…presumably at the time of the Big Bang. I was immersed in loud explosions, vibrant colors and the creation of stars. Bufo had taken me to a place that does not exist here on Earth. The toad could be some sort of access point to another realm.
Psychedelics offer a way to see the unseeable. To experience another dimension where the limits of this world no longer apply. Where reality morphs into something unexplainable. Where evolutionary adaptions no longer restrain our ability to experience the totality of whats out there.
Perhaps these Psychedelics were left here for us to find…tantamount to hidden treasures on a map. If so, I am so glad we found them.
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