How Psychedelics Shaped My Perspective
Two people, in separate cars, are driving through the same town. One person is hungry, the other is experiencing car trouble. When they get to the other side of the town, they have a discussion. The person who was hungry noticed all the restaurants in the town…the person who was having car trouble noticed all the car shops.
A common polling question asked on social media is - “what have you learned from taking Psychedelics?”. For me, the answer is simple - perspective. I will share how 3 Psychedelics changed my perspective on life:
A mushroom journey serves as a great reminder that you are a part of this world, no different than how a branch is a part of a tree. Humans intellectualize everything, including our relationship with nature. We are nature. But we are really good at forgetting this fact.
There is a notion that Psilocybin creates a ‘shared consciousness’ with its user. If you have seen the documentary, ‘Fantastic Fungi’ - the notion of shared consciousness doesn’t sound so ‘woot woot’. The mycelium form connections under the roots of trees, allowing trees to ‘communicate’ with one another. So it isn’t a massive leap to suggest that Psilocybin might ‘communicate’ with humans in some way. Perhaps they share their experience of the world with us - which is why a profound connection with nature is a hallmark of a Psilocybin journey.
On a recent Psilocybin journey - I recall a distinct feeling of being in the presence of this subtle energy. It was as if the earth was breathing. I would look at a line of trees and be in awe of how perfectly balanced everything in nature appeared to be. Is this how mushrooms perceive the world? What I know to be true is this: Psilocybin altered my perception on my relationship with nature by reminding me that there is no decoupling of the two…I am nature. That has led to a feeling of connectedness. That I am apart of something truly beautiful. When you perceive your life in this way, so many problems seem unimportant & inconsequential.
The simultaneous release of serotonin & dopamine creates a euphoric feeling that is unmatched. When the Molly (as its often called) hits - it’s a feeling that you never forget. Complete bliss. You know are you in for a good time.
Countless studies have proven the positive effects of taking MDMA are not ephemeral. One study in particular showed that MDMA significantly reduced PTSD symptoms. They are also showing promise for couples therapy & anxiety reduction. I have theorized that MDMA could ultimately replace alcohol as the go to ‘party drug’ of choice. A great (and far safer) way of feeling good. Which is a human necessity.
My personal experiences with MDMA have been life-changing. As someone who abstains from alcohol - MDMA has been an amazing alternative. I have struggled with anxiety, and can attest to the fact that MDMA works to heal this ailment. It does so by catalyzing a perspective shift. When you are on Molly - everything feels good, but it’s why everything feels good that matters. There’s no inhibition, no barriers to love, no anxious thoughts about the past or future. You can completely immerse yourself in the present moment and allow yourself to feel whatever you want. And as the studies show - this feeling lasts long after the experience ends. It has for me.
Changa (the smokeable Ayahuasca)
The reality that you and I partake in each day is not the entirety of what’s out there. That’s the lesson of Changa - one of the most beautiful Psychedelic experiences one can have. I believe Changa is a gateway to another world…and I am not alone in this assessment. Dr. Rick Strassman, who wrote “DMT: The Spirit Molecule”, believes DMT (one of the active ingredients in Changa) may be a portal to another realm.
Those brave enough to have ventured to this other world come back a different person. The entities, the vibrant colors, the unimaginable perfection of each shape & pattern has a lifelong impact on you. The similarities of what people experience lends credibility to the idea that you are in fact visiting a different dimension. There is just no way these images are conjured up by smoking the bark of a tree.
My personal experience with Changa changed my perception of life permanently. I had traveled to other realms via 5-MeO-DMT, but that Psychedelic is so intense that it’s impossible to calibrate during the journey. It is so powerful that you are left in awe, with more questions than answers. Changa is more subtle. You are just aware enough to take in the beauty & perfection of this new world. When you return to this realm - your perception of life changes. The realization that our subjective reality isn’t the only reality that exists is liberating. When you understand that we are only playing in one level of the video game - it’s hard to take things too seriously. Which directly leads to a more easy-going, enjoyable perspective of life.
By changing our perspective, Psychedelics influence whether or not we see the restaurants or the car shops. We have agency over how we navigate our lives. But we are wired to focus on the bad. There were evolutionary advantages to this paradigm when we were Cavemen, roaming the African Savannah. When survival was a daily, or even hourly accomplishment, basking in the beauty of life wasn’t all that practical of an exercise. But things have changed since then. And our perception of life can too. Psychedelics can assist in this process - and help a lot of people.
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