A reader asks what I think about psychedelics. Are they beneficial? And if so, how? Watch this week’s video to find out.
Awesome Dude’s Burning Question:
“What’s your view on psychedelics?”
Well awesome Dude, I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I am a big fan of something called Ayahuasca, which is a jungle brew that has a psychedelic aspect to it. (There’s a link to my video interview with my Shaman, from Peru, if you want to know more). It is not the same as LSD; it has the compound DMT in it, but it’s not like taking DMT. To me, Ayahuasca is a sacred plant teacher and there’s a lot of wisdom and guidance there. You are working with some real powerful energy teachers with Ayahuasca, and it isn’t the same as having a psychedelic experience.
My view on psychedelics
Personally, I don’t take anything that’s artificial or man-made; I prefer to deal with plants. I am not a user of LSD, or anything like that. But it is my understanding, from the fair amount of research I’ve done on this, that you can have a very beneficial experience on something like LSD or MDMA. I’ve done MDMA in a ceremonial setting and I got a great deal of benefit from it, but it was nothing like what you might experience from going to a club and doing Ecstasy. This gets me to my point: I am in favour of psychedelics – they are mind expanding, and you can get great benefit from them. But, I really, really, really think it comes down to the setting. How you’re doing them, what you are doing them for, when you’re doing them and who’s around when you are taking them. For example, I only do something like this in a ceremony where a Shaman is holding the energy for me, so that I don’t have to try and do that myself. I would never, ever, go to a party or a club and do something like this, or do it recreationally. I am certainly notdoing these things recreationally.
For me they have brought great benefit in my life, but they could also cause you lots of negative experiences. As we know, people have had “bad trips” or they’ve had things happen to them that are terrifying. I have to tell you though, I’ve had some ceremonies that have been terrifying as well, but because of the setting I was in and the intention that I set, including my understanding of what was happening, I was actually able to get great benefit from all that fear that was coming up and purging out of my body. If you are doing it in a recreational setting and you may have a bad time, because it opens you up; I can’t imagine being in a club and not having a horrific experience, if you’re on one of these drugs.
Are there any physiological benefits when taking a drug?
There have been a lot of studies (you can find various documentaries about this), showing that when LSD was first discovered, it was tested for physiological purposes and people were given LSD in very specific settings. For example, they would have a blindfold put on them, or they would lie down and close their eyes; the setting was very calming. A therapist was there to help them through it, to guide them and explain to them what was going on. They knew what was going to happen, they were working on things and they had massive breakthroughs, particularly in the field of schizophrenia with LSD, before it then became a street drug and was shut down.
It was the same with MDMA. When it was first developed it was actually used heavily by psychologists and psychiatrists, with great effect. They were able to work, particularly in the field of sexual trauma, with women who had gone thought this experience, including rape. These women were able to work through those emotions and trauma much faster, often in just one session with MDMA, which is the main component of Ecstasy (but they are NOT the same).
It really comes down to how you use it, what context you use it in, what the setting is, what your intentions are, and if you are willing to do some work, or if you are using it to try and escape.
It’s all about awareness
Any drug that you use, including alcohol, can be used in a positive way or a negative way. If you have a couple of glasses of wine because you are celebrating and you are happy, you feel great while you are doing that, and if you don’t overdo it (because you have some desperation going on), then you can have a great time with alcohol and pay no price. I do that once or twice a year with champagne (I very rarely drink), and I pay no price for it, plus my body feels great the entire time I’m doing it. If I was to drink when I’m not feeling good and/or I didn’t really feel like drinking, but I was doing it to escape, then it would become a negative experience.
For me it is all about the setting, the intention and what it is you’re trying to do; whatever substance you are taking. That’s true, whether you are talking about LSD, or Ayahuasca, or San Pedro, or Peyote, or… chocolate cake; it’s all the same. It all comes down to how you are using it, why you’re using it and in the end, it all comes down to awareness.
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Huge happy shiny puppy hugs to all of you, and see you next time.