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Twenty-One Thoughts of Psychedelics
Caitlin Johnston's article on psychedelics is below. I find her highly amusing and very often spot on too. I'ver had all the inner world experiences that she describes as psychedelic experiences - albeit without using any drugs or any other substances at all.

There are both occult and psychological techniques (Carl Jung's Analytical Psychology uses such techniques, for example) and I've been deeply taught in both. When trained by a competent and honest person who has no agenda other than assisting those in their care to become conscious, these experiences can take place. They are life changing and revolutionary... no question about it.

My personal experience and what I have been taught is that use of substances can have deleterious effects - bad trips. This doesn't mean it will happen, but that it can happen. Whereas using meditative and breathing techniques that are safe and controlled and which date back in time a very long way should have no ill effects. They have never have with me.

Thus I would recommend learning such methods instead of trying out psychedelics that I understand can be hot or miss. But it's your life and since you're responsible for that, this has to be your choice. The bottom line is that getting Conscious is now more vital than ever before if we are to survive as a species - because Caitlin Johnstone is right. The people running the planet are psychopathic.


Twenty-One Thoughts On Psychedelics

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"If the words life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
~ Terence McKenna
***PREFACE: Drugs are bad and the government is your friend. Only rebels and subversive dissidents use psychedelics, so you should never, ever do them under any circumstances or it will make you a bad cog in the machine. Everything you're about to read should be interpreted as a work of fiction or sarcasm or something. Obey.***
The Institute of Psychiatry in London has begun recruiting volunteersfor a study on depression treatment using psilocybin, the psychedelic component in magic mushrooms. Late last month the Food and Drug Administration authorized a similar studyin the US. About once a week, give or take, we are now seeing new studies, academic reports, books and mainstream media articles about psychedelics and their potential effects on human wellbeing.
They're calling it the psychedelic renaissance, the first resurgence of mainstream scientific interest in the benefits of psychedelic substances since the government slammed that door and threw away the key in the 1960s. More and more studies are showing that ingesting psychedelics can be a powerful tool for treating disorders ranging from anxietyto depressionto addictionto fear of death in hospice patients. These studies are always new and surprising revelations to people who have never tripped.
Here are a few thoughts on psychedelics (or entheogens, as spiritual nerds call them) and their place in the revolution:
1. It has been a few years since I've last tripped on any psychoactive substance, but the times that I have have been some of the most profoundly humbling, educational, and formative experiences of my life.
2. The only psychedelics I've tried have been LSD, psilocybin, ecstasy, and pot.
3. LSD is like being launched through a forest with a gigantic slingshot, smashing through tree trunks and tearing your flesh on thorn bushes and coming crashing out the other side with a howl of rainbow smoke and elephant tears.
4. Psilocybin is like being gently guided through the forest by a wise, ancient dragon made of tree roots who periodically compliments you on how well you are doing and loves you more than you've ever been loved in your life.
5. Ecstasy is like staying on the edge of the forest and licking the bark of the nearest tree.
6. Weed sucks and I hate it. It makes me scared and confused.
7. I recommend psilocybin. Obviously.
8. The first time I tried shrooms I remember being outraged that the law is keeping this experience from people. Everyone is searching for a direct experience of the divine all their lives, whether they realize that that's what they're seeking or not, and here it is in a harmless fungus and these bastards put a lock on it. They tell us "No, you can't have this. Keep having imaginary interactions with God on a hard wooden pew while some douchebag in a costume waves his hands over some wine and a cracker." Psychedelics should be legal for adults, and the fact that they aren't is inexcusable.
9. That said, they are illegal. Don't get arrested.
10. It is well and good that psychedelics are being explored as solutions to psychological disorders. But they are so very, very much more than that. They are so very, very much more than tools of social engineering to fix what's perceived as broken about people so that they can become useful cogs in the societal machine. A psychedelic experience that is sufficiently deep delivers transformative, penetrating insights into the nature of consciousness, self, love, and indeed the workings of the societal machine itself.
11. Your own self-realization is the greatest asset you can bring to the revolution against the Orwellian oppression machine that is driving our species toward extinction. Your own corner of the oligarchic propaganda matrixis the part that you are most immediately capable of attacking, so freeing yourself from all delusions is the best thing you can do to help take down the unelected power establishment which uses mass media to manipulate the way people think, act and vote. The insights which psychedelics can deliver are extremely useful means toward that end, so if you feel moved to use them, they are there for you.

12. The late, great psychonaut Terence McKenna recommended taking psychedelics in massive "heroic doses" in order to get at these penetrating insights, which for psilocybin mushrooms he defined as five dried grams.
13. The late, great psychonaut Terence McKenna also died at 53. We should probably take better care of ourselves than he did. Don't build up an ego around how much you've taken and what you've taken and how regularly you've taken it. There are no trophies or awards for out-tripping everyone you know. The goal isn't to amass a large tally of how many exotic substances you've ingested and how much, it's to come to an authentic personal understanding of the nature of life and your place in the universe. If your own inner wisdom guides you to taking a "heroic dose" in order to get there, I'd be the last person in the world to tell you not to, but any inclination to do it because that's what the cool kids are doing or so you'll have an impressive story to tell afterward is born of ego, not wisdom.
14. On a related note, if an experience doesn't take you to an abiding insight or shift in perception which informs your life once the effects of the substance wear off, it was essentially a wasted experience. As far as self-realization goes, you might as well have spent that time binging on Netflix. Having a cool memory or a cool story won't take you an inch closer to the truth of your being.
15. People with severe mental health problems, especially schizophrenia, should avoid psychedelics altogether.
16. Psychedelics alone are not enough to take you to self-realization. You must devote your attention to self-inquiryand resolving the fundamental matteras much as possible in each waking moment, ideally training your attention to habitually examine the nature of self and consciousness before even taking your first trip so as to ensure that you get the most out of it. Simply ingesting psychedelics and expecting them to do the work for you is like buying a treadmill and letting it gather dust in the corner. It's a tool, and you get out of it what you put into it.
17. Just as doing rigorous inner work will enrich your psychedelic experiences, psychedelic experiences will enrich your inner work. They act like how colored dye works for doctors who are trying to see things in imaging scans of the body that they'd otherwise miss; they highlight things about the nature of consciousness and ego that you normally overlook, and those insights act as signposts showing you the way during your regular day to day self-examinations. While conventional drugs have various kinds of numbing, dissociative and escapist effects, psychedelics do the exact opposite: they make everything clearer and more conscious.
18. I like to begin a trip by silently and sincerely asking to be shown what I need to see, and then humbly waiting to be shown. It's led to surprising insights I couldn't have gotten at otherwise.
19. Environment is important. You'll want to be outside in nature and you'll want to be with people you deeply trust. Having someone experienced with you for your first time will make you feel a lot safer, and that will help you go deeper. At at least one point you'll probably need someone to tell you "It's okay, you'll come back soon enough, just enjoy the ride while it lasts." If that doesn't happen, remember me telling you right now that it's okay, you're safe and you are loved, this is just a short adventure. You'll come back soon enough with lots of deep-sea treasures to examine, and everything will be as normal as it was before. Just enjoy it while it lasts.
20. As you shed your illusions and get clearer and clearer, your inner wisdom will come more and more to the forefront. That inner wisdom will advise your psychedelic use, and it will advise your psychedelic disuse as well. If you are tuned in to the inner guidance system which lies beneath the babbling mental narratives, you will at some point stop receiving the guidance to use psychedelics anymore at all, at least for a time. Trust that that is because your psychonautical adventures are heading into different waters, uncharted waters, and enjoy the rest of your adventure.
21. You are responsible for your own consciousness. Not me, not your parents, not your teachers, not the church, not the government, not the police; you and you alone. Do what you think is best. To quote from the Gospel of Terence one last time, "You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding."
Amen, brother Terence. Amen.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
I will read her essay in a bit. I love her. You, Peter and others have been putting up such great stuff lately, I am behind.

My awakening came after my wife died a horrible death. Two years later and three trips to Central America later, I was going insane. I remember thinking I would no longer expend the energy to lie to myself -- the edifice needed to fall apart. The cornerstone was removed when I saw a former Sandinista mother drying a bag of wet bag of corn in the sun to kill the worms. In that one encounter, the my Collective Unconscious came to me face to face. It was outside me and it was me all at once-- and it was a beast that wanted death and slaughter while rejoicing in its own splendor. Moloch? It haunted me and was I so close to vanishing into madness.

I guess my way of approaching deep state makes me impatient with what I call materialist methods of analysis -- power, greed, political interests. There are other, deeper dimensions that both transcend and underlie the material.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
An aside. I don't think I've mentioned here before, but Terrence McKenna was a friend - and a person I thought and still think so very highly of words fail me to describe his brilliance and insight into what reality might be. He had no problem, no quibble, no objection to self-discovery, discovery of reality, et al. without the use of hallucinogens - at the same time he was an advocate of the careful use of some of them based on his long study [along with his ethnobotanist brother Dennis] on the ancient through modern traditions of shaman of the rain forests who had long used natural hallucinogens from plants in their mystical ceremonies of discovery and revelation. Terrence and I had conversations on things like the JFK assassination, covert operations, false-flag operations, the secret state, etc. et al. He very much felt that learning about that was a part of discovery of the reality we find ourselves in - as well as perhaps more philosophical and cosmic issues of 'what is reality', 'what is the nature of the existence and the universe'....etc. I have taken magic mushrooms and some other things related. I happen to like them and find them an aide. Anyone who can get to the same place without them or who feels they are an artificial crutch - fine. No problem, but I also find no problem with their use if used properly. Sadly, Terrence has died. His brother is still working in the field of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology. A very interesting book on their lives and [to me] a great read is the book The Brotherhood Of the Screaming Abyss - by Dennis McKenna. Each have their own paths to ....(what shall we call it...enlightenment, awareness, self-awareness, cutting the umbilical cord with the norms and dictate of society...and such).... and all roads honestly pursued I believe lead in similar paths. Aldous Huxley chose both, and even chose to spend his final hours on earth, when dying, on hallucinogens. I have thought of that for myself - as tripping is the time I don't fear death and understand it in ways not available to me normally - as well as feel closer to a complete understanding of 'what is the nature of reality'. Each to his own on this matter. One can be sure that those from the 'Borg/Deep State/Etc.' don't take natural hallucinogens or if they do they'd certainly have a very bad trip....nor do they pursue any other true non-drug method of self-awareness/enlightenment - or they'd not act as they do and do the horrible things they do.......

....perhaps I'll start a thread on Terrence and some of his incredible word-weaving and thoughts.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
There is still an active if hidden subculture of people interested in hallucinogens. There are many websites. One with podcasts and even a forum is here. For Those on McKenna [there are many....] just put his name into a search engine and hunt around. Sadly the two best ones have closed down and I'll have to see if they are archived on the Waybackmachine - likely so.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
Pete, I have come across many people in the deep political community (for want of a better description) whose eyes have been opened (the scales on their eyes have been knocked off, to use an occult term), either by means of occult based travelling in the Collective Unconscious, or as result of tripping on psychedelics, and/or meaningful and powerful dreams or sequences of such dreams, visions etc etc. Which I find really very interesting.

I have zero experience of psychedelics so the questions I have are a) have you ever had a "bad trip"?, and b) once you've entered the experience can you stop it at will if you wish or need to, or do you have to wait for the substance to wear off? Possibly a daft question I know, but treat me as a child in this chemical matter.

I am aware that Shaman's used spiritual ceremonies to focus the forthcoming trip towards a positive experience, and this makes perfect sense because the CU is vast beyond comprehension and covers everything possible - from the most sublime and beautiful to the most forlorn wastes of depravity and horror.

Someone who is not (or not yet) a well balanced individual can be psychically damaged by experiencing the latter without full preparation. No one but a fool knowingly chances stepping into a minefield in order to take the dog for a brisk morning walk in the countryside - and the same must be true with travelling in the UC and chancing stepping into a psychic minefield.

What's your take?
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

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