I encourage the use of psychedelics – particularly ones such as LSD, cannabis, psilocybin and MDMA. Now, I do not advocate for ‘recreational drug use’. I am also against those who do drugs simply as a means of escape. The drug use I advocate for is one in which drugs are used to help explore the mind and to change a persons perception of reality.
Aldous Huxley argued that the human brain, when sober, is always on an ‘instinct’ mode. Due to evolution, the human brain works in a very animalistic, non-creative, survive mode that relies heavily on instincts. Now, this applies not only to actions but to perceptions and thoughts. We see, feel, think and experience the world through a ‘survival-instinct’ lens. This is not to say that this ‘perspective’ is untrue or an illusion – rather, this ‘survival-instinct’ lens is only one perception and one way of viewing the world.
Huxley believed that psychedelics help suppress these instinctual lens and thus, we see the world in a new light. Anyone familiar with psychedelics, whether t be acid, psilocybin or most commonly, marijuana, will know that under the influence of these drugs one sees, hears, feels and most importantly, thinks differently. The last part, the thinking process, is most important – because under psychedelics the mind operates in a different manner – ones perceptions and thoughts are different than usual.
The idea that psychedelics ‘suppress’ the ‘survival-instinct’ lens of perception is a reasonable one. After all, any person who has been under the influence of psychedelics will know that hallucinations, abstract thinking and a distorted sense of perception can be very detrimental to everyday tasks – let alone a task as hard as survival; especially thousands of years ago, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the harsh natural environment. The ‘survival-instinct’ lens is a normal and natural part of mankinds perception; it’s what kept out ancestors alive and even today, it is what keeps us alive.
Thus, psychedelics can help one see the world in a new light – a light that is not contaminated by the primitive survival-instinct lens. Even if Huxley is wrong, this still does not take away from the fact that psychedelics distort ones reality and bring about new thoughts and perceptions.
The reason why I advocate for psychedelic drug use is so that an individual can experience a new form of their consciousness – a new area of their mind. Perception is everything, and thus, changing ones perception can change the individual. It is important for people to experience the world in different perspectives and to explore their mind and consciousness. That being said, as a person who suffers from anxiety and paranoia, I warn you that psychedelics can be very dangerous. There were many times when I felt as if I had lost my mind, or events where I would run around, talking to myself, feeling scared and freightened. The worst of course is a ‘bad trip’, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Nonetheless, even on ‘bad tripsm ‘ one can learn a great deal about themselves. Thus, I am not against drug use, I am simply warning you that these psychedelics can be dangerous. They will it kill you, but they can cause paranoia, delusion and other painful events that are, to say the least – terrifying.
So be careful. Read up on psychedelics before doing them, do them in a safe and familiar environment, have a person trip-sit, and most importantly – be in a good state of mind and open to new experiences.