Is a Psychedelic Mind Essential Factor in Spiritual path? Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Gad Asas in Psychedelics with [fetching…]
…just as a flower waits all its life for you to smell it…..or
as the wind rustles through the trees so you can hear it….or as the rain
drops itself against your cheek to taste it…..The Silence waits for your
embrace …. -Susan Holden
Spirituality can be defined as a feeling of being connected to something greater than oneself by creation of mystical states.
A person in attempt to unveil before him his spiritual path and explore his ‘inner space’, beyond what the standard array of natural highs can provide, realizes that there are many layers to consciousness, most of which he never access.
The penetration to those layers or creation of mystical states can be traced in all religions of ancient origin, even in their modern form; there still survives the use of incense, perfumes, and unguents. As can be traced, drugs of that kind were very largely used in the ancient Mysteries.
Many authors have pointed out the role of the sacred drink which was given to candidates for initiation, for instance in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and which may have had a very real and not in the least a symbolical meaning. The legendary sacred
drink, the “Soma”, which plays a very important part in Indian mythology and in the description of different kinds of mystical ceremonies, may have actually existed as a drink which brought people into a definite, desired state.
In all descriptions of witchcraft and sorcery in all countries and among all peoples, the use of narcotics is invariably mentioned. The witches’ ointments which served for flying to the Sabbath, different kinds of enchanted and magical drinks, were prepared either from plants possessing stimulant, intoxicant and narcotic properties, or from organic extracts of the same character, or from those vegetable or animal substances to which these properties were ascribed.
It is known that in these cases as well as in all kinds of sorcery, belladonna, datura, extracts of poppy (opium), and, especially, of hemp (hashish) were used.
All this can be traced and verified, and leaves no doubts as to its meaning. The African wizards, with regard to whom it is possible to find very interesting descriptions in the accounts of modern explorers, use hashish very largely.
Siberian Shamans in order to produce in themselves a particular excited state, in which they can foretell the future (real or imaginary), or influence those about them, make use of poisonous mushrooms.
Yet do these drugs constitute the only way in which to access new realms and knowledge of our consciousness? The answer to that is fortunately no. For as long as there has been a tradition of drug- induced altered states a collection of methods to access profound altered states in a drug free way has also existed. Over time these techniques have largely remained hidden within esoteric teachings and mystery schools. Yet today this little known knowledge is returning to the mainstream through increasing interest and proliferation of ancient knowledge with its roots spread across the globe.