Is a Psychedelic Mind Essential Factor in Spiritual path?

Is a Psychedelic Mind Essential Factor in Spiritual path? Posted on December 16th, 2011 by 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.

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7 responses to “Is a Psychedelic Mind Essential Factor in Spiritual path?”

  1. Troydavies says:

    Hogwash… Entheogens are the most traditional, practical, effective, fast, and reliable method of triggering ego death and working toward ego transcendence. Entheogens are not the only way of triggering the chemical changes. All methods are effective insofar as they trigger chemical changes in the brain. The most effective and direct method of triggering the requisite chemical changes in the brain is to ingest psychoactive chemical triggers, as did the elite early Christians, Gnostics, and other mystery-religion groups, and practically all religions in the age of entheogens before the pharmacratic inquisition began (see Jonathan Ott’s book The Age of Entheogens).

    The authentic spiritual path is actually the entheogen path — that’s how dominant entheogens are in effectiveness and in historical practice. Other methods are effective at providing the mystic state of cognition only to the degree they can cause the same mental changes as ingesting entheogens.

    The flesh of Christ by which we are saved is, above all, the entheogenic plant. Meditation is only effective insofar as it can produce (or augment) the loose-cognition state that is most directly and forcefully triggered by entheogens.

    Entheogens are not the only way to trigger the mystic state, which is just as well called “the entheogenic state”. Entheogens are *by far* more effective. Entheogens are a thousand times more effective than counselling or meditation at delivering the goods.

    Counselling and meditation make big promises but they cannot and do not deliver — and their promises are often retracted by their advocates. Those spiritualists who belittle entheogens say “Meditation is all you need… but for many people, for some reason, it does not bring about the desired state.” Entheogen advocates make bigger promises and do deliver on their promises.

    Entheogen use is guaranteed to produce a religious experience. Any qualifiers pale beside the sureness of this assertion and the reliability of it; exceptions prove the rule. Entheogens work, meditation does not. I can write pages of qualifiers, but that’s the bottom line, as far as statistical effectiveness of competing methods of triggering mystic experience. Coupled with The ideas found in Alan Watt’s book – This is it, especially the chapter titled “The problem of self-control” and intellectual comprehension of Einsteins Frozen Block Universe – as well as the understanding of myth (Christianity included) as mythic state (death/rebirth) metaphor. Is the fountainhead of all religion, the lightening-path, the authentic path, the rational path, the classical path to Enlightenment.

  2. Troydavies says:

    Hogwash… Entheogens are the most traditional, practical, effective, fast, and reliable method of triggering ego death and working toward ego transcendence. Entheogens are not the only way of triggering the chemical changes. All methods are effective insofar as they trigger chemical changes in the brain. The most effective and direct method of triggering the requisite chemical changes in the brain is to ingest psychoactive chemical triggers, as did the elite early Christians, Gnostics, and other mystery-religion groups, and practically all religions in the age of entheogens before the pharmacratic inquisition began (see Jonathan Ott’s book The Age of Entheogens).

    The authentic spiritual path is actually the entheogen path — that’s how dominant entheogens are in effectiveness and in historical practice. Other methods are effective at providing the mystic state of cognition only to the degree they can cause the same mental changes as ingesting entheogens.

    The flesh of Christ by which we are saved is, above all, the entheogenic plant. Meditation is only effective insofar as it can produce (or augment) the loose-cognition state that is most directly and forcefully triggered by entheogens.

    Entheogens are not the only way to trigger the mystic state, which is just as well called “the entheogenic state”. Entheogens are *by far* more effective. Entheogens are a thousand times more effective than counselling or meditation at delivering the goods.

    Counselling and meditation make big promises but they cannot and do not deliver — and their promises are often retracted by their advocates. Those spiritualists who belittle entheogens say “Meditation is all you need… but for many people, for some reason, it does not bring about the desired state.” Entheogen advocates make bigger promises and do deliver on their promises.

    Entheogen use is guaranteed to produce a religious experience. Any qualifiers pale beside the sureness of this assertion and the reliability of it; exceptions prove the rule. Entheogens work, meditation does not. I can write pages of qualifiers, but that’s the bottom line, as far as statistical effectiveness of competing methods of triggering mystic experience. Coupled with The ideas found in Alan Watt’s book – This is it, especially the chapter titled “The problem of self-control” and intellectual comprehension of Einsteins Frozen Block Universe – as well as the understanding of myth (Christianity included) as mythic state (death/rebirth) metaphor. Is the fountainhead of all religion, the lightening-path, the authentic path, the rational path, the classical path to Enlightenment.

    • Admin says:

      Thank you for sharing.

    • ArticleWGuru says:

      Allow me to disagree with your attitude.

      I don’t like your analogy of the flesh of Christ by which we are saved to the entheogenic plant.
      Did Jesus and Buddha need Entheogens to see the Universal Truth?

      What about Dalai Lama the Buddhist leader, G. I. Gurdjieff the Fourth Way founder, H.P. Blavatsky the founder of the Theosophical Society, Jiddu Krishnamurti one of the biggest spiritual teachers and I can mention others – Did all of them need Entheogens to see their Spiritual Path?

      I am not underestimating the ability of entheogens to create mystic state. But, the short way is not necessarily the right one. This shortcut may cause severe damage for many unprepared folks.

      Your response is misleading. Your eyes are closed to see the Objective truth. Of course Counseling and Meditation will not deliver the same results for everybody.

      To experience mystic state needs preparation. The preparation should be achieved by process of Inner Spiritual Growth that includes active contemplation. It takes time. For one person it may take few years and to the other few lives.

      I invite you to read the wisdom that has been written in the books of the aforementioned spiritualists.
      You will learn a lot.

      • Troydavies90 says:

        Please do not insult my intelligence by assuming I have not read all of these authors numerous times. What I am offering is indeed a new idea, rather an old idea that is being brought back alive by such authors as: Earl Doherty, Timothy Freke, Simon G Powell, Dan Powell, James Arthur, Clark Heinrich, David Hillman, Michael Hoffman among many others. It proposes the Maximal Entheogen Theory.

        My response is is not misleading in the least. How can you say this objective truth my friend? Because that is what you have been told? Because that’s what these enlightened beings say? How many people ever have been enlightened by meditation in all of mankind? A couple thousand at best? You are the one with the closed mind, I’ve read all your books – I’ve been down that convoluted road- there is nothing there but mystical verbiage – I found another path, a new idea – It says that History is a lie. Entheogens are the true path to mystical enlightenment, the fountainhead of all true religion, religion came after and we are left with this watered down version of the real truth. I can’t prove to you here what takes books upon books of research. All I can do is point you in the right direction and you will have to do your own homework and then we can have a constructive conversation.

        Fortunately we have a brilliant man amongst us by the name of Michael Hoffman – he has spent the past 17 years hashing these ideas out with utmost rational, scientifically sound method. http://www.egodeath.com The Cybernetic Theory of Ego Transcendence – You need look no further.

        • Troydavies90 says:

          Please accept my apologies, I should not come on to your web-site with arms swinging, I am as you can see passionate about this subject and am starting to get frustrated by the same arguments. If you go to the web-site and read the main article and then browse the rest of the web-site reading whatever grabs your attention it becomes quite clear (it did to me anyway) that there is a definite rational argument here. It took me over a year after that to really understand what he is saying and realize the magnitude of his theory. It is my opinion his web-site is REvolutionary! And when I read articles on your web-site I can’t help but share that passion because I know you would have no problem grasping his theory – probably better and easier than I did. You just have to be open to the idea that maybe this guy (Michael Hoffman) is right.

          • Admin says:

            Dear Friends,

            The truth has many perspectives because it is impossible for us at present moment to see and understand “All the grandiose picture of the Creation at one glance”.
            Everyone can see at given moment the subjective and relative part of the Objective Truth.
            I believe that we should respect the opinion of others although sometimes it is different from ours.

            Troydavies – Your passion is understandable. I’ve noticed that you commented to some articles and thus added an important value that enabled the readers to see more interesting perspectives of each topic.
            I want to say a huge thank for all your comments. They have been heartwarming to receive and I’m truly honored. You are welcomed to continue enriching us with your extensive knowledge.
            My goal is to bring to the readers as many viewpoints as possible rather than take a stand.

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