Published: December 13th 2011December 13th 2011
The following text was written on 7 October, one day before inducing 10 grams of truffles (alternative to mushrooms), in a spiritual setting and mindset:
Life’s simplest truth is that all human beings want happiness. The biggest stumbling block towards achieving lasting happiness, for many of us, is the mind. All spiritual leaders refer to the mind as the vital link towards eternal happiness. Eckhart Tolle, the great new-age guru, says that the mind and our thinking habits are like a disease. The wrong conditioning of the mind (mainly due to poor education, as discussed before) is at the root of our problems.
Many people in the West, including myself, are now on the so-called ‘spiritual path’, because we feel that life is not giving us what we need. We are in dire need of inspiration, peace and happiness. We want to live life accepting the good and the bad events, learning from each and every person without negative feelings such as fear, jealousy and attachment. As Paulo Coelho says, happiness is the way, not the destination. This is how we, spiritual seekers, want to live our life. All we want is (inner) happiness. So where do drugs come into the story? Only recently I have been introduced to the hidden aspect of drugs: The positive.
What fascinates me so much, when reading about psychedelic drugs, is how tremendously connected it is to the great spiritual teachings by the Buddha, Eckhart Tolle and many others. These teachings have inspired all us spiritual seekers. We understand the teachings because they are simple, yet the hard part is to apply them to our daily lives. Through psychedelic drugs we can have an insightful experience of higher consciousness, inner peace, a feeling of connectedness to all of life (instead of separating ourselves), seeing life as it truly is instead of how our ‘diseased’ mind sees it, getting insight into the true meaning of death, etc. It doesn’t surprise me to read that back in the 1960s, psychedelic drugs were used to fight major depressions. Why? Because these people can suddenly see clearly where the problem lies: The mind is the real cause of their depression. Through a psychedelic drug experience, most of these people were able to change their conditioned, harmful mind patterns and live happier lives. This is similar to the situation in which the Buddha attained enlightenment, only difference is that he didn’t need drugs. He transcended the ‘diseased’ mind naturally. Most people will not be able to transcend the mind naturally during our lifetime, but perhaps psychedelic drugs is a potential connecting link towards our desire for eternal happiness?
It is incredible to see how we have never been taught about the positive effects of drugs. Most people have a stereotype-view of drugs and see it as solely negative. To an extent, this is true. Many people use drugs for the wrong purposes, which can become harmful. If used correctly, psychedelic drugs (most common are mushrooms) can become a true mind-opener for almost everybody. There are hardly any cases of truly negative experiences with purposeful use of psychedelic drugs. Recent studies are again confirming that psychedelic drugs can have a profound impact on our lives, especially for people with major psychological disorders. This development would have made the psychedelic drug guru’s (Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna) very happy!
I am now curious how psychedelic drugs can benefit my life. It will surely give some great insights into the mind and I believe that it can become an important breakthrough on the spiritual path. Many say that their lives have changed before and after using psychedelic drugs, for the better. I can’t wait to experience it and see what impact it has on the rest of my life. 24 hours away from a potential life-changing experience…
Take a look at these two inspiring videos by Bill Hicks about the positive impact of drugs:
Video1: Bill Hicks - Positive Drug Story
Video 2: Bill Hicks - How many morons here think marijuana should be illegal?