Welcome to Spirituality and Psychedelia! My aim for this tribe is to dispel the attitudes around spirituality and psychedelics by sharing information and educating.
So the first thing I would recommend is to take up a grounding exercise that places you in the present. It is easy to find ourselves swept up in the day to day storm of life and without knowing it we can become agitated and unresponsive to positive stimuli. By grounding ourselves, we can become aware of ourselves and how we are reacting, and then we can further our insights to the things we do apply ourselves to.
These grounding exercises can come in the form of simple meditations, or forms of yoga that grow in complexity.
For beginners, I recommend starting with mindful meditation:
Eventually you will find that you no longer need the guided forms of meditation and can meditate on your own.
Yoga comes in different varieties, and even blends into forms of Kung Fu:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-do_ggchypa - Kundalini is my favourite form, but a quick google search for other methods may suit you better.
Through these practices we might better navigate our minds, becoming better prepared to face the lessons in life.Read More
A presentation by the late Kilindi Lyi on the influence of psychedelic mushrooms on a variety of cultures.
What the bloody fuck is tripping? Two diametrically opposed experiences
Tripping is about as amorphous and subjective as this world could possibly be. From variations in induction, dose, chemical, mood, setting, length and experience no two trips will ever be the same. So first lets isolate the idea of a trip.
What is a trip?
A 'trip' in terms of mindfulness means an enhanced (or subdued) state of consciousness that lasts for a period of time. In this 'trip' state you may experience visuals, auditory hallucinations or new patterns of thought. Depending on the manner in which this trip state was induced, this trip can last anything from an hour or well into twelve.
A trip is typically a chemical reaction within your body that is induced by introducing a new chemical. In the case of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) the trip is brought on through ingesting the chemical which reacts with your bodies serotonin receptors, this in turn tricks your mind into perceiving visual hallucinations as 'real' (Erowid, 2000.)
There is of course no one 'Trip' that we can isolate as a definitive example of 'Tripping'. This is a limitless impossibility as the trip is a purely subjective experience in isolation. However, the subject becomes infinitely more complicated when we introduce subsequent 'trippers' into the equation, but we'll explore that later.
Varieties of trips
So now we know what a trip 'is', let's explore the unfathomable varieties of trips one can have. The most popular drugs of choice to induce a short cut to the trip state is of course the magic mushroom and LSD AKA Acid. These are popular for their ability to measure the strength and duration of your trip. Magic mushrooms can be measured in grams and eaten dry or brewed into a tea or carefully powdered into other digestible methods. LSD on the other hand is a chemical (C20H25N3O) measured in ug (Micrograms) and originally created by Albert Hofmann and made infamous by the MKULTRA experiments a decade later. While popular culture would have you believe 'trips are trips', this couldn't be further from the truth. When I describe the trip induced by a mushroom as 'natural' that is about as accurate as a description a mortal might be able to muster. Descriptions of earthly rituals and exploration of nature while under the influence of magic mushrooms would do the 'connection' to Gaia no service whatsoever. You borrow your energy directly from the planet and you witness first hand the cyclical bond between human and planet. You are a literal witness to your breath moving the air around you.
What then of LSD? The connection is to and from yourself. The energy on the 'come up' derives from within and is expended outward. Acid is a window into the very vibration and intimate realms of your own inner self. Your ego pulses as a manifest object and must be confronted, all while your flesh and bones writhe and dance with the static and elation of an influx of serotonin. As we explore our inner mechanisms on an intimate level we are subject to raw and profound emotions, and with the filter stripped away we are forced to present ourselves to the headmaster without any time to make excuses.
Then we of course have the 'Shamanic' trips, with the traditional and mystic Peyote, Ayahuasca many more forms of magic mushrooms and Salvia. These can all be put under the 'natural' umbrella, in which these are offered to us from the earth. With some preparation, culinary and ritualistic these plants can transport us to entirely new realms of existence. It does no good to deny the reality of these existences, because they exist with or without our judgement upon them. These 'realms' are of course made manifest by our own subjective interpretations, and the effect of our very seeing them on ourselves is down to our own capability to wrestle with the implications.
It is unfortunate then that these methods of self revelatory explorations were commandeered by party-hard fuck faces who just wanted to get their buzz on. It should be no surprise to anyone that something profound would have its meaning completely and utterly lost on some. However, a deeper shame than that is what this popular culture of drugs has done to the reputation of these gifts of nature. We owe a great deal of debt to our own conscious (and sub-conscious) to the effects these plants had on our ancestors.
It should come as absolutely no surprise that as humans we stand out because of our ability to manifest our dreams into the waking world. So then it isn't such a leap for us to imagine our ancestors developing overtime via the influence of tripping. They maintained a deep connection with the earth, expanding their minds constantly through self-reflecting trips within their tribes. They saw their own ego and praised their soul as a part of the larger 'God'. As time went on their dreams became scripture, architecture and reverence to the universe.
Reality is not the concrete structures that guide us from home to work and to the shop and back home again. Reality isn't the need to 'let go' on weekends and then return to conservatism throughout the week. Reality is the metaphysical connection between potential and actual. Tripping allows you unfettered access to view and play with the potential of the universe and to manifest it into your own reality. It allows you to approach yourself and challenge what you think you know about the universe. It can take your mind an impossible distance from your physical body to show you something you couldn't imagine. Trips rip back the curtain to show you the mechanisms at play.
...is no joke. Seriously, if I haven't already managed to convey the profundity that awaits you then I don't know what to say. On a day to day basis, your thoughts ebb and flow in an idle tide. When you are stressed, they might come faster than before, making it difficult to isolate the good from the bad. When you are tripping, the dam has just exploded and everything in your mind is flowing towards you faster than you can escape. Don't try to escape though, and you'll find the burst dam was a momentary collapse and you can once again ride your thoughts as they ebb and flow. If you run, you will drown. Tripping is a mental test of the self. Do not go into a trip looking for something specific, or you might come down empty handed because you ignored everything else looking for that one answer. Likewise, do not go in with expectations, because they will be torn apart on the come up.
Lesser known trip
Here's a PSA to all you budding psychonauts. LSD has a cousin, LSA. She's alright, and she is good friends with Mary-Jane. Now, LSA is extremely easy, so easy in fact she sells her services on Amazon under the name 'Morning Glory'. If you've never been with Lucy, LucindA is a fine broad that'll show you the ropes... and she can get pretty wild herself if you take more than your fill of her in one night.
Tripping and its methods have undergone a radical change in the last few decades. From being the bastion of forward thinking individuals to demonised nearly across the entire board. We have forgotten what lies beyond the veil, convinced it can only be discerned through the stories of men that came before us, wholly unaware to the fruits of knowledge that are before us. The depth of connection and insight and the conflict of ego are no mere 'drug states'. They are real moments that highlight and draw from metaphysical teachings that should not be dismissed as woo woo. We are more than apes typing at our keyboards to communicate abstract concepts at each other, we are wonderful balls of conscious energy hurtling through the universe at unimaginable speed, connected by indescribable forces that we can witness and experience for ourselves if we just stop the demonisation.
www.erowid.org/psychoactives/psychoactives.shtml - Erowid, everything you want to know and more.
www.imdb.com/title/tt6090814/ - Hamilton's Pharmacopeia - A documentary series on varying psychoactive experiences
www.shroomery.org/ - Magic mushrooms, demystifiedRead More