What I think about psychedelics
When I first "got into" psychedelics, I thought they were amazing and so on, and I felt they were deeply significant in some way. But I couldn't figure out what way.
I read Huxley's "doors of perception", I read what T Leary and Thompson said about it. I read what self proclaimed "psychonauts" and "shamans" or "guru spirit of the ancestral garden of bullshit" and so on said about it.
And finally, 6 years later, do u know what I conclude?
There is nothing more to psychedelics than the feeling that there is something more to psychedelics.
And you know what... I think that's great. Why can't we just enjoy the feeling of wonder and amazement for what it is? Why do we have to attach some label to it or try to contextualize it in some fantasy which is only there to serve our own ego.
So am I saying that psychedelics are purely hedonistic then? Is there no difference between some boring person having a "fun" trip just looking at pretty colors, and a person who has a deeply moving feeling of transcendence and wonder? Is there nothing more to awe than just enjoying awe? Is there nothing to transcendence other than enjoying the feeling of transcendence?
That doesn't actually sound quite right does it? So here is how this all makes sense:
People who experience awe in their life will seek awe.
Those who experience transcendence will seek transcendence.
Anyone who experiences wonder will continue to wonder.
So, there is real value to these mental states, as long as we apply them to things in real life, and reality.
You see, then, how these mystics, shamans or tim leary people were actually wasting the benefit they got from psychedelics. Instead of using these experiences to benefit their life, they apply them to their belief system instead. All the transcendence those people experience on psychedelics is essentially attributed to whatever their belief system says about transcendence.
Just like religious people, who attribute all good events to God instead of themselves or the world.