Psychedelics as shortcut

If I understand correctly, psychedelics bring us to altered states of consciousness that are also possible to be achieved simply through the application of training and will power. Sit cross-legged for a long enough time and you will start to hallucinate colors and sounds. Do it in a pitch-black room and you will hallucinate with opened eyes. Do it while you’re floating in a sensory deprivation tank and you will hallucinate colors, shapes and faces.

Yet, why do mystics and some let’s say “traditional” seekers refuse to acknowledge the validity of the psychedelic experience? For some people, it seems “no pain – no gain” works as a bidirectional formula. If you achieve something but you didn’t sweat blood for it, then they consider it as less valid of an achievement. Why, though?

Do monks still copy books by hand? Do these people still walk long distances to communicate with other people, or have they also embraced the advantages of long-distance telecommunication? Why is it different when it comes to mental processes? Yes, they say, psychedelics will bring you to a reality similar to what you can explore using only the power of your sober mind. But they argue, what if you don’t have psychedelics? You go back to base camp. You are not quite there yet, you are only “simulating” the experience. But in these day and age, we can ensure a constant and regular supply of these substances for everyone who is interested. Hell, I could grow in my house more mushrooms that I could consume, for an insignificant amount of money. Why couldn’t I simply eat 1g of mushrooms every time I wanted to have a profound mystical experience? Why does it have to be always your own power, your own self, your own work? Why can’t we work together with the plants?

Isn’t the world interconnected? Aren’t we operating in a matrix of relationships that extends beyond our mind, beyond our life, beyond our death? Why aren’t mushrooms my friends?

Brain magick – Exercises in meta-magick and invocation

Begun reading on: 2019-08-11
First heard about this book on: Occult Science Radio podcast

1 – Introduction

Meta-magick is a collection of opportunities to think about magick”. This book tries to strip magick out of its…well, magic? Or confusion. Like scientists building models and metaphors to explain the physical world, meta-magick builds models and metaphors about magick.

2- Chapter 1: States of Consciousness

Exercise 1.1 Physiological calibration: Just run through all the questions related to your body. Where are you? What is your position? How do your legs feel? Arms, head, shoulders? How is your breathing? How fast is your heart beating? Which muscles are tense, which muscles are relaxed? Next do some expansion and contraction breathing. Just imagine when you inhale a circle expands to reach the diameter of your open arms, and when you exhale the circle contracts until it becomes on single point on the center of your chest. Repeat for five minutes and then reassess your physiological condition.