The positive urge to alter our consciousness using drugs

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Throughout history people were keen to alter their consciousness, even temporarily. Such alterations most often involved mind-altering drugs.

This is well supported in ancient texts and historical evidences.

Spiritual ceremonies in most parts of the world used to include the consumption of Marijuana, hallucinative roots (e.g. Ayawaska), Cactuses (e.g. Payote) and mushrooms in order to achieve greater levels of consciousness and gain paranormal abilities.

I think that the urge to alter our consciousness is no lesser than an organic prime instinct like sex and hunger. It is programmed in our very basic nature.

Why, then, there are so many people, actually most of the people, who show no interest in such alteration?

Altering our consciousness as well as seeing beyond are very frightening. They are frightening in the sense that they threaten the known, the familiar and our sense of control. Most people cave in to those enormous existential fears.

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>>Why, then, there are so many people, actually most of the people, who show no interest in such alteration?<<

I'm not sure if this statement is entirely accurate considering that, throughout history, the commingling of cultures through the medium of wars has led to our modern dilemma with drugs. The drug problem is a huge and widespread issue. So many people do take psychoactive compounds to induce a different state of being but not in the name of spirituality. In spirituality, you have the meditative techniques that challenge the need for psychoactive compounds and the adherents of the meditative techniques claim the former is purer and safer than the latter and will give their reasons. The most obvious is abuse. Some others include harm to the subtle body and opening oneself up to various psychic attacks. Plus no one quite knows about the long term effects on the brain itself.

There are scientists now exploring the part of the brain known as the "God Center". Stimulation of this center is known to produce ecstatic states of mind, some similar to the ones discussed by our sages. Some Tibetans were known to use the aid of a piece of straw shoved through the nose to stimulate certain parts of the brain. Whether it was the pineal gland or not, I can't remember. (Please don't try this at home kids) Studies of Christian contemplatives and Buddhist meditators showed the same area of the brain being stimulated or "lit up". Even persons who have seizures in this part of the brain have proclaimed amazing experiences of "one-ness".

Personally, I used to have a curiosity about ayahuasca but haven't tried it and don't know if I care too much anymore..but who knows. Tried marijuana 20 or so times and could never figure out why people smoke it until I "linked up" with a friend I was sitting next to which started up a fit of laughter. Did have an experience where I stumbled across some mushrooms once, of the cow dung variety, growing on a farm and ranch I worked on. Decided to try them after hearing of one guy's testimony about them and discovered them to be a very powerful aid for focus during contemplation. I used them for about a week during this exploration. Never have experienced anything that allowed me to observe the nature of the mind like they did. Was convinced by a former boss to let him give me salvia divinorum. The force of that substance trying to take over my mind put me into the greatest fit of laughter I've ever experienced..totally uncontrollable.

I think these substances affect everyone differently. Some should not even think about using them and some may be able to find some use out of them. In the end, though, they still only have effects on the brain and any experiences induced are easily forgotten.

B-friend | Sat, 02/06/2010 - 21:46