by Sergey Baranov
"To fathom hell or soar angelic
just take a pinch of psychedelic."
Sugar and coffee, for example, are just a few on the list.
In my previous article, "The Catalysts for Change - Why consciousness Expanding Plants are Feared and Deemed Illegal?", I have proposed an idea of education which is not exactly the type of education we were exposed to in schools.
Although some of the things which are taught in schools might be useful later on in life, the absence of truthful drug education in the curriculum can and actually does cause harm, potentially leading to undesirable consequences.
I wish I would have had this kind of education during my youth
It sure would have spared a lot of problems for me, my parents and countless other people I knew, some of whom didn't live long enough to know better.
Well, neither heroin nor cocaine in the form which is available on
the streets is natural; both are processed chemicals.
Morphine is a powerful analgesic which should be only used for medical purposes.
On every shamanic altar you will find coca leafs which are prayed with and made as an offering.
Coca is truly a gift from Mother Nature. It gives you the strength and stamina when needed, fights fatigue and suppresses thirst and hunger. Make you work or walk all day in the mountains without food, water or getting tired. This is how people survive in the Andes.
Fernando Cabieses Molina, respected Peruvian neurosurgeon and educator, founder of Peru's National Institute of Traditional Medicine, world-renowned authority and longtime defender of native use of herbal medicines including coca, has studied the chemical properties of coca leaf and cocaine for 40 years.
He argues that the coca leaf, when chewed in quantity, relieves hunger, thirst and fatigue. His conclusion was certain: chewing coca leafs does not produce the euphoria, anxiety, depression or addiction that is experienced by cocaine users.
He further explains that extraction of one alkaloid results in a qualitatively different substance, which like the distinctive methods by which it is introduced into the body, produces different physiological consequences.
It is, as he says,
I do agree and can support the doctor's views with my own humble experience.
Chewing coca is not addictive. It is impossible to get
addicted to the leaf. I have been chewing and drinking coca for six
consecutive years, and in big quantities when needed. Then, when I
don't need it, I don't use it.
What's reaching you is
one extracted alkaloid which then gets mixed with methamphetamines
(synthetic drugs) to increase its weigh and thus the profit to the
manufacturer. And this is where the problem starts. The synthetic
additives are causing the addiction and consequently psychosis.
Coca is stimulating, highly
nutritive, longevity medicine.
It contains proteins, vitamins and high concentration of calcium.
Coca is pure medicine when respected and used in traditional way.
It's how we use the plant that matters.
Then when you have returned, you found your house burnt to the ground.
It's how we use the tools that matters.
He was the same doctor who has administrated mescaline, a naturally occurring alkaloid in San Pedro and Peyote cactus, to Aldous Huxley who wrote about his experience in his epic book, "The Doors of Perception", which took off like a wild fire, sparkling both delight and critique.
Although being aware of the book, for the first time I've read it when I already have had 10 years of experience and roughly 700 mescaline journeys, always done in shamanic setting, and was rather looking for faults in Huxley's writing.
Found none, however, I was rather
humbled by such a brilliant account of his. He has definitely seen
the essence and touched the heart of the mystical experience, to
which mescaline served as the key unlocking the forbidden doors of
And just as the telescope is helping to focus the light
emitted from the darker corners of the cosmos, thus making it seen,
in similar manner psychedelics are helping us to focus the attention
on our consciousness, magnifying it to a comprehensible size.
Some of these astonishing, others are bearing teaching.
When we refer to the mescaline experience in particular, the closest word to describe an indescribable experience would be:
We can write poetry about it and still be far from the experience itself.
Words are only symbols, a finger pointing to the moon, not the moon themselves.
Through mescaline, one gains admission to the real world, escaping
limitations of the linguistic prison, which although is rich with a
tapestry of words and concepts, is still a prison.
A mescaline experience is capable of opening the inner vision,
revealing the unseen. It is a key with which you can unlock the
mental shackles and set your mind free. It is the fuel we need to
reach the stars without taking off the ground.
How can one otherwise learn about the water without ever getting wet? This whole phenomenon belongs to another order, another realm of consciousness which undeniably exists although cannot to be measured or captured on the screen.
It belongs to metaphysics, which is a fundamental part of a
My San Pedro garden in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Peru, April 19, 2015
The stupendous beauty of the world engulfed with life and meaning,
which is always present behind the veil of an ordinary perception of
reality, which can be gently lifted by the grace of the
cacti, is that very same place which has been known for ages by the
Sufis, sages and mystics of the East.
The God I found was not living in the buildings. Nor
present in the books.
I wanted to find my own answers to my questions, knowing that I cannot take opinions of other people for an answer.
Those, to me, would be merely words. So here, I would like to share some of my answers to myself which perhaps you will find useful to you as well.
My view is an ordinary view of non-ordinary reality which under certain conditions is accessible to all.
If enlightenment means something different that the act of bringing the light into our own ignorance about ourselves and the world we are living in, while making us aware of our own embodied consciousness which was lucky enough to experience life thought the human body, which together with the galactic mass rotates in the limitless space on a tiny but beautiful cosmic oasis we call Earth, while realizing the miracle of life made of cosmic dust, which in fact is an illusion that irrefutably exists, then I would not know the answer.
But if enlightenment means that expanded and all inclusive consciousness which can recognize itself in all other life forms, while remaining a sovereign point of perception of the infinite reality of which it is also a part, then the answer is YES.
I am mortal; I want it now and I want it all.
spirituality or as we also call it an evolutionary shamanism simply
means the use of the energy of the psychoactive plants to ponder the
nature of reality and ourselves in it, as oppose to the traditional
shamanism which mainly deals with healing.
Here, perhaps we can answer this question with another question:
Both ways are valid and can be complementary. Both must be
westerners, who have been disconnected from our spiritual roots,
first by religion and later by science (or shall we say scientism,
for science has become dogmatic), and whose perception of reality
has been conditioned and narrowed down to the world of superstition
and physical appearances, incapable of seeing beyond either - another type of help is needed, that which is capable of catapulting
us into the realm of consciousness where saints feel at home.
But generally speaking, a responsible use of psychedelics
can be quite beneficial not only to the person who is experiencing
but for his family, his surrounding and ultimately to the world we
live in. It can be liken to the alchemical process during which the
impurities in man are burnt, while purifying him into a better
It is a
serious undertaking for mature and responsible people who are
looking for healing, understanding and expansion of their perception
of reality, and willing to engage with life, instead escaping it.
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