Programming the psychedelic odyssey.
Great news: a single psychedelic trip can induce life-long benefits, according to top gun researchers at one of America’s most esteemed med schools. It can also bring you closer to God, eliminate anxiety and amp up your creativity.
A brand new study explores mushrooms and other psychedelic substances showing how mind-bending compounds can trigger ‘God-like experiences’, producing positive, long-duration changes. Waaaaa.
The new study, published by the excellent JHPRU last week, highlights the profound, life-affirming effects of psychedelic trips with mushrooms (classic psilocybin) playing a role in (re-)programming the brain in positive ways. Subjects who tripped on the mystical, mood-altering stuff at least once or more gave glowing (‘constructive’) feedback about the experience, saying mushrooms can be an enduring “functional tool of personal transformation” with benefits accruing over time.
Psychology Today, a savvy mag that covers issues like neuroscience, relationships, sexuality, parenting, and mental health, synthesized findings from John Hopkins School of Medicine, titled, ‘Survey of Subjective God Encounter Experiences.’ The research (also published via PLOS ONE) compares and contrasts various psychedelics like psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca and DMT, and highlights the “entheogenic” (relating to ‘the God realm’ and spirituality) effects that occur when the hallucinogen triggers neurotransmitters that “stimulate increased formation of free radicals and act as a serotonin/dopamine re-uptake inhibitor resulting in a re-contextualizing of self.” The subjects noted that the pychotropic sessions were amongst the “most real, vivid, profound and personally meaningful experiences they’ve ever had.”
The participants, mostly atheists or agnostic in their religious/philosophical beliefs, reported having experiences with an “ultimate reality”, or God, despite having no association with religion or theism. Two-thirds of the subjects said that after their trip they no longer identified as atheist, and reported positive life changes and “functional benefits” such as “increased reactivity to stimuli, both internal and external, with heightened sensibilities and ecstatic awareness.” Some even sensed “cosmic connections to an omnipresence” and “divine encounters.” Whoa!
The majority of those who reported having positive experiences took psilocybin/mushrooms (1,184), then LSD (1,251), DMT (606), and ayahuasca (435). 809 people said they experienced ‘ultimate reality’ and ‘God encounters.”
“Experiences that people describe as encounters with God or a representative of God have been reported for thousands of years, and they likely form the basis of many of the world’s religions,” Roland Griffiths, professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins and the study’s lead researcher, said. “Although modern Western medicine doesn’t typically consider ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ experiences as one of the tools in the arsenal against sickness, our findings suggest that these encounters often lead to improvements in mental health.”
The new study claims to be the first to “systematically and rigorously” compare and contrast psychedelic perspectives around spirituality and God with concomitant cathartic breakthroughs and “shortcuts to the divine.” It comes on the heels of the N°03 Hypnagogic Light Machine experiment, whereby flashes of white light at controlled frequencies mimic the effects of LSD and DMT to promote mental well-being, with users reportedly getting ‘high on light’ and occasionally mentioning “sublime, God-like” moments. In recent months, moreover, groundbreaking new studies have explored the psychotherapeutic effects of MDMA and Ketamine on social anxiety, depression and various forms of PTSD, giving rise to “a better sense of self” and a “positive re-scrambling of emotional/mental states.”
Psychoactive drugs (in controlled/’micro-doses’, of course) can produce totally functional biochemical and phenomenological transformations and allow people to re-pattern the imagination, forming new and novel synaptic connections in the brain, re-constituting our awareness and expanding connections within and without. We’re fans. Now read this.
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