What are spiritual drugs and how exactly can drugs be considered spiritual?
The term spiritual drugs is usually referred to as psychedelics or plant medicines.
Some spiritual drugs have been used for thousands of years by ancient cultures throughout the world.
There is even evidence of Ayahuasca usage dating all the way back to 1000A.D.
Archaeological evidence also suggests another spiritual drug Peyote (mescaline) has been around for at least 10,000 years.
Spiritual drugs work by affecting certain parts of the brain, allowing more information to be perceived at one time.
It’s important to understand firstly, the reality we experience and perceive is already a hallucination.
Neuroscientists like Anil Seth have confirmed through various experiments that we do in fact hallucinate our reality.
The external world we experience isn’t actually physically “out there”. It’s occurring within consciousness and doesn’t occur separately from consciousness.
Spiritual drugs or psychedelics, work by letting down your guard so to speak. Meaning we let more information through the mind’s filter than normal.
These substances are also very effective with dissolving the ego-mind, commonly known as ego-death.
Ego-death can be a terrifying feeling and often results in what’s called a bad trip by psychedelic users.
However, on a positive note, an ego-death can also allow you to experience an inter-connected feeling of oneness with many spiritual insights.
Spiritual experiences on psychedelics are the result of havening heightened states of awareness or consciousness.
What Type of Spiritual Drugs Are Commonly Used?
Below is our top five types of spiritual drugs and psychedelic substances that are commonly used for spiritual experience.
If you are looking to try any type of psychedelics or spiritual drugs, it’s important to check the legality in your country first.
And, ensure you have a certified Sharman or someone you trust with you during the experience.
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew which includes N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), Banisteriopsis caapi, and Psychotria Viridis.
The main psychoactive ingredient N, N-dimethyltryptamine is found in many plants in parts of Mexico, South America, and Asia.
Studies suggest DMT is also produced in the human brain, specifically in the pineal gland.
Traditionally Ayahuasca is used in a spiritual context, allowing an expansion of consciousness, while also allowing the healing of past traumas.
Ayahuasca retreats can be found in Brazil, Peru, and Costa Rica.
Normally the event will be led by an experienced shaman who creates the brew and makes sure everyone is safe.
2. Peyote (Mescaline)
The psychoactive ingredient mescaline can be found in the cacti plants peyote and San Pedro cactus.
These caci plants are found natively in southwest United States, South America, and Mexico.
Although peyote was part of the schedule 1 classification of controlled drug use, it’s still allowed for spiritual ceremonies under the 1994 America Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA).
Like Ayahuasca, a native peyote ceremony is considered a sacramental event, giving the ability to perceive and understand the spiritual world.
Having a larger dose will allow the user to interact more fully with the spiritual world & focus on any goals or intentions.
Lower doses still have many benefits on opening higher states of consciousness, while decreasing the ego.
Peyote is generally chewed for a more intense experience, but often also brewed into a tea for a milder effect.
3. Bufo Alvarius Toad
Bufo Alvarius is a toad found in parts of northern Mexico and south western United States.
The toxin found in the glands under the skin contains 5-MeO-DMT as well as bufotenin, which is considered the most powerful hallucinogens in the world.
Like it’s close cousin N-N DMT from Ayahuasca, 5-MeO is found in trace amounts in the human body, although the reason for this is still unclear.
After a dosage of 5-MeO, the ego is dissolved faster than any other psychedelic drug known.
Visually the experience often reports seeing complex geometry with similarity to an N-N DMT experience.
When taken in high doses, a user will often report breaking through to an infinite void-like space.
Similarly, the infinite void-like experience is often reported in NDEs (Near Death Experiences).
This experience in the void is often described as being one with the universe, being part of a very bright light, and a feeling of infinite love.
4. Psilocybin Mushrooms
Psilocybin mushroom also known as magic mushrooms, has been used spiritually as far back to 9000B.C. based on North African rock paintings.
Other symbols of Psilocybin use have been found in central American ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins.
As with Ayahuasca and Peyote, ceremony’s with Psilocybin mushroom was used to enter a spiritual world, and often communicate with spiritual entities.
It wasn’t until the late 1950’s that the magic mushrooms were introduced to Western culture.
A mycologist named Gordon Wasson was traveling in Mexico to study mushrooms when he decided to participate in a ritual ceremony.
His experience was published in Life magazine in 1957, from this point Psilocybin gained popularity with research at Harvard University.
And, ultimately being tied to the counterculture movement from the 1960’s.
Today studies and research show the benefits of Psilocybin as therapeutic treatments for PTSD, depression, and anxiety with great results.
LSD was synthesized for the first time in 1938 by a chemist named Albert Hofmann.
It wasn’t until 1943 that Hofmann accidentally ingested 25 micrograms which was capable of sending him on the very first intense acid trip.
LSD wasn’t popularised until the 1960s linking to the counterculture movement.
Like the other spiritual drugs mentioned in this article, LSD decreases the ego & as a result produces a higher state of consciousness or awareness.
People report having significant insights on an LSD trip, as well as feelings of oneness and a connection with everything on higher doses.
Steve Jobs wrote about his first experience with LSD, mentioning it being one of the most important things he did in his life.
Many other entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley currently use LSD by micro-dosing small amounts to help with creativity and productivity.
LSD is considered a spiritual drug among most users, however also used for recreational purposes during music festivals.
Although LSD can have some profound insights, it’s also important to have someone with you during a trip. Ego-death can occur and bring on a bad trip or even a panic attack.
In conclusion, these are just five types of spiritual drugs that can give profound insight and positive spiritual impacts in your life.
Our normal reality is a shared hallucination, and spiritual drugs help lift the veil and show us what’s beyond our regular perceptions and senses.
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