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Fifty years in the past, psychedelics like LSD had been hailed as a gateway to reworking humanity’s consciousness. Within a decade, it was marked as a Schedule I drug by the US authorities, which means it had “a high potential for abuse” and “no legitimate medical use.”
Michael Pollan, the best-selling creator of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, disagrees—his new (verbosely titled) e book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence says psychedelics, together with LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, could be the key to altering the world for the higher.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Pollan admits that he was initially skeptical of LSD’s capacity to present actual, tangible perception into the operations of the human thoughts: “When I started I was very intrigued and somewhat outraged by that quote from [pioneering transpersonal psychologist] Stan Grof that LSD will be for the study of the mind what the microscope was for biology or what the telescope was for astronomy. I mean, really? You know that’s a big claim. But I wanted to test that claim and in fact I think there’s a lot to it.”
Through his personal experiences, Pollan discovered that psychedelics supply the power to get a long way from one’s ego and see it in a brand new mild, which might result in large psychological advantages.
“I think do a better job of realizing when my ego is doing its thing. That I don’t have to react the way he wants to react. People can attain that through 10 years of psychoanalysis, four days a week, probably, but I attained it in four hours and that was kind of amazing.”
When requested if he, like many others, gained a deeper understanding of God or the divine, Pollan says it is extra difficult than that: “I came close to a sense of the imminence of some something spiritual in nature. There are dimensions of consciousness and dimensions of nature and reality that we have not begun to penetrate.”
Pollan says that psychedelics have extra to supply than enriching our personal understanding of ourselves. For him, they’re the important thing to overcoming two of the most important issues dealing with humanity at present:
“One is the environmental crisis. People come out of these experiences feeling differently toward nature. To begin to see subjectivity in nature is to begin to realize it’s not our object to trifle with…And the other big problem we face is tribalism….not recognizing what we have in common with the refugee, or the person trying to come across the border. Both are products of egotism, of ‘I’ before ‘we,’ of a narrow sense of self-interest.”
How to Change Your Mind is at present accessible on Amazon and at different retailers.