Psychedelic States of Consciousness
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Dr. Stanislav Grof M.D., is an eminent Czechoslovakian psychiatrist who has carried our extensive practical research into the use and affects of LSD on consciousness. Psychedelics differ depending on whether their main ingredient is mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) found in the peyote cactus, psilocybin found in certain kinds of mushrooms, LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), discovered in 1938 by the Swiss scientist, Albert Hofmann, who five years later on revisiting his notes about LSD, ingested 250 micrograms and experienced the affects, and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), found in Ayahuasca (a drink prepared from two kinds of plants found in the Amazon), and used by shamans who live there.
The Main Advocates of Psychedelics
Carlos Castaneda (1925 – 1998) was perhaps the first to lay down in words what the affects of eating the peyote cactus, as well as the affects of eating what have become known as magic mushrooms was like. Castaneda wrote many books during the 1970’s, such as Journey To Ixtlan, The Art of Dreaming, and The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, wherein he took the reader on a journey unlike any known in our everyday life experience. Dr. Timothy Leary (1920 – 1996) became famous during the hippie era of the 1960’s for promoting the use of LSD to heighten consciousness, and bring about mystical awareness. Terence McKenna (1946 – 2000) was a later advocate of psychedelics. McKenna wrote Food Of The Gods – A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution. Each of these people argued that taking psychedelics expanded consciousness to levels where understanding was much deeper because more knowledge was accessed. In the field of quantum physics, Professor John Hagelin argues that consciousness is the unifying field. Further discussion on this can be found in this blog with Hagelin’s documentary forming a part of it: The Unified Field – Consciousness.
Stanislav Grof has conducted studies on more than 3,000 individuals under the influence of LSD, and from extensive note taking has found certain principles or concepts underlying them which relate to consciousness, awareness, Source, why the universe formed, how the universe formed, along with many other plausible notions for life, and our experience of it. In the following documentary, Grof speaks for 1hr 45mins on the subject of consciousness as it relates to the psychedelic experience, mysticism, the Hindu/Buddhist teachings, along with the universe, and a host of other things that cause one to think about it all, if nothing else: