Psychedelic substances have an incredibly long but largely ignored history. In the course of that history, it has been noted that psychedelics are not a means of enjoyment or recreation, nor do they lead anyone towards “super humanity”. They merely mean rediscovering our untapped potential. Undoubtedly, they are a kind of magic potion, and after decades of being banned, they have made a comeback in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.
There is no reason to demonise psychedelics
Amazingly, psychedelics are likely to reveal more about us than traditional scientific research could ever have believed. They also contradict much of what we regard as cultural achievements. This is hardly surprising, because the research has also shown that psychedelic experiences are linked to mystical experiences. It would seem clear that psychedelics confirm the existence of a human inherited growth disorder. They do this by momentarily altering consciousness to match the psyche that existed a few million years before man fully emerged.
Psychedelics turn off our conscious mind with all its filtering and moulding assets, and reveal the world as it should be experienced. They show our defective nature, our true mental illness that we have hidden behind a civilised mask. They also suggest that the mechanism that should regulate the onset of our adulthood, appears to be related to the functioning of neurotransmitters. It would be outstanding if this faulty gene form that we have inherited could be located. From this perspective, it is clear that psychedelics are appropriate strictly for adults and should not be offered to children or adolescents!
But not for adolescent
The function of the altering of consciousness is to stop the growing up process. If it happens too early, growth may be disrupted. Psychedelics show that the image given by the senses is neither unambiguous nor without problems. A child interprets what he sees. We have come to realise that humans have no direct perception, but that all conscious perception is always the result of processing within the mind. We regard this as an indication of our quality and superiority. For us it is hard to see, and perhaps even harder to believe, that what we praise as higher humanity, is merely a fault.
Mental adulthood relation graph. The diagram attempts to illustrate the result of my observations: that is to say, how human emergence, mystical experiences and psychedelics are interrelated. I have named the types of adulthood as “genuine”, “transient” and “simulated”. My whole hypothesis began with the notion that the mystical experience is a variant of “genuine adulthood”, or the animal psyche. The unifying factor is the mechanism, which is stuck, so to speak. Psychedelics are capable of opening the blockage temporarily. The mechanism should ensure that the psyche is subjected to a complete change at the end of puberty. The mechanism did work with early humans, for example the Heidelberg and Neanderthal people, but not with modern humans—except for short-lived moments known as “mystical experiences”. We as human beings are 99% defined by this failure, not by anatomy.
Psychedelics seem to be the only way to let us understand what is wrong with us. Psychedelics repair a lot, though they cannot restore us for good. Legal use and specialised professionals should be the first steps. We must also actively work to understand phenomena like rites of passage and the world of shamans that we have to easily forsaken as undeveloped phenomena of the ancient past. For us, there is nothing more timely than this knowledge.