Do we “trip” naturally? Have we the chemicals in our brains already necessary for a psychedelic/spiritual experience? A yogi meditates and learns how to control the workings of his inner body so that he can understand and/or control the outside world. A hippie takes acid and suddenly understands the outside world, and on occasion experiences the siddhi powers yogis strive so hard for. Are these experiences intrinsically the same, simply triggered by a different catalyst? “A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness,”1 as explained by Tim Leary. “And universal consciousness, luminous and omnipresent, radiates in his heart: in this way he attains brahman,”2 as explained by the Upanishads. Doesn’t sound too different, does it?
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