There are a lot of different topics that are brought into my awareness as concentrated streams of information.
One of them is hallucinogenic drugs as a spiritual tool.
The first time I became aware of it, it frightened me. I judged it pretty harshly.
The next few times, I learned a little more.
I learned that it is an ancient ritual. I learned that when the spirit of the plant is respected and in pure form, it has wisdom, and it is safe.
Still, I found myself wondering about the people who take these drugs without any proper upbringing. They go to the shaman for a week visit and trip out, which I feel is safe for them at the time. What about after they get home? Have they left a door open in their psyche that they don't have the mental strength to monitor or close if they need to?
What happens when they continue taking the drug in unmonitored settings?
This past time that it came into my awareness, I came across some videos taken during a get together of spiritual leaders from indigenous cultures from across the world.
One of them spoke of peyote.
He said there is a difference between being under the influence of the medicine, and being
He described his initiation of taking the medicine until he thought he was full, then having to keep taking it until it reached his spirit~the area above his head. Only then, he said, was he ready to be the medicine.
Now, how many people using hallucinogenic drugs in their quest to find answers actually do that?
Not too many, I'd say.
It bothers me, just a little.
Here's the link to the video if you are interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOEtAk446U4&feature=youtube_gdata_player