Why can’t we access other forms of consciousness usually? And what role do they play in spirituality and the search for meaning on this floating rock we all live on? I don’t know, and that is a-okay.
I feel like the brain is such a mysterious part of the body in that it can’t – in my opinion – be objectively observed, because one’s internal world is innately subjective. Because of this I feel like psychology is a bit of a weird science, ’cause there’s always this conflict between the subjective experience vs objective observation. With all of these conflicting paradigms within the one science it’s really hard to agree on anything. Maybe psychology is just an area of science that’s never gonna be completely understood?
I feel that the same principle applies to spirituality. Just to be clear, I don’t (as of yet) I agree with any strict religion, but I wouldn’t consider myself atheist due to my experience with psychedelics. These have led me to a distinct conclusion that there is “something else”. Maybe not in a literal sense, and in what exact sense I’m not exactly sure.
I get the feeling that there are multiple nonphysical “worlds” that exist within spiritual or incomprehensible paradigms overlapping simultaneously with our dimensions. And also, similar to most religions – I believe in a loose concept of good and evil forces. (Personally, I believe that religion is simply an interpretation of an innate human recognition of these forces, but that’s another thought tangent entirely).
I believe that these worlds overlap in ways we can’t comprehend within a sober mind frame. However, these are the worlds that I believe we are able to “tap into” through the use of psychedelics (along with meditation and other practises). In Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley puts this notion perfectly. He uses the metaphor of our sober brain as a “reducing valve”. This notion suggests that our everyday consciousness is funnelled into a tiny range of sensory perception to allow us to operate – simply put, our brain gets rid of all the “useless”, confusing sensory input that would other wise make it harder to function in a world where it is important to be able to find food, recognise basic symbols and interpret language etc. Whilst the extremes of conscious perception found within psychedelic experiences may prove interesting from a spiritual perspective, they do not provide benefit to our everyday existence, and thus we block it out.
During consciousness expanding experiences, we are able to comprehend the usually incomprehensible. Reportage of contact with divine beings, combined with strong feelings of spirituality and cosmic connectedness are characteristic of the psychedelic experience. To say that these experiences are merely projections of the brain may be valid. However is it possible that our brains simply “make up” these images? Or do they simply bring deeper parts of our consciousness, previously inaccessible, to the fore?
I can’t with complete confidence answer these questions. And these questions cannot be answered until science re-adopts the use of psychedelics. Until then, we’ll never fully understand our brains, let alone their role within the context of the “bigger mysteries” of the world.
Who knows, maybe the inherent nature of spirituality requires and element of imperceptibility, and that is what is crucial to it’s innate mystery… something beyond human comprehension.
❥ Keep it real ❥