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2013-12-02 @ 09:28:07
I’m not exactly sure what I can add to this article or the above thoughts, but I’ll just speak my mind.
I did psychedelics for a while – mostly research chemicals like 4AcO-DMT, 2C-I, 2C-E, etc. To be honest, I wonder what I really learned from them. I had some amazing experiences like being surrounded by light, visual/auditory expansion, uncontrollable laughter, mind warps, loquatiousness, ego death, the feeling of being ripped apart, and psychosis too. The first time I did 4AcO, I felt like the world was a magical place. My bedroom was dark but mysterious, and the bathroom looked like the inside of a lava lamp with the lights on. But all the real animation/activity happened inside myself. I saw all sorts of forests, cities, people, aliens, and animals glowing with light inside myself when I stopped moving.
Other times, I felt like a god, or like I was receiving the bibrations of the vast universe. I do remember though, that when I started to trip for pleasure, the experiences turned rotten after a while. The last substance I ever did was 2C-T2, which was a way for me to end the psychedelic experience on a good note after a bad trip that haunted me for weeks. I think the most valuable thing I learned was that keeping the mind still and calm is the real name of the game, or rather, I glimpsed this belief. I saw my mind as a transparent, clear pool of blackness that rippled a splash of light whenever I thought something. I was listening to trance at the time, and my thoughts got really metaphysical and confusing and warped, and these light splashes began dancing and juggling around in my mind, so I grabbed my head and curled up into a ball. I got that the real way to peace is to still the mind and keep it empty – not empty of information, but of stress, desires, etc.
Since then, I’ve increased the practice of bhakti meditation, introspection, and Upanishadic philosophy, which I think has really taught me far more than psychedelics. A problem I have with them is that all of my feelings – whether it was the feeling of peace or of unconditional love, was induced. These chemicals were playing with my serotonin receptor to make me feel extremely elated and willing to love everything, but when it ended, it was gone. I remember having always having ups and downs like a roller coaster. I was always chasing after that one moment of supreme, otherworldly existence and enlightment, but I never found it with psychedelics.
That is however, just my experience. I’m sure that others have learned more from them than I ever could, and there are many tributaries that lead to the one river of awakening.
Sorry for the long response.
2013-11-23 @ 16:10:21
Well, to answer the first question, all 3 individuals died in awful ways – Ms. Monroe by suicide, JFK by murder, and Hitler by suicide due to fear of murder.
I must say that I agree with @om about this article. The first point – to pick a cause, seems reversed. You should pick a cause because you believe in it – not just to get people to listen to you. This is how frauds are born. And what’s the use in acting like you know where you’re going even if you’re not 100% sure? Who are you really fooling?
Techniques like “mystery,” “theatricality,” “danger,” and “magnetism” seem to conflict with “saintliness.” Do you think Ganddi went out of his way to be mysterious? Did the Buddha walk around like all eyes were on him 24/7? What if we were to ask the Dalai Lama if he stands in front of a mirror, practicing his gaze? I wonder if Ramakrishna Paramahansa was concerned with radiating “dangerous, rebellious sexuality.”
Even separately considered, these techniques are bad. Jim Morrison was carasmatic, and he radiated “danger” in his sexuality, and he also drank himself to death. Jim Jones was pretty mysterious, and certainly espoused a cause, and you know what? He conducted one of the largest mass suicides/paracides in modern history.
I think this article is sort of immature. It promotes our modern culture’s obsession with fame – a similar obsession to the sort that causes incidents like Columbine. “Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotions and attention-seeking, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval, usually beginning in early adulthood. People affected by HPD are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious.” Sound familiar? You can read up on it.
I’m sorry if I sound unnecessarily critical, and I usually never comment on posts. However, I really feel as though you should consider the value behind wanting charisma.
“He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to followers of the Tao, “These are extra food and unnecessary luggage.”
They do not bring happiness.
therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.” -Tao Te Ching 24
2012-10-17 @ 18:39:01
Sorry. You successfully portrayed Nietzsche’s view. However, I think that you may have left out his theory for how God was killed. Essentially, “God” was killed when morality and perspective became subjective, when each man began to decide his own morals and thereby became his own god. Like you say, this was done purely out of a will to power, the desire or drive to assert oneself as the lawbringer.
I don’t know if his philosophy can or should be practiced. I side towards Plato’s view of the sensory falicy, the age-old substratum that is the supreme observer or “God”, and also towards the concept of “I think, therefore I am.” Nietzsche was the ultimate skeptic, holding neither reason nor faith to be superior. Also, he was the ultimate atheist; he reasoned that morals are necessarily a burden caused by God. He argued that one can kill God and thus chip away the burdens of morality (see “Twilight of the Idols” and “The Antichrist”). This led to his creation of the “Ubermeinsche” or over-man, which was supposed to be the goal of humanity. However, he later saw his overman as a sort of replacement for a God, and discovered his will to power. He later thought that power was too tanglible, and he then decided upon will.
As you can see, Nietzsche worked to take nihilism and existentialism to their logical limits. Not surprisingly, it drove him to insanity — he died mentally unstable. Those who would follow his philosophy would likely meet the same end.
2012-10-17 @ 18:23:41
Hmmm… you successfully