Well…did you know that 1/2 of the team that ‘discovered’ DNA strands was on LSD at the time? Pretty sure that changed a lot of people’s beliefs/perceptions of the universe.
belief is a tricky thing because so many people’s identity and self-security is tied up in their belief structure. Religious fundamentalism is imo the biggest scourge on our planet and needs to die if we as a race are to reach the next level.
I am confused by your statements however, perhaps you could elaborate a little bit…you float the idea of belief structures impeding ‘productivity’ and while I would 150% agree with you in relation to fundamentalist interpretations of religion I fail to see how entertaining the notion of alternate dimensions and entities lessens your productivity?
As long as you don’t have the arrogance to assume that your point of view or conceptualization of the universe is THE RIGHT ONE then you’re in the clear as far as I’m concerned…as I said, it would be incredibly hypocritical of me to state ‘x exists because I saw it in a DMT trip’ because everything is up to interpretation.
Here’s a fun story from Gaian Mind festival 09…
I’m wandering around meeting people and I come across a group of people sitting in front of their tents and I hear the word “DMT” so I introduce myself and sit down…I love hearing people’s experiences.
Dude said that he was smoking DMT with Alex Grey (cool enough in itself imo), passes through the color barrier into ‘another dimension’ (his words), and he recognizes that he is in fact inhabiting the body of another entity. Both he and the entity realize this at the same time, and then understand that they do not need to keep this state going in order for said Dude to continue to exist in this space.
So, they split from each other and observe each other. Through telepathic/visual communication Dude says to entity “I am an artist.” Entity says “Oh yeah! me too! check this out!”....
Entity does a back flip and while he’s in the air his body melts into liquid metal (think bad guy from T2) and then turns into Dude’s sound equipment from back home…but with subtle and intelligent changes.
Dude then proceeds to make music using the entity as a conduit.
Dude eventually comes back to this reality and over the next couple of months re-designs his equipment to incorporate some of the aspects of the entity (he mentioned something about Sacred Geometry, idk)
Seems that not only was that experience anything but limiting, it succeeded in making him much more productive! I’m sure that Simon would say that DMT has made him more productive…
There are countless examples of slightly similar experiences if you ask around…and I have yet to encounter someone who has anything remotely close to a fundamentalist attitude toward existence and reality
How can you ‘turn a blind eye to the mechanism of the illusion’ by the way when the interaction between psychedelics and the brain is ANYTHING but explainable and understood…I don’t really get that.
Seems like you are going out of your way to de-validate any potential realizations that you might encounter along the way on your psychedelic journeys for fear of what? Being open to certain possibilities?
edit: Chris Rock had it right…“I just think it’s better to have an idea. You can change an idea; changing a belief is trickier. People die for it, people kill for it….”