The softening of Western rationalism has gone very far, as anyone can easily see by reading some popular modern book on cosmology or quantum physics. Nevertheless, I also want to lightly throw a little heat through introducing the idea of some connection between measurements, which is achieved most reliably and directly by using indole hallucinogens with their long history of human consumption and their joint evolution. Such compounds, obviously, act as regulators of culture change and can be a means of gaining access to the presumption of some very large self-regulating system. Perhaps this is the Supermind of our whole species or some kind of “mind of the planet”, or maybe we were too limited in our search for an inhuman mind, and some completely differentfundamentally different from us, a reasonable view shares with us our stay on Earth.
I offer these ideas in terms of speculative. I do not have solid personal knowledge as to what is happening here. I just think that I have a sufficient understanding of the customs, expectations, criteria of evidence and the “common knowledge” of human beings to be able to note that what happens when DMT is intoxicated is much more distinctive than anything that could be called “intoxication”. Under the influence of DMT, the mind finds itself in a convincingly real, clearly coexisting alien world. Not in the world, concerning our thoughts, hopes, fears, but rather in the world of kids – their joys, dreams, their poetry. Why? I have not the foggiest idea. These are just facts: this is how it happens to us.
Among the main schools of thought of the twentieth century, only Jung’s psychology sought to examine certain phenomena that are so important for shamanism. Alchemy, which Jung studied very thoroughly, was the heir to a long tradition of shamanic and magical methods, as well as more practical chemical procedures, such as metal working and embalming. The literature on alchemy shows that the vortex billowing contents of the alchemical vessel were fertile ground for projecting the contents of the naive pre-scientific mind. Jung insisted that alchemical allegories and emblems were the product of the unconscious and can be analyzed in exactly the same way as dreams.From the point of view of Jung, the discovery of the same motives in the fantastic speculations of the alchemists and in the dreams of his patients was a strong support for his theory of the collective unconscious and the universal general archetypes of the latter.
During his study of alchemy, Jung was confronted with reports of Kabiri – similar to the elves of alchemical children, whose appearance or tangible presence is an integral part of the last stages of the alchemical creation. These alchemical children are like those little helpers who are called upon by a shaman. Jung viewed them as certain autonomous sides of the psyche that temporarily got out of control of the ego. Unfortunately, the explanation that these alchemical geniuses are “autonomous aspects of the psyche” is not an explanation at all. It is like describing an elf as a small non-physical entity of indeterminate origin. Such explanations only postpone the need to get in touch with the deeper nature of the experience itself.
Science was not useful in the case of elusive human contacts with other kinds of mind. She prefers to direct her attention somewhere else, noting that subjective perceptions, although unusual, are not her area. What a pity, because subjective experience is all that any of us have. In any case, the largely subjective nature of the so-called objective universe is now confirmed by the most objective science — physics. In the new physics, the subjective observer is inextricably linked with the observed phenomena. Interesting, but this is a return to the shamanic point of view. The true intellectual legacy of quantum physics may be the new respect and priority that it attaches to subjectivity. Turning us to subjectivity means imparting tremendous new power to the language, since language is that material,from which the subjective world is made.
Thanks to psychedelics, we learn that God is not an idea, God is a lost continent in the mind of man. This continent was reopened during a time of great danger to us and our world. What is it? Coincidence, synchronicity, or cruelly meaningless neighborhood of hope and doom? A few years ago, I turned the work of my life to an understanding of the mystery of the experience caused by tryptamine hallucinogens. In the end, this mystery is not one that can be explained by science. I, of course, understand that a person spreads his obsessive ideas, trying to fill the whole space. But in the critical events accompanying the emergence of cattle breeding and the language of human beings, I found an ancient echo of those moments that I felt and witnessed personally.
Today it is necessary to stand face to face with the desired and found answer. In front of us, a measurement is flickering, so huge that its contours can hardly be accommodated in the focus of the human coordinate system. Our animal existence, our planetary existence ends. In geological time, this end is just in a few moments. The great dying, the great extinction of many species has occurred at least since the climax of the partnership in prehistoric Africa. Our future is in the mind; the only hope for the survival of our weary planet is that we will find ourselves in our mind and make a friend of it who can reunite us with the Earth again, at the same time taking us to the stars. The change, which is more radical in significance than all the former, immediately looms ahead.Shamans preserved the gnosis of the availability of the Other for millennia; today is planetary knowledge. The consequences of this situation are just beginning to manifest.
Naturally, I do not expect my words to be taken seriously. However, these conclusions are based on the experience available to anyone who only takes the time to explore DMT. The experience itself lasts less than fifteen minutes. I do not foresee criticism from people who did not bother to conduct this simple and unconditional experiment. After all, how seriously can critics deal with a problem if they are not inclined to devote a few minutes of their time to experience this phenomenon for themselves?
Deep psychedelic experience does not just offer the possibility of living in the world of sensible people, in harmony with the Earth and with each other. He also promises an excellent adventure, a meeting with something completely unexpected – with some other neighboring world filled with life and beauty. Do not ask where he is; at the moment we can only say – not here, not there. We are still obliged to recognize our own ignorance about the nature of the mind and about exactly what the world has to be and what it is. For several millennia, and even more, our dream was to understand these issues, and we were defeated. Yes, defeat, if we don’t think of another possibility – the possibility of a “completely different”.
Some lost souls scan the heavens in search of a friendly “flying saucer” that will penetrate the earthly sphere and take us to Paradise; others offer to seek salvation at the feet of various rishis, roshi, geisha, and gurus. It would be better for researchers to look into the work of the botanists, anthropologists, and chemists who located, identified and characterized the shamans’ hallucinogens. Thanks to them, we got our hands on a tool to save the souls of men. This is a great tool, but it is a tool that should be used. All our addictions over the centuries — from sugar to cocaine and television — have been a tireless search for something taken from us on Paradise. The answer was found. Search for nothing more. He found.