“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.” ― Terence McKenna
A disclaimer : We do not condone or promote the usage of any psychoactive substance. We encourage you not to engage in a psychedelic experience, and in case you do, have in mind that it’s unlawful and you’re doing it at your own risk. Everything listed below is for entertainment and educational purposes only.
That being said, let’s get started!
So what does a psychedelic experience on psilocybin mushrooms look like?
Even when absorbed in smaller, suboptimal quantities, psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin found in magic mushrooms have proven to induce heightened visual acuity, improve symbolic processing of the brain and overall cognition, and have even drastically reduced and in some cases sublimated symptoms occurring in patients suffering from depression through microdosing.
But when consumed in larger dosages (≥ 3g ) , psilocybin mushrooms are capable of transforming our ordinary state of consciousness and opening a gateway into the transcendental, mystical and shamanic experience of life.
Mushrooms are an extraordinary and extremely delicate piece of nature’s intelligence, and so the effects and experiences during a psychedelic trip may vary from person to person. But nevertheless, these are some of the things you are likely to experience and become acutely aware off :
1.) REALITY AS A SPECTRUM
Recent scientific studies in the field of cognitive neuroscience have shown us that our perception of reality is a multifaceted, bilateral phenomenon. We passively observe and absorb reality and we actively create it and project it outwards at the same time. So therefore, what we see is actually not directly linked to what we observe, but to the speculation our brain makes when forming reality based on this sensory information it receives. We can draw a safe conclusion from this study, and it is that how we perceive reality is not only related to the functionality of our senses, but more so to our brain’s capacity to make coherent guesses based on what it receives.
So how does this relate to a psychedelic experience?
We have already mentioned that visual acuity is increased when psilocybin is ingested in smaller amounts. But on a higher dose, our every sense becomes significantly more active and therefore registers and covers a wider portion of reality. So reality itself becomes more pronounced, more openly accessible.
Smells are so intense that they put you in an instant hypnotic trance. Trees, plants, the sky and even inanimate objects become vividly captivating and take your breath away. The whole world becomes more visually organic and dynamic in nature, you see first hand that everything indeed is vibration. Nothing seems entirely still, nothing seems distastefully dead.
So this “dimension” of experiencing reality is fundamentally no different than our ordinary state. In both cases we build our own output, our projection into the world based on speculation of sensory input, it is only that when we are on psilocybin mushrooms we are able to perceive more, and we are able to build more accurate and creative models of reality.
So how do hallucinations play into this? Are they actually “hallucinations” at all? Wheter hallucinations are actually a part of the sensory input, or if they are created in the midst of projecting outwardly our model of reality, I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter really, because the very fact that we project our own reality and bring it into existence implies that we are, on the deepest level, hallucinating reality itself.
We are dreaming it up as we go along while taking it pretty seriously at the same time, hence the paradox of existence. But what this tells me is that everyday things you see just can’t outmatch hallucinations on psychedelics in terms of being real, because both depict external reality, but are not of reality, the fabric making it up. The other thing to be said about this is that what we ordinarily call reality is merely a social arrangement, a consensus predicated on how we, as people, perceive life through our “normal”, everyday state of being and thus collectively agree upon calling it reality. This is a major reason why people are afraid of psychedelics. They actually believe that they are departing from reality on psychedelics, when in fact, they are immersing themselves deeper into it.
As renowned professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Anil Seth, said “If perception is a controlled (predictable) hallucination, then a hallucination must be an uncontrolled (unpredictable) perception”.
So relax into the experience, enjoy the hallucinations. Enjoy the changing colors, bending shapes, manifesting animals or whatever else, because what else can you do? It is as close to reality as it gets in that moment.
3.) FEELINGS ARE POWERFUL
With an honest intention, you can start to feel. Many people walk around dull, unaware of their emotions or they are just somehow unable to, or afraid to feel. In any case, psilocybin has a tendency to intensify emotions to such a degree that they actually become experientially concrete and cathartic in nature. If this happens to you, you will know how emotions really feel, and you will know that the emotions you previously had in your everyday experience were almost all in fact repressed, blocked and stunted to a varying degree, so you couldn’t feel them entirely. This organically induced state of allowance and acknowledgement of your emotions leads to feeling powerful, but not in an oppressive and ominous manner. It enables a state that gives off a very sincere, in-the-present and comfortable vibe.
But “just” feeling the feelings isn’t the only thing that makes this experience remarkable. If you truly allow feelings and let them “take over” it will jolt you up and wake you up from the everyday hibernatory state of existence you got so used to that you started calling it normal. There will come a dawning recognition that the feelings you feel have always been there, free for you to access, and that had you recognized how much potential lied in them sooner, you wouldn’t block them out as much. Being embodied and integrated happens as a result of feeling the feelings, and therefore everything becomes more fluid and spontaneous, you start to behave out of shere sense of ease and inner peace, or perhaps even pure, burning desire.
4.) SHADOW SIDE OF AWAKENING
When an awakening through raw experience of emotions occurs, you realize that you are no longer afraid of showing your vulnerability. This inner state and attitude of complete non-resistance has some peculiar side-effects. It is as if various realizations come to you of themselves, from deep within, unblocked through this state of non-resistance and allowed to rise to surface. Because of this, there also arises the possibility for encountering a truth that is less than pleasant. We get “pushed” into carrying out an act of resignation.
These involuntary and sudden epiphanies are analogous to having a personal, and sometimes even personalized encounter with Jung’s shadow archetype. Everything that has until that point been disowned, repressed, suppressed, rejected and denied suddenly has a free access to our consciousness, has a way to express.You may encounter these revelations simultaneously in a relatively short time span, or they may come unpredictably and randomly, dispersed unevenly throughout the experience. Some truths are darker than others, but ultimately every truth, however painful and dark, has the potential to make us into a more integrated, well-balanced person.
Psilocybin is known for showing people what they need the most, which in any case isn’t necessarily parallel to what people want. If you are currently struggling emotionally/psychologically or if you are feeling depressed, unstable and generally not well, you may be too fragile for this kind of encounter with your shadow, and you should consider skipping higher dosages (≥ 3g ).
5.) SEEING PATTERNS
What about patterns? They represent that which is substantial to chaos, an underlying order. Implicit stability rooted in the unstable. If this world is chaotic and random, which it in a way is, then through seeing patterns we make sense of and reconcile our notion of chaos and randomness with the seemingly contradictory field of stability and harmonious order hiding underneath. So when we are having a mushroom trip, we may start to notice patterns playing out in nature. You may be able to see different numbers, geometric shapes and external movements or objects repeating themselves. You may look at a tree and see all the leaves and branches producing a single, seemingly chaotic pattern of movement induced by the flow of wind, only to notice that they are all actually moving perfectly in accord with each other, creating a harmonious dance. It may strike you that a tree, in itself, is a pattern also.
But patterns can get much more abstract and complicated on an intellectual level. Patterns created inside the skull are deepened to the degree that you can instantly see the interconnectivity of all the things you’ve been going through, and perhaps you even recognize a pattern marking and delineating your whole life. You can see far more clearly who you are, and who other people are. Every thought becomes incalculably synchronistic and opens a doorway for recognizing patterns that complexify over a period of time in which thinking systematically gets deepened. But the level of “deep” your thinking and clear vision combined can take you is indescribable through words. In the moment, it seems as if mental capabilities of cognition and clear understanding are increased at least 10 times, and so many patterns only stay recognized until the psilocybin effect eventually subsides. In a way, it makes you superhuman for a few hours, and you get a chance to learn a lot of possibly transformative information, all by yourself – from yourself.