Thursday, January 16, 2020


Don't think you need to take a hallucinogen to have a spiritual experience. I have had them from meditating a lot, though I wouldn't say meditating a lot is recommended with a goal. If you're on a retreat, and something happens, then great, but don't expect that. Meditating with expectation is counter productive. I think that's what the Zen people get right--nothing special, just sit.

Watched Graham Hancock's talk on YouTube. His Wikipedia entry considers him a pseudo-scientist. It's pretty damning. He may have propagated some cockamame ideas in his time.

He points out that it's for adults, and in my mind that's 25 or older, when the brain finally settles down from adolescence.

 Not sure when he started to suggest that all the problems in our times would be solved by connecting with our spirit through hallucinogens. There is a certain alienation that is undeniable in our leaders. Whatever that could expand their consciousness, I'm not going to put my eggs in any one basket.

Very interested in his description of the Albigensian Crusade. It was a 20 year war against people who had merely ideas. The Cathars were wiped out in a crusade of Catholics. They believed in an active evil god, it's kind of Taoist in there being 2 gods, two forces. There was also a profound reluctance to tell others what to do, so there were different variations. Women were not oppressed. It's not hard to project your beliefs onto a movement that lost most of its literature.

Another phrase Hancock used was, "another Abrahamic death cult," to describe the forces that lead to the crusade.

Hildegard of Bingen was against it. I've watched a bunch of movies about her and wrote a blog post. She was a pretty interesting nun, but I think wrong about supporting hate towards other spirituality groups. If she did in fact do that. You can speak out against something and still not want them wiped from the planet. Not sure what she thought on that.

Still want to read Michael Pollan's book How To Change Your Mind.

Brad Warner in his Letters To A Dead Friend about Zen, in chapter 19, writes fairly persuasively that hallucinogens are not a gateway to spiritual realization.

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