Tripping on acid. Finding significance where none is. Finding meaning. Via senses. Where no meaning is there…

An enhanced sense of meaning is one of the hallmarks of the psychedelic experience. People who have been under the influence of drugs like LSD, mescaline or hallucinogenic mushrooms often describe finding profound significance in even the most prosaic objects and sensations. LSD dramatically changes the way people perceive the environment and themselves, often blurring the boundaries between the two. When tripping on acid, people often say that everyday objects become drenched with deep meaning and significance.

In “The Doors of Perception”, Aldous Huxley famously wrote of becoming utterly captivated by the folds in his gray flannel pants during his first-ever psychedelic experience.

But the brain changes underlying these dramatic shifts in consciousness haven’t been entirely clear. A University of Zurich study, published recently in the journal Current Biology, traces the effect of heightened meaning-making back to certain important neurochemicals and receptors in the brain that are activated by the drug. The findings highlight what’s going on in the brain to create a sense of personal meaningfulness ― not only during the psychedelic experience, but also in our normal waking consciousness.

“[We now know] which receptors, neurotransmitters, and brain regions are involved when we perceive our environment as meaningful and relevant,” Dr. Katrin Preller, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. (1)

So, the brain creates meaning even where there is no meaning.

But how can you judge on whether something is meaningless?

Where have we found meaning to be able to judge where there is none?

The world is what it is.

And we make sense out of it.

Is it our tripping brain?

Or perhaps something deeper?

LSD or no LSD, the chemical substances on the brain do exist. And what tells us that the non-LSD state is the ‘correct’ one? Who says that the brain-state is in general the ‘proper’ way to see the cosmos?

Imagine seeing the world without brain.

Meaningful lack of meaning…

Ayahuasca. Hallucinations. Miracles. Subjectivity. Freedom.

Drink ayahuasca and you may see yourself being eaten by a crocodile. You may find a miraculous resolution to a crippling sadness. Or, more likely, you’ll land somewhere in between. Regardless, you will definitely throw up. Author and ethnobotanist Chris Kilham says all of these things have happened to him after drinking this psychoactive Amazonian brew.

If you haven’t heard of ayahuasca, you may soon. While once consumed mainly by natives of the Amazon basin, today, thousands visit Latin American countries every year to imbibe it, with the hopes of seeing profound visions, having religious experiences and—many claim—undergoing immense healing. Ayahuasca now has devoted followers throughout the world.

It has been drunk by shamans throughout the region for thousands of years as a part of traditional healing processes: the visions brought on by the brew guided the shaman to the his patient’s problem.

The drink’s psychoactive properties are thought to derive from the presence of a psychedelic compound called DMT. (1)

But does it matter which substance is responsible?
The brain is a barrier.
Does it matter who brings the barrier down?
If the barrier is materialistic in nature, so must the things which lifts the barrier.

We believe we are better than the plant.
We believe we are better than the rock.
We have the tendency to “know”.
We believe we understand what is real and what is not.
We think we know what Being means.

But think again.
You conscious self is rising,
whenever you STOP thinking…

Relax.

Eat the plant.
Be the rock.

Exist.

Love chemistry. Ending love. Killing the heart…

Love and heartache have always been inexorably tied. Recall the paranoid, lust-dizzy characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the tortured, memory-deprived lovers in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if a pill could take away the pain of a breakup? Researchers are looking into it.

As unromantic as it sounds, love is essentially a biochemical cocktail, and a poorly understood one at that. Scientists do know that oxytocin—often called the love hormone—plays a powerful role in bonding. In one experiment, Adam Guastella, a clinical psychologist at the University of Sydney in Australia, administered oxytocin to quarreling lovers during couples’ therapy. “It does seem to help people reduce their hostility and increase their willingness to take another’s perspective,” he says. Inhibiting the hormone could have the opposite effect: When Emory University researchers injected drugs into the brains of prairie voles to block oxytocin receptors, the voles lost interest in their long-term mating partners. With the manipulation of oxytocin, a love “off button” seems possible. (1)

We were Gods.
Loving others.
Killing for love.
Getting killed for love.

Now we are educated.
Now we are evolved.
Now we are cowards.
Avoiding love.
With drugs.

Modern civilization.
Look under the surface.
Discover rot.

Adapting, accepting, living, dying…

The World Health Organization (WHO) presented its first-ever global attempt to assess the spread of drug resistance today—and the results are sobering. Antimicrobial resistance “threatens the achievements of modern medicine,” warns the study, which shows that high rates of resistance occur in most parts of the world.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” wrote Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, in a press statement. (source)

Our quest for life, has led us to death…

Our inability to adapt and accept the natural (yes, death IS natural – could it be that it is not the end?) has led ud to DEAD-end…

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