This page is about spiritual use of magic mushrooms in several cultures.
Why may magic mushrooms cause a spiritual experience?
This is a difficult question!
For now, let's look at a question I received by email
and my response explaining the 'sensing of god'.
Hi my name is gwenth and my boyfriend is atheist. He didn't believe in God,
but since im a very religious person, when we started going out he has been
questioning a lot about his faith. After many late night talks and long
debates about the Catholic Religion, he has finally came to a conclusion to
have a "quest for God" When I asked him what he meant he told me that he
wanted to take magic mushrooms along with his friend to see if it will help
him find something to believe in. Is it unhealthy to take this drug when a
person is under that influence? please help me. I don't want to see him get
hurt in anyway. I feel that if you want to find something to believe in, find
it in prayer.. not in a "magic mushroom"....
Psilocybin magic mushrooms are not dangerous for
one's physical health. Like with other psychedelics strong
spiritual experiences have been reported. My
own experience confirms this. Probably 'the sensing of God'
experience is caused by the following effects:
(1) a strong awareness of living now and here
(no past, no future, no there, just here and now)
(2) a strong feeling of 'uncensored perception'
(seeing the real world)
(3) the shift from a state of 'survival-conciousness'
(geared to fullfilling ones needs, getting things done,
avoiding dangers) to a 'let-go-conciousness' (there's
nothing to do besides being part of the universe).
However, if a person isn't able to let go and 'float on the flow' MMs
may cause severe fear and paranoia and heaven can turn into hell.
Problems can be avoided by
(a) taking real (illegal) psilocybin mushrooms,
and no (legal) amanita muscaria (really dangerous);
(b) starting with low dose (1 gram dry);
(c) taking the advice from the site:
Hope this helps,
There is a question that has troubled me, and no doubt others, since the heyday of psychedelic research in the 1960s, when many groups and individuals were concerned with the problems of assimilating new and powerful mind-altering substances into Western society ....
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Rituals become important in connection with the psychedelic experience, because you need to kind of leave your `rational' mind behind; in a trip you can't trust your normal logic anymore, you surrender to the forces of chaos, to the wilderness of the subconscious ...