Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Psychedelics, Music, and Meditation - The Spark Needed For A Revolution

            The 1960's are well-known as an era, sometimes a failed era, of a psychedelic renaissance which was nicely accompanied by protests, a sense of revolution, and an anti-war/government agenda. Psychedelics, with their mind-bending, eerie clarity made people think about things in a different light, specifically their own culture which was and is continually being fueled by war. They broke down barriers and made people question things left unquestioned. Like, why are we going to war? Why am I being forced to go kill people who are apart of my own species, my family? Music, being a psychedelic in its own form, was a central part in this outbreak of societal change. Music rippled throughout the land, showing things left unseen, even without the use of any psychotropic substance. Music can rip through to the core of individuals and help spark societal change. One song that helped spark that change and continues to today is "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

            "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there, telling me I got to beware..." This line shows the relationship between the police and the citizens for whom they are supposed to serve and protect. Police are there to keep us in line, and as they shows us, violently. Sure, they are here to protect us from those pesky vigilantes and even ourselves from when we cross over to the wrong side of the law, but laws in place today are not inherently moral, nor did I or you have much say in making most of them. 

            It is completely legal to march a few thousand men and women to another side of the globe, kill thousands of people, and all for the sake of power. However, if you are outside the few States that has legalized it, it is completely illegal to smoke a plant. Or, if you live anywhere on this Earth besides Spain, it is illegal to consume the eye-opening, soul shifting, psilocybin mushroom. But if you want to drink or smoke tobacco until you die, go right ahead. No one is stopping you. In fact, they encourage you.

            Growing up in a world where there is war, famine, innocent women and children being bombed by United States' drones, people starving to death while others have enough to buy a private jet, and homeless people filling our streets, the youth are usually the first to speak out about such atrocities. Those of us that have been here longer than most have either given up or are used to it, and those younger than, say sixteen, are most likely unaware of the problems at hand. Springfield illustrates this beautifully with: "Young people speaking their minds. Getting so much resistance from behind." The youth speaking out has been a fairly common theme throughout history, but there are definite leaps here and there. The 1960's was one of them. And, mainly due to the internet and the rising psychedelic culture today,  it is happening again.

            Some believe we are going through a psychedelic revolution and this time with science on our side. There have been countless studies done on LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA (to name a few) that have shown to work incredibly well for treating depression, alcoholism, anxiety, PTSD (specifically for veterans), and even with helping terminally-ill cancer patients with helping ease their anxiety with their impending death. 

            If a long-haired 23 year-old with oozing hippy vibes told you that psychedelics are going to change the world, you probably would write them off immediately. But when you have a sincere, touching video of someone dealing with cancer and depression telling you how psilocybin mushrooms has helped their lives immensely, you might just have to believe them... and possibly cry. Not only that, but there are more and more studies coming out everyday showing the healing powers of psychedelics.

             Through recent research, psychedelics are now shown to help with many psychological issues millions of people face with today. Not only that, but psychedelics can open up ideas to new ways of thinking and living. It is obvious the current track we are going down is not working. Scientists say if we continue down this same path, we will lose our wildlife and eventually our own species. We have already lost half of our wildlife in the past 40 years thanks to human consumption, the main fuel to our beloved free market, capitalistic economy. Psychedelics open your eyes to ideas like perhaps there is no democracy and we are being played on a mass scale. Or how can there even be a true democracy if we do not vote for the real things that matter like war, bail-outs, etc.? Why do I have to go work? Why do I have to pay to live and in addition pay for tuition? How can there be a democracy if there are things going on behind closed doors that we know nothing about (the NSA scandal and many others)? And this is just touching the surface with a psychedelic trip. Psychedelics make you feel connected with everything and everyone around you, especially nature. And what do we need more than to feel a sincere, deep connection with nature? Take enough, and you become one with the universe. You see that everyone is connected all the time and separation is only an illusion made through the filtration of the mind. You see perfectly that we are all one consciousness, experiencing itself one at a time through you.

             If you are hesitant of using any sort of "drug" (although, if you think about it, you are drugs) to achieve this experience and state of being, there are many natural ways to do so; meditation, yoga, holotropic breathing, and sensory deprivation to name a few. If you are confused on what to do with meditation, you can check out my previous blog post on How To Meditate.  Psychedelics and meditation put together are an incredibly powerful tool and can allow the experience to go deeper and deeper. I recommend meditation before, during, and after the ingestion of any psychedelic, but of course, the use of psychedelic is not "needed". 

            I think we need to take the advice from the band Buffalo Springfield and "...stop. Hey, what's that sound? Everybody look - what's going down?" Indeed we do need to take a second and stop. Stop everything and really take a fresh look at ourselves and the world around us (which in-turn is us). Things are getting out of hand, yes, but this Earth is still in our hands. Right now, scientists around the globe would argue we are at a pinnacle moment in history. Either we go the easy way out and do nothing, leaving behind a world uninhabitable for humans and most living creatures, or we change our ways drastically and use science and reason to our advantage, not to our destruction. This requires a sort of inner-revolution, a revolution of the psyche. To expand our consciousness to the entirety of experience, rather than a small blip of it, our inner narrative. It is time to step out of our minds and into reality through a simple act of surrender. Fear is what is stopping us from saving the world. It is time to face it. With the help of controversial psychedelics (used in a respectful, safe, professional, ritualistic manner), the art of meditation, timeless music like "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, and many other songs that are coming out today (although they may be hard to find in this trashed culture), together we can change the world. This is our time, in fact, it is the only time. And it starts now.


  1. Buffalo Springfield was a BAND, whose members included Neil Young and Steven Stills. Stills wrote and sang lead on the original record, while Young played lead guitar.