Nice controversial topic for a Sunday evening.
Bill Hicks said it far better than I can, and I paraphrase here... If you are against drug use, then you are against most of the great art, poetry, music that humans have ever produced.
But, I don't want this post to turn into an argument for or against their use.
I believe in the right of the individual to make their own choices in things that impact only themselves.
But out of 'respect' for the laws of the land in which I abide, my experiences were in a country in which their use was permitted.
Just for the record.
So, the idea I want to discuss is the power of controlled psychedelic use and its impact on creativity.
I'd never been one to use drugs, other than light marijuana use in my mid teens.
It was only after discovering the work of Terence McKenna in my late twenties that I began to think it could be an experience that could change the way I view the world.
I plan to write about those experiences in detail in the future.
Today's post is me dipping my toe int he water, and outlining my basic stance on the subject.
The reason I am sharing this is because I want to share my whole story on this blog.
It is what I am thinking, what I am experimenting with and any successes or failures along the way.
Holding this story back would be giving an incomplete picture of who I am. I don’t want to do that.
The way I see it, if great minds like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Carl Sagan, Aldous Huxley and countless other genius musicians and artists have openly stated that their work was made possible or at least inspired by exploring certain substances, then this is certainly an area that needs deeper inspection.
All I know is that it changed me.
Close friends and family members (who know about it) have confirmed this to me on many occasions.
The biggest thing I think it did is allow me to wash off many cultural influences that warped or altered my perception of the world around me.
It’s difficult to explain, but I believe I had what is known as ‘ego-death’.
It was both a terrifying and life changing experience.
Human interactions now feel different.
My goals and expectations have changed.
I value different things.
My own self-talk and self-worth have changed unrecognisably.
But one thing that really surprised me is the impact on my design work.
My understanding of shape and colour just feels different. It's impossible to describe, but I feel more instinctive in my work. That probably doesn't make sense.
I feel i have the ability to think around problems more and come up with more abstract solutions.
Is this down to the drugs?
Honestly, I don’t know.
I think it's partly down to a period of intense focus and hard work.
But the psychedelics have certainly played a part.
I think it's important for people who have life changing insights should feel comfortable to come forward and share what they learn.
It's important that people are shown that this topic isn't as simple as the way it is portrayed in the media and schools (good vs bad).
Life is never black and white.
I do intend to write more on this subject, specifically around my experiences with DMT and Ayahuasca in the future. But tonight I just wanted to lay down a marker.
As I always say, if you would like to discuss any ideas I raise, please send me an email. I respond to every one.
Thanks for reading. I truly appreciate it.
Disclaimer: I don't promote or condone the illegal use of psychedelic substances.
I believe every individual is different, and should know exactly what they’re getting into before they take anything.
Stay safe, and stay out of trouble.