It might seem as though we are all separate, and individual from one another and our environment. While that may appear true and could very well be true in some ways, we are also all connected at the deepest levels of existence. When understanding this, we can look at how we operate daily and begin to ask questions: Why are we so concerned with dominating one another? Why do we strive to be better than others? Why do we chase pieces of paper so that we can have more and more things? Why do we judge one another? Why are we unable to be at peace?
Personally I have not done psychedelics so it cannot be completely accurate for me to say exactly what you would feel while doing them. I can say that I have had many experiences where I experienced immense levels of peace and wonder, complete peace with myself and seeing the environment around me as nothing more than vibrating energy. Meditation can lead to feelings and experiences that can resemble much of what is described by some who have done psychedelics, but the experience may not be fully the same. Either way, if you are able to attain these understandings on your own or through the use of psychedelics, it is clear there is a common universal understanding in what is concluded from both experiences.
We are all connected. We are all one. We are all vibrating energy and our mind is not who we are. These are just a few of the many common conclusions brought forth by either psychedelics or meditation. Many have had their lives completely changed by coming to these conclusions. This is why we might ask; why are psychedelics illegal? Some are completely natural and offered to us by nature, yet they have been made illegal. Does this seem odd?
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.” ―Terence McKenna
As Terrence McKenna pointed out, psychedelics can lead to vast understandings and expansive changes to ones life that would push them to begin changing how they live life. Most likely, one would not be as susceptible to the control of the system after realizing these truths. They would have less interest in getting locked up in mind shaping things like education, media and social norms set out for the public. This is obviously a serious threat to those who are laying out these means to control which is why psychedelics are illegal.
From my experience of coming to understand what I have through meditations and dream states, I can say that I have drastically changed my life as a result. In fact my only goal is to BE, and for me, being is leading me to open others up to a world of potentiality. One that is far beyond what we see in front of us and think must be this way.
I cannot sit here and advise you to take psychedelics, I am merely making a point. What you choose to do is up to you. I do however feel that one can achieve all of the same understandings without the use of psychedelics, but they can still be a very powerful tool in moving us along our own journey’s.
Check out this powerful short documentary that sheds undeniable light on the link between psychedelics and consciousness.