Can hallucinogenics provide a path to spiritual experience? If it is "just a hallucination" does that make it not a true spiritual experience? Is a hallucination that a person experiences as a religious experience truly a religious experience because the person feels a spiritual awakening as a result of having it? Are hallucinogenics a spiritual "shortcut" and if so does that make it a less valid experience? Are there any "visions" (not induced by the use of hallucinogenics) that are real or are they all hallucinations? Obviously all answers will be our opinions. For the sake of this discussion, lets ignore the legal & health issues.Answer Question
To be honest, I am not sure how I feel about hallucinogenics & spiritual experience. On one hand I feel that any experience that speaks to a person on a spiritual level is a legitimate spiritual experience. On the other hand, I am stuck on the question "what makes that more real than any nonspiritual hallucination?" Also I am not sure about how I feel about using hallucinogenics as a "shortcut" (which it seems to me it is) to spiritual experience. I know that some belief systems have used them for a very long time & believe it is the best way to have these experiences. However, I wonder if any experience that you didn't work for long & hard won't be a shallow one. And yet still, I must acknowledge that the use of a hallucinogenic does not preclude a long & serious journey on one's spiritual path. I am hoping some of you smart ladies will have some thoughts.
Answer by nysa00 at 12:17 PM on Nov. 7, 2009
I was reading a book once that said that using drugs for a religious experience is dangerous and can't be trusted. I tend to agree with him. I don't remember his name but it was a book on Celtic paganism.
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Answer by zanzeebeel at 12:45 PM on Nov. 7, 2009
Incidentally, I did use hallucinogenics on occasion when I was younger. I had all good experiences, but no religious experiences :)
Answer by nysa00 at 12:53 PM on Nov. 7, 2009
tAnswered at 12:45 PM on Nov. 7, 2009 by: he idea of there use actually scared me, the idea of being out of control, and not being able to switch it off if I didnt like it ,
This is actually something that some Buddhist monks aim for during meditation (as well as some spiritual seekers aim for through the use of hallucinogenics). It is thought that only by letting go of control can you understand "no-self" & begin to let go attachments.
Answer by nysa00 at 12:57 PM on Nov. 7, 2009
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