Originally posted by OleMB
I understand your concerns. The moderators in this thread has been called out some times now, and I suppose their silence in this matter is a good
sign. I have not been given a warning in this thread or in a PM, and not a single of my posts has been deleted. I have in a candid manner talked about
my taking of psilocin in the matter of mushrooms, truffles and 4-AcO-'___'. Others have hinted about their endeavors, and some has downright mentioned
their trips. Some of the posts that was deleted early on in this thread were highly critical of both the staff and the rules at ATS.
I don't know exactly what you can and cannot get away with in this thread, and I cannot promise that this isn't a sort of "let's see where this is
going and then trash every single account participating after sealing the thread forever" kind of thing, but I commend you people to follow your
heart and maybe take a leap of faith. I have not been in any kind of contact with the admins, but let's just set these guiding rules;
-Don't promote/ask where you can buy any sort of illegal drugs
-Don't try to trade any drugs with other users on ATS
-Let's keep legalization questions out of this one
-Please keep a civilized and respectful discussion
-Don't recommend the taking of drugs to any other user
I have faith that if we follow these rules, we are pretty much free to speak of our own endeavors in these matters. Btw, you inspired me to get my ass
in gear and write about my fourth experience. Be safe!
Thanks for the above, it represents, in my review of this thread, a logical extension of the history of it.
Rather than comment on any one particular psychedelic experience, or psychoactive plant-substance, the use of psychedelics in general is so
abhorrently misrepresented, obscured and misunderstood to me, it appears impossible, to have any fruitful discussion on experiences without first
dragging down the dragon of the library full of misinformation inexorably entwined with disinformation. Purposefully.
We as a culture have been misdirected into believing that the shamanic populations are ignorant, uneducated, savage-like, clothless less-breeds.
Native Americans, Amazonians, indigenous populations, etc.
Once led down that path, anything attributed to these folks is uncivilized magic. So goes the impression of the use of ayahuasca, the mushrooms, and
to some extent the peyote-mescal families (not to mention the many other [near] psychedelic base substances).
The stupidity of this crazed populations premise moves the stupidity ball to the wrong side of the line of scrimmage.
Any reasonable study any truly intelligent people of these indigenous, shamanic populations will reveal that they were highly advanced especially in
their understanding of consciousness, Nature, global consciousness, the entrance to and the reliance on the spiritual worlds. In short, they spent
their efforts in and on their natural surroundings instead of in defeat of them.
Once you have broken through the cultural "them is dumb" barrier, spent anytime with the study of the shamanics (pick one, any one), the jump to the
proper and social use of the psychoactive plants becomes not only palatable but necessary.
Culturally, the Western World sees psychedelic usage as getting loaded, humping off to the next Stones concert...that is, as a recreational device. In
small, inappropriate doses, the mushroom in particular, can be just that. In appropriate doses, it's anything but. Been there, done both.
Point being, when I am asked about psychedelics, and this is more and more frequent, I start, as I did with this post, with a conversation about the
historical and prescient shamanics peoples. If the questioner knows nothing, I send them off to learn. If something, then we sit and can discuss
particulars including the various psychedelic options, use, dosages, experiences et al.