Psychedelics are powerful tools for self-growth and transformation if used properly. From my experience with psychedelics, I have learned something new about myself and the world I live in every time I trip. If we look at a broad view of our lives in terms of personal growth we cannot remain stagnate. We are either growing or we are dying. Psychedelics can accelerate this growth when used in the proper set and setting and used at the right time.
But how is it possible that after taking some substance that there can be a shift in your perception and you are able to grow more as a person? To answer this question we need to look at what it takes to grow yourself as a person. It is very simple actually. In order for us to grow, there must be some sort of adversity we must overcome. When you were a kid I am sure the first day of school must have been challenging. This is the first time you would have to be without your parents for the whole day and hang out with people you have never met before. The reason this situation brought about adversity is because you have never experienced something like it before and you really had no clue what to expect. You were forced to think on your feet. You are exploring something you have never explored before and this teaches you new things about yourself and about the world.
As we move forward in our lives, the majority of us stop growing, at least not as fast as we did when we were kids. We get set in our daily routines and get stuck in our comfort zone. The comfort zone is nice but it is not fulfilling. Staying in comfort will never allow anyone to be more than they are today. That being said, being in a crisis every day does not help either. It is best to have balance. A life where you are pushing your limits every day but you still live somewhat comfortably. My favorite example of someone who has never stopped growing as a person is Elon Musk. He is continually solving problem after problem and he is growing so much that there are few things which he cannot solve. He has truly become bigger than the problems in the world. People who have grown themselves to certain point have a strong ability to use their past experiences to help them with their future experiences. They know themselves enough to know how they respond to situations and know how to deal with them in a variety of circumstances, which makes them great problem solvers. They are developed human beings. This is essentially what growth is. It is getting out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself to different experiences pushing you to learn about yourself and about the world.
So how does this all relate back to psychedelics? If we look at our brain patterns it is clear to see that we only activate a small neural network in our daily lives. Most of us just run the same pattern over and over again without much change. Our thinking becomes rigid and one-way. When we were kids we were not like this. We were very creative and could think outside the box because we had access to all areas of our mind. When we get older we shut off these connections to these parts of our mind and we get stuck in routine thinking. The picture below compares neural interconnectivity in a normal brain state and a psychedelic brain state using modern nero-imaging.
It is very clear to see that the brain is a lot more active when in a psychedelic state. The reason is because psychedelics allow your brain to access parts of your brain that are normally not used or parts you do not have access to. This is why psychedelics can be uncomfortable. It will take you out of your regular routine way of thinking and put you into a deeper, insightful way of thinking. This can be very uncomfortable because your reality can be distorted. It can also be very wonderful and fulfilling, similar to travelling to a new place. What I have learned is that when your reality or experience of life changes, it is the best way to learn about what reality actually is and what life is. If everything in life was the same all the time we could not experience it. The only way we experience things is because we can notice it. This is what psychedelics can help you do. Notice how you are acting in life and view it from a different perspective. This in my opinion is true growth. Once you learn more and more about yourself as a person, you become a bigger person and are able to have a greater experience of life.
Psychedelics are just one way to grow as a person out of millions. I think a good question to think about is what you truly want in your life because the crazy thing is you can have it. It doesn’t matter how absurd or out-there it may seem. If you are willing to work hard and grow into the person that is able to live the life you want to live, nothing can stop you.
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