In scientific circles, the psychedelics have come back into fashion and one is conducting research into its beneficial effects again:
Yet the panaceai which are the magic mushrooms, LSD or DMT really is nothing new. It only came in disrepute not least because of its back then fashionable abuse since the 68s. One missed its actual benefits as a remedy for submission and for herd behaviour. The substances of which is the question here have got the potential for a retaming of our society: It is in the nature of these halluconigenic drugs which can access ones unconsciousness to let its consumer explore his own interior. Trough contemplation one can change from inherent values to completely new world views. In summary, it is a means that lift up ones awareness, not only about oneself, but about surrounding things, be it living or lifeless things. As society actually lacks awareness and consciousness, psychedelics represent an available way of how to bring people these universal values rather than waiting until education and formation are up there to do their job. From a psychological point of view, it demands less effort and energy to teach someone when he gains the knowledge and insight by himself, like psychedelics let you do it.
Albert Hofmann, Swiss scientist from Basel, synthezizer of the lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is himself a proponent of pharmaceutical use of hallucinogenics. He called LSD “medecine for the soul”. He is the visionary of the Neuzeit (new age): Coming from the scientific community and being appraised for his important discovery, while criticizing science for its too restrictive practices and lack of consistent interdiscplinarity in its core fields, he is the perfect synthezizer of esoteric and exoteric knowledge. He was a true scientist as he was always driven by curiosity. He popularized new methods and approaches in order to gain novel knowledge. Furthermore, he emphasized the link between science/knowledge and nature/beauty. A. Hofmann saw himself as a brother of every blade of grass and tried to express his love for the so-called creatonistic elegance found in nature.
LSD wanted to tell me something. … It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation.
Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time. It has replaced the ecclesiastical-Christian and mythical-Apollonian world view.
When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don’t turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist.
I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD … It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.
Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I attained as a fundamental understanding from all of my LSD experiments: what one commonly takes as “the reality,” including the reality of one’s own individual person, by no means signifies something fixed, but rather something that is ambiguous — that there is not only one, but that there are many realities, each comprising also a different consciousness of the ego.
On LSD in particular:
I believe that shortly after LSD was discovered, it was recognized as being of great value to psychoanalysis and psychiatry. It was not considered to be an escape. It was a very important discovery at that time, and for fifteen years it could be used legally in psychiatric treatment and for scientific study in humans. During this time, Delysid, the name I gave to LSD, was used safely, and was the subject of thousands of publications in the professional literature. Actually, just last week, I had visitors from the Albert Hofmann Foundation, to whom I gave all of the original documentation, which had been stored at the Sandoz Laboratories. This early work was very well documented, and shows how well research with LSD went until it became part of the drug scene in the 1960s. So, from originally being part of the therapeutic pharmacopeia, LSD became a drug of the street and inevitably it was made illegal. Because of this reputation, it became unavailable to the medical field, and so the research, which had been very open, was stopped. Now it appears that this research may start again. The importance of such investigations appears to be recognized by the health authorities, and so it is my hope that finally the prohibition is coming to an end, and the medical field can return to the explorations which were forced to stop thirty years ago.
There are experiences that most of us are hesitant to speak about, because they do not conform to everyday reality and defy rational explanation. These are not particular external occurrences, but rather events of our inner lives, which are generally dismissed as figments of the imagination and barred from our memory. Suddenly, the familiar view of our surroundings is transformed in a strange, delightful, or alarming way: it appears to us in a new light, takes on a special meaning. Such an experience can be as light and fleeting as a breath of air, or it can imprint itself deeply upon our minds.
One enchantment of that kind, which I experienced in childhood, has remained remarkably vivid in my memory ever since. It happened on a May morning — I have forgotten the year — but I can still point to the exact spot where it occurred, on a forest path on Martinsberg above Baden, Switzerland. As I strolled through the freshly greened woods filled with bird song and lit up by the morning sun, all at once everything appeared in an uncommonly clear light. Was this something I had simply failed to notice before? Was I suddenly discovering the spring forest as it actually looked? It shone with the most beautiful radiance, speaking to the heart, as though it wanted to encompass me in its majesty. I was filled with an indescribable sensation of joy, oneness, and blissful security.
I have no idea how long I stood there spellbound. But I recall the anxious concern I felt as the radiance slowly dissolved and I hiked on: how could a vision that was so real and convincing, so directly and deeply felt — how could it end so soon? And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen? It seemed strange that I, as a child, had seen something so marvelous, something that adults obviously did not perceive — for I had never heard them mention it.
While still a child, I experienced several more of these deeply euphoric moments on my rambles through forest and meadow. It was these experiences that shaped the main outlines of my world view and convinced me of the existence of a miraculous, powerful, unfathomable reality that was hidden from everyday sight.
Lasting and last quotes:
I know LSD; I don’t need to take it anymore. Maybe when I die, like Aldous Huxley.
Outside is pure energy and colorless substance. All of the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings.
It’s very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature.