Insights into Life and Psychedelics from Psychedelics Pioneers

Psychedelics pioneers have for many years argued that the substances enhance perception in a way that is healing and extraordinary. Below are powerful insights into human nature from a couple of psychonaut academics, writers and philosophers.

Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban-American writer who was consulted by doctors to improve their understanding of LSD’s effects. Nin participated in an LSD experiment in the fall of 1955, which was carried out by Oscar Janiger, an experimental psychiatrist best known for his research on LSD.

Nin described the experience as the most pleasurable sensation she’d ever known, noting that it was the alchemist’s secret of life. She’s quoted stating that “we travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

Alan Watts

Watts was a British philosopher who popularized Eastern philosophy in the West. The philosopher enjoyed many psychedelic adventures in his lifetime, with his writings launching an international thought experiment just as the hippies in the 1960s began examining what it meant to live a life of purpose and exploring existence.

He emphasized the importance of integrating one’s psychedelic experience instead of seeking it out superficially and is quoted as saying, “Once you get the message, hang up the phone.”

Dr. Monnica Williams

Dr. Monnica Williams is spearheading efforts to include marginalized communities and individuals of color in clinical trials that look into the therapeutic effects of psychedelic substances.

Williams believes that psychedelic medicine possesses the potential to assist individuals suffering from racial trauma in healing, while also bringing healing to the consciousness of individuals who perpetuate and perpetrate racial violence.

Timothy Leary

Dr. Timothy Leary is regarded as one of the most influential symbols of the psychedelic movement. He studied psilocybin mushrooms and LSD as a researcher at Harvard University in the ‘60s.

He spent his life advocating for the benefits of psychedelic substances as well as laying the groundwork for current psychedelic studies with his scientific research on psychedelics.

Terence McKenna

McKenna is considered the face of the psychedelic movement, having given numerous lectures about the significance and nature of psychedelic experiences.

He also co-authored a book known as “Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide,” which empowered individuals to access magic mushrooms, no matter where they were emotionally or geographically.

McKenna is quoted as saying that psychedelics were illegal because they dissolved models of information processing and behavior as well as opinion structures, which opened people up to the possibility that everything they knew was wrong.

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