In this latest blog, I will look at the big growth in the use of Ayahuasca in recent years and the possible reasons for this. I will explain my personal opposition towards the taking of Ayahuasca and other recreational drugs.
Research shows that Ayahuasca has been used by native Amazon tribes for nearly one thousand years. Its is made from the plant Banisteriopsis and various other plants. It is usually given to users by shamans. Its is said to produce a similar affect to dimethltryptamine as when used in taking LSD. The use of Ayahuasca has been promoted by the novelist Wade Davis author of The River and also by the Chilean novelist Isabel Allende.
The reason I have written this blog is because many of my close friends have taken Ayahuasca. Personally I decided at a young age not to take recreational drugs. I have seen the narcissistic affect that they can have on people, also depoliticizing people. Also dimethyltryptamine,Cannabis and various recreational drugs can cause mental health problems in some people.
Some people claim to obtain deep spiritual and mystical experiences from the use of Ayahuasca. However I am convinced that this is only the affects of the brain. However, a small percentage of people who take it do suffer from mental health or else severe long term emotional problems. So it does have its dangers.
Personally I prefer to obtain deep spiritual and mystical experiences from the use of deep meditation. I have studied at the College of Psychic Studies and I have had some very rewarding experiences from deep meditation. This natural method is I feel much more safer and in the long term more rewarding than the use of Ayahuasca for obtaining spiritual and mystical experiences.
However the widespread use of Ayahuasca, LSD, Cannabis and other mind altering drugs and plants raises the much deeper question of why do people need to take them in the first place?
Personally I agree with Albert Camus. That the individual human is deeply alienated from their individual self and their ego. Many human being deep down have a deep sense of self hatred. Hence the need for the widespread use of alcohol, Ayahuasca, Cannabis and other mind altering recreational drugs.
In conclusion what can humans do to overcome their alienation? To be honest it is quite difficult. I would suggest deep meditation three times a day. Pray to your divine source. Also try and practice daily self examination. Also try and do some good deeds towards other people.
However I personally recommend avoiding the use of Ayahuasca,LSD, Cannabis and other recreational mind altering drugs.
Best wishes to all for the future.