By Hash Borgir | March 15, 2017
Direct Experience Forms Neural Connections
Human neural intra-network consists of about a 100 billion neurons. These neurons transmit signals via neural connections. What creates these connections? Direct experience. What is the first thing that science does? Discount individual experience.
Direct experience itself is what forms various neural connections in the brain and engages new neural circuits which dictate various human emotional states that we know and ones yet to form and to be discovered as humans are complex social animals. Now let me introduce you to a new concept. Depending on the neural circuits engaged and neurons stimulation, certain connections become stronger and more efficient, while others may become weaker. This phenomenon is called Neuroplasticity. Rational strength and emotional resilience work on that same neural connectivity pattern. It may not be obvious, but these are called emotional skills that can be developed by actively focusing your mind’s attention. These are neural connections which can either be strengthened or weakened simply by enforcing their repetitive activity. In every moment, regardless of your physical or mental actions, everything you are doing at any time is physically modifying your brain to become more adept at the task at hand being repeated; hence the concept of ‘muscle’ memory; repetition retains memory, didn’t you know? :)
This is a most fundamental foundational mechanistic functionality of the brain
Since this is self-evident and has been to countless sages and shamans of the past, self-awareness greatly enriches our lives and our experiences, which for The Stoned Ape came from psychedelics especially mushrooms and cannabis, which in turn enrich our neurology, which in turn enriches our physiology. Our neurology, psychology, and physiology are interconnected on very deep levels as the brain is processing layers of inputs we’re never aware of.
Specific neurons and neurotransmitters, for example, Norepinephrine, trigger a defensive mechanism when we feel that our thoughts have to be protected from cognitive viral alien contamination of other ideas. If we are then confronted with genuine differences of opinion on given arbitrary matters of daily cognitive tasks, the neurochemistry of the brain is the same as when the brain tries to ensure our survival in the jungle in dangerous situations as this is an evolutionary survival response mechanism hardwired in the monkey.
Our Neurology Dictates Our Behaviors
While in the defensive state, the more primitive reptilian parts of the brain interact and interfere with rational thought processes occurring in the brain which causes our limbic system to numb most of our working emotional and spatial memory, “physically” causing narrow-mindedness, shortsightedness, and the defense of our identity. To have an identity is to be imprisoned; your intellect is the prisoner of your own doing and only ever seeks to defend that identify the monkey assumed. Never identify and never assume an identity. For you are nothing. You have always been nothing and you will always be nothing. But this nothing is everything. That pure Universal consciousness is the nothingness in which the everything of the Universe dwells.
This neural strategic chess play is open for observation in the particular domain of politics and chess, of fears and of phobias, of gamblers and of poker players or simply when the brain is being stubborn in the face of a perfectly sound and rational idea which you may be open to in another altered state of mind and keep in mind that an altered state is nothing more than a state different than the one you were in a moment ago.
And no matter how profoundly valuable an idea could be to the mind, the brain has a tremendous amount of trouble harnessing it’s innate evident power when it is in such a state. On a neurochemical/neurological level, the brain acts as if we’re being physically threatened in the jungle and we must fight or flee for our survival, even if this threat is perceived from benign and harmless opinions of others or factual statements that we may otherwise find immensely helpful and rationally agreeable if the mind is not encumbered by its own workings.
So Why Are Psychedelics Deeply Linked With The Human Condition?
When self-expression of the utmost authentic nature; that which is true to man and that which man is true for but has forgotten his way, lends itself to social acceptance and appreciation of thoughts, ideas, actions, or patterns of behavior, these very ‘defensive’ neurochemicals drastically decrease in the brain and instead what is found to be in soaring the skies is dopamine whose neurotransmission activates the internal reward circuits of the neuronal circuitry itself, increasing the feeling of self-empowerment and a rapid increase in the esteem of the ‘self’.
Self-esteem and self-belief are closely linked to serotonin and the 5Ht-* receptor series. If the lack of serotonin reaches severe proportionality, it leads to self-destructive tendencies, depression, and even suicidal tendencies and ultimately death. It fosters the defeatist mindset. It hinders integrity, authenticity, inner strength and the conviction of the monkey’s own ideas as the ones born of pure genius as they are true to himself and none but himself and for all mankind; that which is the genius.
Your psychology and beliefs or lack thereof have an undeniable effect on our body chemistry physiology, the profundity of which cannot be ignored at any level. This is why the sages of the past have always said that in order to know thyself, you must first listen to the body, for the body is your only true God. This is the reason why placebos are effective. Cultivation of belief transcends any belief system itself. Any belief system is arbitrary. That is why it is not true to the monkey. That is why it is not true to the authenticity of the monkey. That is why every ideology is false and not worth giving your loyalty to. It is not worth forming an identity around. Religions, politics, philosophies, ideologies… all of these things exists outside of your neural system and are viral alien infections infecting your mind.
The most dangerous thing in the Universe is the power of idea; the power of thought. This is why countless sages and shamans have realized that the only thing that exists at the heart of the mandala is the singularity; that which is pure consciousness itself. The monkey must not allow itself to become infected by the ideas of others.
Deceased suicidal and otherwise depressed patients have had more 5-HT2A receptors than normal patients. These findings suggest that postsynaptic 5-HT2A overdensity is involved in the pathogenesis of depressive states of mind linked with low self-esteem and a profound lack of connection with the self. I disagree. I suggest that the lack of psychedelics for such people poses the problem. The psychedelic experience is what they need. On daily micro doses if need be. The shamans knew and know how to fix the mind. They have thousands of years of Shamanic wisdom handed down to them. Science coupled with the knowledge of the ancestors is the only way to move forward in our modalities of discovering the Universe within ourselves which holds the power to completely transform minds. It is unwise to ignore the wisdom of our ancestors. Science can only ever create models of reality. The only way to feel and connect with reality is to experience it. And experience is forever locked within the present moment, which is your only true reality.
Antidepressants are the poison you should avoid.
Psychedelics are the balm for our souls. Psychiatry is the tool of the dominant apes. Big Pharma is not your friend. They want to feed you drugs that make you dull, and numbed, and enfeebled in the mind. They want to hinder critical thought and reason. They want to control you through drugs. Free your mind. Break the structures. Dissolve the boundaries and learn to think for yourself.
Taking a pro-psychedelic position automatically means you assume an anti-drug position. Why? Because psychedelics are the antithesis to drugs. Why do we dislike drugs? Has anyone examined this? Because drugs are the control. They are a means to control escapism. Drugs cause an unexamined, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, dependent, repetitive self-destructive pattern of behavior which is destructive to the very core of the monkey. Psychedelics break your own structures of behavior, of the mind, of societal, social, and cultural conditioning. This is why psychedelics force you to improve your life.
Life is hardwired for self-interest.
See, every creature on the planet is hardwired for self-interest. This is an intrinsic feature of life, without which life would not be possible. Life is hardwired to survive. Since we are hardwired for self-interest, psychedelics force the brain to analyze and examine everything freely without judgments and therefore they are important for regaining our minds. This is why LSD, from 1943 to 1967, showed an 80% success rate in getting people to get themselves off nicotine and alcohol addiction after just one session. All of this has been documented. I’m not here to prove anything, so feel free to start researching for yourself. During your research, you’ll learn a lot more than you’ll learn from anyone else.
We are social creatures and as such we get our information about the world from others and social validations raise the levels of dopamine and serotonin production in the brain and allows us to swim out of the darkness of emotional fixations and weaknesses and become self-aware at an ever easier rate like a salmon swimming upstream against the flow of the currents. So what we must do is return the focus of our attention to individual experience and the dignity of the human being. We must not marginalize and judge others. We must not belittle anyone’s experiences. We must love one another unconditionally. The love that knows no reason, no competition, no jealousy, no … sentimentality for sentiments breeds brutality, cruelty, and malice. Love without reason is the purest form of love. Love is not and has never been transactional. Love is only ever transcendental.
To summarize, the psychedelic experience is vital to the monkey.
No amount of meditation or mental focus will ever put you in the boundary dissolving state of mind that psychedelics will. The core of the consciousness of the monkey was made possible by psychedelics in our diet during the evolution from Homo-Erectus to Homo-Sapien. That’s all defined very well by Terence McKenna in his Stoned/Psychedelic Ape theory of evolution, thus I won’t go into it here. Suffice it to say, psychedelics play a huge role in shaping the human brain and have for thousands of years. It’s only within the last 80 years that the entire world has made them illegal because the USA forced the UN to have everyone sign legislation making hallucinogens illegal. Why? Because they are hallucinogens. They produce hallucinations. Nothing else. They are not addictive. They are self-regulating. They are completely safe. By ‘they’ I mean specifically Psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and N-N-DMT (and their safe analogs as produced by Alexander Shulgin and Sasha Shulgin).
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your own private heart is true for all men, -that is genius. Speak your Latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgement. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato and Milton is that they set naught at books and traditions, and spoke not what men, but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty… Else tomorrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom is understanding how things really work, and that doesn’t come from anywhere else but from within. No one can give you wisdom. It only comes from within.How do you gain that kind of an insight? You must have psychedelic experiences. Dissolve boundaries. Slay the ego and view the Universe with infantile eyes.
“Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it…” - Ralph Waldo Emerson