If you truly love someone, then you want them to be free. You don’t force your will on them and you don’t try to decide the meaning of their life for them. If your choice were between obedience which leads to bliss and defiance which leads to punishment, then you have no genuine choice.
This is why the gods sacrifice themselves in most traditional mythologies. Mankind can only be genuinely free if the gods remove their absolute control over us. And so what happens to them? The gods become incarnate in the creation. You can still encounter them here on Earth, if you’re willing to look for them with an open mind.
If you’re an atheist, you’re just in denial about what the gods did for us. To be an atheist is to accept the gift of life while denying who it came from. The creation itself is the body of the gods. If you wish to expose yourself to God, the most reliable way of doing so is to smoke 5-Meo-DMT, at least in the sense that this is the experience most akin to what we in Western culture like to imagine God’s character to be. It’s the closest thing to the Beatific vision you’ll find here.
But different cultures have different concepts of God. We didn’t always think of God as a benign loving father. If you wish to see God as a bloodthirsty vengeful mother, your choice would be the anticholinergics like Datura. If you wish to see the angels and the demons, smoke DMT or Changa. Why do you think Ezekiel describes the angels as rotating wheels, covered with eyes? They’re not just handsome young people who happen to have wings.
To expose yourself to psychedelics is effectively a guaranteed way to meet God. The Temple of the True Inner Light, an offshoot of the Native American church, believes that psychedelics like DMT and 5-Meo-DMT are literally the flesh of God. Their Eucharist is an obscure relative of DMT called DPT.
There is ultimately no real division between self and non-self. There is just consciousness that experiences qualia in one physical body or another. Most people look at their transient physical body and imagine that to be their true self, but as described in the Bhagavad Gita, the body is just like a pair of clothing that you wear and ultimately discard again.
The various entheogens are also present in our own consciousness, even when we don’t consume them, they still exist in our minds as dormant archetypes. You only begin to recognize how we depict them in this world after you ingest them. Consider for example our good friend Amanita Muscaria. Santa Claus is just an anthropomorphized Amanita Muscaria.
This guy named Santa Claus lives on the North Pole in the freezing cold. He is dressed in red and white. If we make sure to place a pine tree in our house, he will leave presents underneath for us. He travels around with flying reindeer through the night. Do you think someone said “let’s make some trippy children’s story based off Amanita Muscaria”? No, it just lives in our shared collective unconscious and it manifests itself in our culture like this.
If you take Salvia Divinorum, your mind descends into a surreal cartoon world, filled with creepy clowns who are indifferent to your terror and merely enjoy making fun of you. What do you think this is? Do you think all these altright boys on Twitter and 4chan came up with this “clownworld” meme on their own? The psychedelics activate circuits that are already laying dormant in your own brain. The whole external universe you experience is stored inside your own nervous system, our experience of the external universe overlaps insofar as our internal neurological architecture overlaps.
This is why I am a pantheist and a deist. Divinity is present throughout the creation and it’s easy to find if you understand what to look for. For whatever reason however, the religious traditions we inherited generally just don’t explicitly record it, it’s always hinted at. If you look in the old testament, you’ll find the ancient Israelites offered cannabis in the temple and the archeological findings confirm this.
Paul of Tarsus mentions a cup of demons in the letter to the Corinthians. What do you think this was? This was a brew with anticholinergic nightshade plants, just like Shiva’s sacred plant Datura metel. After all, what do you think hell is? It’s an anticholinergic delirium. You’ll witness the most terrifying things happening around you.
The early Christians seem to have had a hallucinogenic communion wine. What tends to be missed in these stories however is that even today, we merely have knowledge of a fraction of the entheogens that have existed throughout history. Some of them are probably extinct.
From archaeological evidence we know that the Romans sometimes placed a lizard in their hallucinogenic brews. Why? We don’t know. The Mediterranean sea to this day contains fish that trigger LSD-like hallucinations. Even sponges in the ocean contain bromated forms of DMT. We didn’t really know what Salvia Divinorum is capable of until Westerners began smoking extracts in the 90’s. We have probably still just discovered a fraction of what is out there.
All religious traditions ultimately descend from entheogens. They are attempts at recording knowledge that was otherwise dangerous or difficult to gain access to. For some it’s pretty obvious, like the religious traditions of the Aztecs. The Aztecs had access to just about every entheogen you can think of and it made them eager to recompense the gods with sacrifices of their own.
If you go deep enough, you’ll find out why they made sacrifices. That’s the other reason references to psychedelics are concealed from us in our religious mythology. We’re only truly free when we don’t know certain things. After you have come to understand them, you’re only free again once they have become unbelievable again or you have forgotten them. I won’t mention them. If you truly need to know, you can seek it out yourself.
“We’re only truly free when we don’t know certain things.’
Care to explain? What is “truely free”?
Ignorance is bliss is not a very convincing argument to end the article with, otherwise, great write-up, I always enjoy the discussions on the origins of religion being found in entheogens.
Not the author but he is correct. You can’t be blissfully ignorant of not knowing an address, or a bureaucrat embezzled environmental funding. Not knowing things like that can hurt you, and you are better off not knowing. The things he is talking about I think are terrible, terrible things; you can’t truly be told them, only find them for yourself.
>pantheist and a deist
Pandeism? God becomes the universe?
“Physicist and philosopher Max Bernhard Weinstein wrote that 6th-century BC philosopher Xenophanes of Colophon spoke as a pandeist in stating that there was one god which “abideth ever in the selfsame place, moving not at all” and yet “sees all over, thinks all over, and hears all over.”
Yes. God becomes the universe. That’s what I believe.
It is similar to Philip Mainlander’s view. My reading of him is he thought that our death results in an absolute nothing, that is an entire, final end to all subjectivity and being, forever- God’s rotting corpse would complete its decay into permanent nonbeing via our lives and works, a suicide He initiated with the Big Bang, stepping into time from eternity. Maybe to really remove himself from existence it was necessary for God realize all possible shades of experience through us, this mostly horrible vaunt through space and time.
I dunno, though. You reference non dualism in this post, maybe Open Individualism – it’s as if whenever there is a conscious experience, at fundament it is eternally the same observer. I think this means there is no end to experience…But I don’t know how to feel about this. Is it the case that Our universe has a lot of bad blocks in it, parts that hang like ghastly structures parked with a permanent spacetime address (Eternalism?) Maybe I need a beatific vision to feel better after all.
Of course the God(s) cannot leave.
Because we are the God(s).
Not as individuals but as the collective, and so, every community gets the deities they need and deserve, including (and especially) the people who believe in Atheism.
It’s very much like swarms do their flocking, and why those swarms are formed of even seemingly solitary creatures.
Without this ability (and urge) to act as a collective, which is expressed as religiosity, humanity (and every other species) would not be able to create and maintain the complex social structures that are needed for survival. We even have a specific brain region for religious emotions.
Another observation to consider is that many God(s) experience repeated Satori during their reigns and change the rules to be less harsh (from stoning to shunning, from angry and jealous to loving and mellow etc) as society matures and needs different rules to function smoothly. No real deity would allow themselves to be shaped by their flock, deities are perfect (by definition!), if God(s) make mistakes and experience unexpected events, who exactly runs this universe? 😀
And, so, the God(s) will always be with us, for as long as the Tao is going to tao 🙂