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>People claim to have met god and alien beings whilst on DMT and other psychs. But no matter how intense the experience, is it not just chemical processes in the brain that are creating this kind of illusion?
Yes it is. Your brain's interpretation of reality is also an illusion in of itself. What you experience as the outside world is only an incredibly tiny fraction of what your senses perceive, it's a very subjective assembly by your brain or bits and pieces of information that it deems relevant. (And on top of that, what your senses DO perceive to begin with is in itself an unimaginably tiny amount of what is going on in "reality").
What most classic psychedelics do is inhibit this process, allowing you to experience more "raw" data from your senses, as well as internal brain processes that are generated by parts of your brain connecting with your sensory areas and relaying information there.
So, your sober image of reality is already a chemical process that creates an illusion, psychedelics are just a different chemical process that creates another illusion. When you put both of them in perspective with eachother, realising they're both illusions, you gain insight into the nature of your reality.
>For all the psychedelics consumed in the 1960s by the "love generation", how much good as a whole did it do humanity? Very little as far as I can tell. Most of those hippies grew up to become selfish boomers and human consciousness as a whole has ultimately seemed to take a step backward. Your thoughts on this?
Think of how psychedelics are used in various indigenous cultures and how people are laying down thousands to experience those ceremonies, and these methods are now being investigated by modern therapists to help fight heroin depression, social anxiety, fear of dying in terminal patients, and so on and so forth. It's all about the context in which it's used that determines the outcome of these substances.
>Ayahuasca. Do you consider this just a fad that should have been left alone in the jungle for indigenous people? Why do people think that purging is anything other than the bodies natural reaction to having consumed a form of poison? Why is it said to have a spiritual component?
They should have been left alone, already many of these rituals and tribes are being poisoned by tourism, businesses, etc.
Why would a natural reaction by your body not have a spiritual component? You can have similar experiences from all kinds of extreme situations.
>Lastly, should someone who is naturally neurotic and emotionally unstable experiment with psychedelics? Do the risks outweigh the potential breakthroughs?
Ideally, this could and would be assessed by a professional, and should be, but unfortunately that is not possible (yet). In the end, anyone suffering from any serious mental illness like PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia should never take psychedelics, or at the very least without professional supervision.
Any other minor mental conditions like emotionality, anxiety, depression, can all be "treated" in some fashion with the right mindset and attitude. Psychedelics are relatively extremely safe substances and the risks lie in the ignorance with which they are taken and the experiences they generate are interpreted. If your life is great and you experience no serious issues from neuroticism and emotional instability, there is no reason to take them really unless you're just naturally extremely curious. If your life does suffer from your mental outlook and your mind's peculiarities, I suggest reading this book before you try and tackle them with psychedelics: http://www.psychedelicexplorersguide.com/