As most westerners do, you are neglecting to give innerspace its due.runaway said:...don't do psychedelics expecting them to take you to uncharted dimensions. technology will allow new modes of sensation and dimension, but we aren't there yet. its not too far off. but massive doses of psychedelics will possibly fuck with your emotions and psychology. being hardcore with these drugs achieves nothing, no hidden treasures buried in unknown dimensions
For within our minds are universes/dimensions as yet uncharted.
Sit back, and in a meditative state of mind, think/remember that from this point (where your body meets external reality) outward exists 'outerspace', things outside of you...planes/dimensions/galaxies...but, if you can imagine the physical/energy of the hologram (if you don't know a lot about holograms- Google it and get ready to read some very interesting things)...from that point, where external reality meets you, there is also innerspace (many theological references to this, like, "as above, so below", many more that I can't remember right now). So, inside, on a more "micro" scale, exist entire universes/dimensions just waiting to be explored...(I'd write more but my brain is fried from a double ER shift, with just a breath of "second wind", so I can't sleep)...don't dismiss psychedelics so lightly...they can be extremely powerful tools to explore innerspace (outer space too, but that's mostly recreational)...ourselves, what makes us "us"...we...One.
It's too bad that current legislation takes these very powerful tools out of the hands of even the best and brightest (physicians have many powerful tools to explore and diagnose physical conditions, for example...it would be interesting if brilliant, progressive psychiatrists had the same tools...i.e. psychedelics, or something like that, with which to strip away all conditioned responses, etc., to get to a primal essence of sorts, but "The Man" says no...how hypocritical of him (The Man)! I don't really do psychedelics anymore (I probably "tripped" more than I should have- but I don't think so), but how they changed my life for the better was profound...I realized that these were powerful tools to explore these innerspaces...and the spaces between my ever more "hardcore" trips became longer and longer, now I feel as if I don't need them anymore...I have learned how to navigate innerspace w/o them. Think of it (psychedelics) as a door ("The doors of perception..."), people see this door, and are like, Wow! There's a big/little ornate, beautiful door...the most beautiful door in all existence...it's like they are just awestruck..."Look at that magnificent door it's fantastic!! I must return again and again to see this incredible portal!" Some people (through no fault of their own) get stuck at the door (for many different reasons...but, most likely just the thought of the existence of this door, blows them away! Eventually, some will walk away...some will linger (forever it seems) in the doorway...only a brave few (and I think there are many here among us), will realize..."What could possibly be in the room on the other side of this door?!" I must see. I believe one can get to the door from many angles (meditation, etc.), but we as (mostly) materialistic, (mostly) lazy westerners, willingly (I did) take the easier route (why not?)- if it can be found in a tab, a mushroom, whatever....for me though, after walking into the room on the other side, the need for the drug to take me there simply stopped. I knew the route and could go and visit anytime I want. It take a certain amount of (non) energy, but it can be done given the right setting and mood...
I use to be a complete atheist, totally scientific in thought and action...I would say that many life changes (like culture shock, etc...) coupled with a scientific (quickly turning spiritual) exploration of my conciousness, shattered the atheist in me, leading me to the Tao.
I could go on but my thoughts are starting to scatter from too much work.
...umm...as I think I started out saying...just don't be too ready to put psychedelics out of the picture...I think, as far as our western culture is concerned, they have played a huge part in the evolution of our culture. Just look at the '40s and '50s, to where we our now (and when psychedelics started to come into the picture- a revolution in consciousness has occured/is occuring that will take us probably to the brink of civil war, unless enough people start to "get it" at the same time...which is what I think is occuring right now...we're just in the midst of it, so it's hard to see the forest for the trees).
Everything is a part of everything, is a part of you is/are we. When you can love your enemy as you'd love yourself, you'll know you/we're on the right track...Good night/morning, good people. May the Tao flow freely through you.