A new study of magic mushrooms sponsored by the US government published this week the journal Psychopharmacology has revealed that many users experienced life-changing sensations including a sense of pure awareness and a merging with ultimate reality, a transcendence of time and space, a feeling of sacredness or awe. (Canadian Press)
A third of the participants said the experience with psilocybin was the single most significant experience of their lives, the Wall Street Journal reported, and an additional 38% rated it among their top five such experiences -- akin to, say, the birth of a first child or the death of a parent.
The landmark test, in which 36 mainly 40 something non-drug using, non religious volunteers took psilocybin, was carried out at the Johns Hopkins Institute and was one of the few officially sanctioned studies in the last 40 years, alongside another currently being conducted at UCLA be leading psychedelic expert Charles Grob. Mr Grobs test is examining whether the drug can help terminal cancer patients deal with grief and pain, and chatting to KPFK radio presenter Terrence McNally recently, he admitted he agrees with Aldous Huxleys claim that humans have always used hallucinogens.
Until his death in 1963, Huxley held the vision that if these compounds were introduced wisely, quietly and discreetly to the leaders of our culture, there would be a ripple-down effect with enormous positive changes, he said.
He believed it might be a mechanism through which the very likelihood of world survival would be enhanced.
http://www.hedweb.com/huxley/bnw (Aldous Huxleys Brave New World- complete text)
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/doors.htm (Aldous Huxleys Doors Of Perception; full text)
http://www.blakearchive.org/blake (William Blake archives)