By Kai Teo
An excerpt from Rainbow Warrior Handbook – The Underground Guide to the Psychedelic Revolution
As I sank deeper and deeper into the sofa, I could feel an immense amount of swirling energy emanate from within my core. I felt like the entire universe was within me, gently, yet violently, pushing its way out through my every pore to once again be reunited with my surroundings.
There was no holding back. There was no control. The immense pulsating force gushed out like an exploding dam, as I surrendered myself to its might. It was incredibly comforting, like I was cradled in the warm embrace of all existence. I felt the borders that separated me from my environment fade. There was no “me”, there was just the universe, and I was one with it. The breathing trees, the soaring birds, the floating clouds, I could feel that we were made of the same stuff, but just manifested in different forms. We were one. And we are one.
Why do psychedelics do this to us all the time? I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced it too. I’m just sitting in my room, minding my own business, when huge eureka moments and chunks of grand realisations are suddenly thrown in my face. Did that come from my brain? Is it a message from the universe? Is there a deeper message? Or is it just a chemical reaction?
Yet, how can something so personal be so universal? Experiencers from all across the world, at one point or another, have experienced the loss of egos during our psychedelic trips, many of us reaching very similar conclusions about existence and feeling a particular closeness with Nature.
The recent revelations by Imperial College London from the brain scans of subjects on LSD showed that compartmentalised areas of the brain usually work independently in processing functions such as vision, movement, and hearing. However, on LSD, “the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.”
In addition, the brain scans also revealed that the alteration of a particular neural circuit (RSC/PCC) is highly correlated with the sense of “ego-loss”. The study also presents substantial evidence that psychedelics reduce the stability and integrity of well-established brain networks, which would suggest why users often experience “unlearning” of stubborn habits such as addiction and question well-learnt “norms” in the prescribed way of life in today’s societies.
While future studies may very well help us better understand the effects of psychedelics, what still remains a mystery is why our brains contain such potential. It’s almost like the power of a more “unified” human brain has always been there, waiting for us to discover and learn from – one, when activated, triggers a high level of compassion for other living beings, reveals to us enlightening insights about ourselves, and sheds light on our own purpose in life.
Of course, human evolution, so far, has somehow hidden this potential of our own brains from us, simply because it would be difficult to perform everyday tasks such as eating and commuting to places when the floor is a raging ocean of moving colours. It’s only through the influence of psychedelics that the brain allows itself to dissolve the borders separating its different regions, giving us the psychedelic experience that many of us are familiar with.
Across numerous cultures throughout history, our fellow human beings have been recorded to tap into the “wisdom” of psychedelic plants and fungi, and those who have managed to infer deeper, existential meanings from their “trips” have been revered as teachers, spiritual guides, shamans, doctors and even prophets.
Modern societies, however, dismiss many of these ancient teachings as superstition and those who attempt to preach them to a wider audience tend to be ridiculed, persecuted, or worse, immortalised in internet memes. The compassionate being who cares deeply for the natural environment, plants, animals, and other humans, is seen either as a weak nobody, or a Youtube star to be marketed as the new face of coconut water. The lover who celebrates life and rejoices in the delight of the colours of the wind is called a crazy hippie who doesn’t contribute to the community. Even yoga has been turned into a commercial opportunity for the masses to “get a spiritual body”, but not before you own a $80 pair of 360-degree-ultra-dry-air-flow-breathe-free-naturale yoga tights.
But in a world rife with apathy, myopia, and an endless pursuit of material wealth and power, humanity has inflicted upon ourselves an unprecedented level of low self-worth, victimisation of minority communities, senseless violence against one another, and widely accepted exploitation of other sentient beings and the planet’s resources.
Our technological advances in nanotechnology and biotechnology has become so powerful that we would soon be holding the most powerful double-edged sword in human history, equally capable of wiping out the entire human population, or saving us from fatal diseases, solving the energy crisis, and restoring the ecological balance required for all life to thrive on earth.
It’s really up to us how we want the world to look like for our children, and our children’s children. Would humans be seen as a compassionate, loving, peaceful, united species, or do we have to teach our kids of be wary of these dangerous animals that would shoot someone for their skin colour, stab someone for loving a partner of their own gender, and slaughter masses for believing in a god that has a different name from theirs?
How many innocent lives have to be sacrificed before we finally come to realise that we’re all the same – beings who just want to be loved, and who are capable of giving tremendous love? How many more homes have to be bombed before we understand that peace and cooperation would bring us further? For how many more years are we going to exist for before we realise that for the world to be a nicer place, we need to start being nice to the world?
Let us all call forth the Rainbow Warrior in us. Let us tap into the ancient psychedelic teachings of oneness, compassion, and appreciation to see what we can learn from the altered state of consciousness. Let us awaken the lover, the activist, the dancer and the artist within ourselves so that we can go out there and inspire our friends, families, communities and leaders to simply, love.
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Rainbow Warrior Handbook –
The Underground Guide to the Psychedelic Revolution
How can psychedelics change the world? This book is a global call to all psychedelic explorers – Rainbow Warriors – to come together and start a revolution in human consciousness, thought, and behaviour, armed not with guns, but with love.