Some people like to compare psychedelic experiences to meditation/yogic experiences to legitimatize the use of psychedelics. However, this assumes that spiritual experiences from meditation/yoga are always healthy experiences. I am not willing to concede that spiritual experiences or psychedelic experiences are healthy.
In November 1971, I took my first step to become a spiritual seeker while in the library at my university. I started reading a book written by Theodore X. Barber that was entitled, LSD, Marihuana, Yoga, and Hypnosis. I was interested in knowing about drug experiences.
I was very intrigued with Barber’s opinion that although LSD may be a way to a higher knowledge of God and reality, these experiences would be a shock that could not be easily integrated into one’s life. Barber wrote that yoga was a way to gradually build oneself up to have the same sort of experiences so that they could be integrated into one’s life.
Before reading Barber’s book, I was a naïve, youthful agnostic. After reading it, I was a naïve seeker of God and meaningful life experiences. I became interested in meditation.
Barber’s comments about a divine shock from using drugs make sense. However, many people practicing meditation and yoga have also experienced shock from a kundalini crisis that disrupts their lives and that sometimes leads to the mental hospital. Go to my kundalini page to read accounts of kundalini crises that disrupted lives for years.
Psychedelic and kundalini episodes can be over-whelming experiences for the mind and body. Thoughts that come during those episodes are, as if, illumined 1000 times more than normal and imprinted in memory 1000 times more deeply than normal. They can do much more than just rock the boat of life.
The underlying physiology of psychedelic episodes and kundalini crises is probably similar to the physiology of psychotic mania that underlies euphoria and the grandiose delusions involving God and other spiritual themes. That doesn’t seem like something that one should aim for.
Using psychedelics is playing with fire. Extreme spiritual practices are also playing with fire.
The benefits of LSD, DMT, psychedelic mushrooms, and extreme spiritual practices are not worth the risks.
Feeling good in life is great! Arranging your life to feel good is much safer than shooting for the moon with psychedelics, meditation, or other attempts to awaken kundalini.