Rites of Pyschedelia
|# 01 Jul, 2013 22:45|
I believe that a more ritualistic approach to psychedelics would be better for people like me. I tried it when I was a senior in high school, and it was a turning point for my perspective on the world. Luckily I developed a good relationship with it because I originally took it at and for a party.
The biggest problems I saw in school was when people took them who weren't ready to. I think they are a great tool to explore, but you can't be going off into the woods when you are a child. To me this is the real problem, because some have blurred the lines between a tool and straight up abuse like I heard in a recent podcast.
So I was wondering at what age do you think it would be appropriate? If anybody knows any ages for cultures around the world or in the past please share.
I think it makes a good mark for becoming more of an adult, and I think that age should be 16. This is also with preparation from experienced people.
Don't worry…everything's gonna be alright
|# 02 Jul, 2013 05:50|
Maybe since the prefrontal cortex isn't fully developed until 20-25 years of age, psychedelics ideally shouldn't be used until then(????). That was my first thought anyway. But you took them as a teen and it worked to your benefit.
I was in Peru last April at an ayahuasca retreat. I can tell you that the shamans there did not respect people who just wanted to experience a wild trip. And it seemed like the people who came there for that reason did not have the experiences they'd hoped for.
|# 05 Jul, 2013 22:38|
||I think high school graduation is a good time. It's the closest thing we have in our culture to a rite of passage. And by we, I mean Americans, because that's where I'm from. I know there are many nations represented on these boards. But college sort of acts as a transitional period between adolescence and adulthood, and I can't think of a better time to start exploring one's own consciousness. Hell, a good, self-examinatory trip may be just the thing to prevent someone from starting an education for the wrong reasons.|
|# 08 Jul, 2013 21:16|
||I think trying to determine a specific age limit is silly. Everyone develops physically and emotionally at different rates and arbitrary age guidelines are pointless. The best way to go is have experienced people like shamans who can tell if a person is ready or not. In the absence of that, an older and more experienced person you trust should be your guide. We really need a system that allows for that kind of guided self examination, but the powers-that-be will have none of it. They fear change like all powers-that-be, even if it is for the better.|
|# 15 Jul, 2013 16:37|
||killer episode. thank you so much!|