• Explores sacred tools and technologies to help us reestablish a lost ideology of unity, with a specific focus on natural plant/fungi psychedelics
• Looks at the history of psychedelics and their role in facilitating natural intelligence’s ability to increase itself through ongoing analysis of its own experience
• Provides guidelines for safely using natural plant/fungi psychedelics and integrating them into society to access unified consciousness and restore balance to our world
Our ecological, social, and political issues all stem from the ideologies that drive our collective actions. In contrast to our innate humanity, which is rooted in unity, these ideologies have led us to believe that we are separate from each other, separate from nature, and separate from the results of our actions. Such a worldview encourages individuals to maximize self-interest, which then causes fragmentation, conflict, pollution, and the depletion of natural resources. Offering practical steps that we can take to heal ourselves and our fragmented world, author Daniel Grauer explores the use of sacred tools and technologies, such as natural psychedelics, meditation, and yoga, in order to reestablish an ideology of unity, work in symbiotic harmony with the Earth, and restore our world as a sustainable and prosperous whole.
Grauer explains how individualsand by extension societiesbenefit from safely accessing transcendent states of consciousness, such as those provided by psychedelics. He explores how psychoactive substances have been used throughout history all over the world for healing, personal growth, spiritual development, and revealing hidden truths, such as in the Eleusinian Mysteries, Soma practices in Vedic India, and rituals in several South American indigenous cultures. Drawing on the plant intelligence work of Paul Stamets and Stephen Buhner, Grauer shows that the growth of individual and collective intelligence is hindered by the prohibition of psychedelics, which naturally foster humanity’s capacity for analysis, innovation, and cooperation. In addition to creating a sense of unity with all things, psychedelics offer the mind a new perspective from which to analyze its experience and heighten its awareness. Drawing on his own experience and research, Grauer provides guidelines for how to safely use natural plant/fungi psychedelics in order to access the unified consciousness of our ancestors and induce the states of awareness we need to restore natural harmony to our world.
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Chapter 7. Sacred Technologies
I’d like you to recall the earliest memory you have of viewing a clear night of stars. Try and remember the true awesomeness of the visual, the incomprehensible amount of space, the thoughts of infinity, and the feelings of immensity that overcame you as you wondered what it’s all about. Is there something other out there, what are we doing here, what does this all mean?
These feelings are, of course, not isolated to looking up at the stars. They find their way into our lives through various avenues if we are keen to notice. Other examples include profound synchronicities, witnessing an orange full moon rise just above the horizon, or recurrent visits from certain animals after a loved one has passed. Such moments remind us that there is something else happening here, and somehow, we each play a part. They suffuse us with an invisible type of magic we’re taught is reserved for the protagonist of childhood bedtime stories, but which we secretly hoped was real. Something of such high order and complexity could exist not just beyond the valley, underneath an unturned rock, or on the next page, but somewhere within us.
These spontaneous expressions of wonder allow us to temporarily transcend the materialism and egotism supported by the ideology of fragmentation, revealing a glimpse of unity underneath. What makes these experiences unique, is their inherent implication of an even bigger connectionunity is not just the predominate trait of humanity; it is the underlying principle of reality. Every organism and every action is connected through a highly complex web of often-unseen interactions. We all exist, and we all are, together.
Ironically, if we are to observe this reality as true, we must go beyond the capacity of the human eye. Just as mirrors reveal our own reflection, telescopes unveil the cosmos, and microscopes expose the smallest objects, sacred technologies illuminate unity as the underlying principle of reality. Given the importance of such an experience, these technologies have been carefully passed down through countless generations.
There are both practice and substance based sacred technologies, although the two are not always mutually exclusive. Practices include meditation, yoga, praying, fasting, dancing, drumming, chanting, breathing techniques, and various ceremonies and rites of passage. Substances include the consumption of certain herbs and plant/fungi psychedelics.
Each of these technologies has a unique purpose, but they all have the ability to turn our gaze inward, dissolve the facades of fragmentation, and reveal our innate unity. Some do so subtly, through years of daily practice. While others are so powerful, they can provide this perspective within just a few hours.
Due to this range, the perception and use of sacred technologies fluctuates with the shifting values and needs of a given culture. For example, subtle practices such as meditation and prayer have been used by many of our religions for thousands of years and are, at minimum, accepted as “normal.” On the other hand, ceremonies that involve accessing a non-ordinary state of consciousness have been regarded as sacred in some cultures, while being taboo or illegal in others.
As we are currently experiencing a shift in needs and values due to the accelerating pace and magnitude of crises, it is imperative that we not let prejudice cloud our judgment on any of these practices and/or substances. By taking an unbiased and timeless perspective, we will now discover how these technologies can guide us out of an unnatural ideology of fragmentation and into a natural ideology of unity - a process that will not only save us from causing irreparable damage to our species and many others, but also show us how to prosper as respectful, creative, productive, and happy beings.
From Chapter 9. Natural Substance-Based Technologies
Perhaps you awoke this morning to flickering rays of sunlight entering gently though your blinds. Or more likely, an alarm jolted you out of a dream. In either situation, if you live like most of us in western society, you opened your eyes, realized you did not get enough sleep, and sought out a cup of caffeine before interacting with anyone else.
As we consider everything else that we ingest on a daily basis, we realize that the majority of these natural substances are indeed used for some sort of purpose. This can include survival (food/water), health (naturally derived medicines), alertness (caffeinated coffee/tea), and inebriation (alcoholic beverages). Despite the possibility of misuse or adverse side effects of medicine, caffeine, alcohol, and even certain foods, we still consume them and consider them normal because they provide us with value.
From this same perspective, we can now approach a class of naturally occurring substances that are as sacred and important as the practices discussed in chapter 8: natural plant/fungi psychedelics. Just like caffeine, alcohol, and certain medicines, these substance-based tools can alter our reality to better approach our lives. Yes, there is a possibility of misuse or adverse side effects, but even more so than the other substances just mentioned, they have immense value.
The plant/fungi psychedelics that I’ll be referencing for the remainder of this bookand the ones that have been used for thousands of years in various cultures as medicine, sacraments, and tools for personal developmentare psilocybin-containing mushrooms, mescaline-containing cacti such as Peyote/San Pedro, and DMT-containing plant mixtures such as Ayahuasca.
These natural psychedelics are so potent in their ability to dissolve the facades of fragmentation and engender an experience of unity that they only need to be used once. While the safety and efficacy of such powerful experiences relies upon certain guidelineshaving a trustworthy and knowledgeable guide, being in a comfortable set and setting, preparing for the experience, having support during it, and integrating it afterwards (discussed further in Appendix H)their level of efficiency perfectly matches the needs of our current culture and calls for a reassessment of these plants/fungi. We will now go on to discuss these plant/fungi psychedelics in great detail.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Road We're On
1 Offness 2
2 Innate Humanity 6
3 Fragmentation 8
4 Behind Every Pointing Finger, a Chain around the Wrist 15
5 Thinking about Thinking 19
6 Crossroads 23
Part 2 Navigational Tools and Harmonization Mechanisms
7 Sacred Technologies 28
8 Practice-Based Technologies 31
9 Natural Substance-Based Technologies 34
10 Plant/Fungi Psychedelics 37
11 History of Psychedelics 44
12 Feedback Mechanism 54
13 The Bridge 60
Part 3 My Journey
14 Connecting the Dots 68
15 I Am Just a Man, and I Will Eventually Die 73
16 Oneness 84
17 Integration 95
Part 4 Transformation
18 Subtle Evidence 100
19 Transformative Healing and Revelation 104
20 The Collective Hero's Journey 110
21 Dealth and Rebirth 114
22 Letting Death Be Our Conductor 119
Part 5 The Moment
23 Getting There 126
24 Becoming Whole 129
25 Bridging the Chasm 133
26 Respect 136
27 Getting a Bearing 139
28 What Happens Next? 145
Appendices Legality and Responsible Use
A Why Are Psychedelics Illegal? 150
B Medicine 157
C Religious Freedom 161
D Autonomy 165
E Cognitive Liberty 169
F The Setting 173
G Societal Integration 178
H Safety, Comfort, Resources, and Information 183