One of the most promising aspects of intentional and responsible use of psilocybin is its potential to stimulate personal growth.
In early studies in which psychedelics were given to healthy adults in supportive situations, many participants reported lasting and beneficial changes in personality, behavior, values, and attitudes.
Recent studies also reflect these early findings. Approximately 40% of participants in psilocybin-based laboratory studies reported positive, long-term changes in the relationship between aesthetic experience and nature.
Case reports have long supported these first discoveries. After experiencing psilocybin, people often report greater appreciation for music, art, nature, greater tolerance to others, and greater creativity and imagination.
Also, in a 2011 study, the level of self-reported openness remained very high more than a year after participants experienced psilocybin once, and the study in this study found that mushrooms It turns out to be due to a somewhat mysterious but powerful aspect of the journey. A mysterious experience.
In this case, a mysterious experience is a sense of unity and connection with all people and things, a sense of holiness, a sense of peace and joy, a sense of transcending normal time and space, incompetence, an intuitive belief.
It is a source of objective truth about the nature of reality that is defined. The religious identity of those who reported having a mysterious experience during the mushroom journey spans the spectrum, but interestingly, the depth of such experience does not appear to correlate with religious beliefs- Even atheists have expressed their importance Mysterious Experiences Moreover, studies have shown that the more mysterious experiences are, the greater the long-term positive changes one sees.
These subjective effects, such as the sensation of interconnection, may be due to the ability of psilocybin to reduce the interconnection of integrated hubs in the brain. Simply put, this means that psilocybin increases “crosstalk” between areas of the brain that are normally separated. Researchers speculate that this allows for a state of “causal cognition.”
This breaks down the way we normally organize, classify, and distinguish aspects of conscious experience, making our thinking more flexible.
To understand how this is beneficial, it is helpful to know that similar patterns of brain activity are observed in different meditative states. For more information, see the blog post on the combination of psychedelic and meditation.
Not surprisingly, studies have shown that psilocybin can be used to enhance spiritual practice.
In a recent study, 75 participants participated in a 6-month mental course that included meditation, consciousness, and introspection.
During the course, participants received low or high doses of psilocybin. At the end of 6 months, participants who received high doses of psilocybin showed significant improvements in measuring interpersonal relationships, meaning of life, transcendence of death, and mentality such as forgiveness.
With all this in mind, many believe that psilocybin (and other psychedelics) can be an important part of self-improvement and self-optimization. By feeling connected to the universe (individually) and creating an experience that confronts the deepest part of you, many help psilocybin take the steps necessary to become its best version. I believe what you can do.