Understanding Entheogens

Entheogen: a chemical substance, typically of plant origin, that is ingested to produce a non-ordinary state of consciousness for religious or spiritual purposes (Source: Google.com)

A Little Background

I have always been drawn to the spiritual and, of course, the “mystical”. When I was six or seven years old, my favorite places to go were the esoteric shops in my city, Brasília.

By the time I was twelve, I was already studying lucid dreaming, psychic phenomena, and astral projection. I used online communities to retrieve study packets and books that were part of the content studied by multiple groups and societies across the globe.

My First Santo Daime Ceremony

When I found myself living in Brasília again, I had the opportunity to attend a Santo Daime ceremony. I have to say that until that day, I had an emotional block where I was unable to cry. It had been a good 4 years since I last shed a tear.

At some point during the ceremony, I cried nonstop for a good two and half hours. I tried to contain myself and be quiet throughout the process, but it was an unique experience.

I visited memories from my childhood. Parental issues came to surface. Several things were gently laid out in front of me so I could face them and forgive them.

By the end, I knew my life would never be the same. I finally found a spiritual current that was… well, profoundly touching. My heart experimented a level of peace I had never felt before.

The Aftermath

I attended ceremonies every other week. My sense of love and forgiveness had expanded tremendously. I realized my professional life was important, but that cultivating a relationship with myself was the cornerstone of a healthier life.

There was a lot of research and local literature that I took interest in. I began to understand the importance of having a spiritual practice of some nature.

But there was one thing I couldn’t let go of. No matter how much I enjoyed the experience and no matter how healing it all was, one question remained.

Why was the substance needed?

I realized that I longed for a constant and stable state of self-awareness that did not depend on the entheogenic use of any substances. That’s when I realized my search wasn’t over.

Years later, I still attempted to reproduce entheogenic experiences. But eventually, I finally realized: that is no longer needed in my journey.

Word of Advice

Before partaking on an entheogenic experience, be mindful: it could be extremely transformative. It could very well save you, even.

It could bring to surface all the mental blocks that are keeping you from progressing in your personal journey.

It could reconnect you with yourself when you didn’t even know you were disconnected in the first place.

But remember that true freedom comes from…well, being free. And that includes entheogenic use. Which is why such should always be rendered sacred by those who partake on them.

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