A week or so ago I shared some thoughts on my blog in response to reading Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In brief, I’m very curious whether psychedelic therapy could work for me. I’ve shared at various points throughout this podcast that I’ve struggle with depression and anxiety through my years. I encourage you listeners to check out my blog post at ColemanRoadJournal.com and read Pollan’s book.
My post resulted in some intriguing exchanges. My mom called me and, in her usual open-minded way, expressed interest but also reservation. She and I talk a lot about buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness; we are constantly recommending podcasts to each other on these subjects. Last time I visited, we even went to a sangha together. So I somewhat expected her thoughts that there are no short cuts to enlightenment.
Another close friend, who knows me well, excitedly engaged my Facebook post. Little did I know he’d long been an avid student of the psychedelic research genre, though never imbibing. He shares my motives to take the trip, but cautioned, in the words of Huston Smith, “You can’t force your way into the Kingdom.” Best not take any drastic or dramatic action on this front.
Like I’ve often felt, I’m terminally misunderstood. Enter Sadie.
Out of the Facebook ether she pinged me and said she had a story to tell. We barely know each other, but she felt compelled to reveal her own exploration of using psychedelics to gain better awareness of her true self, and how she used the experience to accept who she is and be accountable to herself.
Sadie describes her experience with peyote, ayahuasca, and psilocybin - also know as mushrooms. Surprising to someone of my background, she did not experiment early in her life but waited until she was 45 when she had the maturity to have some well thought out intentions.
Nomad Ramblings is a podcast about ordinary people who wander an unconventional path, whether internal or external, to shine a light for others to follow. I expect Sadie’s path to be instructive for many of us.
Notes and reference links from Sadie
Website for the Peyote Way Church
Book: My Stroke of Insight
While not about psychedelics the author’s description of what her stroke experience both during it and her recovery describes a bit what it is like to feel the death of ego.
Book: The Fellowship of the River Written by physician Dr. Joesph Tafur
Attributes his visits to the Peyote Way Church as a contributing factor in his awakening to the power of plant medicines to facilitate people’s healing (physically, spiritually and mentally). He talks about how that helped him heal during a very lost and tumultuous time in his life during medical school. He also founded an Ayahuasca retreat center in the Amazon.
I would not recommend any of the Carlos Castaneda books as a guide for anyone looking to try plant medicines.