All the psychedelics a girl could ever want - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 19th, 2013
01:15 pm - All the psychedelics a girl could ever want
I dreamed that I lived back in the old Horokiwi house but that it was haunted by a ghost that did things like pick me and my bathwater* up and pin me against the wall, then take my voice away when I tried to tell people about it. It started haunting me outside the house as well, but I was able to croak out a complaint and we exorcised it. Fuck you, ghost, you will never get my silence!
Also, my hotel bed is comfy as and I slept for 12 hours. Then I found fruit and Starbucks for breakfast. Starbucks is kind of like McDonalds - it's not flash, but it'll do in a pinch and when you're travelling, it's consistent. Also, espresso doesn't seem standard in cafes here, but Starbucks has it, so yay!
Here is a picture of the view from my hotel room:
I can also see both bridges, and helianthas tells me that they are worth seeing at night, but sadly last night I crashed out before it got dark. Tonight I shall see them! Yes.
Meanwhile, here is a list of notes from today's workshop, Psychedelic Horizons Beyond Psychotherapy.
Multistate theory - Based in the idea that for most research into the mind, the only state considered valid for drawing conclusions is the default state of awake and unaltered. Yet with so many psychotechnologies (mind-altering substances or practices or physical technologies) available, the exploration of mulitple states is a wide open field. The main question being:
What variations in X can be seen between different mindbody states?
Where X can be any cognitive or emotional phenomenon, such as: intelligence, compassion, values, curiosity, spirituality, etc. And what can we learn from studying these changes?
Small section on some interesting alterations in people's minds through psychedelics, for example the loss of lifelong allergies through LSD and psilocybin experiences, or the marked improvement in social fluidity experienced by people on the autism/asperger's spectrum when using 2C-E.
Microdosing: using doses of psychedelics at subdetectable levels (10micrograms LSD or 700micrograms 2C-E for example) and recording noticed changes in overall experience of life - increased efficiency, sociability, 'had a good day', feelings the next day. This researcher is doing this research right now and finding some interesting results in terms of general life improvements. He's looking for more people to participate. He also spoke of psychedelic use as being in the closet and talked a bit about ways of coming out, and how necessary he believes it is for social change.
Other research areas that popped into my head through the day: How individual transformational experience events compare with life changes reported by long term regular users of psychedelics; how people who have mystical experiences integrate them into a spiritual life, and how this might inform psychedelic mystical experience; Psychedelics and brain plasticity, particularly in relation to Alzheimer's disease - would microdosing be a worthwhile field to research here?
Books I'd like to read:
The Psychedelic Future of the Mind. Written by the Multistate Theory guy.
The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide. Written by the microdosing guy.
Quantum Change. About epiphanies and life-changing experiences.
Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered. An older book that explores some of the original thought about the potential of psychedelics.
The Antipodes of the Mind. What's so interesting about ayahuasca.
And seriously, everyone over here seems to be studying ayahuasca. It's a Big Deal. It seems most of the people I met today have that as a main interest. Which is interesting from a cultural perspective. I also met a psychiatrist who's studying uses for ketamine in treatment of depression, and two young yoga instructors from Indianapolis who were interested in the integration of ayahuasca and yoga practices for personal/spiritual development.
I get the feeling that ayahuasca is kind of trendy at the moment. I hate to use that word, but it's got that vibe - people have discovered it has beneficial properties, but going to South America and having the full experience involves a lot of time and cost (my brief research indicated that 12 days is a short version of the experience, 3 months is closer to how much time you'd have to spend to fully reap the benefits) - so the experience is being brought to the USA, and most likely Americanised in the process. Of course, I know only what I've seen today, so I might try to attend a couple of the ayahuasca talks, just to improve my knowledge of what's happening.
Meanwhile, it took me quite a while to find anywhere around this area that sells fruit, and ended up getting some from a cafe at nearly $1 a pop. The red delicious apples really are delicious, though! Tonight, I'm meeting dragonvyxn for dinner, and tomorrow the conference proper starts. And and and, I handed out some cards! Check me out with my networking!
* This is stupid. I never bathe. I'd like to see it try to pin my shower water up against a wall. Yeah.