Joe Rogan & Michael Pollan: Psychedelics
It was Debussy's Arabesque which I had in mind whence going onto YouTube today, and was "distracted" by Joe Rogan's #1121 with Michael Pollan, both of whom I have a great deal of respect for.
I was first introduced to Pollan in the days of my food "preaching." Perhaps it's safe to say that his book, "In Defence of Food," helped me unravel my own beliefs about food, to come to what it means to me today. That's another post altogether. For now, see if this resonates and if so, carry on with the video:
"Psychedelics would be for the study of mind, what the microscope was for biology, or the telescope was for astronomy..."
~Michal Pollan quoting Stanislav Grof, a Czech Psychiatrist.
As if the above quote didn't hasten your heartbeat, how about this metaphor he offers, in discussing ego dissolution:
"Figure your mind as a hill covered in snow and your thoughts are like sleds going down the hill...
..and after a while, after a lot of thoughts have gone down that hill, there'll be grooves, and they're going to get deeper and deeper...and at a certain point, you can't go down the hill, without slipping into those grooves...
What psychedelics do is they flatten the snow....lots of fresh powder...."
The BRILLIANT metaphor comes from a Dutch Scientist whom he interviewed for his latest book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence .
NB: do note that the gentlemen do speak much of guided psychedelic experiences.
Truly truly loved this talk. It pleases me, as Joe Rogan puts it, that someone of Michal Pollan's stature & reputation, is talking about all encompassing love, about consciousness, about energy, about illegal "drugs...."
To me, this is like what Brian Weiss did for Psychiatry with healing via Hypnosis, and past life regression therapy. His book, Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist- is also a brilliant one to tune into.
All in all, having watched this video and being reminded of Dr. Brian Weiss too, I can say with all my heart, that the world is indeed healing and we stand not in the wake of, but right inside history in the making. There's a revolution going on. Or rather, RәʌoႨution.