Simone de Beauvoir once said, “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.”
What is it about entheogens that help one gain self-knowledge? We propose that the experience is a means to forge new neural pathways and connections. It’s a brass check for your mind.
Many connect psychedelics to the music icons of 1970’s America. However, it’s not only the beatnik generation or symbols of counterculture that found grace, direction, or success with entheogens.
From renowned composers to Silicon Valley tech founders… From Nobel Prize winners to famous chefs and athletes, entheogens like psilocybin have played a vital role in shaping the lives of fascinating, driven people. Why is that?
Psilocybin helps people open the door to new and creative ways of responding to their lives. With the right setting and intention, one can shift the patterns and mindsets that hinder access to our highest levels of creativity and self-actualization.
William Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, actually believed that entheogens could be used to cure alcoholism. Wilson’s own psychedelic experience during clinical trials at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Los Angeles helped him realize the vital role insight plays in helping alcoholics recover.
Steve Jobs publicly spoke of his familiarity with entheogens. He called it “one of the most important things in my life” and went on to say his experience with psychedelics taught him that making beautiful objects was more important than making money. He did both. Every year, countless articles are written that describe Silicon Valley’s love of entheogens.
If cognitive enhancement is the question, entheogens like psilocybin provide a practical answer.
Bill Gates never explicitly admitted to experimenting with psychedelics, but he certainly has implied as much in past interviews. The idea that both founders of America’s oldest technology rivalry share similar, unique experiences is a testament to the use of entheogens as a natural, dependable tool for purposeful personal growth.
Anthony Bourdain, the internationally renowned chef, was a frequent advocate of psychedelic experiences. “We used to soak hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in honey overnight and then mix them into hot tea before work,” he once proclaimed. “You’ve never seen such over-garnished plates in your life. I’d have to tell my sous-chef, ‘You’ve been working on that plate for 22 minutes!'”
Who else has publicly discussed their profound experiences with psychedelics?
Comics such as George Carlin
Composers such as André Previn
Poets such as Allen Ginsberg
Actresses such as Carrie Fisher
Authors such as Aldous Huxley and Jack Kerouac.
Musicians such as The Beatles and Paul Simon
Athletes such as Mike Tyson and Dock Ellis
How many other public figures have found solace in entheogens but didn’t shout it from the rooftops?
Just look at Abraham Maslow, the American psychologist best known for creating Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. He said it’s clear how entheogens and psilocybin affect the human mind. “In the right people under the right circumstances, it can produce positive experiences so that people don’t have to wait for life to come along, bringing happiness with it.”
Maslow’s endorsement of psilocybin sounds suspiciously like he was speaking from personal experience.
A lot of human beings are searching for something they cannot define. They’re seeking a breakthrough – spiritual, creative, mental, emotional, or physical. Psychedelics like psilocybin help create these breakthroughs, whereas other existing pharmacological options do not. These breakthroughs are meaningful because integration is the goal of any psychedelic experience.
Such insights help us realize that life is like a sheet of paper – we can write anything we wish.
If you understand the cognitive benefits for an individual, imagine the larger opportunity for public benefit. As access becomes more commonplace, how many inventions, solutions, and answers could be created for the world at large?
The molecular biologist Francis Crick told a colleague at Cambridge, Dick Kemp, that he had deduced the double-helix shape while under the influence of psychedelics. Two different Nobel prize winners have also publicly discussed their experimentation with psychedelics.
Dr. Kary Mullis was the American biochemist who made significant improvements in PCR (polymerase chain reaction) techniques to allow for easier DNA testing. He credits psychedelics for his invention. In the BBC’s Psychedelic Science documentary, Dr. Mullis explains, “Would I have invented PCR if I hadn’t taken LSD? I seriously doubt it.”
Physicist and Nobel Prize Winner Richard Feynman revolutionized the field of quantum mechanics. He experimented with entheogens, too.
How many others have experienced life-changing benefits that aren’t famous or some variety of celebrity?
Veterans suffering from PTSD
Hospice care patients
Good people struggling from anxiety or depression
Thanks to entheogens, those seeking breakthroughs in life can find liberation within themselves. Our goal is to help people find a refreshed perspective on the endless, ever-changing parade that is existence.
Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I— I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In ‘The Road Not Taken’, many assume Frost is suggesting that the less traveled path is always better. I don’t personally believe that’s the case. Instead, I believe the poem is an ode to the power that direction and orientation can have in life. It doesn’t matter whether we choose Path A or Path B. What matters is that such a decision is entirely our own choice.
Self-knowledge helps us accomplish exactly that. It’s a life-changing sunlight.