Simon Powell: The Fantastic Hypothesis
Here we begin to understand what the shamanic visionary experience is like, that it consists essentially of a communication transmitted in the higher language expressed by the Other, a language of symbols embodied in animated imagery. –Simon Powell
My bold claim is that an organized source of intelligence and wisdom is indeed accessed through the mushroom. Whether this source issues from some non-personal Unconscious, that is, deep within the psyche lie vast realms of highly organized fields of information that are ‘released’ into personal consciousness during the psychedelic state, or whether this information arises from a communicating sentient presence—the numinous Other as we can call it—is open to question, although both suggestions might be linked in some way. For the time being, whatever we suspect that it is that underlies the visionary state, we can see that the psilocybin experience reveals itself as a compelling area of study since consciousness and perceived reality, the very ground of our lives, have the potential to exfoliate like some new exotic flower.
Our everyday awareness is seen to be constrained and bounded, as if we were sub-routine prisoners in some vast computation that surges ever onward. Psilocybin temporarily dissolves these constraint, conferring upon the experiencer an increased set of degrees of cognitive freedom, facilitating new directions of though that are not normally available. The inner world becomes subject to pictographic myth, whilst the outer world reveals itself as the living structure of some divine being, even the most mundane objects suddenly acquiring a holy aura. This is the latent promise of the mushroom; to reveal psychological realms that can enrich our collective existence as living, breathing hominid creatures bound up within the Gaian system.