Language, Culture, and Nature
The experience of connectedness suffuses much psychedelic experience. We reconnect with ourselves, with others, through all our senses, and a few new ones.
Mycelium of the Psilocybin mushroom. Paul Stamets, with permission.
We experience the dense interconnections by which all of nature interacts, flows, evolves into greater forms of complexity, involving great levels of connectedness. At high doses, connectedness becomes the unitive, non-dual perception of reality as One. In these perceptions, shared among many psychonauts, lies the psychedelic optimism—that our current estrangement from ourselves, from each other, from the Other, and from the Gaian entity that brought us forth, and on whom we wholly depend—can be transformed.
The Linguistic Structure of Reality
Simon Powell’s personal metanoia, proclaims this vision over many works, in video, print, and music, and builds the psilocybinetic download into theories of natural intelligence, and the informational structure of “the reality process.”
“There is much of language in nature, in fact you could argue that all of nature is a linguistic enterprise because the DNA is essentially a symbolic system.” –Terence McKenna
Evolution of Symbolic Process
Charles Laughlin’s neurophenomenological analysis of the interaction of nature and culture in the symbolic process includes the experiences of altered states of consciousness. Michael Winkelman’s work on shamanism and the neural ecology of consciousness characterizes psychedelics as psychointegrators, connecting the three main parts of the brain, and thereby making novel perceptions, feelings, and memories available to consciousness, gives a neural basis for the visions of connectivity.
Culture is not your friend. –Terence McKenna