This is a resource for dealing with a bad acid trip, which i guess subjectively happened to me. I wrote the text below in 2012, and I might rewrite it at some stage, but basically below is an intro, and updated resources are on another page...
This page will go against everything bad your friends told you about LSD. That means everything hopeless and to do with despair. The following is a different paradigm in the area of consciousness.
On online forums and in various dark corners around the place there are people chirping up of how badly their acid trip messed them up. How they were left moping around reality in bewildered regret. Western society has a strong willingness to support the idea of people being 'messed up' and unfortunately there is very little to help you when you find yourself 'messed up'. Fear not!
You may not know that studies into psychedelics were made at many major academic institutions such as Harvard University over half a century ago. Time Magazine even published 6 positive reports on LSD between 1954 and 1959.
This academic research was short lived due mainly to the political "war on drugs". Since that time psychiatrists have largely taken the beaten path of prescribing tranquilisers to deal with people fitting into the umbrella group comfortably and convinently brushed away as ‘mental issues’. A less pharmaceutical approach of addressing personal areas strictly outside the bounds of modern western society has been talk therapy such as talking with a psychologist or attending addiction groups. One might assume that in the name of progress, oversight on these processes would be expected to be taken care of by academia. On the contrary, what evidently has happened in the recent decades is that academia seems to have a phobia of consciousness research, and instead the great majority of funding in mental health goes towards various tranquilising drugs. This path of research can be attributed to the huge momentum of profit driven pharmacology.
"It is astonishing that the academic circles in their deep commitment to
materialistic philosophy and linear determinism have refused to critically examine the
extraordinary and startling observations amassed by several decades of consciousness
research and transpersonal psychology. Had that happened, it would have led to an
inevitable conclusion – the urgent need for a radical revision of our understanding of
human nature and the nature of reality"
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
Preface to Christopher Bache’s Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind. State University of NewYork Press, Albany, NY, 2000.
What this means is finding helpful information in this area can be very decentralised and hard to find. It has been the norm that academics in the field of phycology and psychiatry are quick to distance themselves from experiences such as LSD, and maintain rigid dead end ideas for helping people with chronic emotional issues.
Enough prelude; enter the paradigm of Spiritual Emergence.
Knowing that pharmacology has been the main reason for becoming blind to proper understanding the nature of the brain, it may seem ironic that some leading consciousness scientists are actually talking about a psychedelic drug renaissance. On the topic of mind altering substances, we find that research is currently the most flourishing it has been in 40 years!
“We are now in a phenomenal situation, where psychedelic research is flourishing, where the media has been astonishingly positive and I think that we've done an excellent job collectively of portraying the therapeutic benefits of these drugs in carefully controlled contexts so that the fears of the public about these drugs are diminishing and the hope and expectations of the healing potential, the spiritual potential are strong. So I think we're in a very good position now to move forward over the next decade into mainstreaming psychedelics into our culture”
Rick Doblin Ph.D., Tue 22 May 2012, "Healing our Deepest wounds" teleseminar, Wisdom University
It may be surprising to note some academic psychedelic research has its roots in techniques based on age old wisdom traditions and the works of sacred teachers. These deep areas of study birth new understanding and wisdom in place of the death of old non-serving belief systems. Changes can be quite profound in nature, and are facilitated by honest care being given in the vulnerable state which can arise during various altered states of consciousness. Note that direct action with altered states is only one of many effective methods of dealing with underlying belief systems.
From a physics perspective, these transpersonal changes can be understood by dissipative structure theory, which describes dynamic systems which reorganise into higher orders of function once a critical threshold far outside system equilibrium is reached. Thus when a system becomes overwhelmed in a state of chaos, under the right conditions, a new system can spontaneousley form, quantifiably superseding the previous.
Due to a lack of funding in the area of consciousness research and healing methods, sympathetic help can take time to find. None the less, below are listed some of the various methods available to understand the workings of the mind.