Yoga, Psychedelics & Expanding Consciousness.

Via on Jul 10, 2012

Why people use psychedelics to expand their state of consciousness? What’s the purpose?

Good question.

I used psychedelics for a really long time. Years. Many different kinds. Experimenting as a wild scientist would to see how the journey could alter my waking state, subconscious state, unconscious state and super conscious state. Did you know that’s one of the things the AUM symbol represents? Each piece of the Sanskrit word of “AUM” or “Om” are fractioned pieces of the whole of consciousness which is what AUM has the capacity of containing. Four states of consciousness, four brain wave frequencies—Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta. The language of Sanskrit is mega intelligent in that way.

Does one have to use psychedelics to expand their state of consciousness?

No, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. I did it because I have a wild explorer living inside me that likes to trek upon uncharted territory and bring it back into the material world. Some people aren’t interested in that. But alas, some people are.

I support the use of psychedelics not as a drug, but as a medicine. Let’s get really clear on the distinction between the two. Used as a drug means without a real sort of depth or intention. It’s a casual and superficial/surface sort of “thing” versus as a medicine, meaning, with a clear and purpose-full intention on what the experiencer is seeking to experience.

When there is ceremony and/or ritual involved as the epicenter of the experience, it makes it that much more potent, integrated, valid and real. It’s not just you aimlessly “trippin’ out.” It’s a spiritual soul journey with “out of body” experiences, past life memories, sacred geometry impressions, tangible energy, heightened sense of consciousness and bodymind awareness, conversations with God and, most important of all, deep deep healing on a physical, mental, emotional, energetic and cellular level. A whole lot of healing is involved throughout this entire process.

Does yoga expand states of consciousness too?

Absolutely.

You mean yoga isn’t just about working out and sweating? It’s more than just a few downward dogs, vinyasas and tree poses?

Yes.

Back in the day and still to this day, saddhus in the caves of the Himalayas aren’t jumping up and down frolicking around their yoga mats. Their eyes are closed, their legs are crossed and they’re sittin’ their asses down. Meditation.

Yes, yoga in the west has turned into this conglomerate of a thing that is really marketable to the material world as a work out regime to look good, stay fit and be healthy. That’s great and all, at least an aspect and layer of yoga is being practiced, but it has the potential to be so much more.

This is available for you if you want it. Yoga is the map to human consciousness. Psychedelics paves the path just like yoga— although yoga aids in fully embodying it. It’s a way to navigate our bodymind and really get to know the layers and depths of ourselves. Yoga practice or sadhana has the capacity to expand your states of consciousness to realms you never would have dreamed possible. Once you touch a greater and deeper state, it’s there—boom—imprinted and engrained. All you need to do is touch it, to brush your fingers upon it. The body will remember, it will want more. The mind as well as the body is so intelligent in that way that it will always move towards something that’s “better” for it, more enhanced in richness, more benevolent, more vibrationally high and more condusive and supportive for your growth.

Yoga practice can take you to the same places psychedelics can take you. For real. If you haven’t experienced it yet, start looking for a teacher who can take you there. Only if you fancy that sort of thing of course. When you meet them, you’ll feel it. Your intuition will spring forth up your spine with a sort of inner tingly sensation; maybe you’ll even get goosebumps. That’s your soul giving you signals to listen to your body.

Check it out, explore.

Ram Dass talks a lot about this. There’s a reason why in the 60s and 70s the consciousness of America catapulted from [--this--] to [--------this--------]. Look at all the work the Beatles did with their music, all the yogis with bringing the teachings over from the East, Maharishi Mahesh, Yogananada, Baba, Osho, the revolutionaries and artists shaking up the norm of the era, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Schiele, Klimt, Hans Hoffman, Cy Twombly…the list goes on and on and on.

Your relationship with your yoga can be an infinite spring of resources, tools, information and the most profound state of love and depth one can possibly experience. You will encounter things you never even dreamed could be possible. Really.

As Guruji says, “Practice, practice, practice… And all is coming.”

Ehi Passiko. Come and see, come and look. Define your own experience and learn what it really means to create your life.

Editor: Lynn Hasselberger

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About Chloe Park

Chloe Park is an Artist, Spiritual Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Life Coach, Women's Empowerment Leader, Social Change Activist and Ethnobotanist. A traveling Healer and Teacher, she roams the Earth to share her message: unconditional love, self-healing and awakening. She uses the medium of writing, holistic healing, medicinal plants, yoga and meditation to help all those along the Path to attain harmony with mind, body and spirit. She is devoted to facilitating the space for Healing, Love and Truth and is passionate about bringing ancient practices and traditions into the modern times we live. Her intention with her writing is to offer Q&A for all those who are engaged in the dialogue. Chloe also writes for MindBodyGreen, Healthline, WorldLifestyle, and Yahoo Shine!. To stay connected with her current projects, retreats, teachings and traveling schedule, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chloeparkhealing or visit her website: www.chloeparkhealing.com. Spiritual counseling and life coaching sessions with Chloe are available via Skype. May we all wake up together. ॐ

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6 Responses to “Yoga, Psychedelics & Expanding Consciousness.”

  1. Well done, Chloe. Posted to elephant yoga and elephant spirituality.

    Ram Dass "Paths to God" highly recommended.

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  2. EclecticLion says:

    Ram Dass gave me the questions to all the answers I had inside, it's been an amazing journy…

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  4. mayfly says:

    one of the better articles I've read in awhile on the subject(s). whole heartedly agree here, 100%

  5. Monica says:

    Beautifully stated Chloe, I agree 100%, psychedelics opened the door to spirituality for me after I had closed that door because of religion. I don't think everyone needs them, but I can't deny the powerful tool they were for me. Thank you for sharing!

  6. johnlewis90 says:

    Psychedelics can help upto a large extend in expanding consciousness. Psychedelics and consciousness have some things common in nature which can be used to bind psychedelics for expanding our consciousness. Cheers mate. Keep posting in future also. playdate

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