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Transcending Boundaries: Identity and Oppression Within Psychedelic Culture

By VTSeeker48 on Wednesday, 26 November 2014, hits: 13891

 

cyb metamorph“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

“Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.”

 

--Terence Mckenna

The popularity of psychedelic experiences has skyrocketed in recent years with the advent of the internet and widespread acclaim of Ayahuasca and DMT. Transformational music festivals are spreading across the globe at an astonishing rate while breeding a unique and trendy sub-culture. As this neo-psychedelic culture evolves and grows, important questions are being raised.
           

With such an increasing demand for plant medicines around the world, we are seeing people profit off of the destruction of ecosystems and the defacement of beautiful plants simply so that Joe Shmo can order root bark online. How sustainable is psychedelic culture, and what steps can we take to ensure that these teachers are here for future generations to explore? With the incredible speed at which so called “conscious” music festivals are springing up, how can we create spaces that are both transformational and sustainable? Are these festivals even supposed to be sustainable in the first place, or are they simply big parties for people to get away from dominant culture? What is dominant culture anyways and how does it play out in the spaces we create? As psychedelics help us to transcend conditioned conceptualizations of identity and culture, how can we apply these realizations to our daily lives?

 

All of these are important questions that must be addressed by our community if we wish to see ourselves as having a legitimate role in the ongoing struggle for an autonomous and sustainable world. This said, most of the dialogue that I’ve seen taking place so far has been focused on the environmental implications of the psychedelic experience. As an environmentalist, I am absolutely ecstatic to see this happening. But even so, we live in an interdependent universe; no struggle is separate or more important than the collective human struggle for a peaceful and functional world. To quote Audre Lorde, a radical black feminist and civil rights activist, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”


So without disregarding the urgent need for an ecologically minded culture, I would like to make the point that the environmental issues that we face today are one in the same as the systems of racism, patriarchy, and classism that have come to dominate our lives, and that our efforts towards creating an all-inclusive and sustainable psychedelic revolution are moot points if we fail to recognize how entrenched we are in the dominant power structures of society.

 

I grew up in a small and rural state that is over 98% white folks. As a person of color, growing up in such a non-diverse state exposed me to the myriad of ways that white-supremacy continues to dominate our culture while remaining invisible to most white people. I was never very good at sports, but because of my African heritage it was expected of me. The fact that I was not good at playing basketball was a qualitatively “white” trait according to the other kids at school. I was constantly questioned for not speaking the way black people are “supposed” to speak, or dressing the way we’re “supposed” to dress. Even my teachers seemed surprised that I was as academically competent as white students. There were about three or four black students I attended high school with, and the white kids would rank us according to who was the most black. My hair was a constant source of stress; white kids found it “exotic” and took it upon themselves to touch it, grope it, or stick pencils and other objects in it; things that if they did to a white student they would be punished for.  Even before I ever experimented with cannabis or substances of any kind, it was a regular incidence that white students would approach me asking to buy drugs because they genuinely assumed I must use and sell drugs simply because of the color of my skin. The fact that I didn’t take substances at the time was a surprise to people, like it was some sort of anomaly. I was tokenized by close friends for being their one black friend; as if I were an object one could own to prove that they weren’t racist.


So why am I sharing this and what does it have to do with psychedelic culture? Well, growing up in the midst of all of this I did not recognize these things as white-supremacy. They bothered me but I just assumed that’s the way things were and I didn’t really ever question it; it never really struck me as blatant racism. I embraced anti-blackness and did all I could to appear white. I changed my hair and did all the same things the white kids did, and eventually came to unconsciously hate my blackness. I hated being a person of color, I hated having natty hair and I hated that I was too black for the white kids and too white for the blacks. I had internalized a lifetime of trauma and micro-aggressions against my race. As my education and experiences evolved and grew, I eventually came to start questioning these things and see them for what they are. But it wasn’t until I took mushrooms for the first time, as a freshman in college, that I really began to come to terms with my identity and how the society in which we live had shaped it.

 

In those few short hours my entire life was turned upside down, inside out, and shot through a quantum tunnel. I came out the other side of that experience a new person. A new person no longer burdened by years of internalized oppression, completely at peace with who I am and for the first time excited about the person I could one day be. I remember that point during the trip where I was getting higher and higher, drowning in my consciousness and

water CCsoaring through the cosmos. I could feel myself breaking down, everything I ever knew was crumbling around me. I could feel myself dying, going to somewhere I knew I would never come back from. I eventually reached a place beyond all social conventions; beyond language and reason, a place outside of time and space, and void of any sense of self or identity. I was one with God, where everything and nothing came to merge in a beautiful non-dual paradox. Nothing there mattered. Everything simply was. Concepts of race, gender, and sexuality were beyond irrelevant; they simply didn’t exist. This was the totality, the source, and the final destination of everyone and everything. Here all simply was; there was no equality because there was nothing to be equal to. Here everything was, and is, and forever shall be, one in the same.


That introductory experience shook me to the core. My initial instinct was the 
same as most; to get the hell out of the system. Drop out and pursue a life of meditation, psychedelic exploration, and unconditional love for all things. It wasn’t too long before I realized that dropping out isn’t a viable solution and I began to look for psychedelically-minded people in hopes that they had experienced what I just only gotten a glimpse of. I sold as much of my things as I could on Craigslist and took off for the West Coast in search of ultimate truth. I knew I had stumbled across perhaps the most profound experience a human being could ever have, and I knew in my heart that this was the cure-all the world had been waiting for. How could someone have such an experience and continue to be complacent, just another cog in the machine? Like so many others, I put my faith in God and sought out hippie culture where it seemed most prominent.


I was gravely disappointed by what was waiting for me on the other side of the country.

 

Where I had hoped to find open-minded and compassionate communities I found excessive over-indulgence, dogma, ignorance, racism, sexism, elitism, escapism, and a contempt for any perspective that didn’t encourage eating as much LSD as you possibly could. It seemed that nearly every event I attended was swarming with privileged white folk who spent their money on culturally appropriated clothes, festival tickets, and drugs.

 

Where were all the colored people at? Well from what I observed, most of them were on the streets, working minimum wage service jobs, or incarcerated. Most black people I talked to didn’t have an interest in psychedelics at all and associated them with rich white kids. Other activists I was able to connect with seemed to scoff at the notion of DMT being a profound catalyst for radical change. “Why smoke DMT” they said, “when you can spend your time closing down a factory or occupying a building? Why focus so much on personal liberation when you could be working to liberate others?”

 

At the time I didn’t have any answers. All I knew is that psychedelics had provided me with an insight into the nature of things that motivated me to do everything in my power to make the world a better place. I couldn’t understand why so few others seemed to recognize this. I couldn’t grasp why almost everyone I met who took psychedelics was white and upper class, and why psychedelic culture seemed inaccessible to so many people. Why were working class people fighting amongst themselves for liberation when the most liberating of all experiences was a just a puff of vapor away? Why were all these so called neo-shamans just as racist and ignorant as the kids I went to high school with?


One thing I have learned through my continued psychedelic exploration is that there is no such thing as a cure-all. Psychedelics open a door to an entirely new way of experiencing and engaging with the world, but it is entirely up to us to walk through that door. Taking LSD or mushrooms might temporarily break down barriers and catapult us to a realm of ultimate understanding where things like race, gender, and sexuality are trivial at best; but unless we apply these lessons and work to educate ourselves after we have come down from the experience I’m afraid to say psychedelics might just be a big waste of time.


We are in the midst of one of the most turbulent and disturbing periods of Earth’s history, though we still have the power to create a world in which we want to live—but we have to reach out and grab it, we cannot afford to sit and wait for it to come to us.


Groups of the radical left have the skills and education to organize, mobilize, and work for meaningful change in our communities; but the individuals who make up these groups are as entrenched in dominant culture as anyone else. One thing that a lot of groups struggle with, particularly environmentalists (which is a predominately white movement, despite the fact that people of color are most adversely and directly affected by climate change and ecological destruction), is carrying traumas and systemic forms of oppression into the group in which they are organizing. Being raised in a society that promotes, even requires, white-supremacy makes it difficult not to see racism trickle down into social movements. Groups such as Rising Tide North America and Earth First! are radical environmental groups which focus on challenging ecological genocide within the framework of industrialized capitalism. They recognize that the fight for clean air and water is the same as the fight for prison abolition, the same as the fight for women’s rights; and they actively work to dismantle all of the ways in which oppression bleeds into the movement.

 

My argument is that the fight for the sanctioned use of psychedelic chemicals for self-exploration is just as important as any other struggle and could play a monumental role in effective and accessible social movements. What better a tool to use to overcome internalized racism than a chemical that temporarily breaks down virtually everything we thought we knew, that destroys boundaries and barriers, shatters social constructs, and reshapes our sense of self, our very identity? What could be more effective than that which allows us to actually see the ways in which the personal translates to the interpersonal, and vice-versa? Imagine how much more effectively we could organize if those in the radical movements of our generation were not separated by false dichotomies, if everyone had equal access to an experience which shows us that we are all reaching for one ultimate goal, that the labor movement is fighting the same system the environmentalists are, the feminists are engaged in the same struggle as the anti-racists, and the LGBTQ community has as much of a stake in the struggle as the curanderos in Latin America or the children of the Middle East.

 

So why is there this apparent separation between cultures? Radical organizing and psychedelic culture seem to be at odds with one another, but I believe we are fast approaching a point in time where these two separate cultures must merge and learn from one another or perish. How can we do this, what does it look like, and what are we waiting for?

 

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I am no scholar, but I can pick up on patterns and it is increasingly apparent to me that psychedelic culture is bourgeoisie culture. “Conscious” music festivals which claim to be accessible and transparent are inherently pillars of the status-quo when they charge money to attend said events, automatically excluding huge groups of people. There is a reason that festival-goers are almost entirely white, upper class people. We cannot expect everyone to flock to DMT when those who advocate it completely fail to address how it resonates with the struggles of others and fall short in making it an experience that is accessible and safe for all people to participate in, not just those who can afford to buy it or extract it. Psychedelic gatherings need to be spaces where women, trans and queer folk, and people of color feel safe; where they can feel secure and empowered to heal themselves and the trauma they carry. I challenge the psychedelic community to make itself more available, to put forth the effort to learn about how we carry systemic oppression and violence with us even if we do not blatantly see it.


What could this look like? I think we are on the right track, and I think that the conversations taking place on the DMT-Nexus and at certain psychedelic gatherings (such as Boom 2014) are a step in the right direction, but we cannot lose sight of the ultimate goal. As suggested by the Nexus moderator Snozzleberry, I can envision psychedelic-minded people coming together to create an autonomous space for organizers and activists to retreat to when they are feeling burnt out, or even facilitating workshops and educational opportunities for folks to learn about entheogenic experiences. As a community we must make ourselves accessible. Otherwise, I’m afraid we are failing to see the forest through the trees.

 

As a person of color, I can honestly say I do not feel like I am welcome, or a part of, psychedelia and this deeply saddens me. It is truly heartbreaking to see such a beautiful and life-transforming experience roped off and made available exclusively for a select group of people.

 

I don’t know what the solution is, and I doubt that there is just one answer. I believe that psychedelics have the capacity to truly revolutionize people and to empower those who are conditioned to believe they hold no power, or that they are inadequate and undeserving of love, compassion, and respect. I would one day like to see those who have been brutalized, hurt, and traumatized by our culture healed and inspired through psychedelic exploration; to reclaim the psychedelic experience as a universal human right and not a trippy past-time for the privileged few.

 

At the risk of sounding cliché, I’d like to end with a quote by the well known Ram Daas.

“Love is the most transformative medicine; for Love slowly transforms you into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse.” --Ram Daas




 

Comments  

+5 # Sidestreet 2014-11-30 23:15
Thank you!

I used to make the mistake of thinking that the experience on its own is enough to transform the person. I thought that if I just ate enough of the right substance, my life would change forever merely because I got up the courage to dose heavy. Now I know that entheogens are more like ladders than catapults; you still have to make the effort and pull yourself up.

There seems to be a widespread gangster mentality among young heads. Maybe it's softer than other forms of organized crime, but I hear it's not that hard to get your ass beat, either. Then there's the exclusion. They may have legitimate concerns about undercovers and agents, but it seems like the wagons are just as quickly circled around superficial things like style.

Thanks for this article. Just by putting this sort of thing out there into the culture you inject inclusion and diversity. Be the change you wish to see and all that. :-)
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+3 # Serpentine 2014-12-02 22:31
Great article, very thought provoking. As someone who sees themselves as part of psychedelia i take this article to heart. I recognize the need for solutions to unite psychedelic culture, counter-culture and activist communities (gay/black/soci alist/environme ntal/anti-relig ious/anti-war etc)
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+5 # Paul 2014-12-03 01:26
Hello! Wow...right on! Your grammar and vocabulary is stellar :) Everything was clearly well thought and presented. and,this is what I've been feeling all along.
I re-posted this article in a few places. I'm surprised there are not more comments. I live near Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors and, although I see his mission as in line with yours, I can't help but notice that the gathering seems to be a collective of upper-class Manhattanites. Many of the people I encountered their either came off as highly pretentious and cultish and\or did not have a respect for the medicine experience and were just looking to get drugs. This really saddened me. Because the real healing that can result from psychedelics largely has little to do with the medicines itself ,and everything to do with human transformation through recognition of the divinity in all of us, regardless of class,gender,race,etc
Kudos! Keep spreading love and truth.
hit me up
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+4 # Hot 2 Trotsky 2014-12-04 21:08
'a chemical that temporarily breaks down virtually everything we thought we knew, that destroys boundaries and barriers, shatters social constructs' -including, of course, post-communist intersectionali ty theory. Just why is it, do you think, that the New Left split on the subject back in the '60s? Because it drains the dogmatism necessary for struggle.
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+3 # LivingAnExaminedLife 2014-12-06 14:08
Thank you for your article; you raised important points and constructive concerns.

As a gay person it's surprised me at how few gay people I've met at psychedelic festivals or Ayahuasca ceremonies (LGBTI participants probably comprise only about 2-3% of the DMT/Ayahuasca community from what I've seen). Like Sidestreet said, I think by bringing these issues up, you help put them out in the open as aspects we need to collectively face up to, discuss, and actively address.

All I know how to do is act in ways that serve the greater good. I don't pay other people to kill animals for me because I won't kill myself; so I don't eat meat and try to avoid eggs and cheese. A veg diet reduces my resources footprint. I recycle almost every scrap of paper, plastic, metal and glass I can. I try to pick up a bit of *other people's* garbage/recycli ng when I'm in nature.
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+6 # smile 2014-12-15 18:07
Great post, its funny how everything sounds here in Latin America, I truly understand your struggle, but what surrounds and make you feel as an outsider, are mental walls. You could as well as the majority of the people you are talking about, to engage on a psycodellic experience with out the permition of any club.
I dont want to spoil your text, i only want to add some hopeful and peaceful visions.
30 or 40 years ago dmt was imposle even for the most white.
Here in Colombia where ayahuasca has been part of our culture for centuries, only became pupular after the Americans wrote literature about the subject. So you can see how funny things are, the knowledge even about these matters has to go trough the dominator mind, before gets to the general public. My hope and message is, dont panick. Look how far information has spread about psycodellics, even medical centers are using them. So in no time is not going to be a snob thing.
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-1 # agreed 2015-01-05 23:31
Thank you @smile! Well put. There is no rope between any single person and the psychedelic experience besides the one they place there themselves. People have money for fly shoes and clothes but don't have $100 for some shrooms or $30 for a festival ticket? Please. It comes down to education on the topic and choice to commit. I believe you are just a unique person so it will always be difficult for you to find a place where you feel like you fit in. I know because I'm often times the only white person amongst my friends and the events I attend, so much that when i'm around all whites, I feel out of place. You're not missing out on anything, same party, different faces. Enjoy the experience internally and with those around you, regardless the place or time.
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+2 # greatdango 2014-12-20 03:07
Thank you writing this.
I'm a student struggling with career aspirations as well as the pressures of everyday life in southern U.S. What you say about identity and temporary barrier breaking becoming ritualistic regularity has mesmormized me. Your words have been mild motivation to trip more often and even more mindfully.
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+2 # heart&sol 2014-12-28 01:35
You are brilliant ! and I am so excited to see some one else talking about the intersections of psychedelia and systems of oppression. as a person of color I share very similar sentiments about the inaccessible and bourgeoisie nature of drug and festival culture. I have also benefited greatly from using psychedelic substances and see great potential for psychedelics and social justice to find a balanced intersection to move upon. I was actually researching 'healing black communities and psychedelics' and this article came up.
Please keep sharing your story! It is so important for people of color, esp black folks to see ways of healing and constructive substance use come from other POC.

Much respect
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0 # MeodElMerkaba 2015-01-05 16:57
Great read, kudos on your skills for eloquently expressing your frustration.
I need to point out something.
The United states of america is a huge prison. what you see there is usually radically different from the state of the rest of the world.
If you frequent psychedelic festivals around europe, especially the more underground, family oriented ones, you will see that gender, race, sexual orientation, height, disabilities etc etc really do not matter. ive danced next to and with people of all colors and creeds, rich and poor, deaf and blind and handicapped.
Change is happening, but its a filtering system and it takes time, a lot of it.
as i always tell my american friends, america is the last place on earth where good change is going to happen on a core level, unfortunately. but keep hope. we are one family, and we, your cousins outside the US, are supporting you in the ether and here. and we await your comeback into shared humanity!
Much Love brother
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0 # Fantastic Fox 2015-01-05 19:38
This is a pretty good read and I definitely see a lot of value in most of what you have said.
That being said, you have to also understand that a lot of these festivals and workshops are actually businesses in disguise. They're preying on those with spiritual aspirations and because it's a niche' group they have to charge great deals of money.
I noticed you quoted Ram Daas at the end of the article, which is a clue to why you have this perspective. A quick visit to Ram Daas website and you find nothing but self promotion and ridiculously overpriced "workshops". Its the same with Krishna Daas and Shaaron Salzberg. These people, with many others are capitalizing on the hopefulness of the spiritual community.
I wanted to point this out because I think you may have overlooked this important aspect to the argument. Sure festivals and workshops are a great way to learn and connect, but you can gain the same wisdom through interacting with online communities, mediation, etc..
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0 # Kaz 2015-01-21 01:42
I've followed Ram Dass for 30 years. He's been a primary teacher. His living space, teaching center and website are primarily run on donations from those like me who love him, and he recently opened up a library recordings of his life's work - thousands of recorded hours- to everyone for FREE. He's not capitalizing on anything my friend, he's leading it, quietly
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0 # ToeKnee420 2015-01-05 20:10
HA! my friends thought i was stupid for trying to count the black people last year at wakarusa...over 5 days and thousands and thousands and thousands of people i barely broke 100!

there is definitely a cultural divide here and i'm glad somebody else has noticed it. I just dont know allot of inner city black kids that like camping and sleeping in tents so it doesnt appeal so easily. Its more cultural than economical though, my poor ass works fast food and i can still manage to afford about 3 major festivals a year.

Blaming "rich white kids" for YOUR discomfort is an easy way out. The festival and edm cultures are easily the most open and welcoming i've ever been apart of.

As for the issue of scarcity and the raw resources it takes to produce the chemicals these "rich white kids" like to consume...well, i think thats really an issue of the black market making it impossible to regulate the idustry.
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0 # Neil 2015-01-05 20:25
Agree. You are welcome wherever I am.
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-2 # totally not inferior 2015-01-05 21:47
COMPLAINS ABOUT CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

DOES NOTHING BUT APPROPRIATE THE CULTURE OF OTHERS

NICE ARTICLE. NOT :lol:
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0 # Mustard 2015-01-28 17:02
Why are you typing in capitals, and what harm has been done here? Perhaps you could chill out and then explain clearly what your issue is ? Maybe give some examples instead of a simple capitalized blurt-out ?
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0 # mark 2015-01-05 22:00
Great article, thanks. i have been feeling the same about the (UK) festival scene, just seems to be one big hedonistic party, look good, get wasted... adding another badge to your festival list. been there done that. There doesnt seem to be anything really happening... its like people need to come together and talk and express, think, imagine... but corporate greed has taken over. iv been searching for real conscious events, but i am struggling. Where are the gatherings that inspire, educate, fire the human spirit for change?
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0 # Orion 2015-01-06 04:47
Great article...Bang- on reporting...
America is a Big Prison...What can we do? A Peaceful Riot? Why not?
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0 # Mustard 2015-01-28 17:04
How many Orions are there around here ?
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-1 # yura 2015-01-06 06:27
Seems like the psychedelics didnt dissolve your radical peft beliefs but only strengthened them. Now youre trying to exploit susceptible people by converting them into your extremist ideology.

Try to talk about the microaggression s to a native shaman. They will laugh at these ridiculous concepts.
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+1 # Voni 2015-01-06 06:54
I see you.
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0 # Daniel 2015-01-06 11:31
Thanks for your honest thoughts! You put words to what have been gnawing me for a long time. Again, thank you.
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-1 # Sue Kaufman 2015-01-06 14:04
Try Burning Man. I have to wonder why you think that because you feel like an 'outsider' so much, that you feel the need to blame white folks. White folks feel like outsiders too. All humanity is subject to that feeling. What we need to realize is that we are all equal. Don't look to all the other outsiders to validate your existence; instead make the journey within and find yourself and your passion. Burning Man will influence you to self-express!
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+1 # Noy 2015-01-06 23:30
Greetings from Scotland my friend! Excellent article, many thanks. I am from a working class background and am in agreement with all that you say in regard to the acquisition of the psychedelic experience by white middle class society. You're right on all counts. I pick my own mushrooms when they are in season and they provide the most powerful, illuminating and beautiful experiences so I'd advise anyone who wants to have a trip to go into nature and get your own. Free of charge. You are also correct by saying that the trip is not the end of the matter but that effort is then required to fulfill your own mission in the world and in life. I wish you the best of things always.
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+1 # Mysterion 2015-01-08 16:52
So much yes. Thank you for this post, you've condensed the exact sentiments I've been having for a while, and I feel that there is a shift occurring in the psychedelic culture in alignment with what you are talking about here. Microcosms and macrocosms, fractally unite in solidarity!
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+1 # datdmt 2015-01-12 01:07
you cant fix habit overnight. it takes hard work and dedication. this is what i am discovering. i think most fail at this because we have tribe mentality ingrained deep down, so however much we fight it, in moments of weakness we compromise with society. when i first dosed mushrooms in the southern united states, i wanted to leave for the west coast to find my people. but being a middle class white kid with no connections and making little money , it was not wise. i could have sold everything packed a bag and hitchhiked out west, but i am a rational man. I am glad i didn't because that hippie paradise does not exist and if it does , its only trust fund kids or weekend warriors. sadly the majority of us have to work for a living. so to anyone reading this and deeply longing for that hippie land of milk and honey , make it yourself. you seem to be really caught up on race, but really race has nothing to do with it. its about the haves and the have nots.
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0 # TimePantry 2015-02-15 14:31
Well said, datdmt! I think it's a very common mistake in America to mistake CLASS issues for race issues. Granted, it's probably hard to tell. Here's an example: I know a very wealthy black woman who adopted a living food/vegan diet. She loves to talk about how her relatives told her, "Why you want to eat that white people food?!" Yet this same woman was utterly flabbergasted to discover that I (a white woman) know what kombucha and wheat grass are. Why? Because she perceived me as being of a much lower socioeconomic class than herself.
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0 # gratuitous_algorithm 2015-01-29 11:54
First of all I greatly enjoyed reading this :-)
I would like to ask tho; could your experience of the black community (btw, why do you have to say "people of colour" and not just "black"?) not being welcomed enough by the psychedelic community; could this just be an entirely subjective opinion based on your geographic location?
In the south east UK where I'm from, and in the free parties I grew up attending, this wasn't an issue; it was always 50/50, whites/blacks/b rowns/whatever' s. But then again, the black and Asian people I knew outside of the free party culture, simply didn't like tripping. There was no oppression that caused them to have this dislike for psychedelics, they just didn't like it, and sometimes described it as a "dirty" drug. Anyway, thanks for the wonderful piece on an important subject. Love & Light.
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0 # chaos is order 2015-02-13 16:22
I enjoyed your use of language, and that you had something you felt strongly about and wanted to share. Also your openness.

First, I would like to say it's your geographic location, as someone else said: "America will be the last place to be saved". In England it would be the same percentage (or more) people of non-white / straight / etc at psychedelia.

Secondly, it has a lot to do with "Maslow's Pyramid" people fight for what they believe in AFTER they have all they need and want. So actually the causality runs the other way: they are rich whities, because they have already got the other things they want/need and now seek personal growth / actualisation / descovery.
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0 # Denika 2015-02-17 18:45
I love and agree whole heartedly with everything you presented in this article.. very much on point and is definitely what i've been feeling for quite some time and certain things i've been saying (especially where sustainability is concerned) only for it to fall on deaf ears. I'm ALWAYS hopeful that we can get more people on board with everything you spoke on. So tired of trying to create change and feeling like i'm in a tugboat with hundreds behind me and i'm not going anywhere.. need all hands on deck for this..
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