Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Psychedelics: Have a Good Trip (Netflix)

Netflix, May 11, 2020; Rama's Reviews; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Ananda is in the "Psychedelic Sangha."
What we call a drug and a drug trip color our perception about it. Hallucinogens bad; they make you hallucinate. Psychedelics, bad; they are "mind-making," which is what the word means from psyche ("mind, soul") + delein ("to manifest"). Entheogen, good; they bring out the divine within, from Ancient Greek word éntheos ("full of the god, inspired, possessed" like "enthusiasm") and genésthai ("to come into being"), a term of praise for poets and other artists. An entheogen is a drug that causes one to become inspired or to experience feelings of inspiration, often in a religious or "spiritual" manner.

There are a lot of celebrities in this documentary.
Throw that out the window with these Hollywood celebrities, who were just experimenting and tripping, in the spirit of the Sixties' slogan "sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll." But is there a potential for insight, contemplation, realizing there is much more to life than we see in unaltered, ordinary consciousness? These mind-expanding plant substances open us to a larger spectrum of consciousness -- an animistic world of talking plants, a living planet (Gaia, Bhumi, Tierra), and active Nature (tathata).

(Rama's Screen) Rama is enthusiastic about Have a Good Trip:
Adventures in Psychedelics. He likes it, he really likes it.

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