It’s well known that certain psychedelics, like magic mushrooms and LSD, can be used to treat depression.
For some, it seems to work through giving the user a form of spiritual opening, a taste of oneness. And that, in turn, gives them a new context for life and everything, and a deeper sense of meaning and belonging. They see themselves and their relationship to the rest of life differently.
For me, this has happened spontaneously. And I do notice that depressions don’t seem to stick or take much hold. There can be a range of emotions, including despair and emotional pain, but depression doesn’t seem to make so much sense in the context of all as the divine. And that’s what I hear from others as well, including people going through a dark night of the soul. (Although I am sure there are exceptions.)
I have never used any psychedelics and don’t feel drawn to trying any. But I do know that if used appropriately, in the right setting and with the right guidance, it seems to help some people. I still wouldn’t recommend it if anyone asked since things can go a bit weird, and there are alternatives. There are alternatives for dealing with depression. And there are alternatives to having a taste of oneness.
- spiritual openings as antidote to depression
- taste of oneness etc.
- never goes away, always with us (bc such a strong experience + new context for everything)
- antidote to depression (as when take magic mushrooms etc. for depression)
- can still experience despair, pain, etc. but less likely depression (at least in my experience and from what I hear from others)