God, Emotions, and Ego
Sometimes people will make statements that stir up a negative feeling in us. It isn’t that the statement in itself is negative, in fact, it could be meaningful, but a certain word can cause us to disregard the statement.
For instance, if one were to say “I believe people need to love one another,” this statement can hardly be deconstructed as negative. But if one were to say “I believe God wants us to love one another,” a person can easily be triggered into a negative response. It may come across as arrogant, as if the person is saying they know the universal truth, yet they can be perfectly innocent in this regard and simply want to state the importance of loving one another.
I use this statement as an example because as a former atheist, there were many religious words that would trigger me even if the statement, the principle, or loving advice may have been enlightening, meant to help me or make a point. Any word associated with religion or God would quickly lead to my disregard of the statement and whatever else the person had to say.
It is important to point out wrong when we see it, but is it wrong for someone to share their subjective experiences, or truths?
Often, many people who have wisdom to share stand against much resistance from a public who are easily triggered by their words. More often than not it is those who are easily triggered who misunderstand and fall into tyranny.
We have to acknowledge that any emotional trigger from a word has to do with our personal insecurities and it is not the fault of the person. It really comes down to our ego choosing to dislike or be offended by something said. Perhaps we associate these triggering words with a negative situation, event, or a person in our life.
In our attempts to raise awareness of psychedelics, we find difficulty in communicating to the public of its usefulness. The words drug and illegal turns off the majority of the public from something they associate with criminality.
A movement of people has gone on to defend marijuana as not a drug; it’s medicinal benefits being the core strength of the legalization argument. Changing the language in how marijuana can be of aid has certainly helped the movement.
I can recall when Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for governor and defending his use of pot:
“Marijuana is not a drug, it’s a leaf.”
He replaced the word drug with a kind word.
The goal in raising awareness of psychedelics is challenging because some people are turned off by the simplest words that excite us; words such as psychedelic, trippy, oneness, ego-death (okay two words), spirituality, vibes, and subjective. These words denote the low class pseudo-science hippie to some people following a trend and sinking into a hallucination when it is nature offering us something more real than the reality we perceive before us.
But again, the word nature in itself can trigger a negative response in person who cannot comprehend statements like Being one with the universe and Everything is love. Of course this doesn’t sound realistic to a world embedded in violence, yet those who undergo the psychedelic experience seem to understand exactly what these statements signify.
There aren’t really the words to illustrate the visuals and the sense of emotions one may experience. We can only raise awareness to a certain extent. Words cannot explain what can only be experienced.
A person must be willing to give psychedelics a try in order to comprehend what this psychonaut hippie gibberish is all about. But they have to exceed beyond the words and superficiality of the psychedelia culture that triggers them.
No user of psychedelics has to convince a person that there is something to these substances. You don’t have to go to a meeting, listen to a preacher, or a politician. It is not an ideology or beliefs system anyone has to convince you of; and there is no person who can show you the truth, the light, or provide enlightenment. But there are certain plants that can and your experience will speak for itself.