The word “psychedelic” is derived from two Greek words when translated literally, means “to manifest the soul.” The prime feature of a psychedelic experience is characterized by perceiving aspects of one’s mind that were previously unknown. Although recent use of the word psychedelic often conjures up experiences elicited only by a specific group of chemical agents known as psychedelics, psychedelic states actually embody any altered state of consciousness arrived at through an array of techniques such as sensory deprivation, trance dance, sweat lodges, sensory stimulation as well as the ingestion of psychedelic substances and plants.
Spirituality, in its simplest terms, is that which connects each one of us to our soul. Not unlike the word “love,” this word often feels too broad to pin down and define, but speak to virtually any human and they will have an opinion as to whether or not they are spiritual. Spirituality, in a wide variety of cultural and religious concepts, is often seen as incorporating a path that has the goal of a higher state of awareness, wisdom or communion with God, the Divine, the Source Consciousness, or a plethora of other terms used to describe that which first conceived of, guided, or brought humans into being.
Psychedelic Spirituality seeks to explore, discuss, and celebrate the psychedelic experience as a deeply spiritual one despite of the scientific research that seeks to quantify the mechanics involved in the creation of this specific state of consciousness within the brain. We at Psychedelic Spirituality applaud the advances in scientific research that are revealing the mechanics of and mechanisms involved, but despite similarities to similar experiences such as lucid dreaming or visual hallucinations created by the interference patterns that psychedelic experiences can evoke, our mission is to remind ourselves that, as Albert Einstein said; “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”