Hope you enjoyed Bicycle Day earlier this week on April 19th! 🚴🏻♂️
There's no need to consume LSD nor ride bicycles to celebrate Bicycle Day, of course.
It's more about the celebration of the incredible achievements of Dr. Albert Hofmann and his discovery of LSD than going on a trip... although that could be helpful too 😉
In honor of Albert Hofmann, Mustafa has included some of his favorite artwork and an incredible meditation at the end of today's edition of NSP.
Other than that...
Today, I'd like to share with you an ancient Hindu parable 🧙🏽♂️
It goes a bit like this...
There was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found.
Where to hide their divinity was the question.
So, Brahma called a council of the gods to help him decide.
“Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said the gods.
But Brahma answered, “No, that will not do because humans will dig into the earth and find it.”
Then the gods said, “Let’s sink it into the deepest ocean.”
But Brahma said, “No, not there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean and will find it.” 🌊
Then the gods said, “Let’s take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there.”
However, once again Brahma replied, “No, that will not do either because they will eventually climb every mountain and once again take up their divinity.” ⛰️
Then the gods gave up and said, “We do not know where to hide it because it seems that there is no place on earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach.”
Brahma thought for a long time and then said, “Here is what we will do. We will hide their divinity deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think to look for it there.”
All the gods agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and the deed was done.
And since that time, humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring — searching for something already within themselves 🤫
Have a lovely weekend!
Wishing you health, happiness, and harmony!
📌 P.S. If you've been paying attention to the recent advancements in artificial intelligence, things are getting a little insane.
Plus, people are using ChatGPT for spiritual purposes as well, like asking it to assume the role of Buddha (scroll down to the end of this page to find the exact prompt to ask) to ask spiritual questions.
I've also found interesting bots like AskBuddha.ai that have similar functionality.
If these are the early versions, I have the feeling things are going to get ultra-strange in the next decade.
⭐ = Mustafa's favorites
🏛️ Policy: US could soon approve MDMA therapy via Nature ⭐
🏛️ Policy: Colorado senator files psychedelics regulations bill via Colorado General Assembly
🏛️ Policy: Lawmakers to file $5M bill to research the use of Psilocybin, MDMA in medical treatments via WUNC
🗞️ News: A church claims to have created a drug that combines 'shrooms and toad venom. Experts are skeptical via Salon ⭐
🗞️ News: Medical use of magic mushrooms, MDMA and LSD will be taught at a university in the U.K via Express
🗞️ News: New free VR Program, PsyRREAL allegedly lets you experience psychedelic trips without Drugs
🗞️ News: To Study My Mind: A look at altered states of consciousness and mental health via Harvard Independent
🗞️ News: The World's 8 Most Mind-Bending Homes via Architectural Digest
🗞️ News: Psychedelics could treat long COVID, but experts say proceed with caution via New York Post
🗞️ News: Oregon's first licensed psilocybin facilitators want to change the world via The Bulletin
🗞️ News: The Daily Heller: Trippin’ Through the Creative Psyche via The Daily Heller
🗞️ News: Natural Or Synthetic Psychedelic Drugs – Which Is Better For The Environment? via IFLScience
🔬 Study: Good breakdown of the first-ever pilot study on extended-state DMT by Andrew Gallimore via Twitter 🐦
🔬 Study: The 11 most cited psychedelic research papers via Psychedelic Spotlight ⭐
🔬 Study: Psychedelics may better treat depression and anxiety symptoms than prescription antidepressants for patients with advanced cancer via The Conversation
📺 Video: Alex & Allison Grey wishing you a Happy Bicycle Day via Twitter 🐦
📺 Podcast: Rethinking Psychedelics, Octopuses on MDMA, and The Master Key of Metaplasticity with Dr. Gül Dölen via Tim Ferriss [2:01:49] ⭐
💡 Resource: MAPS has a database of (local & remote) therapists trained in psychedelic integration
💰 Business: Apex Labs Granted Approval for 160 Patient Macrodose Multi-Dose Psilocybin Clinical Trial by Health Canada
💰 Business: DMT appears effective for depression up to six months later via Small Pharma
💰 Business: Forming Psychedelic Companies: 10 Lessons from the Cannabis Industry via JDSupra
🗓️ Event: Aspen Psychedelic Symposium in Colorado on Friday, June 2nd 2023
😅 Funny trip report of a guy who took LSD while watching The Super Mario Movie via Total Frat Move
😅 Here's an entertaining voicemail of someone's alleged Canadian Uncle while he's high on magic mushrooms:
Alienation from nature and the loss of the experience of being part of the living creation is the greatest tragedy of our materialistic era. It is the causative reason for ecological devastation and climate change.
Therefore, I attribute the absolute highest importance to consciousness change. I regard psychedelics as catalyzers for this.
They are tools which guide our perception toward other deeper areas of our human existence so that we again become aware of our spiritual essence.
Psychedelic experiences in a safe setting can help our consciousness open up to this sensation of connection and of being one with nature.
LSD and related substances are not drugs in the usual sense, but are part of the sacred substances, which have been used for thousands of years in ritual settings.
The classic psychedelics like LSD, Psilocybin and Mescaline are characterized by the fact that they are neither toxic nor addictive.
It is my great concern to separate psychedelics from the ongoing debates about drugs, and to highlight the tremendous potential inherent in these substances for self-awareness, as an adjunct in therapy, and for fundamental research into the human mind.
It is my wish that a modern Eleusis will emerge, in which seeking humans can learn to have transcendent experiences with sacred substances in a safe setting.
I am convinced that these soul-opening, mind-revealing substances will find their appropriate place in our society and our culture.
—Dr. Albert Hofmann, discoverer of LSD-25, offered these words at age 101 on Thursday, April 19th, 2008 — from LSD and the Divine Scientist: The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann