But aside from the "scientific discoveries," my own first hand experiences with this interesting and amazing fungus have drastically changed my perspective towards my life and the world. Before I had any psychedelic experiences I thought I was a tough guy, which was one reason why I joined the Marine Corps. At one point in my life I was blood thirsty and actually craved for the opportunity to kill a "bad guy." Let that sink in. At one point in my young teenage life I actually wanted the opportunity to kill someone... albeit a terrorist or a perceived threat to our nation, the thought was still there. After my time in the military and some wilder times out in California I was introduced to mushrooms, and considering my mindset and situation at the time I didn't have anything to fear or anything to lose really. I was about to deploy to Iraq and the mental conditioning that I went through nearly had me convinced that I couldn't be harmed. But it wasn't only the mushrooms that helped soften my spirit but also ecstasy, acid, and of course marijuana. But above all I distinctly remember the overwhelming sense of love and connection my first mushroom experience gave me. I no longer wanted glory or honor or to be tough, intimidated, or feared, or any of what I had been conditioned to seek while in the Marine Corps. All I wanted was to be back home with my family and around the people that I loved and cared about the most. As I grew older I continued to occasionally experiment with mushrooms and to this day I have never had a single negative experience. I've had a few interesting times laying face down in the field all night, but every time it has been a powerful, humbling, enlightening, loving, and eye opening experience. Experiences that make me ask the question "why do we fear plants so badly?" Really why are we as a people so absolutely terrified of something that most of us know little to nothing about? How did we get so far removed from our roots to think that plants are bad and not possibly sources of legitimate medicines?
But now I feel that speaking up about this is no longer about me. It's about the people that could honestly potentially benefit from natural plant based medicines. I am thinking about the military service members who are coming home burdened with the tragedies and atrocities of war. I am thinking about the people who live their entire lives without ever understanding their significance and full potential, the people that meaninglessly wander through life depressed and without a purpose. I am thinking about the people who are prescribed medications that are not designed to help them understand their problems, but instead they are prescribed mind numbing agents that temporarily help them cover-up and hide their pain. It may help in the short run, but ultimately they are burying their sorrows deep within and this is neither a healthy nor sustainable way to live. However, if men and women were given the opportunity to experience real spiritual medicines in the safety of a controlled environment then they would be able to sort out their problems on their own without the dependency of a daily medication. One good experience could be all that it takes. Maybe two, and yet the experiences are prohibited and unavailable to the law abiding public.
So to make my point clear, I am an advocate for legitimate natural medicines: the plant medicines that are currently illegal under our political system. I support the rationalization for legitimate research regarding these well known but poorly represented plant medicines that have been well documented for thousands of years. And finally I support the change in the current paradigm that will lead to logical and rational decision making. Real medicines do not only have to be in a prescribed tablet form. Real medicines help you heal from the inside out. Real medicines help cure the root of the problem and do not simply cover up the symptoms. #RealMedicines2014