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LSD-25 and magick

To: alt.magick
From: (Gratuitous Pseudonym)
Subject: Re: LSD-25 and magick
Date: 10 Dec 1995 18:24:57 GMT

In article <4a5ojt$>, (Tzimon Yliaster) wrote:
>Lint ( wrote:

>@ I know Timothy Leary and shit already did extensive research on the 
>@ psychology of LSD use and how it can be used as an ego destroyer.  
>LSD is not an ego destroyer, and Leary has an ego.  He'd be a rather poor 
>author without one.  If he had no sense of identity, he'd have no 
>perspective from which to write.  He might have become a writer of 
>software technical manuals instead of philosophy and social observation.

A sufficiently high dose of LSD, under the proper set and setting, can 
temporarily dissolve ego boundaries, but you are correct in saying that the 
ego is not "destroyed".  When you come down, your ego boundaries are 
re-established.  During the next few days, again depending on set and setting, 
those boundaries are malleable, to some degree.  Herein lies the potential 
value of LSD for promoting psychological changes.

To get benefits from LSD with any reliability at all, it is necessary to 
understand this. 

>I've found LSD useful in evocative and visual magick, ill advised in any 
>sort of magickal battle (it can become so "reflective" of the self that 
>one may miss critical points of an adversary), and pretty much neutral in 
>divination (other than divination about the diviner).

I have found that the use of LSD is not compatible with most situations 
involving the production of adrenalin.  Situations in which one feels 
threatened tend to result in greater disorientation, which compounds the 
problem.  I *have* found that LSD can provide a means to gain the insight that 
battle is not the only or best option in dealing with someone you have defined 
as an "adversary".

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