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How will a mushroom trip change me?
In "Food of the Gods", Terence Mckenna argues that mushrooms and entheogenic plants have been used for thousands of years by shamans and spiritual leaders to achieve incredible feats. Numerous belief systems have spawned from the magic mushroom alone, inspiring art, music and philosophy. It follows that even a low level mushroom trip generaly contains enough 'wierd' sensual input and emotion to get someone thinking beyond their usual gestalts.
Before the 60s, hallucinogenics including psilocybin were effective aids in psychiatric treatment to help a number of ailments including alcoholism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and neurocies. In Sanford M. Ungers' Report titled: Mescaline, LSD, Psilocybin and Personality Change, he states that:
"Whenever dramatic personality change has been noted following the use of these drugs, it has been associated with this kind of experience that is, transcendental or visionary"
Outside the lab, personality changes are often more subtle, based on the knowlege derived from the mushroom experience which is infinately personal and it is unfair on yourself to expect certain events or outcomes of a trip such as a transcendental experience or being cured of a phobia!
Whether it be a visionary or simply a low level experience most psychonauts and neoshamans alike will agree that personal change is inevitable. The mushroom experience is such a bewildering departure from normal consciousness that none should ignore the possiblities it opens for our minds and civilization!