Blog #6: Psychedelic Mushrooms and Persuasion

Blog #6: Psychedelic Mushrooms and Persuasion

One time I was tripping on psilocybin mushrooms, and I began to feel paralyzed. Fortunately, the flood gates opened up a little bit, and I experienced some catharsis as I poured out my heart to a friend who was tripping with me. He was a good listener and shared his own emotional struggles. He said he had been prescribed anti-depressants, and I quickly denounced drugs of that kind, deeming them counterproductive to healing or transformation. (How ironic it was to be leveraging such a viewpoint after I had just eaten a dose of mind-bending fungi, freshly plucked off cow manure, and procured by trespassing onto someone else's property.)

Anyway, he felt naturally offended, so he firmly replied, "Oh, you know about things, do you?" That stopped me in my tracks and knocked the wind right out of me. I realized: I don't know much, and I didn't have much of an alternative to offer him at the time.

Why am I writing about this now? Well, because I want to reiterate a fine point that I think is crucial in moving forward with this whole deal. This fine point is in regards to persuasion, or trying to convince someone of a better way of living. Let me say something outright: I'm not trying to persuade anyone, nor I am trying to attack methods that aren't in line with AYP for Recovery. Though I have written in depth about some pitfalls I perceive in AA, I am not trying to convince anybody to stay away from AA, or the 12-Step psychology. I still go to AA meetings and have quite a few friends in the fellowship. I have no interest in burning bridges. Also, in respect of anonymity, I won't ever mention names or overly personal details (unless someone voluntarily asks to be mentioned on this website, which I gladly welcome).

If what I'm offering on this site is genuine, and works effectively, then there is no need for persuasion. There is only a need for presentation, explanation, and proof that it does work. There is no better proof than walking the walk, and that happens in daily activity--at work, in the community, and with friends and family.

There is a good saying, which is, "That which you resist, persists." So if I resist every ideology or methodology that I disagree with, my resistance will surely prolong the very thing I dislike. So, it is in my self-interest, and the interest of others, to live and let live. I'm not going to waste my energy trying to fight an unconquerable enemy. I will simply put my passion and skill into illuminating the flickers of light that are beginning to glow here. Little fireflies, you know. Deep in the mountains of northern Georgia, they glow with a stunning luminescence. I have seen them in the darkest nights. Maybe they are migrating to the Sunshine State, in very subtle, gentle ways.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to call me out on any of my claims, or to call upon me, whatever the need may be.

Resilience. Fortitude. Luminescence.

1 Comment

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Speaking of persuasion…why don’t you tell your AYP Recovery story to teenagers at high schools? For instance, Plant or Jesuit? Maybe even a school in a poor neighborhood.

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