In this article we first explore what consciousness is and where awareness comes from. Then we look at how drugs, which some refer to as “medicine plants”, “sacred herbs”, or “mind altering plants”, like ayahuasca and LSD interact with your aura, chakras and subtle bodies. We contrast meditation to using herbs/drugs and explore whether these mind altering agents can expand your consciousness. Finally we consider the impact on your personal spiritual development and on the planet’s consciousness.
Ayahuasca is an hallucinogenic drug made from a mixture of several plants and contains the active ingredient DMT (dimethyltryptamine). Common is South America and increasingly within Europe. Some people have experiences which they describe as “spiritual” awakenings and some report benefits from experimenting with drug, such as helping to get over addictions.
But in order to understand more about how this drug, and other drugs like iboga, peyote, LSD, marijuana and others effect “your” awareness, it helps to better understand where your sense of awareness comes from and what is being altered by the drugs.
You are a collection of energy bodies, each at a different vibrational level. Your physical body is the slowest vibrational body you have, followed by your etheric body, which some people call the etheric web. Faster still is your astral body, which you naturally reside within during your dreams. Your astral body is the vehicle through which you experience emotions in every day life too. Faster still you have your mental body, which you experience as your mind. Daily existence has your awareness spread across mind, emotions, and body. Beyond these bodies are planes of consciousness which you can experience, but within which you don’t have a defined vehicle. These are the higher mental plane, where you do complex mental activities like philosophy, mathematics, and visualisations. Then the intuitive or Bhuddic plane where you can know without thinking. At the highest vibration within your normal consciousness you may experience the Atmic point, corresponding to your crown chakra. This is the point of singularity within which all awareness of the lower planes of consciousness come together. This atmic point is the origin of the lower vibrations, and relative to these lower dimensions is experienced as a sense of oneness. However it is still a point within duality above which are massive spiritual planes, and is but an expression of the principle of unity rather than Unity itself. The Atmic point is still a limit and is not limitless.
Your “consciousness” can be understood as a field that encompasses your different bodies. By encompassing a body or vibrational level, your consciousness allows you to be present within and aware of that body or vibrational level. By default your consciousness includes your body, emotions, and mind, thus your physical, etheric, astral, and mental bodies. You also have consciousness on the higher levels of higher mind, intuitive, and Atmic. Some people are naturally more aware of these higher vibrations, but anyone can develop this. Through meditation practice you can strengthen your awareness to more fully explore higher mind, intuition, and even the atmic point. These levels are what you can experience with forms of meditation including mantra, yoga, kundalini, mandala, chanting, affirmations, visualisations, breath, trance, tai chi and other forms of meditation based on “doing” with the mind, emotions, or body. Moving your awareness into higher vibrations happens by letting go of your attachment to where you normally focus, such as mind, emotions, and body and to start to give more attention to the highest vibrations within your consciousness, experienced as stillness and neutrality. By spending time within these higher vibrations you strenghten your awareness and ability to be present on these higher levels.
“Awareness” comes from giving your attention to a particular body or vibration so that you experience its qualities. As a human being your natural orientation is to be give your attention to your mind, emotions, and body, so that they collectively are what you are aware of and create your sense of self and personality. As you learn to focus into higher vibrations like the intuitive or Atmic then you can have realisations about the nature of these vibrations. Realisations are caused by the contrast between what is new and what is familiar. The limits of your consciousness represent the vibrational boundaries of where you have the potential to be aware.
When you were a new born child you had very little ability to use your physical body. Your body was within your consciousness but you had not developed much awareness within it. Naturally you gave it lots of attention and you learned how to be aware of it, to control it, and to use it to interact with the physical world. Your growing presence within your body was a direct result of giving your attention to it so your awareness of it grew. Similarly in meditation you can give your attention to your higher vibrations so that you can learn to be present within them, strengthening your awareness there, becoming more able to interract with these higher vibrational worlds, or planes of consciousness as some call them. Since you can not give your attention to two things at the same time then meditation requires that you let go of giving attention to those familiar vehicles of mind, body, and emotions.
Each body you have has different qualities corresponding to the vibrational level they exist within, and a body can only be aware of energy that has the same vibration. To experience astral energy you have your astral body. To experience physical energy you have your physical body, and so on. Each level is faster than the one below it and your energy system is organised so that you only experience energy with the correct corresponding body. Your physical body is not meant to directly experience astral energy, and the astral body is not meant to experience mental energy. One of the roles of your etheric web is to prevent faster astral energy from entering your slower physical body. The etheric web acts like a shield, only allowing vibrations that are needed to come into the physical body. Your chakras, which literally means “wheels” are part of an energy system slowing down the fast energy that enters your aura, and changing the frequency as it moves through each chakra. Your base chakra is the slowest of your chakras and your crown is the fastest. Under normal circumstances your aura, chakras, and different energies are in harmony and your awareness moves around your consciousness mainly directed by your thoughts or intentions.
Consciousness defines the boundaries of where you have the potential to place your awareness.
Awareness defines what your are giving your attention to.
Presence describes how focused you are within your awareness.
Each of you already has consciousness which includes all the levels from physical to atmic, but habits and limited patterns of behaviour generally limit your awareness to the more obvious and tangible realms of body, emotions, and mind.
Where drugs come into this is in how they can temporarily allow higher vibrational energy to pervade a lower vibrational body, and force your awareness into higher vibrations. They do not create expansion of your consciousness, but rather temporarily shift your awareness in an uncontrolled way.
It is easiest to understand this through comparison:
In meditation you (can) let go of attachment to your body, emotions, and mind and start to raise your vibration to become aware of higher consciousness like the intuitive plane. Your awareness can safely explore anywhere within your consciousness. The more time you spend giving your attention and therefore energy to being present at a particular vibration then the more your presence strengthens at that vibration, making it easier to return. When in meditation you are aware of, for example, the intuitive plane you are doing so from within your consciousness at the same vibration as the intuitive plane. Your consciousness already contains that plane and you have raised your point of awareness to that vibration. Your awareness is therefore at the same “speed” as what it is experiencing. It is perfectly natural and is an alignment of vibrations. How far you can raise your vibration is defined by the bounds of your consciousness, within which you can control your vibration. All of your bodies remain in harmony and the integrity of your energy is maintained.
When you put a drug/herb, which is a chemical that has a vibration, into your physical body, then it changes the vibration of your physical body. This means that your etheric web and other parts of your aura can no longer connect with your body. Your etheric web withdraws leaving your slower bodies unprotected from energy from faster vibrations. These faster vibrations may enter into your unprotected slower bodies. For example astral energy may flood into your physical body. But unlike in meditation your awareness may still be within your body and so is a lot slower than these faster energies. Your point of awareness and the vibrations you are experiencing may not be at the same “speed” and are not well aligned. You lose control of your vibration.
Another effect of drugs can be to force your awareness to leave your normal vibration, so that you become aware of higher vibrations within your consciousness. Unlike meditation where your energy system is in harmony and your awareness is raised through intention, the raising of your awareness from drugs/herbs is because your awareness can no longer remain in your lower vehicles because of the imbalance that the chemical is causing. You have evicted your awareness.
In the case of a hallucinogen like ayahausca the etheric web withdraws and you become aware from your astral body at the same time as being aware from your physical body. Astral energy now enters your physical awareness and you experience a waking dream, or halucination.
This experience can seem very spiritual as it is beyond what a you may have normally experienced. For a person that has never meditated then drugs can force their awareness beyond their usual habitual awareness and from this new experience they can be motivated to change as they realise their true nature is more than their body. But all experiences are limited because they have a beginning and an end. Experiences require separation as there is the observed and the observer. Within a drug induced trance you may visit a faster vibration or have it visit you in your lower vibrational bodies, but you have not expanded to become it, you remain separate. The change in a person as a result of a drug stimulated experience is mainly psychological and intellectual rather than spiritual.
Avoiding the issues of safety, morality or legality and considering this from a purely spiritual and energy based perspective. Drugs allow faster energy to encounter and enter a slower vehicle. They cause a disruption to the normal relationship of the different parts of your aura, energy system, and subtle energy bodies. Whenever faster energy encounters slower energy then heat, much like friction, results. Heat consumes and destroys matter. In the physical world we see this when a fast moving object comes into contact with a stationary object. The energy of the faster moving object will be transferred in the form of kenetic energy, some of which may cause the stationary object to move or be damaged, and some of it results in heat being produced. This is why the fast moving blade of a saw becomes hot as it cuts through a stationary piece of wood. Or why rubbing two bits of wood can create fire. The energy released into your lower vehicles as the result of a drug disturbing the relationship between your subtle bodies acts in a similar way. Some of the energy may temporarily speed up your point of awareness, but without your control. Some of the energy generates heat in the form of friction.
This is why many drugs have a difficult “coming down” period, because as your point of awareness shifts back down to its natural vibration it has to lose energy which creates heat. Similarly the friction caused by faster energy entering your slower vehicles generates heat. This “heat” burns up your aura which is consumed, like wood in a fire. Your different vehicles have moved out of synchronisation as a result of the drug and in order to come back into harmony some bodies need to slow down giving off heat, and some need to speed up consuming vital energy. The heat released must go somewhere and the energy consumed must come from somewhere, and so your aura is damaged as a result, either by being “burned” by the heat or being consumed to provide energy. This can also disrupt the normal balance of the chakras, which in turn can change the way energy flows within your system. This damage persists in your aura, reducing the integration of your different vehicles. A healthy aura allows you to move with ease between mind, emotions and body. As damage builds up in the aura, it becomes thiner, loosing its vibrancy and fluidity. You will find it harder to be present within your mind, body, and emotions. Your relationship with the world will change and you may experience this long term as “loosing perspective”, “becoming paranoid”, “withdrawing”, “slowing down”, “feeling detached”.
As explained here there are all kinds of vibrations, beings, and entities on different levels within the vibrations you are conscious of. The normal function of your aura and energy system offers protection for your own energy from being disturbed by other entities. When your aura is forced into an unbalanced state by using a drug, medicine plant, or mind altering substance, you also disrupt the integrity of your energy field, opening the door to any energies which share your vibration. Many people will experience meeting “beings” and having communication with them, while in an altered state. But you do not have any control over which beings, and the assumption that all beings are positive and loving is a dangerous assumption and is not always the case, just like people on the 3rd dimension are not all positive or caring. The forcing open of your energy system using drugs/herbs/chemicals, is non-discriminatory and allows anything to enter. It is like opening the doors to your house without being able to decide who can come in. Unlike in meditation where your integrity is maintained and you are better protected, in this state where a door into your energy has been created by a chemical disrupting the relationship between your subtle bodies, you have no protection and are vulnerable.
Your consciousness already exists on higher levels right up to your crown chakra and so you already have the potential to explore these vibrations. The experiences of different kinds of awareness on a drug is not from expansion but rather disruption to the balance between vehicles causing your awareness to either shift or to be exposed to faster energies from within your existing consciousness. All a drug can do is to reveal what you already have access to. Ultimately a drug is a physical thing, which has a physical vibration. Any energy or potential a drug has is limited to the physical plane of consciousness. Since this is the slowest vibrational level then it cannot provide energy to expand your consciousness. Think of an inflated baloon, the air within the baloon is limited and cannot cause the baloon to expand any further. For expansion to happen then either more air must be put in or the air already present must be warmed up, requiring energy in the form of heat to be added. Either way the expansion of the balloon is only possible by some external agent. It is more accurate to say that a drug changes your awareness, by disrupting the harmony of your lower vehicles. A drug cannot reveal anything that is not already there, it has no intelligence. So beliefs that a drug can lead to Enlightenmnet are caused by a misunderstanding. The idea might be that the drug removes a block and spiritual energy floods in. But the reality is that Enlightenment is a real state of being which transcends consciousness altogether. It cannot be experienced within a limit as it is limitless so no amount of energy pouring into your lower vehicles, which are a limit, can reveal that which is limitless. On a spiritual journey it is not your mind or even your awareness which you take into faster vibrations. On a spiritual journey you become the faster vibrations. Eventually you transcend all vibrations and become the Source. A drug is just a collection of physical molecules acting on a physical body made up of other molecules. There is no arrangement or combination of matter which can transcend matter.
You will recall that you already have the Atmic point and all the vibrations below it within your consciousness. If through drugs you place your awareness within the Atmic point then you would have a sense of being at one with all things. Indeed it can be the first experience some people have of connectedness and inner love. In contrast to normal awareness this would be a very profound and moving experience. Without having explored the much more vast and higher spiritual vibrations then there is nothing to compare this new experience against and you may well believe you have attained some form of enlightenment.
If you place your awareness in the intuitive plane then you will experience knowing absolute truths without using your mind. This more intuitive awareness would provide you with insights into your life and the nature of the universe.
It is important to understand that any person with guidance and some dedication could have these experiences without drugs, as all vibrations up to the atmic point is within every person’s consciousness. There are many amazing realisations and levels of inner stillness, peace, knowledge and joy you can explore by naturally raising your awareness within meditation. Once you have been initiated then your consciousness has expanded into vast spiritual realms and so the potential for spiritual awareness and realisation is vastly greater. This is why if you really seek truth you should always strive for deeper stillness and recognise that an experience of stillness is not the same thing as being absolute stillness; an experience of unity is not being Unity.
Your consciousness is limited to the vibrational levels from your physical body up to your crown chakra. In order to expand your consciousness you must receive energy which is faster than your consciousness. There is nothing within consciousness that can take you beyond itself. A thought cannot cause expansion beyond the mind, an emotion cannot cause expansion beyond the emotional body. A movement cannot cause expansion beyond the physical body. Since all of these things are just energy and form within their corresponding vehicles. Even kundalini energy is just energy within the aura. Anything within a body cannot vibrate faster than the body it is within. For example, no matter what thoughts you have, you cannot think yourself beyond your mind. Much like a fish can’t swim beyond water. The mind is the water, the fish is the thought. For there to be expansion there needs to be faster vibration and more energy. The process of initiation is the process where your consciousness is expanded beyond the Atmic point, beyond your crown chakra. Within this expanded consciousness you can then become aware of Light and Sound Energy within meditation. Once you have access to Light and Sound energy, the energy itself can cause further expansions of consciousness as it is the fastest vibration of energy that exists. Initiation allows your consciousness to expand vastly into the great spiritual planes well beyond the atmic point, your crown chakra. This is only possible since the energy (vibration) for initiation come from well beyond your crown chakra.
Expanding of your consciousness through initiation into Light and Sound Energy is a natural process as it comes from pure Love and is therefore inclussive. For example your consciousness before initiation is within the 1st to 5th dimensions, mainly in the 3rd and a little in the 4th. On initiation it is expanded completely into the 5th and the 6th dimensions. This new expanded state of consciousness includes everything between the 1st and 6th dimensions. In other words your state of consciousness has expanded to include much more. It is naturally an inclusive state, since the Light and Sound are vibrations which originate from absolute Love, The Source, and this source is that which creates and includes all.
Many people believe that the knowledge on how to prepare medicine plants, sacred herbs etc. comes from a divine source and was revealed to mankind to help mankind’s development. Just as your consciousness is made up of many different energy bodies and vibrations, so too is creation and the spiritual realms above them. There are energies and beings on different levels, some slower than you in vibration and some faster. Beyond the realms of your consciousness, within spiritual dimensions there too are beings of intelligence. The highest vibration of these are what is known as Divine Intelligence, which is aligned with Love. Within Divine Intelligence you have a Spirit Guide which is there to support, guide and protect you, and has been doing so from the moment you were born. There is no chemical, drug, plant or ceremony needed for this as the connection has always been there coming from pure Love. Any disruption to the balance of your energy systems can create an blockage to you experiencing the flow of Love into and through you, making it harder to connect with universal Love.
As you learn to be more present and aware within the faster vibrations of your consciousness, and more so once your consciousness is expanded by initiation, then if you want to you can develop and benefit from a stronger awareness of your Spirit Guide and Divine Intelligence. The knowledge of Plant Medicine was not a gift to mankind from Divine Intelligence. It is not a teaching of Love and is not part of spiritual awakening. About 1000 years ago the knowledge was made available to mankind by beings who are not part of Divine Intelligence aligned with Love. These medicine plants, mind altering drugs, open mankind on the 3rd dimension to allow negative energies in. Once within a person they remain, and create the desire to re-use the substance, forming a negative circle in which you are rewarded with experiences which seem spiritual but do not lead to real spiritual growth as there is no expansion. These negative energies keep your vibration down, even though the experiences may seem positive.
It is important that you understand that in order to raise your vibration and help the planet to raise its vibration that using medicine plants, hallucinogens, sacred herbs and drugs actually acheive the opposite. Drugs, hallucinogens, medicine plants etc. all replace the potential for growth with entertaining experiences, while keeping your vibration and thus the collective vibration of mankind down. The potential to raise your awareness and have your consciousness expanded does not require any external chemical. You already have everything you need within you. You cannot discover absolute harmony, which some call Enlightenment, if you are disrupting the harmony of your energy in your lower vehicles.