Why are mushrooms such great teachers?
At this point in time I think it is safe to say that mushrooms are some of the best teachers on the planet. Whether the lesson is about a certain personality trait, or just simply encouraging you to workout, the amount of motivation I have to integrate the lessons learned are simply not comparable to another human telling me. Today I would like to work through this mystery and get to the bottom of the question, “why are mushrooms such great teachers”.
Psychedelics and lessons
Working for a mushroom company, I have been surrounded by open minded individuals who have had a plethora of experiences with not only mushrooms, but other psychedelics as well. Because most of these individuals have far more experience than me, and given that I have only been introduced to these medicines and ways of thinking for a few years, I feel like I have a lot I can learn and take away from them. With that being said, I don’t always find what they say clicks or resonates with me until I have uncovered that stone for myself. An example of this would be when I started my breathwork journey. One of the individuals I was surrounded by told me one day that after all of the experiences with psychedelics they had, breathwork and meditation were the two most important things they ever took away. While I undoubtedly believed them when they told me this, I just didn’t have the motivation to wake up every morning and breathe! So, I continued trying to incorporate the practice into my life, and after a couple months of “forcing” myself to do it, I felt like I wasn’t getting much out of it because my heart wasn’t in it. Fast forward to my next mushroom trip, I found myself so uncomfortable all I could do was sit and breathe. Obviously I can’t begin to explain what was going on in my mind, but after that trip it became evident how important breathwork truly is. I am proud to say that since that day I have not skipped a day of my practice.
Why can’t we learn from others?
We can learn from others! Believe me if humans couldn’t learn from one another I don’t think evolution would have gone very far. With that being said, breathwork just didn’t click for me until I learned the lesson for myself. I think this has to do with your current vibration and what you can personally resonate with in that moment. For example as a kid when you learned to brush your teeth maybe you didn’t necessarily want to do it, however, thinking about your teeth rotting and turning yellow was probably unappealing enough to keep you from skipping a day. What I am trying to say is that in situations where we can see the “why” behind something it’s a lot easier for it to click and implement in our lives. With breathwork however, even though I was told all the benefits it had to offer, I couldn’t see the negatives of not doing it so it never stuck with me. Mushrooms however were able to show me those negatives and in turn that gave me the drive to stick with the practice.
This is why we need mushrooms
At the end of the day, in our society where technology has come so far, it might be hard for people to realize why anyone still needs to do psychedelics. Haven’t the lessons already been learned and shared throughout the world? While this may be true to a certain extent, you cannot underestimate the power of having the experience for yourself. Imagine being drafted to a football team, it’s your first game, and you’re playing your team’s biggest rival who your team lost to last year in the finals. Sure you can learn from your teammates how much they want to win and how bad it hurt to lose the year before. But your actual feelings towards the other team wouldn’t even compare to if you had actually played in that game and lost for yourself. I hope that analogy makes sense, but, overall the point I am trying to make is that experiences are our best teachers over anything someone can tell us. Mushrooms allow us to have a plethora of experiences that are untethered to reality. With this, we can experience the most amazing things life has to offer, as well as the most tragic, without having to actually experience them in our 3d world. This makes mushrooms, in my opinion, the best teachers in the world in that they set up imaginary experiences to extract real lessons.
Mush love, Westcoat team 🍄