– Psychonautics –
It’s derived from the Greek words, “Psyche” and “Nautes”, meaning soul/spirit/mind and sailor/navigator respectively.
The term, “Soul Sailor” sounds so beautiful.
It describes the methodology behind understanding the aspects of our consciousness and the varying states of alteration that it undergoes. The entirety of which includes shamanism, psychoanalysis, meditation, philosophy, and spiritualism.
The point of Psychonautics is to explore the depth of the human mind, elaborate on the human condition, and understand the nature behind human experience and existence.
It covers a variance of methodologies which include, but are not limited to…. rituals, dreaming, lucid dreaming, psychoactives, prayer, hypnosis, fasting, and both sleep and sensory deprivation.
There are a large number of historic figures were experienced psychonauts such as Siddhartha, DeCartes, the Dali Lama, Timothy Leary (I hate him), and Terrance Mckenna.
I like to push the boundaries of what encapsulates Psychonautics in terms of what is considered legitimate methodologies by expanding upon what exactly could be considered as “mind altering”.
Salvidor Dali was once asked, “What is your opinion on drugs?”
His reply was simply, “Drugs? I am drugs.”
In retrospect, while being altogether brash, crass, and wholly blunt… his response has tremendous meaning behind it.
He was known for pushing the boundaries of what is considered art. In my opinion, this simple four word response he gave expounded upon that much further.
Dali made the world question, “What is art?”, and then went on to claim that he (as an artist) embodied drugs. I interpret this to mean that art is innately the same thing as psychoactive chemicals on it’s base level, which is a mind altering substance.
I also believe that physiologically affected states of consciousness should be considered as a constituent of the aforementioned methodologies. I fully believe emotions and the physical state of our being alter our consciousness just as much as anything and everything that exists and that there isn’t a moment in which our consciousness is static..
I believe that our minds exist in a constant state of transformation/change.
“Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life’s bittersweet route.”
Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume