Daniel tries legal psychedelics

Press Release 2014-12-31:

In 2015 the Swedish/English blogger and shaman Daniel Wilby will try legal drugs to investigate their therapeutic and spiritual potential.
– It is my hope to be able to offer legal psychedelic therapy and healing in the near future, he explains.

Nine years ago he himself recovered from long-term alcohol abuse and a deep depression when he came in contact with the illegal psychedelic substance LSD. Since then he has worked intensely to learn how to use psychedelics for healing and growing, both for himself and with others.
– I see the criminalization of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms as a violation of every person’s inherent right to heal and practice their spiritual beliefs. For me, these substances saved my life and I can never be grateful enough for the help I received through them.

Daniel works in the shamanic tradition, but has also recently begun studying social work at the university of Malmö with the hope of being able to work with legal psychedelic therapy in the future.
– At first I imagined that I would have to open a center abroad to bring clients to, but this fall we had a big discussion in Sweden about the harmful yet legal Spice blends. That made me think of all these substances that are not yet classified as illegal. I want to examine them to see if there are some that are good to work with in the same manner as I have previously worked with LSD and mushrooms.

The Internet-based smartshop Azarius in Holland sponsors Daniel with products from their selection, and he will continuously report his and others’ experiences on his blog.
– Two things have been particularly important when we have selected which substances to try. The first is that the substance must be safe. There cannot be the slightest risk for my health. The second is that the substance must be legal in Sweden.

Psychedelic plants have in shamanic traditions been used for many thousands of years to heal and help people grow, and to get in contact with the spirit world. During a short period leading up to the 1960s, they were used extensively in Western therapeutic contexts and generally showed great results, but all such research was suppressed when the war on drugs began.
– The reason that psychedelics were banned in the 1960s was not that they were dangerous, but because they were perceived as subversive. Suddenly people let their hair grow, they listened to strange music and refused to go to war. For militaristic-minded nations who expected a certain conformity and obedience, this was very scary. Compared to other drugs and medications psychedelics are very safe, but as with anything you obviously need to know what you are doing.
– In a therapeutic context psychedelics allow us to quickly go very deep. They strip away unnecessary walls and help us to dive into the subconscious, which means that we can often go further in one single psychedelic session than you would in months or even several years of regular therapy.

Photo: Daniel Wilby by Jamin Pirnia

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The sect within

Many seem to think of sects as fairly small religious movements that attract innocent people and brainwash them. It is a derogatory expression that favours some movements over others, and it is of course no coincidence that the leaders of mainstream religions like to define which other spiritual movements should be considered to be sects. In their eyes it seems that everything that deviates from their norm should be considered a sect, but if we’re talking about brainwashing, the dominant religious groups seem to have gone beyond what anyone else could ever imagine possible. Their world view has been imprinted into our culture by means of physical and psychological violence, to such an extent that we no longer question it.

There are probably dangerous sects out there. Just look at the Catholic Church. But is the sect really something external? I would rather argue that it is essentially something we create ourselves. Other than in very exceptional cases, such as in Guantanamo Bay and the like, it is not possible to brainwash someone without their active participation. I would even say that most people who are brainwashed did the work themselves. They are longing so immensely to find a philosophy of life and a context that they are prepared to take virtually anything that they hear and raise it up to be a divine truth which they can blindly follow.

Is the organization to be blamed for such people confusingly fooling themselves? I don’t think so. That such a person latches on and brainwashes themselves is primarily that person’s problem, not the organizations, although I can imagine that it must be troubling for an organization to have to take care of a bunch of weak-willed individuals.

If you are wondering what a sect is, or if an organization you are in touch with is a sect, you should first look inside yourself and ask yourself where the sect is within you. What inside of you is it that wants to conform and be pacified? What longing inside of you is so strong that you are willing to sacrifice yourself?

I have a philosophy of life. If you were to come to me and swallow it hook, line and hair, if you would bow down before it and make yourself my slave for it – that does not mean that I am an evil manipulator.

It means that you’re stupid.

Photo: 69365 Hello Kitty Wants to Fly by Ganesha Balunsat on Flickr

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The challenge of change

When you decide to change you will almost always be challenged. The mechanism is simple. There is something within you which want to remain oblivious and which does not want to change. It sees change as a threat, which is quite logical since change means that you will sacrifice some part of yourself.

In the very beginning of the process of change there is often a moment of lucidity where it is very clear why you need to change. You are awoken from unawareness, sober up and at least momentarily see things clearly. You manage to regain focus, promise yourself to change and begin working on yourself.

But then comes that which wants everything to remain as it has been and it hinders you in several ways. It invites forgetfulness back and clouds our vision. If we allow it we will soon no longer see things clearly and we will forget why we even felt the need to change in the first place. It will trick us to lose focus by distracting us. “Sure, this is all very important, but you ought to do this first” the deceptive voice whispers and serves up a smorgasbord of other things to focus on. It frightens us by explaining what a disaster it would be if we really changed. It might even convince us that it will literally be the end of us.

Once you see clearly, hold on to that vision. Stay focused and remind yourself why you need to change. Stay focused and do not let yourself be distracted by everything else that you are suddenly bombarded with. Go straight into the fear. You might be scared, but fear is an illusion. Be focused on the change you need to do. Be focused on the promise you have given to yourself.

Only then will you move forward.

Photo: jona by Adriano Agulló on Flickr

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On different paths, but still not lost

We often assume that people around us base their decisions on the same things as we do. But often they don’t.

In life decisions I take great consideration to what will best benefit my personal and spiritual development. I am convinced that this is just one of my lives, that I have a soul and that karma is a reality. The very purpose of my existence is to explore, heal and grow.

When I look around me I realize that many people don’t take such things into consideration. Many are eager to live according to social conventions; to fit in. Others have a more materialistic approach to existence and are motivated by such things as money and things.

When we project our own assumptions on each other it can therefore sometimes feel quite strange.
– You need to understand that it is of paramount importance to fit in. You do not want to stand out. It is not good, because then your children will be bullied, the person who is focused on fitting in might say.
– The most important thing in life is that you can support yourself. Everything else is secondary, the person with a materialistic approach could say.

I their eyes I might look to be completely lost, because I am obviously not taking decisions that will lead me in the “right” direction, that is to say their direction. When I look at them they likewise look lost. What good is it to fit in if you are at the same time so concerned with the social game that it makes you physically sick? What good is having money if you go through life as an emotional cripple?

What is clear to me is that we are in different stages of existence.
We have different paths and different goals.
Our purposes in life are different.
We should be careful so we don’t project our assumptions about what is most essential in life when talking to people who are on a different path.

And remember, there is no right or wrong path. They are only different.

Photo: Different fingers by Enrico Matteucci on Flickr

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The General and the Monk

There was a civil war in Korea and a particularly bloodthirsty general marched towards the city with many thousands of soldiers. Behind them were burned villages and fields. To survive the residents fled to the mountains, so when the general and his troops arrived in the city it was deserted.

The soldiers searched the entire city and found one lone Zen monk sitting in the temple. The general commanded that the monk be escorted to him, but the monk refused. Beside himself with rage the general went to the monk.

– You obviously do not know who I am, he shouted at the monk. I could without hesitation run my sword through your heart!
The monk calmly replied:
– You obviously do not know who I am. I could without hesitation let you run your sword through my heart.

When the general heard this he became completely silent. Then he bowed deeply in awe and left the monk alone.

Photo: Tranquilite by Alexis Lê-Quôc on Flickr

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Beware of religion

In a previous life I was a good Christian. The branch of Christianity I belonged to did however not believe in a Bible, in churches or priests. Instead it taught everyone to cultivate their personal connection to God and Isaac (Jesus). When one has that connection there is no need for anything else, because you have access to all the answers. Then there is no need for others to interpret God’s will for you, because you know God’s will, and therefore there is also no possibility for them to manipulate you with religion for their own human goals.

Then came the Roman Catholic Church and slaughtered us all. They killed every single one of us, even the infants, in an attempt to eradicate us – in an attempt to keep people from having their own contact with the highest divine and thus becoming aware of how corrupt people try to trick us using religion.

In this life I was brought up strictly Atheist and with a great dislike for religion. As I found spirituality and grew into accepting angels, Isaac and even God, I didn’t at first understand why that dislike didn’t subside. With time it became clearer to me how detrimental religion is to spirituality. The highest divine has pointed this out to me in so many ways. Religion is a shadow aspect created by people to assert power over others, mainly using fear.

Let me give you an example. Isaac has told me several times that reincarnation is real. This was common knowledge in early Christianity and the cyclic motion of life can be observed in nature all around us. One should understand that when it comes to matters of spirituality, angels, Isaac (Jesus) and God, the Bible is not a reliable source. But still, it is of interest to point out that the early Christian scriptures had plenty of references to reincarnation – but they were all stricken and anyone that held fast to the knowledge of reincarnation was condemned as a heretic and killed.

Now why is that? In whose interest is it that people have the misconception that we only live one life? This of course goes hand in hand with the misconception that those who are compliant and do as they are told by the church are going to heaven, while those that don’t are going to hell. These are not teachings derived from Isaac or God. These are dark illusions drawn up by manipulative corrupt people who will go out of their way to slaughter anyone who has a true connection to the source, in order to maintain their power over others.

I am a channel for Archangels, Isaac (Jesus) and God, among others. With the knowledge I have received from them I can tell you this with certainty: if you are into religion you are most likely being manipulated for human purposes.

If you are searching for true spirituality and a genuine contact with the highest divine, you need to break free and find your own contact. You can of course do that together with others, but don’t accept other people’s interpretations as truths and look out for manipulations.

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What is the question?

When we get stuck, because we most certainly will get stuck, the question is not ”How do I get un-stuck?”. The question is not “How do I get out of this?”. Questions like those focus on not wanting to be where we are. They do not handle the situation, because they are an escape response. If we get un-stuck by escaping, we will soon find us stuck in the exact same way again.

We need to remember not to try to escape that which is un-pleasant, which we can do by finding better questions. So the real question is “What is the question?”. When we ask ourselves that, other questions begin to emerge. Questions like “How did I get here?”, “What is this stuck-ness?” or “What can I learn from this?”. These questions will help us find a greater understanding of ourselves and how we came to be stuck. When we learn the lesson and resolve the issues that got us stuck in the first place, we get un-stuck and will move on without trouble.

Photo: An ocean of forget-me-nots by LMAP on Flickr

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