The animal instinct to get out of our heads

Written by Stuart Haden on August 8, 2018

Over the past few years psycho-pharmacologists (the study of the use of medications in treating mental disorders) have noted the consciousness altering techniques of animals. Kotler and Wheal document, “Dogs lick toads for the buzz, horses go crazy for locoweed, goats gobble magic mushrooms, birds chew marijuana seeds.” Even elephants have been known to raid breweries instead of getting drunk on fermented fruit.

This intoxication plays an important role in ‘de-patterning’. It can help promote lateral thinking, problem solving, intuition and creativity. Get out of the box to think outside the box. Ideas, crazy as they might sound. Hare brained, then filtered so that they can become useful. Gloves and constraints off.

Don’t take the shortcut though, drugs might offer transcendence on demand. Instead seek out summits, meditation or challenges to go someplace else. Explore and repeat the performance. Instead of one route there are many. Reveal your truth, one that might manifest in many different and sometimes unexplainable ways.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Chartres. This posting was inspired by Stealing Fire, Chapter 6: pharmacology