Writes Mary Talbot, “…dying is the ultimate loss of control.” If one believes this to be true, then choosing how to die may seem futile. Yet some preparations can, in fact, lessen the pain that is inevitable regarding loss of life.
We've heard the story before. A patient slips into a coma and
nearly dies. He experiences lights,
colors, and landscapes, all while disconnected from his body. Messages
are imparted, deep feelings are felt, and then he is sucked back
into the material world, his whole perspective changed. The difference this time is that the patient is a neurosurgeon.
Like most people, I was familiar with the
‘bright light at the end of the tunnel' scenario, but that was
all I knew. As it turned out, I was forced to grapple with a number of
tough findings, the result being the formation of a new concept
concerning the creative nature of the unconscious.
In the past few decades, we have witnessed an explosion of information
about death and the afterlife. This is one of many signs that the
human race is poised to enter a new era, a
revolution in consciousness. Death is not an end but rather a lifting out into that vast, knowing,
luminous Presence, in which all things thrive and are made possible.
Recent clinical trials in which psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA
have been administered to adult volunteers suffering from a variety of
medical conditions have led to a new
paradigm of psychedelic practice, defined by a medicalization of psychedelic discourse and a scientific
professionalization of access to, and control over, psychedelic