Have you ever wondered whether the psychedelic and plant based drug, ayahuasca, is an appropriate method for achieving enlightenment? The Zen master and spiritual guru Mooji has an interesting answer for you to consider.
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic drink made from the stem of the ayahuasca vine, usually combined with other plants to produce a psychedelic effect. It’s been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes in the Amazon and has become popular in the modern age in the West.
Mooji was asked by a participants at one of his seminars what he thought of using ayahuasca to achieve spiritual enlightenment (see video below).
He responded by explaining that using a substance to go inside yourself to search for wisdom is something we regularly do. Not just with ayahuasca, but also alcohol and other substances.
Yet, when you take a substance for the purpose of achieving a certain effect, you’re seeking to attain some kind of experience.
It’s important to understand that the enlightenment experienced during a psychedelic trip is always a part of your natural state. It’s much better to know that you don’t need any particular substance to achieve it.
What ends up happening with many people is that after the substance wears off, the insights experienced during the trip – while potentially valuable – eventually become a memory.
While not exactly discouraging people from using ayahuasca to attain spiritual enlightenment, it’s clear from the video below that Mooji thinks it’s not that simple.
The truth itself is very simple. But the seeker of truth is complex. To use a substance to seek the truth may be missing the point.
With the right guidance, you’ll come to see this, and the seeing that you experience will be all encompassing.
For more on achieving enlightenment, see these perspectives below:
- Legendary Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Reveals Buddhism’s Secret to Achieving Enlightenment, In 10 Steps
- Famous Psychiatrist Carl Jung on Zen Philosophy’s Much More Than You Think
- The Difference Between Pain and Suffering According to Buddhism (And What You Can Do About It)
- Zen Master Reveals The One Place To Find True Enlightenment (And It’s Not India)