“Microdosing — There Are Better Ways to Boost Creativity” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Microdosing — There Are Better Ways to Boost Creativity

By Alan Rockefeller — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83445198

I have been told that there is a new trend — to take small amounts of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin-containing mushrooms, and other hallucinogenic substances to improve creativity and output at work. The scientific data surrounding this practice, called “microdosing,” is inconclusive, to say the least. One study found that the effects are very limited, and only occur if you believe in them in the first place. Another study did find some positive effects, but it also found equally adverse effects. I understand the need to extend one’s limits, to see from outside of ourselves; there is a great appeal to it. However, there is a better way to do it, and it involves not disconnection from reality but its opposite: a new and deeper connection with everything.

Instead of disengaging ourselves from other people through drugs, at any level of dosage, we should increase and deepen our connection with them. By doing so, we can begin to see the world “through their eyes,” feel the world as they feel it, and truly come out of ourselves.

Each person lives in one’s own three-dimensional world. When we begin to see the world through other people’s eyes, we gain endless dimensions to our perception. Better yet, the reality that we see through other people enhances and enriches the one we see through our own eyes. These “parallel universes” do not conflict but rather intertwine into a fuller and more complete picture of reality.

All we need to do in order to achieve this is to change our intention in our interactions with others. Instead of looking to gain from others as much as we can for ourselves, we should strive to give to others what we can and when we can. Employing this tactic will reveal to us what they feel and how they see the world. The only thing preventing us from discovering these endless new worlds that exist all around us is our intention to exploit them rather than to contribute to them.

We needn’t reverse our attitude toward others all at once. We can “microdose” it, beginning where it is easiest and with the people closer to us. The revelations we will discover are bound to be both alarming and enlightening. As we progress, our entire worldview will change and our perception of reality will be completely new. It is a cumulative process so we must not rush it.

However, this process cannot succeed alone. If only one person tries to change one’s attitude toward others, it will not work. There needs to be at least a group of people who are working on this together. When they practice this among themselves, they open themselves up to each other’s worlds, learn to feel one another, become incorporated in each other’s worlds, and their whole perception changes. Once they achieve this with each other, their new perception will reflect on how they see the world in general, and they will be able to apply their insights to all aspects of their lives.

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