I personally feel that things like mushrooms and lsd (which most people take to 'reach a higher state of awareness/being') just cheat people out of what life has to offer. I believe that no one NEEDS these (or anything for that matter) to achieve a higher consciousness, and are cheating themselves out of the experience of that journey by ingesting those kinds of substances...
Terribly wrong right there.
And I could feel this coming on. I've lost plenty of friends over said subject, and while you're entitled to your opinion, know that it won't sway mine. I think the whole thing is perfect, and complete and just waiting for people to open their eyes and see the big picture. If you feel you need the assistance of drugs to do that then more power to you, but I really believe that no one ever needs it. And in the end, no one needs to be made 'wrong' about this subject.
You are not wrong for your beliefs. You can believe how you wish, as shall we. True, we don't NEED entheogens, but they show us the world in a new light. They open your eyes to the one part of you that is connected through every human being. They connect us to the Earth in ways that in my own personal experience have never been able to go 'that' deep into the aura of the planet.
Personally, I believe in using entheogens for healing, no I don't need them, but they help persuade me more strongly to live a better, healthier life. I don't partake often, it's once in a long while kind if thing. It's a direct connection to God. These plants, fungus, vines, are here for a reason. They share some of the same qualities, for a reason.
LSD as well as other entheogens can really help people. No, they are not for everyone.(ie. people with schizophrenia in their genealogy.), but there was a study done where cancer patients with gangrene were given one of three; Dilaudid, Demerol, and LSD for pain relief. The Dilaudid provided three hours of pain relief, Demerol, two hours, and LSD from 92 hrs up to ten DAYS! (Kast, "The Analgestic Action of Lysergic Acid")
Some entheogens actually are used in clinics to help people battle drug and alcohol addictions that they have been fighting for years.
So there are people who feel as strongly about the aid of entheogens as you do about the opposed, but people who are serious about it, which I can guess most of us that do partake in this DT community are, we know what we're doing, and they are not to be taken lightly, they are meant to heal and to be used as an accessory in spirituality.
Most definitely NOT cheating ourselves!
They are not some "fun drugs to get fu*ked up and see cool s#it!"
They are, however something that is not understood unless you do enough studies or partake in the experiment.