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BIRTH DEATH PSYCHEDELICS

Sep 09, 2021 - Marzena Abrahamik

My supporting research for BDP includes the work of Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, who described the characteristics of the cosmic unity experience as ‚Äútranscendence of the subject-object dichotomy, exceptionally strong positive affect, a special feeling of sacredness, transcendence of time and space, experience of pure being, and a richness of insights of cosmic relevance‚ÄĚ. Grof further influences the project through his research into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness to further explore the human psyche in relation to our birth. The project also engages with a 2011 study by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, which stated that 94% of participants who received psilocybin reported the experience as 1 of the the top 5 most meaningful experiences of their lives such as the birth of a child or death of a loved one, and 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.