Birth Death Psychedelics

Artist Blog by Marzena Abrahamik

My supporting research for BDP includes the work of Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, who described the characteristics of the cosmic unity experience as “transcendence 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”. 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.

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