The vast majority of people who suspect a larger reality never need to be exposed to drugs, nor did I suggest that their use "shall"
open up the NPMR can for them. They are not necessary. Everyone is bound by degrees of freedom unique to their own PMR Avatar. Immediate insanity could be the result of a single exposure. We just don't know. But in the true spirit of the PMR learning lab, there is nothing which contraindicates their use at any level, be it abuse, recreational, boredom, spiritual discovery or total abstinence apart from how we want to evolve our own IUOC.
No one else here has stepped forward and claimed to have experienced Indra's Net, which fully supports Tom Campbell's model of reality besides myself, although there are certain to be many in the world who have done so and just are not in a position to come on this board.
Well perhaps they don't need to? I'm sure you'll recall the quote from Don Juan "Those who talk, don't know. Those who know, don't talk."
I've personally had so many strange things happen that I simply stopped discussing them anymore unless someone asks me or I have questions to post on this board...
Additionally and from my personal experience, our encounters within NPMR are colored by our expectations. We will not all experience the same things and only a minority will share concrete similarities of the experiential content itself (not necessarily the mechanisms).
I try to reserve judgement on those who choose to consume illicit substances. Its their choice and this is a view I take completely independent of any legal restrictions in place. A number of good friends from school many years ago used to smoke marijuana on a daily basis. A good family friend had personal crises and was a heavy ecstasy and methamphetamine user. He is now an outstanding IT developer starting his own business. My only concern regarding substance use is how it affects those around the user, but the user makes their own decisions.
in addition to Tom's personal experience that such drugs can delay development and understanding.
This is true. They certainly can if the message the associated NPMR experiences they invoke are not absorbed. Equally however, they have the potential to kick-start it by spurring that spiritual curiosity. Again, its governed by the ruleset and the restrictions placed on us by our Avatars. Tom's experience is not universal, and was defined strictly by the ruleset and parameters which constrict his FWAU. PMR and NPMR experience is not a "one size fits all"
structure. It it were, it would be homogeneous and invariant with no potential for growth.
Again, I'm not advocating nor defending the use of substances. They're certainly things I myself would not do as I have enough problems to deal with. I feel we just might want to examine such issues from as many perspectives as possible to consider their big picture implications.
Mullbua, all the best in your travels, and caution. You know your own limitations better than anyone on this board...