Personal depression and the state of the earth
Never before have so many people been gloomy, down or depressed as now. The Coronavirus added another shovel to this last year. If you look at the state of the earth, you can see that the nature of the earth has been brought into crisis mainly by human actions. In this blog we try to find the connections between the many cases of depression, the state of the earth and what contentment plus connectedness can do to help people and thereby positively influence the state of the earth.
Nature is having a hard time
As humans, we don't see the fact that the world and nature are having an increasingly difficult time changing quickly, we can't see our nails growing either. We are blind to the slow effects that we as a species exert on the climate and habitat. Maybe we need a time-lapse to see what the changes have. The changes in a lifetime are clearly visible. A nice documentary about this issue can be seen on Netflix and is called David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. Apart from the things that we are not doing right now, the end of the documentary is about possible solutions.
Why is the economy more important than our living environment?
A number of things play a role in this. Let's start with the following question first: “You can burn 1% of all oxygen to mine bitcoin with that released energy, making you the richest person on earth, would you do that”? The answer to this question is often 'yes'. What if we presented this possibility to a million people? Do you see the parallels with what we're doing right now? All wealth currently comes directly or indirectly from nature and its consumption. The richer you are the greater share you take of the health of the earth. The disadvantage of society is that individualism and personal goals/growth are rewarded. It is, as it were, a rat race towards the destruction of the collective in order to supposedly have better chances of survival. Apart from individualism, the current economic system, which works with passing on debt to subsequent generations, ensures that we need population growth. Without population growth, the economic warehouse of cards collapses. Our economic system is a pyramid scheme with population numbers. Society and the economic system has hacked man and plays on fear and dissatisfaction. There is always better what you should need to be happy. All successful companies capitalize on that personal reward system, which we need a new shot of all the time. This leads us into a spiral of wanting more and less and less satisfaction. Also, wanting things creates a separation between the individual and the rest because the ego is getting stronger. Every time you get a shot of dopamine when you think you have reached a personal goal, but it will never bring true happiness. We will take more and more for ourselves.
Connection and separation
Seeing ourselves as something different from the rest of the universe is useful for allowing our code to exist, our DNA. So it is a handy illusion and that is why it is also incorporated in our DNA code. It allows us to survive as individuals. When the illusion that we are different from the rest becomes too great, the urge for personal gain, loneliness, fears and depression arises. It is precisely the connection with everything that can make our lives more beautiful, while we also take better care of the world around us. The following video provides information on what would be the difference between separation and connection with our environment.
Dopamine vs Serotonin
Dopamine plays a role in addictions such as gambling, alcohol, coke and therefore everything that has to do with personal gain. The need for too much dopamine in a global and personal sense causes self-destruction, climate change, poverty, separation and depression. The urge for more is therefore dissatisfaction. True happiness is based on contentment and connectedness. Where the urge for a lot of dopamine causes a lot of negativity, serotonin ensures connection, satisfaction and therefore happiness and a healthy living environment. We see dopamine and serotonin as it were as two opposites that must be in a good balance together. The problem now, however, is that the balance is moving in the direction of dopamine with all its consequences. For more information, check out the differences between dopamine and serotonin in the following video.
Dopamine detox and psychedelics
To improve the relationship between dopamine and serotonin, we sometimes combine a dopamine detox with a psychedelic session. For these types of sessions we use psilocybin-containing truffles because psilocybin is converted to psilocin after ingestion and is therefore most similar to the serotonin of the psychedelics. The dopamine detox as a preparation already ensures a lesser dependence on dopamine and the psychedelic session shows what it feels like to experience an increased serotonin receptor stimulation. Such a psychedelic session can let you experience what it's like to be connected to everything, which means contentment and happiness and can lower the dependence on dopamine. In addition to these effects, many more positive effects play a role. If you are interested in the positive effects of psychedelic sessions you can also read the following blogs.
Why we do this work
A healthier living environment starts with the individuals. We believe that if we heal individuals to the drive of fake happiness and therefore self-destruction that we can prevent the destruction of the planet as well. We do this for you, but also for ourselves and future generations. If we can occasionally be satisfied and happy with what we have and not look too much at what we lack to complete ourselves, then we are already complete. Let's be good to ourselves and sometimes recognize that someone else, the planet and the universe are us too. Let's stop thinking that you can find happiness somewhere. So if you look for happiness in the external you are not it. Let's all open our eyes and find the power that happiness comes from within.
Do you also want other insights?
Do you also want to get rid of some persistent illusions and imaginings imposed by your previous circumstances? Psychedelic sessions in combination with the right preparation can help you with this. Such a psychedelic session is not suitable for everyone, but for the majority of the population it would be good to take a psychedelic journey inside. In trip therapy we pay extra attention to physical and psychological health during the preparation. Do you opt for trip therapy? Then start with the intake so that we can advise you.
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