Spirituality

The future is fungi

Imagine that beneath the urgency of everyday life, there is boundless love, peace and connection dwelling in the depths of your being. Psychedelics offer us a glimpse into that possibility. These states of enlightened ecstasy were once only available to a fortunate few, but now they are accessible through a… mushroom… among dead leaves, on fallen trees, in grass or on cow dung – mushrooms grow everywhere.

Psilocybin has reached phase II clinical trials in the USA… everyday people are turning to them to make sense of their existence – to find out who they are, who they are not and how they can recalibrate their lives… we easily forget that our bodies and instincts were shaped by generations of foragers who lived in harmony with the natural world. Foraging… reconnects us with nature and is an unlearning of society. Instead of passively absorbing information, you actively peer into the forest to find fungi. Instead of excess, you take only what’s needed, leaving the rest for others. Instead of dulled senses, you hone the skill of noticing, taking in a mushroom’s body, earthy aroma and striking shape, texture, and colour. A trip into a forest reconnects you with a broader ecosystem and is a reminder you are a part of – not outside – the web of life. A decaying tree trunk stops being an eyesore and becomes a place of opportunity: bracket fungi – wood decomposers that look like shelves – thrive there.

Original Article (Australian Geographic):
The future is fungi
Artwork Fair Use: Mädi

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