A Quote by Andrew Weil on consciousness, intuition, and life

I have argued that every human being is born with an innate drive to experience altered states of consciousness periodically - in particular to learn how to get away from ordinary ego-centered consciousness.  I have also explained my intuition that this drive is a most important factor in our evolution, both as individuals and as a species.  Non-ordinary experiences are vital to us because they are expressions of our unconscious minds, and the integration of conscious and unconscious experience is the key to life, health, and spiritual development, and fullest use of our nervous systems.  By instilling fear and guilt about altered states of consciousness into our children, we force this drive underground, guaranteeing that it will be expressed in antisocial ways.

Andrew Weil

Source: The Natural Mind: A Revolutionary Approach to the Drug Problem

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