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‘‘Ik denk dat drugs aansluiten bij de natuurlijke behoefte om in een andere staat van bewustzijn te komen’

Drugs have a negative connotation, so I would prefer to use the term altered state of consciousness. In the end, this is what I am interested in and passionate about. A lot of people connect drugs with losing control and a form of escape. However, drugs are inherently related to human need and the right to practice an altered state of consciousness, my experimental and social life, freedom of expression, dancing, and art. An altered state of consciousness was a way to sense things and connect with me better, others and nature from which we are so detached. We take nature as a backdrop for our existence, granted, pretending we are better than what we are.   

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I think I can be more rational and organised about my usage, weirdly enough. I am not wasted; I am altered or in a state of trance. Through those practices, I found dear people and friends and made me see a network of like-minded individuals, which allowed me to explore the parts of my life that I gain value from. Moving through life not based on interest and strategies but on what feels right.  Our state of mind and body depends on chemical compositions. By altering, we can try another self, see ourselves from a different angle, charge ego, or experience ego dissolution, out of body experience, play with others, reclaim body from governmental and cultural norms—speciality combined with dancing. Our bodies are trained to behave in a certain way, act in a specific manner, and can, in various ways and through ritualistic practices, change that. Drugs are just one element: arts, music, dancing is part of it, self-organisation. We tend to direct our lives based on what society structured for us, and most people hardly exits that timeline and script. 

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Practising an altered state of consciousness is a form of a spiritual journey, in my opinion. The problem is that we are introduced to drugs in this sort of “entertainment” format. We are never taught how to do it. Most of us are introduced to it in a dark basement after midnight with loud music, which is fun and exciting, but at the same time, it might not be the “right” way. Why do we have to hide our experiences like this? Why do we have to “isolate” ourselves from society?

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These questions are on my mind a lot. I am also interested in studying how drugs that are present on the market are influencing socio-political and economic. Cocaine goes well with capitalism, Ecstasy goes well with empathy and unifying and love etc. My experience is that the less we have to hide our experiences, the more we can use the positive sides of these experiences to heal and build the collective body that our society is as a whole. Doing things in fear is unhealthy.    Finally, speaking only about the positive effects of drugs would be unfair. Drugs are regulated by the black market, created many problems, wars, murders, rapes, brought users to death, suicide, crime, grief, mental issues… it has been confirmed that wars against drugs create more mess and keeping it as taboo is not the way to go. It has been confirmed that the US government has been manipulating and abusing drugs, creating oppression and destroying people of colour community in 80’s and 90’s while financing wars and profiting from it. What is happening in The Netherlands and EU countries. What do we really know?

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