In a talk on Wisdom, Eckhart explains his brief experience with LSD. It gives an interesting perspective on how LSD can give you a glimpse of your true nature, the present awareness in which you really are.
How LSD aids your awareness training
Eckhart Tolle: For some people it can give them a glimpse of what it means not to be burden by continuous mental commentary – but it doesn’t really raise your consciousness – it simply amplifies sense perception. The red of a traffic light, you can’t think about it any more, it just becomes overwhelming.
His personal experience
Eckhart Tolle: I took it once just to try it out because people told me this [present awareness] is like acid isn’t it? And I always say I don’t know, I haven’t taken it. And finally I said okay, I need to be able to answer these people, so I’m going to try it once. And so What I experienced was the amplification – everything was vibrating – there was an intensity of smell, hearing, the visual, tasting – everything was amplified. Nothing special that I can say otherwise, but some people say “Woah, the world can be so alive” – It always is! You just don’t know it because of the screen of your thinking. So here, this is much better than acid – there is a slight similarity but here (present awareness) you notice it more because you become more awake.
Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth on-line class with Oprah
Here’s a transcription of an interview with Oprah in regards to his Ego death and spiritual transformation and the similarities with his acid trip.
Eckhart Tolle: And the next morning I woke up and looked around and looked, everything looked so fresh. All the old furniture, the pencil. Everything looked fresh and alive. As I caught a bird song outside as if I’d never heard it before. Because the mind had become still, and there was simply the beautiful perception of everything. The sunlight coming through the curtains. Incredible. I’ve never seen that before.
OPRAH : Sounds like a drug trip.
Eckhart Tolle: Well, later on, people tell me, they ask me, “Is that like acid?” Because some people take acid and they say, “Oh, we experienced that when we took acid,” they told me many times. Until finally, I’ll tell you in confidence, finally I tried acid just for once.
Oprah Winfrey: You’re telling me in confidence here?
Eckhart Tolle : Yes.
Oprah Winfrey: Okay, good.
Eckhart Tolle: I tried it just once just to see…
Oprah Winfrey: If it was the same thing?
Eckhart Tolle: Yes.
Oprah Winfrey: Yeah?
Eckhart Tolle: It’s not quite the same thing because what I experienced was much more subtle and beautiful. The acid I experienced has almost a violent thing where violently the perceptions, sense perceptions become so magnified that there was no room for thinking any more. But I could see why people say, for some people it’s a glimpse of what it means to perceive the world without this continuous interference of mental noise.
Oprah Winfrey: Yeah, but your trip without acid was better.
Eckhart Tolle: Much better.
I hope you enjoyed the read. I’ve personally been a big fan of LSD, and have always wondered how it all relates into all this awareness and being present stuff. Now I understand why.
LSD is just a tool to give you glimpse of it, but it can’t directly show you it. It forces you to go on a search for this state, so you can experience this feeling naturally.