Mental Organs and the Breadth and Depth of Consciousness
The Next Steps
Tom Ray builds on the work of the Shulgins, taking the next steps they envisioned:
“The most compelling insight of that day [mescaline] was that this awesome recall had been brought about by a fraction of a gram of a white solid, but that in no way whatsoever could it be argued that these memories had been contained within the white solid. Everything I had recognized came from the depths of my memory and my psyche... there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability.” – Sasha (Shulgin & Shulgin 1991) p. 16-17
“I realized that mescaline no more produced beauty than TMA produced anger. Just as the beauty was always within me, so was the anger. Different drugs may sometimes open different doors in a person, but all of those doors lead out of the same unconscious.” – Sasha (Shulgin & Shulgin 1991), p. 24
“I’m looking for tools that can be used for studying the mind, and other people then will use the tools in finding out the aspects of the mental process and how it ties to the brain.” – Sasha 1996
Tom Ray had twenty-five psychedelic drugs from Shulgin’s toolkit broadly assayed by the National Institute of Mental Health – Psychoactive Drug Screening Program. By synthesizing the subjective experience and molecular affinity data, he has been able to realize the Shulgin’s vision of using their toolkit of drugs to advance our understanding of the relationships between the brain, the drugs, and the mind; and most importantly, our understanding of ourselves.