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In this article, we take a closer look at some of the implications of the argument that identity politics are antithetical to psychedelics’ teaching of “oneness.” We outline some of the potential harm in holding oneness as the ultimate psychedelic experience on which all healing depends, hypothesize that oneness may be a privileged and intrinsically heteronormative experience, and show that, even if oneness is indeed the ultimate truth revealed by psychedelics, it is not in fact incompatible with identity politics. To be clear, some people, including queer and trans people, have powerful and healing psychedelic experiences of oneness. We celebrate that. Our hope is that this article will help legitimize other kinds of experiences, encourage research on the LGBTQIAS2+ community and psychedelics, and debunk claims that focusing on identity and equity means one has not understood that “we are all one.”
At the beginning of this article, the author opens up about their traumatic history and how they sought the wisdom of psilocybin mushrooms to catalyze their healing process. Post-psychedelic experience, the author juxtaposes spirituality, mainly Christianity, with their belief of ‘queerness is that ability to survive in the midst of hell’ and calls for queer individuals to embrace entheogens as a sacred Eucharist.