Ipomoea corymbosa, also known as Ololiuqui or Morning Glory, is a psychotropic plant native to Mexico that I photographed on my morning walk today. I even dedicated an entire article called FLOWER POWER in my book, Transcendental Journeys, a Visionary Quest for Freedom, to this group of plants, which includes Hawaiin Baby Woodrose. It looks beautiful, doesn’t it?
I was speaking with my dad this morning about the plant, saying that it’s psychedelic, to which he replied, “Keep your head clear and real.” I said in German, “Ja, ich esse die (Saamen) nicht. Vor ein paar Jahren habe ich sie erfahren. Donnerwetter!” which means I don’t eat the seeds at this point in my life, but I have experienced the hallucinogenic effects that are very visual and beautiful. I said to my dad that it’s a very magical healing plant, and he believed me. Once upon a time, I sent magic mushrooms to him and his wife. The trip changed their lives! But in our conversation, he suddenly made a comment about this flower: that it damages the head (the brain) and that everything has two sides to it. With the opposites in the dualistic world, he might be right.
I said that the circle or the spiral do not have opposites and that we travel on circular objects in spirals across space and time. Galaxies are massive spirals! Planets appear round. I also said that Morninglory has LSA (similar to LSD). The effect is much sweeter, milder, and more natural. They are fantastic plants that the earth has given us to recognize the essential principles that are the foundation of all realities and dimensions, and there is a reason why we have receptors in our bodies to assimilate the chemicals these psychotropic plants produce. Plants like Ololiuqui help us understand nature instead of exploiting it. Those who have learned how to ritualistically use those plants in sacred ceremonies naturally understand how to respect and treat her rights. This is what these wise plants can teach us, I said, besides recognizing what is essential and true in ourselves. There is tremendous potential here at hand that’s not to be neglected or ignored! Then my dad, whose name is Eberhard, sent this:
I’ll share a little bit more of this conversation from this day that has been filled with love in my heart. Die taegliche spirituelle Arbeit liegt im eigentlichen Geist- der Kraft des Geistes und der Liebe. The daily spiritual work lies in the actual spirit—the power of spirit and love. All psychedelic substances point to this because they are like teachers who teach freedom and truth. That’s why there is so much turmoil about their legalization, not because they can be dangerous for the individual but because they can harm the social system, which is very sick. “That’s what it’s like, my dear father,” I said. “Yes, I no longer take psychedelics,” I continued. but I know a lot about them. My dad had the final word. He said that’s what he meant by the two sides. Psychedelics can be useful, but they can also harm (like alcohol, etc.), which brings me to the chapter on addiction in my last book, which was inspired by Anya V. Loizaga, who is a doctor specializing in addiction treatment with psychedelics and a dear friend of mine. The essence of that chapter is that how any substance is used depends on the intention and the larger context. If a drug or medication is used compulsorily or with a healing intention, that changes everything! There is also the topic of dosage and indication, which separates a drug from a poison. With the right dosage and indication, you have a medicine. If you take the same medicine with the wrong dosage and indication, you can be poisoned, even by Morning Glory, and end up in dire situations, like in a hospital with personnel who are not educated to properly manage a psychedelic emergency. So, yes, I love the flower power and understand how powerful flowers are. I love to photograph them and experience them everywhere.