What do Star Wars and psychedelics have to do with each other? In our favorite galaxy, far, far, away, could Yoda or Darth Vader have benefitted from psilocybin, DMT, or LSD? How different would the Skywalker saga have been if Anakin had taken a little heart-opening MDMA before his penultimate duel with Obi-wan?
These questions are impossible to answer, but are endlessly fun to speculate on. While we can’t know for sure if psychedelics influenced the creation of Star Wars in the same way they did Marvel’s roster of superhuman heroes (especially the weird origins of Doctor Strange), it’s certainly an interesting thought experiment.
In our imagined blending of universes (ours and the one depicted in Star Wars), the Jedi’s commitment to balance, harmony, and the pursuit of knowledge could have led them to explore psychedelics. By engaging with substances like psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms), Jedi and Sith might have sought to expand their consciousness and deepen their understanding of the Force. Consuming these mind-altering fungi could have facilitated profound spiritual experiences, fostering a deeper connection with the living Force (which connects and binds us all together) and enhancing their ability to sense and interpret its energies. Similarly, using LSD during meditative practices might have allowed Jedi scholars to transcend conventional perceptions and gain new insights into the cosmic nature of the Force.
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Conversely, the Sith, driven by passion, ambition, and the pursuit of personal power, could have turned to psychedelics to amplify their dark emotions and embrace their desires. The consumption of substances like the lesser-known but potent psychedelic, 2C-B, with its capacity to intensify emotions, could have served the Sith’s purpose by heightening feelings of passion. Or maybe they could have dabbled with reality-warping compounds like DMT, using it as a gateway to visit strange dark beings in far-off realities. In this altered state, Sith practitioners might have delved deeper into the dark side of the Force, forging a more potent connection and further fueling their belief in domination and control.
Furthermore, the powerful hallucinogenic compound DMT could have allowed Sith to venture into otherworldly realms, encountering entities that reinforced their commitment to the path of darkness. Or, they may have had an empathetic experience, causing them to re-evaluate their binary views and devotion to the Dark Side. On the other side of the Star Wars and psychedelics thought experiment, the Jedi may be able to use DMT to tap into the living force and interact with the force ghosts of ancient masters or the Prime Jedi.
While the influence of psychedelics on Jedi and Sith philosophy remains purely speculative and is not explored in the official canon, contemplating their potential impact adds fascinating tidbits to the already rich tapestry of Star Wars. It invites us to reflect on the diverse paths to enlightenment (and corruption) within the Force, opening up a realm of endless possibilities and encouraging us to ponder the interplay between consciousness, perception, and the profound forces that shape the galaxy’s destiny.
With that in mind, here are ten ways we think the philosophy of Star Wars and psychedelics intersect.
Exploring the Intersection of Star Wars and Psychedelics
Transcendence of Duality
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Inner Shadows and the Dark Side
Healing and Transformation
Intuition and Trusting the Force
Collective Consciousness and Unity
While the direct impact of psychedelics on the philosophy of Jedi and Sith acolytes in the Star Wars universe remains a subject of our imaginations, contemplating their potential influence adds a new dimension to the expansive mythos. Psychedelics offer a lens through which we can explore themes of expanded consciousness, spiritual awakening, and the interconnectedness of all life—concepts deeply rooted in the Jedi and Sith philosophies.
When we entertain ideas like this, we delve into the intricate relationship between consciousness, perception, and the profound forces that shape the destiny of the Star Wars galaxy and our own. Ultimately, the impact of psychedelics on Star Wars remains an open question, inviting us to explore one of our most beloved fictional settings and the infinite cosmos of our reality.
This material is not intended as a replacement or substitute for any legal or medical advice. Always consult a medical professional about your health needs. Psychedelics are widely illegal in the United States, and readers should always be informed about local, state, and federal regulations regarding psychedelics or other drugs.
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