Shamans have known for thousands of years that certain plants, when prepared and consumed in the proper set and setting with the necessary attention to ritual, structure, and intention, can be fairly consistently relied upon to produce profound and life-altering spiritual experiences in all manner of people from laypersons to ritual experts. It is quite possible that these other techniques of meditation, breathing, isolation, fasting, and so forth are later attempts to recreate the entheogen experience through other means.
“On the other side of the spirit veil, I spend more than a little bit of time researching the hallucinogens. I personally believe ayahuasca [a psychedelic Amazonian brew] is also the greatest natural healing agent, period.” – Chris Kilham, Psychology Today
Many things have been placed on the earth for our use. One of the major tools given to us are the plant medicines.
Certain plants give up their lives so that we can use their smoke for prayers and cleansing. The aromas produced by these plants help us place ourselves in a different state of mind thus bringing us into a deeper part of ourselves.
If you look at these clinical trials right now, all of them, without any exception, use music as part of the therapy model.
This ability of music to release emotion is greatly amplified by the use of psychedelics which allows the listener to project his personal experiences and visual fantasies into the unfolding experience.