The unconscious is an autonomous psychic entity; any efforts to drill it are only apparently successful, and moreover are harmful to consciousness. It is and remains beyond the reach of subjective arbitrary control, in a realm where nature and her secrets can be neither improved upon or perverted, where we can listen but may not meddle.
- C.G. Jung, “Individual dream symbolism in relation to alchemy” (1968)
"What comes to mind in terms of future work? […] It’s preparation for being able to use these amazing tools that the world offers us, these psychedelic tools. […] I don’t see them as something that makes you good or makes you brilliantly intelligent or makes you right. They’re just tools, and we have a lot of work to do to be better at being human beings […]. We need to introduce our young people to the concept that this is good work, and scary work, and rewarding work, and give them preparation, initiation for the principles of collective [and] individual seeking. [It’s] doing that thing that young people do, which is to go off to the edge and experiment, […] but we push them there, and we don’t inform them […]. It makes it so much harder to bring all the people in to do the good work that we could if we were a tradition where this was alive and respected. So part of our work is to learn again to respect these medicines and then to change the culture enough that people doing them can be respected and held. Not everybody needs to do them, not everybody should or wants to, but there it isn’t pushed to the side. And so part of that does involve research, because that’s how in our reductionist society we validate things - by putting them into experimental, highly documented situations and seeing what we can of the parameters of the experience, even though we are basically reducing it down to whatever narrow parameters we allow. But still, we’re seeing in this research with psychedelics, which is just beginning to come back, that there’s great value in these states and in giving people a kind of support to undergo these transformations and then to digest and share the process, and then to, again, go and do the next step of the work, which is just a pale shadow, but still hopeful, of what the traditional approaches are to using these in cultures where people know that actually this kind of knowledge is at the center of the heart of a culture, and it’s what keeps the people from moving too far off the mark, to keep coming back to this and showing up humbly to something that’s so much more powerful than we are, and asking for advice, and reviewing oneself, irradiating oneself with questions."
- Kathleen Harrison, doctor of ethnobotany, on the future of research on psychedelic drugs.