Brun Gonzalez

Brun Gonzalez

Brun is a young Mexican activist who has been involved in harm reduction since 2009. He is the chair of the board of directors of the International Network of People Who Use Drugs. He is also currently part of the Harm Reduction Program of the Mexican-based organisation ReverdeSer Colectivo and works as a peer educator within the youth institute of Mexico City developing peer-led campaigns on harm reduction and drug policy reform.

Besides actively working in the international drug policy reform movement he is deeply involved with alternative medicine, holistic therapy, music and vibrational medicine, psychedelic research and science. Brun is also the founder of the Psychedelic Society Mexico, which works to provide a social platform and network to support and promote a new approach to the potential benefits of the psychedelic experience as well as the therapeutic, mystical, traditional and religious use of sacred plant-based medicines.

Brief review of modern psychedelic plants and substance use in Mexico

Modern times and the information age have a very bright neon, virtual reality, attractive bright side, but it also generates a new thickness of shadow layers that cover our perception and awareness about what things really are and how they impact others, individuals, communities, ecosystems and the planet as a whole.

Of course the many fields that converge around and through psychedelics are no exception with an aura that links to the transcendental, the mystical and the spiritual.

Because of the increase in popularity that psychedelic plants and substances,, there has been a major boom in the different perspectives and interpretations that people have over traditional and indigenous practices related to the use of these substances, many of which can be found in Mexico.

This phenomenon has merged with the growth of the market around “neo-shamanic” practices that tend to present a “revival or retrieval of sacred ancestral shamanic/indigenous medicine” and ceremonies that are then commodified and become a product in the social media and digital markets that technology allows.

Although there can be (and probably will come) a very deep metaphysical and philosophical discussion around these topics, it is more important to focus in collectively constructing new understanding on how can we improve our social/cultural models so that we can walk towards sustainability in times of crisis and what I would call “spiritual survival”.