Today I received a pack of postcards I designed for OPEN Foundation, an interdisciplinary organization that aims to stimulate research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience. I sat in at one of their conferences in 2010, drawing cartoons on the spot, and recently they made some of those into postcards. It had been long enough to be pleasantly surprised by my own work:
Especially the lower postcard ties in nicely with my upcoming book Religion: a Discovery in Comics. Towards the end of the book, I briefly explore certain scientific research into the religious experience (including looking for the “god gene”) as well as the link there seems to exist between mysticism and the use of certain drugs.
My view is that both drugs and meditative practices can alter the brain and release certain chemicals, resulting in “religious experience”. The fact that we can put it in terms of chemicals in no way distracts from the “holiness” of these experiences, in my opinion. It’s just another way of looking at what happens when these experiences occur.
Here’s how I draw it in my book Religion: a Discovery in Comics:
The book is almost here! It will debut at SPX next month, and I will be there to sign it for you!