Do you do drugs?
“I am drugs.” -Dali
How do you prepare for your first shroom trip and how do you keep it positive?
there are 2 kinds of trippers, tricksters and learyians. tricksters take psychedelics anywhere, anytime, with anyone, and their goal is just to have fun and get fucked up. i prefer the tim leary way: to have a set time, place, and group of people. to have a spiritual experience. i prefer to trip in a forest rather than at a rave. i prefer to have cosmic mind-sex with my soul and the moon and god and the earth and roll around in the vast, flowering one-ness of everything. there are so many things you can get fucked up off of. why wouldn’t you want to touch the face of god instead?
1. phones off. you do not want your mother calling you when you’ve decided to start behaving like a cat or that your dinosaur name is JKEOI FWEOIJ.
2. trip with people you love and trust. i don’t trip with anyone i don’t know or like because a) they can really ruin your trip/mood, b) what if you have a total freak out and you’re surrounded by people you don’t trust and no one feels obligated to help you cause, hell, they don’t know you, and c) shrooms are so special to me and i want to share vibes and paint the sky with people i love anyway
3. you have to have a good environment. yes, nature works. or anywhere colorful. just make sure it’s somewhere you feel safe, you know well (getting a little lost in the woods is fun, but being totally lost and losing your mind probably isn’t great), and where you won’t have any run-ins with the law.
4. have a safe place. this is more important for acid than shrooms, but at least have somewhere where you can put your valuable things so you don’t start tearing up your money or dropping all of your belongings. the more you trip, you’ll learn that YOU are your safe place and YOU are your home, but it’s good to have somewhere where you feel safe and happy just in case you start having a bad trip. being surrounded by good people and good vibes may eliminate the need for a safe place because you feel safe with them.
5. wear good shoes/clothes! so many times as an amateur shroomie i’ve worn my cutest, most colorful clothes and shoes that aren’t great for walking miles and miles, and then i have to change so i can go exploring cause i feel smothered inside and changing clothes is SO HARD cause my clothes are so complicated OH MY GOD. so wear clothes you feel comfortable and still beautiful in and good walking shoes cause you’re seriously about to burn like 5000 calories if you don’t melt into the ground first.
6. trip toys! you’ll probably have so much fun that you’ll forget about them, but it’s always nice to bring along trip books (be here now or ultraviolet or are sweet, or you could print off your own psychedelic images by luke brown or jeff hopp or whoever). there are also bubbles, trip glasses from the science surplus, holographic images, pop rocks, anything in the kids’ section at target, kaleidoscopes, books of optical illusions, projectors, strobe lights/black lights/any lights, glow-in-the-dark everything, the orb, images on spliffngif, fractint, glowsticks, etc.
7. water is so mandatory!!! maybe this is just my pisces coming out, but seriously you will get really thirsty from all of the adventuring and dancing with trees.
8. avoid pink floyd’s the wall, david lynch movies, heavy metal, scary movies… anything depressing, creepy, or dealing with death… everyone will just get really sad and go to dark places of their minds. also, i thought that playing crystal castles would be an awesome idea once and IT WAS SO SCARY. that’s good music for making you feel like you’re tripping when you’re not. it’s way too overwhelming when you are.
9. make sure you are in a good mood before the trip! don’t think that shrooms will cure all of your problems! and psychedelics, i’m sorry, but they are really not meant for people who have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or a history of either of these too. some people with heavy depression like to avoid shrooms as well.
10. have fun! your life will be changed! you’ll see your soul in a blade of grass, touch the face of god, and dance with stars! just don’t be stupid or get arrested or go driving or go to a funeral and you’ll have a wonderful time. just remember that fire will burn you, cars will hit you, you can’t breathe underwater, and if you’re going to fly, start on the ground. <3
out of interest, you say you’re buddhist/hindu, and as far as i’m aware both religions stress the importance of abstinence from intoxicants… whilst i’m aware that religion is a very personal thing and therefore not just black-and-white, how do you justify your own drug use? also, how do you consider yourself as belonging to both religions, when they quite clearly different in their teachings?
all of the things you’re asking have extremely long and complex answers, but i’ll try to touch upon them laconically.
first off, i have an customized, individualized spirituality that draws upon many forms, and i do this for many reasons. i believe that “god”, “brahman”, “goddess”, “buddha”, “the universe”, “the one”, “the flying spaghetti monster”, whichever, is conscious of the fact that we’re creative, unique human beings, and that not one form of worship suits everyone. also, i believe that all religions lead to the same pool, and that the core of all religions is essentially the same, while practice, doctrine, sacred items/texts, rules, and places of worship vary. people spend too much time wrapped up in disputes over what way of practice is correct instead of realizing that we all have the same goal and that everyone has their preference. we all need to get back to the real point of religion, which is love, discipline, compassion, self-enlightenment, and improvement. i also despise institutionalized religion, and the greed, hatred, sense of entitlement, regulations, and exclusionary practices it catalyzes. i’d much rather have a personal relationship with my spirituality that doesn’t require passing around a donation box and can be done anywhere with anyone.
second of all, there are many different classes of worship in both buddhism and hinduism, ranging from the “lay people” to “monks” (or whichever term applies to the circumstance), and every level suggests a different amount of participation. its hard to discuss both hinduism and buddhism simultaneously on this point because they function very differently, and it would take much too much time, so i’ll just say that i consider myself a lay person, nowhere as spiritually pure as a brahmin or nun. besides, in the hundreds of buddhist sects, participation ranges from merely saying the amida buddha’s name on your deathbed (having lived a pretty regular life otherwise), to not even being allowed to listen to music because it’s a form of pleasure.
third of all, many “eastern religions” rely upon paradoxes. this one takes way too much time to explain.
fourth of all, many “eastern religions” are syncretic in nature. syncretism is the combining of seemingly contradictory religious beliefs (beliefs that shouldn’t work together on a technical level) in a way that is astoundingly harmonious. for example, in china, christianity, daoism, ancestor worship, confucianism, and buddhism survive simultaneously. you may practice confucian principles while at work, pay tribute to your ancestors on your way home, go to church on sunday, follow a daoist mentality at home, and be buried in the buddhist way. and this is extremely common. in “western” thought, we like to compartmentalize activities, religions, identities, fucking everything, but in japan, you can ask someone what their religion is, and they’re clueless as to what you’re talking about because “religion” is a western invention. and this is the sort of person that we in the western world would label as being buddhist and christian based upon their practice. sorry this is such a choppy explanation of syncretism, but it really is that most beautiful thing and i wish people were more informed about it.
Have you ever had a spiritual tripping experience? how was it?
only every time :)
they are indescribably & unfathomably pulchritudinous, perfect, empyrean, enchanting… imagine no more want. your only desire is to live perfectly within the moment you are in, knowing that no matter where you move, you fit in the intricate, infinite, & fractalated cosmic dance. everywhere around you is buddha. you are buddha. your breath is buddha. the world is your buddha-garden. every unbeautifully beautiful thing that happens needs to happen. you notice the cycles of the earth, of your mind, of the shedding of your skin, of habits, people, seasons… birth and death are happening all around! you place new values on worldly “possessions”. money is just bits of paper and dirt is a beautiful gift. having reached for the sky your entire life to kiss the face of god, you realize that god is inside, all around the earth, and in everyone you come in contact with. like ancient vedic priests ingesting Soma to reach the plane of the gods, you become drunk with life. and unlike being inebriated with alcohol, it is well worth the stumbling, the terror, the nausea, & the hangover.