My Best Explanation Of Shrooms / LSD to a Non-User

 Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)9 years, 3 months ago

Anyone that has tried a psychedelic drug know that it’s painfully difficult to fully explain the experience to someone who hasn’t tried one. The entertainment industry COMPLETELY misrepresents these experiences with insane visuals that never occur, even with strong doses. So, here is my best attempt at explaining the psychedelic experience.

The General Sensation:

When you are tripping, you realize that life is like a play. Everyone else is still acting in this play, taking their characters very seriously. But you are backstage, watching it all play out with you mask off for once. Your beliefs, which you now realize are very human and tied to your subjective sense of self, have come off with that mask. You are now able to look at the world through an uber-objective lense. Without those ‘filters’, the innate truths of the world become very clear.

The Visuals:

For the most part, you do not see things that are not usually there. You see things that ARE physically there move around and warp into amazingly intricate patters, but you will not see a colorful dragon fly through your bedroom. You will see some INSANE stuff when your eyes or closed (or in darkness, since the experience is the same), like a super-imaginations that is less under your control than usual.

Perception:

One of the coolest insights can come from the power of your perspective while tripping. The best example of this is when you look in the mirror. You will see your face morph back and forth between looking the most beautiful way you view yourself and the ugliest way you view yourself. If that’s hard to understand, think of someone with a horrible case of anorexia. Even when they are compared side-by-side to people they think are skinny, they still see themselves as fat. You can see this extreme, and the opposite extreme without any effort on your while you are tripping. But of course, you one see your own extremes… so you won’t see yourself look anorexic unless you are capable of thinking you look like that while sober. This also holds true for any object you look at. You can look at a chair and consciously fluctuate between seeing it as a supremely evil, horrible, ugly chair, and seeing it as the most wondrous, angelic object you have ever seen. This is why having a ‘bad trip’ is possible because people can get stuck at the negative end of this spectrum if they have emotional issues or something traumatic happens during the trip.

In summation, the influence of your perception on reality is infinitely magnified on shrooms/lsd. While this is happening to you, you will see that this is also true while sober, but it occurs at a much less immediate speed. Very cool stuff.

The 3 Rules:

1) Trip where you feel extremely comfortable, especially with relation to being warm/cold. You do NOT need to be outside to have a fantastic trip (my best trip ever was inside a small room), but nature is pretty sweet!

2) Trip only with people who you trust and enjoy while sober. Just one person can put a bad spin on your trip. This is a big event: be picky!

3) While tripping, be sure to spend time by yourself. The longer you spend alone, the deeper you can go into the trip, and the deeper insight you will receive.

For further advice, read this: https://www.highexistence.com/discussions/topic/question-for-those-who-have-done-shrooms/

March 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Anonymous (13) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

^Good advice.. its all true.

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

How many other people did you consult with before writing this?

I guess it doesn’t matter, cuz I’d say it’s spot on. The only thing I would add is **Rule 4 – Always have some starbursts on you.**

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MultiDimensionalOmniThinker (1) (@wesfranchise) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

With perception, I wanted to include my two cents (which I know Jordan always loves so much :D). I felt like every barrier in my body had been broken down. From what I felt, I believe that, over time, the brain filters out the conscious feeling of many internal daily bodily functions. When I drank a soda, I kept thinking I was about to throw up because of the sensation in my throat, but it was the carbonation in my stomach building up pressure for burps. It was an entirely new feeling that I had never experienced before.

I’ve never tripped by myself before, but I’m very eager to try it my next time :). Thanks, Jordan!

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@sumtinprophetic – None, I just had the inspiration to write this randomly today. I’ve done shrooms roughly 9 times and acid 5 times, enough to get a good feel for the experience.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Your explanation of a bad trip is the best I’ve ever heard. Great job!

edit: haha ugly chair is beautiful!

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Thanks for that. It’s probably the only drug that I’ll ever try, unless I get insanely curious and stupid. But I don’t think I’m gonna need it. Maybe with a HEthen some day.

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Jack (21) (@jackflash) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Jordan, have you read the book ‘A Psychedelic Experience:A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of Dead’?

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Great description. I’m getting the urge to do some soon… It’s been about 5 months.

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Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Fantastic post/guide Jordan : ) It’s good to see such thoroughness on such a tricky topic!

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

“When you are tripping, you realize that life is like a play. Everyone else is still acting in this play, taking their characters very seriously. But you are backstage, watching it all play out with you mask off for once. Your beliefs, which you now realize are very human and tied to your subjective sense of self, have come off with that mask. You are now able to look at the world through an uber-objective lense. Without those ‘filters’, the innate truths of the world become very clear.”

This = YES! I like to call it “Omnipotent viewing” or a “birds eye view”. It is very confronting to realize we are all actors in a play, and we are all playing a game. The realization of that can be not much less than a paradigm shift. After years, however, the viewing of this perspective will fade, and you will only remember the thought, but not the feeling.

“You can look at a chair and consciously fluctuate between seeing it as a supremely evil, horrible, ugly chair, and seeing it as the most wondrous, angelic object you have ever seen.”
I noticed this too, recently, while on THC. I was consciously changing my perspective on my entire group of friends, my house, everything. All things became catastrophically abyssal and detrimental to my sanity, then slowly, wonderful joy was exploding in me and I loved everyone. The control of such a thing was mind-blowing, to say the least. Reality truly is what you make it.

“In summation, the influence of your perception on reality is infinitely magnified on shrooms/lsd. While this is happening to you, you will see that this is also true while sober, but it occurs at a much less immediate speed. Very cool stuff.”

I would say it happens to the same degree, but you are not aware of it happening. You feel sad, but you do not realize that you are creating an entire world of sadness. You feel angry or paranoid – you are creating an entire world of paranoia or fear. It begs the question of whether your consciousness has any influence on other’s actions, without any direct connection, or whether your perception is limited to just that, your perception.

I don’t know, and probably never will, but it is a duality that boggles me often.

Great post.

I will say, though, that there are psychodelics that can create the Hollywood visuals. Ayahuasca (I took a very weak dose), DMT (multiple times), and the well known salvia divinorum (taken once – probably never again). Perhaps I’ll make a post about DMT.

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SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@jordan – “You can look at a chair and consciously fluctuate between seeing it as a supremely evil, horrible, ugly chair, and seeing it as the most wondrous, angelic object you have ever seen.”

haha did you take this directly from the movie “Knocked Up”? Or is it just a coincidence…

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Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

“The best example of this is when you look in the mirror. You will see your face morph back and forth between looking the most beautiful way you view yourself and the ugliest way you view yourself.”

Haha yesss just last weekend I had a super euphoric mushroom trip. When I went to the bathroom to take a piss I caught myself looking in the mirror and I think I stood in front of it for 20 minutes, moving my head closer and further as my eyes shifted in and out of focus. I looked totally insane, my eyes were popping out of their sockets and I was laughing maniacally. Very creepy, but also agreeably the most beautiful I’ve seen myself, and my eyes were tearing with joy and my grin stretched from ear to ear. I ended up walking out of the bathroom forgetting to pull my pants back up lol but it seems to have curbed any depression I had. Past 2 days I’ve felt very conscious and have been speaking my mind more than not. I feel excited and confident again, and I make real cool shit happen when I’m in this state. NAMASTE

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Ebon Todd (3) (@direpengin) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

The being in a play thing is the closest I’ve ever heard to the way that feels! The only thing I can ever say about it is that I “get the joke.” It’s when I realize that everything is so much more serious-feeling in the moment, but when you pull really far back and observe, everything’s just funny. I usually can’t help but smile.

Another thing I wanted to add, from my own experience, is that any artists that try this NEED to look over their own work, finished AND scraps, whether you’re happy with how it turned out or not. For me, since I usually draw people, I get a unique chance to see these characters actually living in the moment I’ve suspended them in. They breathe, make the small movements people do when they’re trying to hold a pose, they interact directly with their environment in ways I didn’t originally intend… it’s a very fulfilling experience to see something you’ve created come to life thusly, I make a point to do it every time now.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I’ve never been able to really explain a mushroom trip to any of my friends, except for now. Thanks for the write up, it helped me inform a few friends who were interested in learning about psychedelics.
By the way, I’m tripping Friday, can’t wait :)))))

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Kyle (20) (@krim98) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@phil, in the states you have to know people, but they are hilariously easy to grow if you do it right, which leads many people to simply do that instead. I always back that route, since it removes the negative portion of treating it like a drug and buying form sketchy people. there should never be anything apprehensive or anxious about them in my opinion.

I feel like maybe there should be HEthen ayahuasca ceremonies or something like it. Experienced psychonauts and shamans getting together and channeling energy together in the hopes of bettering the world and ourselves sounds like the way id like to spend my evening.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Dammit! This makes me want to eat all 6 tabs of acid i’ve got right now.

@eric ahhhhh you lucky bastard. I wish I could trip for the rest of my life!

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

Should I expand this into a more complete article for the site? I’d publish it if only one more person tried a psychedelic as a result.

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Taz Nall (42) (@tazrick) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I think it’d be a good idea, but some of it should be expanded upon a bit more. Also it shouldn’t encompass just the experience, but also safety and understanding it’s capabilities through research and knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

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mook (25) (@killopatra) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

definitely. I’d be careful not to sound too eager about wanting everyone everywhere to try psychedelics…but describing the experience and its many lasting effects (positive, negative and everywhere in between) would make for a great article and starters guide.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

The more education about these the better.

Don’t idealize it or romanticize them, don’t condemn them. You did a perfect job.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@theskafish, That would be too much to trip for my entire life haha. I enjoy living life sober too. The 6 hours or so is enough for me.

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Kyle (20) (@krim98) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@jordan Hell yes man, make an article! Knowing the very simple things is the most useful info you can give to someone to keep them from having a bad trip. I heard terrance mckenna say singing helped bring you out of the dark places as well. I knew how to set the mood from the get go, and thus ive never really had a ‘bad’ trip. I’m almost hoping to, so i can plumb the depths of my soul and find whatever i may have hidden form even myself. I wish i could meet you someday and have a psychedelic experience.

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Kyle (20) (@krim98) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@jordan Hell yes man, make an article! Knowing the very simple things is the most useful info you can give to someone to keep them from having a bad trip. I heard terrance mckenna say singing helped bring you out of the dark places as well. I knew how to set the mood from the get go, and thus ive never really had a ‘bad’ trip. I’m almost hoping to, so i can plumb the depths of my soul and find whatever i may have hidden form even myself. I wish i could meet you someday and have a psychedelic experience.

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Kyle (20) (@krim98) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@jordan Hell yes man, make an article! Knowing the very simple things is the most useful info you can give to someone to keep them from having a bad trip. I heard terrance mckenna say singing helped bring you out of the dark places as well. I knew how to set the mood from the get go, and thus ive never really had a ‘bad’ trip. I’m almost hoping to, so i can plumb the depths of my soul and find whatever i may have hidden form even myself. I wish i could meet you someday and have a psychedelic experience.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@jordan, Dear god. I totally know what you mean now. I was at a park today with my friend tripping and once we ran into people it sounded like everyone was acting. It was quite sad but also very intriguing.
I had this thought earlier. Basically, we are these flesh vehicles of consciousness that interact with one another and share our experiences and backgrounds with one another. We all are not exactly sure what *this* is and yet we have these groups of people (governments), meeting up at some place (the UN) and talking about how this should all be ran, almost like they know what they are doing. Well, the fact is, no one knows what the fuck we are doing and what this is and how the best way to run this is. So why not just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride? For that’s truly what life is.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

OR, give the UN and governments some LSD, yeah?!

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