perception – Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:42:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 The Perception Scope Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:23:09 +0000 The Perception Scope

People talk about how subtle psychedelic hallucinations can be. As long as your eyes are open, they say, objects may appear different — more vibrant, breathing in and out, or covered with patterns — but they won’t morph into faeries and slithering monsters like they do in the movies. Unless, of course, you take a heroic dose; then anything is fair game.

I disagree. I see “things that aren’t really there” on any decent dose, sometimes into the following day. If you haven’t seen more than patterns and wobbling walls, you probably just need some direction and practice. In fact, with the method below, you can experience some “visions” with just cannabis, or without any drugs at all.

The degree to which you hallucinate is within your control. If you’re inexperienced, then the naysayers are usually right — you won’t see tree branches melting into a three-dimensional fractal universe before your eyes.

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How to Conjure Visions in Ribbons of Smoke Fri, 03 May 2013 22:15:16 +0000 How to Conjure Visions in Ribbons of Smoke

The image of smoke swirling through the air, catching the light as it dances upwards, can be absolutely breathtaking. In a dark room with a single stick of incense, you can follow the threads of smoke as they weave about, reacting to your every breath.

Here’s the exercise. You will need: incense, a  candle, and materials for getting high (not strictly necessary, but cannabis amplifies the imagination in my experience). This works best indoors.

Turn off all the lights except for a single candle. I mean all of them — if you have so much as a dim nightlight on, the effect will be diminished. Light some incense and place it next to the burning candle. Arrange it so the smoke passes over the light of the candle. Put on some relaxing music — something tribal or mysterious if you have it. Absolute silence is also good.

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Free Book: The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley Fri, 03 May 2013 02:36:06 +0000 Free Book: The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley became a pioneer in the (practically nonexistent) field of modern psychedelic literature in 1954 when he published The Doors of Perception, a short but detailed book about his experience with mescaline. Many people would hesitate to publish a book about such a controversial and personal topic even today, half a century later, but Huxley staked his claim smack dab in the middle of the 1950s. The term “psychedelic” hadn’t even been coined yet (though Huxley would contribute to its creation a few years later).

This book represents one of the first and best-known “trip reports”, at least in the West, placing it alongside classic documents like Albert Hofmann’s 1943 journal, which details the first ever LSD trip. By introducing curious Westerners to the idea of the psychedelic experience, and to mescaline in particular, Huxley opened the doors of perception for generations of psychonauts. They haven’t closed since.

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My First Solo LSD Experience Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:55:52 +0000 My First Solo LSD Experience

I had taken LSD once before, but it was a smaller dose taken in a social setting. This time it would be 250µg, alone in the comfort of my apartment.

Here are a few anecdotes and musings from that sunny April day. Some were written in my expanded state of mind, while others were recollected in the following days and weeks. It was one of the most remarkable days of my life.

I peer in the mirror, in awe at the living being before me. My hand is pale but splotchy, a red and purple thing against the pale and artificial backdrop of the bathroom wall. Through the transparent skin I can make out veins, stretching like tributaries through a sanguine landscape. Tendons, ligaments, and bones lie deeper yet—the bedrock of my body, rippling just beneath the surface. Every aspect of my anatomy seethes with energy, awaiting my command.

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