EXPERIENCE TRUE PSYCHEDELIC TRIPS!
MIND-BLOWER #16 – late ’60s
– Part One –
Marijuana has been criticized as a gateway “drug” (which it’s not, it’s an herb) to more “dangerous” substances such as Mescaline, LSD, Cocaine and Heroin – however the “drug glass” was not half empty, it was half full.
For the vast majority of us Hippies and the Counter Culture, the ‘Marijuana Gateway” was to a wholly beneficial and exciting new life of awareness and mind-blowing fun.
After the initial experience with Uppers and Downers and the continual enjoyment of Marijuana and Hashish, the introduction of more potent psychedelic drugs was far too enticing to resist; we were ready to take off!
The authorities had long lost any credibility with their overblown “warnings” as we became psychedelic explorers and true experts in the field of drugs and of their positive and negative effects and manageability – we became our own personal scientists and test subjects to establish the truth.
The truth was that those who condemned drug use were exactly the “type” that should never use them; the psychedelic saying was true, “Reality Is For People Who Can’t Handle Drugs”.
We were expanding our minds and our awareness daily while the rest of the world stood still, mired in the muck of closed minds, ignorance and outmoded tradition.
It’s easy to see why the “generation gap’ had no traversing bridge; we had set sail and left the straights behind.
Mescaline, occurring naturally in the Peyote cactus and used for at least 5700 years by Native Americans in Mexico provided the spiritual and hallucinogenic benefits for a wonderful introspective, colorful, psychedelic trip. At the time it was much easier to acquire Mescaline in powder (gel capsules) or tablet form, as Peyote “buttons” were considered a rarity and a treat.
The people I ran with back then were a fun group and were eager to experience a reality even more psychedelic than our good friend Marijuana provided; so when the opportunity presented itself to take a hit of Mescaline, we gladly did. Exact dates elude 00individual but early ’68 sounds about right and Mescaline quickly became the drug of choice for concerts and weekend fun.
With Mescaline, once the generally smooth “come on” leveled out, all of your senses became heightened and the thrill of psychedelic anticipation would begin. You’d feel exhilarated, kind of like when on speed but without the teeth-grinding, as for the most part Mescaline is a far less intense experience than the eventual LSD trip would deliver and therefore easier to “maintain”.
And then the audiovisuals came – like trails; those wonderful time/space delays, initially of hand movements, where five fingers became twenty, all following each other with tinges of color that vaporized off the tips of semi-invisible fingers, and strange snippets of mystical echoed sounds that seemed to be coming from the air itself, and the amusing attempts at dialogue with friends where normal everyday words sounded strange and foreign, and the album that you’ve listened to many times suddenly takes on a whole new dimension of sound and meaning. Groovy!
While the above descriptions may strike universal chords of “classic” hallucinations that were common, there were infinitely more uncommon and personal ones due to each individual tripper’s state of mind.
Sometimes your mind would leave the trippy sunshine atmosphere and slip into the darkness, past the normality of every day life for walks into the deep areas of your mind and your life and bring up questions that you never explored, questions that, if your psyche was so inclined, would breach the surface of your mind naturally years later in your “development”. These are the realistic nightmares that the morning light rationalizes from the deep sleep within the late night before, only with Mescaline those questions and realizations stay with you – this is awareness, facing the “real” reality of life without the daytime blinders on.
And while highly beneficial for insightful life growth, this is the main reason many tripped once and once only – exposure to real life was too real for them, better to stay in the non-psychedelic sunshine of normality.
Sometimes the trip could be so “in the present” that the people you dropped with faded into the background for spells while the very world in front of you performed any combination of wondrous psychedelic mind-benders. Ambient colors melted and geometrically-combined whether eyes were open or closed, music became visual, hearing became super-human and everything seemed to have a sparkly edge to it – and all of this happened while experiencing an amazing sense of well-being and with a certain sense of knowing that you were now a traveler between two worlds; the world of the reality you knew, and the world of the surreal you embraced.
Eventually, after a few trips we got so good at maintaining while on Mescaline that we could operate heavy machinery, like cars and motorcycles, and go just about anywhere, confidently, even though we were stoned out of our minds.
Some of 00individual’s favorite hallucinations were experienced while trippin’ on Mescaline.
Mescaline is magick!
End of Part One
EXPERIENCE TRUE PSYCHEDELIC TRIPS!
MIND-BLOWER #16 – late ’60s
– Part Two –
Excellent observations by fellow psychonaut if6ws929:
After about 170 trips and 40 years since my last foray into true reality, what endures as the most profound experience is the awareness of everything as one. Many laughs, more fun than it is fair to have, indescribable visions and insights; cosmic adventures beyond the realms of micro and macro, friendships fused through parallel experiences, the ubiquity of the ear-to-ear grin, knowing, overflowing happiness evident in every partaker’s afterglow, beautiful minds absorbed by love, music as transportation. But the dissolution of the artifice “this” is separate from “that”, is something that will remain with me forever.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul then their dilation is an open window that allows more light in on the finer aspects of reality.
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