MIND-BLOWER #18 – late ’60s / early ’70s
LSD : LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMIDE
The Ultimate Psychedelic Hallucinogenic Drug of them all and the “acid test” of one’s wills and skills;
What can I say about this elixir?
By the early ’70s our Tribe had survived and enjoyed all of the rides at Drug World as we experienced the ups and downs of Pharmaceutical Land, happily smoked Marijuana, Hashish, PCP and Opium on the Stoned Mountain Islands, we ventured into the colorful forests and jungles of Entheogenic Land while tripping on Mescaline, Peyote and Psilocybin and then explored the empowering and stimulating thrills of Cocaine and the warm embryonic hip coolness of Heroin in Extreme Land – but it was LSD Land that had the scariest and most fun rides in the Park!
Ramping up from the Timothy Leary “Turn on, tune in, drop out” days it was publicized that our whole generation was experimenting with LSD, and it sure seemed that way but while there were many who tried LSD, the ranks thinned rapidly after just one trip as not everyone could handle LSD’s mind-altering effects – but there were many for whom once was not enough – and many who lost count after dozens, even hundreds of trips.
The quote, “Reality Is For People Who Can’t Handle Drugs”, should have advanced to, “Reality Is For People Who Can’t Handle The Truth”, because that’s what comes forth on an acid trip – the stark-raving truth of your micro-macro reexamined life. And if these truths are faced head on, they’ll make you a better person for yourself and others.*
But then there’s also the extra-sensory psychedelic fun that is your supernatural symbiotic partner on every psychedelic trip.
Fun. Unimaginable Fun.
00individual believes in everything, and therefore believes in nothing: no one thing.
But for fun’s sake let’s see what qualifies one as a God. At the very top of the list of qualifications is that He/She/It would have to have thee best sense of humor. An omnipresent being that knows in advance all human and alien, (to us), foibles and conditions that while repetitive, the humor may still never get old. 00individual hears the Gods let out a chuckle.
And maybe an ultimate sense of humor is what’s required just to get into the Club, you know, the select club that convenes when new worlds are being created. They probably draw straws to see who’ll be the next Martyr, like on the physical plane of Earth, it was Jesus who drew the short straw so he had to initiate the original “New World” Order.
Anyway, 00individual deliberately digresses as an example of the type of acid-induced stream of consciousness conversations one can have with another tripper, or just as well, in conversation with oneself.
Critics say people do that every day in their own heads without psychedelics. And this is true, however with LSD, there is a spiritual awareness and core realizations that power those clever thoughts and have the impact to progress one’s awareness, to take seriously one’s thoughts – a psychedelic imprint that stays with you for the rest of your life.
LSD’s attraction and charm is that it promises to open doors within you to places you previously never knew existed, places you need to say good bye to and places that need to be explored.
And then there’s the thrill of the come-on, that slow tingly surge that swells up inside you like a cold drink of water on a hot day, the sensation of every part of your body energized by a cosmic force that makes you feel like you could fly! That’s feeling that you can fly, not thinking that you can fly. So we all came back for more as LSD was fun, liberating, spiritually-stimulating, physically-thrilling and mentally-mind-bending.
For 00individual it was the same with LSD as it was with women; it wasn’t about quantity as much as it was about quality, (but there was quantity), as each trip was enjoyed for whatever journey it took, from sublime heights of pleasure and beauty to harrowing depths of madness where sanity was stretched and hung by a thread . . . wait, am I talking ’bout women or LSD trips? . . . or both?
The Tribe that I ran with were all Psychedelic Kidz and we dropped acid whenever appropriate, like for concerts, parties, any weekend, week day and/or night and definitely every Fourth of July.
True to the “strangeness attracts strangeness” theory, every trip would somehow incorporate something abnormally bizarre, something that would never happen any other time than when you’re trippin’ – this is clear evidence of the Cosmic Jokers at work – they know how to pick a moment at your expense and it usually provides strange cosmic amusement – so I guess we both benefit.
There is truly a synchronicity that connects and contributes to the reality of some LSD trips – a connection to an awareness that is not unlike coming up from the ambient silent sensory deprivation environment of say, under water in a pool, and then surfacing slowly until your eyes and ears experience the whole new world of a Rockin’ backyard pool party where all of your senses are intensified – it’s that emergence into another level of consciousness that signals and draws extraordinarily strange events to you – you have made yourself known in “their” world.
Truth really is stranger than fiction and in 00individual’s little part of the world for most of 1965 thru 1975, life was truly a strange but exciting adventure every day in ways that psychedelics really just enhanced. Magical Drugs for Magical Times.
Here are some of 00individual’s favorite era-specific albums to groove to while psychedelically exploring Drug World:
Hendrix – Experienced, Axis & Ladyland
Traffic – Mr. Fantasy
Stones – Let It Bleed
Pink Floyd – Ummagumma, Meddle, DSOTM & WYWH
Tangerine Dream -Phaedra (Virgin label’s first album release)
Mantovani – Grand Canyon Suite
Ten Years After – Cricklewood Green
Environments series 1-6 from ’70-’74
The Who – Live at Leeds
The Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame
Nektar – A Tab in the Ocean
The Doors – 1st
Tomita – Snowflakes Are Dancing
Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Dr. John, the Night Tripper – Gris -gris
Cream – Disraeli Gears
Led Zeppelin – 1st & 2nd
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Robin Trower – TRFY & BOS
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
Satanic Majesties always won out over Sgt. Pepper’s as it was a far more psychedelic experience.
A continuing trip of varied styles, yet cohesive and with 2000 Light Years from Home”? Yowza!
Mick and the Boys can dis this album but they laid down a lot of psychedelic truth on vinyl, seriously, this album IS an acid trip.
Highly appreciated by 00individual and those who got it.
Performance – Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mick at it again with Ry Cooder, Jack Nitzsche, Merry Clayton, Randy Newman, Bernard Krause and Buffy Sainte Marie.
This album is thee perfect aural example of an actual LSD trip as it goes through many levels of heavy vaporous sonic delicacies intertwined with Jagger’s “Memo From Turner” and Newman’s “Gone Dead Train”. Whew!
*Although a spiritualist, not a psychonaut, Eckhart Tolle has crafted a universal, perfectly-worded representation of the vital moments within a trip when sacred truths are revealed and resonate with one’s spirit culminating in the need to manifest those truths into our own every day “real world” life:
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”
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