A nice seasonal revised repost from the Psychedelic Archives of 00individual:
EXPERIENCE TRUE PSYCHEDELIC TRIPS!
MIND-BLOWER #6 – Winter 1971
SUPERNATURAL SUPER NATURAL
00individual, his girlfriend and their three dogs moved from L.A. to Mammoth Lakes, California at the end of summer 1971 before the winter that would eventually become the most snowfall Mammoth would experience in a decade. The snow-plowed streets would literally become like the maze in “the Shining”. Their VW Bug was buried.
Invited and informed by friends who moved to Mammoth that the local government literally wanted people to move to their county, and unquestioned, would pay for unemployment and food stamps as their fiscal financial allocations would be lessened if not used. Groovy!
Once settled-in, Pink Floyd’s just-released “Meddle” album and the “Black Mass” album by Lucifer (Mort Garson – synth/moog master) both became the constant aural atmosphere for immersing in the Occult.
00individual had been delving into the psychedelic aspects of “Hidden Knowledge” for some time prior to the move north. Now it was a perfect time in Cultural History and in a rich natural environment where spiritual and metaphysical concentrations should bolster results.
One sunny snow-covered day, while sharing a joint and gazing out the second story window of our upstairs neighbor, peer and kindred spirit, Mr. Frost (his real name) the snowy mountainous view and environment emanated an enriching old-world feel.
Even though he wasn’t in Europe, for a moment 00individual felt that he was, and mused on how cool it would be if they were in Switzerland, and Mr. Frost said, “We are.”
And he was right; 00individual was in a mountain village in Switzerland and the sensation took on the foreign feeling of actually being there.
Mr. Frost called it Geophysical Mind Travel; a matter of shifting a present reality to a similar but foreign reality complete with geographical settings.
There was no difference between the ambient environment and visuals in Mammoth than Switzerland at that moment other than 00individual chose for it to be Switzerland, . . . and because of that, it felt foreign – and that was the acid test, because if it felt foreign then it became real!
Since then, 00individual has done this throughout his life, and as an example, on a particularly sunny day through the studio’s sliding glass door a little Italian town is “felt” beyond the mountain and the brightness outside and therefore exists.
On a foggy moonglow night, outside through the sliding glass door, the bowl effect of the Santa Monica mountains become a massively thick great forest roof and 00individual is in an aerie.
Driving the Pacific Coast Highway many times, 00individual imagined touring on the South of France or cruising a roadway on a strange planet that is much like Earth.
Industrial areas become future environments that could have all sorts of mystery and intrigue just beyond locked gates; alien, ancient or . . ?
This is not fantasizing, this is sensory actualization made real by your imagination’s abilities to fill in the altered reality’s “world”.
Mr. Frost’s technique is a wonderful precursor to other more advanced forms of mind-honing. This, and other lessons learned while high on psychedelics, have made them accessible anytime, anywhere – an altered state of consciousness that is in fact “real” when willfully manifested and then joyfully experienced.
To wrap-up this trip on imagination; 00individual gives tribute to Richard Dunn who turned him on to Robert Anton Wilson’s book “The Cosmic Trigger”, which in turn introduced a man who changed 00individual’s life as sure as psychedelics did, and all for the better, Terrence McKenna – ethnobotanist, philosopher, psychonaut, researcher, teacher, lecturer, and writer on many subjects, such as human consciousness, language, psychedelic substances, the evolution of civilizations, the origin and end of the universe, alchemy, and extraterrestrial beings.
Terrence stated that man’s ultimate evolution was to exist in his imagination.
Sounds highly probable: the introduction of the internet, the immersive depth of video games and the assimilation of technologies have elevated human imagination with the capacity to relate to the virtual existence of “real” places in cyberspace – the first step to living in total imagination.
Psychedelic “Flying” Witches’ Salve
Before the winter snow covered the ground, 00individual made a quick trip back down to L.A. to visit a noted Metaphysical Shop on Melrose Boulevard. There were two ingredients that were needed to complete the recipe for Witches’ Salve that 00individual was extremely fortunate to acquire.
This was the reputed salve that Witches, Bless their Souls, would rub on their skin to give their bodies the sensation of flying. Psychedelics for the skin! 00individual needed this!
The Shop normally stocked the two herbs that were needed to complete the recipe, but they were out of both. Sadly, 00individual was told that those specific two herbs, that have been allowed entry into this country forever, were currently being held at the Long Beach docks pending a current FDA ban on their sale. They were belladonna and wormwood. 00individual was very disappointed.
During this era 00individual delved into Occult knowledge, and two years later on the day after Christmas ’73, was standing in a wraparound-the-block line in drizzly rain with his girlfriend and in front of two Nuns at a Westwood Village theater, the National, for the first showing of “The Exorcist”.
00individual’s girlfriend read William Peter Blatty’s book and stated that it was a dramatic documentary, a movie based on real events.
Well, for 00individual this film was a wake up call. He had been spared; he was shown that his attempts at trying to connect with “others” had the potential to get extremely messy.
So, understanding the possible implications of past serious experiments, 00individual strode the neutral path for many years after. The Exorcist delivered a real karmic warning and was considered as “a word to the wise is sufficient.”
Nature’s Sensory-Deprivation Tank
Meanwhile, back in Mammoth with no Skin Psychedelics, 00individual was greeted by the friend who invited him to Mammoth and told him the sad news, his friend mourned the loss but assured him that he had something better.
He told us to prepare for a secret Midnight Ritual – it was “Nature’s Sensory-Deprivation Tank”, known to only a select few – and there we have the simple original ancient definition of “Occult”; “hidden (secret) knowledge that must be studied by initiates to be understood.”
We were quick studies and welcomed initiates for this Occult journey, so on a crisp snowy night we all drove south out of Mammoth, off the main highway, past the old airstrip and ended up near a small hot springs pond that was part of a small creek with a flat foot-bridge across it.
The location of the hot springs wasn’t a huge secret; but the technique to experience Nature’s Sensory-Deprivation Tank was.
First, we’d all nude-up and go from the freezing, snowy banks into the hot, hot creek and from there we would literally navigate each other through mind-altering excursions.
The “secret technique” consisted of one person who would be “Tripped” by the other two, three or four people who would gently support and guide your floating body around the creek. The feeling was of being weightless floating in space “2001: A Space Odyssey” Starchild-style with the blackness of space and millions of stars circulating as you are guided about the creek.
But the essential part of the trip was that you needed to keep your ears just below the surface of the water, as the deep rumbling sound and sensation emanating from the underwater hot mineral source-spout near the bridge provided a universe-careening aural environment that ebbed and flowed as you moved toward and away from the rumbling sonic vibrations.
This cosmic rumble complemented the weightless physical feeling which created the sensation of slowly ripping through space and time!
If it was snowing, the experience intensified as the falling flakes appeared as if stars soaring past you on all sides as you traveled spirit-like through deep space. We were experiencing Star Wars before anyone else. (See header simulation painting above.)
A true natural full body and mind psychedelic experience! Mind-Blowing! Far Out!
After the usual 45 minute trip per person in Nature’s Sensory Deprivation Tank, you were so “altered” that you enjoyed the meditative Tripping of the next person. Sometimes we’d be “out there” until near sun-up, but like vampires we needed to get back before daylight; as it would/could take away from the ambiance of the nocturnal experience. On the drive back we’d be zonked, but spiritually uplifted as the experience was highly concentrated due to the super natural element and therefore spiritual transcendence was certainly obtainable if one had this intent and power of thought in mind.
These Super Natural Trip experiences were a gift from nature and did not need any psychedelics to achieve truly exceptional psychedelic effects, … however, us Hippies were known to push limits and there were times when the cosmic spike of psychedelics could contribute to a truly Supernatural Super Natural experience.
Here’s the end scene (spoiler) from the classic movie “Altered States” to show you what can happen when you take psychedelics in a sensory deprivation tank – you could “TRANSCEND“.
Thanks to all of you Righteous Rockers who have visited this site over the past 3 1/2 years!
Here’s a treasured musical gift for everyone:
Best Winter Holiday Spirit Sublime Electronica Trippy Psychedelic
Music Album Ever!
Instrumental – Rotary Connection – 1968
a bit of Hendrix, Santana, Morricone and Floyd
CRANK IT UP FOR FULL EFFECT!
With a few more years of fun to milk it for all its’ worth;
00individual is seen here at 20 years old; nine months before the above experience
and nearing the end of the ten months of Free-Form Hippie Adventures that included:
Spontaneous Road Trips and Mind-Blowing Psychedelic Trips,
Historic Albums, Bands and Historic and Classic Rock Concerts!
L.A., Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, Westchester, the Beach and the Vibe!
Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Now, for any and all of you Righteous Rockers and Dedicated Souls who made it this far,
00INDIVIDUAL has a PSYCHEDELIC GIFT for YOU!
Position the header art as full screen as possible and stare at the image of the snowflakes
Within 30 to 60 seconds or less, your brain’s own boredom will begin to move the snowflakes down the screen in a “dripping” fashion.
Now, this alone is a cool optical illusion, but let’s take it much further.
For fun, 00individual wondered if he could control this snowflake movement with his mind.
Merely by concentrating and commanding the dripping snowflakes to stop, they slowed to a stop
and by concentrating and commanding them upward, against the normal optical flow, they moved upward.
00individual was able to control the movement of the snowflakes with his mind!
Now that was and is cool fun! Mental Psychedelics!
Tested: works whether stoned or not.
Dope it works for you!
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