am glad to see '___' included. I have studied '___' and other entheogens for several years now, and believe myself that a link does exist. Another
"safe" entheogen, though not occuring in our brains naturally, would be Salvinorum A. Extracts are readily available, though somewhat expensive, and
most people don't like it. But I see great potential in "tapping" alternate realities. Remember, with entheogenic plants and chemicals, some things
should be disregarded as a "trip". Though, I find that reseachers believe '___' to be a dream molecule interesting. Many ancient cultures had great
amounts of knowledge learned through the entheogenic plants of their regions, and I believe we should keep an open mind to what possible "teachings"
we could learn.
Combined with meditation Salvia Divorium is a very effective tool for venturing outside of our normal 4 dimensional perception of reality. It’s
effects, relative to the doses potency, can give even the most seasoned drug users experiences and journeys unlike any other chemical known to man.
It’s not a party drug by any means and if one is able to find themselves achieving the 5th and 6th level of its effects well….,,
The SALVIA Experiential Rating Scale
Level -1 "S stands for SUBTLE effects." A feeling that "something" is happening, although it is difficulty to say just what. Relaxation and
increased sensual appreciation may be noted. This mild level is useful for meditation and may facilitate sexual pleasure.
Level - 2 "A stands for ALTERED perception." Colors and textures are paid attention to. Appreciation of music may be enhanced. Space may appear of
greater or lesser depth than is usual. But visions do not occur at this level. Thinking becomes less logical, and more playful; short term memory
difficulties are may be noted.
Level - 3 "L" stands for LIGHT visionary state." Closed eye visuals (clear imagery with eyes closed: fractal patterns, vinelike and geometric
patterns, visions of objects and designs). The imagery is often two dimensional. If open eyed visual effects occur these are usually vague and
fleeting. At this level phenomena similar to the hypnagogic phenomena that some people experience at sleep onset occur. At this level visions are
experienced as "eye candy" but are not confused with reality.
Level - 4 "V stands for VIVID visionary state." Complex three dimensional realistic appearing scenes occur. Sometimes voices may be heard. With eyes
open contact with consensual reality will not be entirely lost, but when you close your eyes you may forget about consensus reality and enter
completely into a dreamlike scene. Shamanistic journeying to other lands, foreign or imaginary; encounters with beings, entities, spirits; or travels
to other ages may occur. You may even live the life of another person. At this level you have entered the shaman's world. Or if you prefer you are in
"dream time." With eyes closed you experience fantasies (dream like happenings, with a story line to them). So long as your eyes are closed you may
believe they are really occurring. This differs from the "eye candy" closed eye imagery, of level 3.
Level - 5 "I" stands for IMMATERIAL existence." At this level consciousness remains and some thought processes are still lucid, but one becomes
completely involved in inner experience and loses all contact with consensual reality. Individuality may be lost; one experiences merging with
God/dess, mind, universal consciousness, or bizarre fusions with other objects real or imagined, e.g. merging with a wall may be experienced. At this
level it is impossible to function in consensual reality, but unfortunately some people do not remain still but move around in this befuddled state.
For this reason a sitter is essential to ensure the safety of someone voyaging to the inner levels. To the person experiencing this, the phenomenon
may be terrifying or exceedingly pleasant; but to an outside observer the individual may appear confused or disoriented.
Level 6 - "A stands for AMNESIC effects " At this stage either consciousness is lost; or at least one is unable to later recall what one is
experiencing. The individual may fall, or remain immobile or thrash around; somnambulistic behavior may occur; injuries can be sustained without pain
being felt; on awakening the individual will have no recollection of what he/she did, experienced or said in level 6. People cannot ever recall what
they experience in this very deep trance state. This is not a sought after level as later nothing can be recalled of the experience.
MODS note, Salvia Divorium is 100% legal in most states!
[edit on 26-2-2007 by mindrewind2002]