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3. The archetypal '___' "entities" are pretty well categorized, with most people seeing elves or aliens or fairies or angels or some kind of loopy little spirits that dance about and tell riddles. Sometimes it is a spirit-animal like a jaguar or a snake, sometimes it is none of the above and goes totally off the map. But getting back to the elf thing (which is what many people find to be the most curious aspect), I initially found it very surprising to be confronted by elves in my '___' experiences, and on psilocybe mushrooms as well, and did indeed perceive them as externalized, morphing, disincarnate beings. I even managed to carry on rudimentary conversations of sorts. However, the more I experimented with '___' the more I found that the "elves" were merely machinations of my own mind. While under the influence I found I could think them into existence, and then think them right out of existence simply by willing it so. Sometimes I could not produce elves, and my mind would wander through all sorts of magnificent and amazing creations, but the times that I did see elves I tried very hard to press them into giving up some non-transient feature that would confirm at least a rudimentary "autonomous existence" beyond my own imagination. Of course, I could not. Whenever I tried to pull any information out of the entities regarding themselves, the data that was given up was always relevant only to me. The elves could not give me any piece of data I did not already know, nor could their existence be sustained under any kind of prolonged scrutiny. Like a dream, once you realize you are dreaming you are actually slipping into wakefulness and the dream fades. So it is with the elves as well. When you try to shine a light of reason on them they dissolve like shadows.
Originally posted by nukunuku
As for it all being just halucinations like Linux said, well, isnt everything a halucination, people are too stuck on the world "reality". Reality is what you want it to be, '___' or no '___'. The problem starts, when you try to explain to yourself (well your ego needs explanations for everything doesnt it) what happened, you hit a wall and have to dismiss it as hallucinations.
What we need to see here is the bigger picture. This is not something that you can scientifically disect and put into little boxes, these are personal experiences, but the main line is always the same, this world is an illusion you create for yourself.
But you will not understand untill you look at it from the outside, and these substances enable you to do just that. Sorry but your brain will not willingly accept this as facts no matter how hard you try, its far to busy and happy being a master of your little personal universe.