Citation: Newshaman. "The Real Deal: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp42929)". Erowid.org. Jun 23, 2007. erowid.org/exp/42929
I had been experimenting with salvia for quite some time, but was frustrated with the fact that a 5 x extract costs so much, so I decided to give the dry leaves a try, which are sold at my local smoke shop for really cheap. The guy behind the counter told me that the 'regular' leaf wouldn't yield a complete experience, but I wanted to try them out anyway so I bought them. I tried smoking the leaves using a regular lighter and a tiny little water pipe and attained moderately powerful effects, which by salvia standards is absolutely mind-blowing. Each time I smoked I entered a completely strange and fantastic dimension (with eyes closed) that involved intense, flowing visuals and powerful emotions, but I never felt like I had 'broken through.' I was thinking about what was preventing me from doing so and realized that the problem lay in my smoking technique. Sure, I held the lighter over the bowl the whole time, took huge hits and held them in for 15-20 seconds, but often I could feel the trip rapidly escalating and taking over my body while I was holding in the first hit or in the middle of taking the second one. I would feel the urge to just put the bowl down and enjoy what was about to happen. So, I decided that I would fight this urge and attempt a third hit to put me over the top. Let me tell you, this worked wonders and helped me attain an absolutely amazing breakthrough experience.
I smoked the first hit and started feeling it-a vibration accompanied with a feeling of being sucked into a different dimension. I took the second and realized that I was in for a wild ride if I managed to take a third...but the bowl was empty!! I had burned through the whole thing. I frantically tried to pack the bowl with some fresh leaves that were laying nearby while I held in my second hit, and this is when things went totally trippy. This is very hard to describe, but the table that I had placed the extra leaves on 'became' a being in itself-it was alive, and had a mind of its own. I watched in disbelief as it literally 'fought' with my bowl (which had also become a thinking entity) over whether or not I would be allowed to take a third hit. It should be noted here that the table was morphing into different shapes and patterns at the time, and resembled a creature of mythical proportions, however this was trivial in comparison to the mere fact that it now was a living being, with a personality. I felt as though I had known this table (creature) my whole life. I expected him to react in such a way, he never wanted me to have fun .I suddenly snapped back into a more realistic state of mind and realized that I had to take the third hit and step it up a notch. I shakily burned the new leaves in the pipe and then set it down, victorious. My pipe and I had triumphed over the old legendary table, so I closed my eyes, sat back in my chair, and entered that familiar realm of transdimensional travel that I had come to love so much.
Immediately I was overwhelmed with visuals; red, white, greenish lightning bolts swirled into absolutely intricate patterns, and somehow these patterns were or alluded to individual family members. Not real family members-these were fantastical beings. I had a brother, a sister, a mother, all of which I felt that I had known my entire life. My mother was a black hole that sucked all of the energy around her into her direct center. She was scolding me, 'why didn't you listen to your father?!' This is when I realized that the table was my father, the voice of reason in my life. I tried to escape, all I had to do was open my eyes. But I couldn't. She was there, blocking me. 'Don't you dare open your eyes! See what happens if you do!' The black hole sent out horizontal stitches to lock my eyes shut, but I was determined...I thrust my eyes open and was free.
After opening my eyes I saw the closed eye patterns evident in every being in the real world-trees, chairs, doors, they were all reminiscent of salvia land. I shakily walked outside and felt as if I were vibrating in unison with the outside world. This feeling slowly faded over the next 5 or 10 minutes, when I decided that I had to share my experience with others. Salvia is not something to be taken lightly. It has a lot of intense insight to offer, and can easily take you into a completely different world. My only disappointment with the drug is that it seems incredibly intense and life-changing during the experience, but in retrospect is difficult if not impossible to recall exactly how it felt, thus making it seem less significant than it is. Happy journeys.
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