Citation: Unagru. "Descent and Death: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp92734)". Erowid.org. Jul 5, 2017. erowid.org/exp/92734
Two friends and I decided we wanted to try smoking salvia, several people in our social group had shared amazing stories with us about their experiences and it sounded like a fun way to spend an evening. Our smoking was fairly spur of the moment, another friend had given us some salvia he'd purchased some time back and we had nothing interesting planned for the night.
I took my hit of salvia about 5 minutes after my trip buddy came down. During her trip she had danced a little, laughed at the slightest provocation, and sobered up fairly quickly; I thought I'd be able to handle a larger hit than she'd taken with no real issues.
I packed about 1/4 gram and kicked it in one draw, holding for a little more than a minute. The moment I exhaled time shattered and the air began trying to hold me in place. I turned and pulled myself up onto the bed so I could support myself against the wall; though this seemed to take several minutes and inhuman effort I was told after that I appeared in control and it only took me a couple seconds. Once I had myself settled I began laughing uncontrollably for no real reason I could find.
That's when my head split open. My face cracked at my jaw and the top of my head flipped back to reveal a perfect recreation of the room I was in resting on my tongue. My consciousness dropped suddenly into the new body that was waiting for me and I realized that all of reality was contained within me. Again my head split and I fell into another room. The next descent happened even faster, the one after that faster still. I began dropping through worlds so quickly that there was no longer any sense of motion, merely a mild flicker to my vision. I became suddenly aware that these new layers of reality were being built by thousands of tiny people, each one taking them generations to complete. I began to experience each of their lives, all of their emotional experiences, the relationships they shared with each other: the joy they felt at each completed level left me paralyzed and incapable of communicating. As my descent sped up they began to work faster and I slipped deeper into the experiences I shared with them.
Then they began dying.
Just as I'd felt their joy at building I felt all of their deaths; as each died a new builder came into being and joined the crews building inside me before dying in turn. For what felt like hundreds of years I was trapped there, unable to move or speak, dying again and again thousands of times over. Through all of this I couldn't stop laughing. Suddenly time locked in place and my head slammed shut bringing me into reality again.
I collapsed onto my trip buddy's lap, still not entirely capable of moving. As she stroked my head time froze again and her fingers took root in my skull growing into massive trees. This ended abruptly. For the next twenty minutes I experienced small, momentary hallucinations like this one: a few of them were distortions of time and gravity, most of them there aren't words to describe. It took me half an hour after taking my hit to realize that there was more to what existed than the room we were in.
It was the greatest trip of my life. Salvia gave me death and it gave me life; only now can I truly appreciate both.
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