Brother-in-law and good friend, J and I decided to do a journey together. Set and setting is always critical. Meaning, physical setting and mindset. Physical setting was a cottage overlooking a spring fed lake in the upper Midwest. Early wintertime with few residents who were year-round. It was just the two of us and we decided to get an early start. The strain chosen was Hawaiian PES. (Hawaiian Cubensis)
Based off past experience and trips, I chose to do 1 grams and J chose to do 2 grams. We have just chewed up the mushrooms in the past. Works fine, but not my recommendation taste wise.
I made smoothies separately for each of us. Weighed out the mushrooms with a digital scale and added them to the blender.
I then added peach juice, banana, frozen pineapple and the juice of one lemon. Smoothies ended up being about 22 ounces for each of us. I like to invite in higher spiritual forces as protection for my experience prior to ingesting power plants. All of us have different sensitivities to various foods, alcohol, coffee, and prescription medication. Same thing exists with magic mushroom dosing. One can always add more later, one can never take back that which has already been ingested.
I once took close to 3 1/2 g at the same lake cottage in the summertime. That proved to be the strangest experience ever in my life. More on that experience to come later. Based off past experience, I decided less might be more. (Sanity and control wise)
Some say it takes an hour for the mushrooms to kick in. Based off my sensitivity, I’m usually feeling the effects in 15 to 20 minutes.
I was once told at a different type of power plant experience, one can tell if one is still tripping by closing your eyes, and seeing if there are swirling patterns forming in front of your closed eyes.
Terrence McKenna (Ethnobotanist and famous psychonaut) would talk about taking 5 grams and retreating to darkness and the quiet of one’s mind. Not for the faint of heart. Numerous You Tube videos of the late, great Terrence are out there and are a very entertaining listen. I like a lesser dose and generally like the awake “real” world interactions.
Magic mushrooms can have an affinity for the optic nerve, and I frequently experience visual “movements”, especially at larger doses. I have sat and watched real and dried plants move indoors with no wind or air-conditioning moving them. This correlates with Terrence’s “Stoned Ape Theory”.
At 5 g in the darkness, Terrence would talk about having experience with machine elves. He describes this in books he has written, and on various YouTube audios and videos.
My go to is to “channel” Meso- American symbolism that I refer to as Toltec in nature. Symbols similar to these that I saw in a museum in Peru.
I love to engage the energies of nature, so about 45 minutes in we took a walk around the lake.
It was a bright, sunny day, with breezes blowing in off the lake, and we were dressed appropriately for the late fall, early winter weather, that was.
Even though the leaves had all fallen off the trees, the trees felt very much alive and sentient with their own personalities. There was an aliveness and glow about these ancient elders.
The movement of the wind on the water was fascinating- a visual feast also experienced through the solar plexus.
The dosage proved to be good for me and “moved the needle” at an appropriate level.
Back at the cottage, I chose to have some quiet time with my eyes closed in a reclining rocker. A familiar entity came to visit me, grandmother spider. For me, she symbolizes the weaving together of energies from the universe to help create our reality and have us connect to the web of life.
I combined the visualization of her with deep breathing, and I felt my chakric energies line up and become cleared as the work ascended from my root chakra going upwards.
The energy was flowing through her abdomen and spinning out in a balanced, level form.
I’ve taken different forms of power plants through the years (more to come). For me, personally, magic mushrooms are a big, deep dive, and I fully respect the power and source behind them. Generally, the trip lasts somewhere between 7 to 8 hours. I’ve had them extend out somewhat longer with larger doses. J had a great experience and liked his dosage also. I personally feel a definite “acceleration” with psilocybin mushrooms and am content to do larger doses only about 3 times a year. No concerns about “addiction” here! Have you experienced magic mushrooms? Tell me about your experiences. I am anxious to learn from others.