Nine tips for mushroom rituals

∙ Set a clear intention. Be clear about your intentions and consecrate the ritual, preferably to Mother Earth.
∙ Be clean. Wash before your contact with higher realities.
∙ Feel nice. Dress in clothes that you like, that you feel pretty, handsome and confident in.

∙ Be a little tired. The mind has a way of trying to hold on to and continue categorizing things. By being a little tired the mind has less chance to do so and it will be easier to reach other realities.
∙ Do not eat before. The stomach takes up the mushroom. If you have eaten heavily before the ritual, the stomach will be working to take care of the food. Do not eat four hours before. A little water and fruit is ok.
∙ Relax. Follow the flow. Do not resist. Meditation is recommended, especially in initial stage of the journey.

∙ Dance and sing. These are powerful tools for processing, reinforcing and spreading emotions. The music that you create yourself in that moment is the strongest. You can also use mantras, if you feel comfortable with them.
∙ Don’t mix. Treat the mushroom with respect. Mixing the mushroom with dirty substances such as alcohol, nicotine or amphetamine is not respectful.
∙ The place. Some locations, such as power spots, are particularly suited for rituals. Choose the location carefully.

Photo: Homage to Luna by John Tracy on Flickr

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Trying to sense the right thing

I once had a jade necklace that must have been magical. Every time I put it on I got new friends. I loved it so much that I gave it to the best boss I ever had.

Pretty soon I missed the feeling of making new friends so easily, so I ordered a new jade necklace. I was however a little disappointed when I put on it, because it didn’t give me new friends. But after a while I noticed that the necklace had a very harmonizing effect. When I put on it, I had a loving calm and felt balanced. It was a great necklace for working with others. I loved it so much that I gave it to a refugee child that needed it more than I did.

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If you’re looking for something but are unable to find it, you might be looking for the wrong thing.

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I was enticed to go to God Goes Deep, an electronic meditative experience in Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady) in Copenhagen. Deep House someone whispered to me, but I haven’t a clue. It felt natural to meditate, so I did so with the expectation of finding spiritual activity in the church. But it was dead. The only angel who appeared to be present was made of marble and God did not seem to care for the place.

After a while I accepted that it was not a place for spiritual contact, but wondered to myself what it was. Immediately I felt human emotions. I sat close to the altar and felt so very much love. The love between people who marry. It’s a fantastically joyous love. But gradually two other very strong emotions that were instilled in the room emerged – fear and confusion.

Church is a place for people.

It is not a place for angels, God or Jesus. It is not a place of miracles, for contact with higher realities or even a power spot. It is a place for people and people’s emotions.

Love. Fear. Confusion.

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If you’re not getting the message, you might not be tuned in to the right frequenzy.

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The best lover you have ever had

In my early relationships we never talked about sex. At all. We fumbled our way without talking about what we were doing, what we felt or wanted.

I particularly remember one time when I was licking my girlfriend. Suddenly she interrupted me.
– Daniel, if you could just do it a little more…
I was so offended that I totally shut down. Who was she to come here and explain to me how to lick her?

Many years later I realized how crazy and self-centered my reaction was. What kind of a twisted self image did I have that let that offend me? What was it that made ​​me believe that I was an expert at satisfying women, without me ever even speaking to them about it? Conceited is just the beginning.

The more I understand about sexual pleasure, the more I realize that I don’t understand anything at all. As with most things in life. The less you know, the more you imagine that you are an expert. I’m no expert anymore, so please:
– I have no idea how your body works, so please teach me how to please you. Feel free to give me a course on how I can best satisfy you. Show me what you like and tell me when I do something that you don’t like. My goal is to become the best lover you have ever had, but I can only become that if you help me to.

Photo: Construction – 4 by Derek A. on Flickr

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Flashbacks on LSD

How many times can a person take LSD in a year? l have read on Google that after taking LSD one can have flashbacks that might continue for a year. What are your thoughts about that? ls it dangerous or safe?

To begin with the question of how often one can take LSD. It depends. Many people who take psychedelics find that they need time to integrate the experience in their lives, and therefore only take them every three or six months or once a year. It is very important to integrate all experiences in life, so we don’t rush off thrill seeking. It might be great fun thrill seeking on psychedelics, but I find that people who do not properly integrate their experiences end up having really bad trips – as if the substance becomes angry with them.

When I began taking LSD it was self medication against alcoholism and depression. While the alcoholism was quickly resolved, the depression took a little more time. The LSD yanked me out of my negative thought spirals and let me nourish my happy thoughts, but after a while the negative thought patterns would re-emerge and I would take another trip to get out of them again. For each trip I took the time it took me to relapse became longer and the relapses became less severe, until they just ceased. Using LSD in such a manner, as a medicine, might mean that you want to do it on a much more regular basis, such as once every two weeks for a while.

Most users, I think, are very enthusiastic in the beginning and want to use it often, but eventually get to a point where they feel content. LSD is much about self exploration and I find that I need to change methods, substances, ways of doing things and focus every once in a while to continue on that path.

When I was still very new to LSD I got a ride with a man who had used LSD earlier on in life, but had quit. At the time I thought that was quite remarkable. Why would anybody ever quit something that is so fantastic as LSD? So he told me:
– I love LSD. It has helped me so incredibly much in my life and I cannot be thankful enough for having used it. But one day I was just done. I didn’t have any bad trips or anything else that scared me. It was just the feeling of needing to move on. LSD was a fantastic teacher, but when I had learnt all I needed to learn from it I needed to continue without it.
Now that I have gone through the same process I understand exactly what he was saying. You might have loved your kindergarten teacher or had the most amazing high school football coach – but when you are done you need to keep moving, or you will be stuck in kindergarten or high school for the rest of your life.

So what can I say to sum this up? Take LSD safely and as much and for as long as you feel you need it and it is rewarding. Learn from your experiences and integrate the insights into your daily life. If you do so you will probably one day have the same feeling as I described, where you have learnt what you set out to learn with LSD. Then you need to let it go and continue your journey.

Ok. So what about the flashbacks?

For a while I didn’t really believe in flashbacks at all. I’m still quite skeptical, but I have now had at least one friend who has had them. A flashback is when psychedelic effects linger or show up long after the substance should be long gone from the body. My friend suffered such lingering hallucinations as light trails and halos from lights for a year. After having quit psychedelics it eventually faded out.

I believe that the danger of flashbacks is greatly overrated. Very few users have them, they are often quite mild and wear off within reasonable time. Psychedelics have so few really worrisome side effects that the ones that do seem to exist (there still isn’t a scientific consensus that flashbacks are directly linked to LSD) are blown out of proportion.

I do however specifically want to mention one effect that can be misunderstood as flashbacks, but shouldn’t be confused as such.

When we work with psychedelics we sometimes open new ways of perceiving things. It is common on psychedelics that we become more receptive and open up our eyes to things that have been hidden to us before, such as auras, energies, angels, spirits or such. Or even just the ability to be better at seeing people for who they are and recognizing their emotional states.

Once one has opened the ability to see such things it might be that it is hard to turn it off. Let’s say that you have opened up the ability to see auras. If you don’t know what to make of it and meet others that say that such things don’t exist, you might think that you are sick, when you have actually been given a great spiritual gift. I suspect that some of the cases of “flashbacks” might actually be that people don’t understand the gifts they have unlocked.

Photo: Color Me by brillianthues on Flickr

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The Master of Irony has left the building

My speech used to be littered with irony. I suppose I was a perfect example of the ironic generation, because most of what I said was never straight forward. It was twisted and ambiguous in a way so that I was often misunderstood. Or to be quite honest, I’m not sure I always knew myself what I was trying to say.

Then along came LSD.

Overnight I dropped a lot of strange, disharmonious behaviours. I first realized that I had lost my ironic touch when I just couldn’t understand irony any more. It just sailed straight over my head. There was no longer any charm to it, because I realized the irony often tried to disguise what the person was actually trying to say.

LSD made me appreciate clear and intentional speech. It made me appreciate that which was understandable and to the point. That isn’t to say that it was without humour. Quite the contrary. There is much space for humour in that which is clear, only not the kind of humour that tries to confuse and distract the listener.

I soon came to realize a few other things about irony. Irony is often used to cover up your true emotions. By using irony the person never fully needs to take responsibility of what s/he is expressing. There is always a back door left open so that one can escape. Irony is never fully true and never takes a strong stance.

It is a way of keeping a barrier between you and others, and such barriers keep us separate. Many people feel safe behind their walls and barriers, but in truth one is not safe. One is locked away from the world and from one’s own feelings. Being so afraid that one must hide behind walls, one becomes castrated and cannot communicate or live fully.

Irony is a way of hiding. Irony is an expression of fear. It is the fear of being truthful about oneself.

Photo: Dissonance by Alex on Flickr

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The ball of energy that we are a part of

When I was 17, I saw before me the earth as a ball of energy, and that all life that arose were small pieces of energy that got to express themselves as life, and then to return to the big energy ball again. Like water droplets thrown up by the waves, that then fall back to reunite with the water.

Photo: Earth Horizon, an adaptation of a public domain photo from Nasa/JPL made by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.

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The pleasurable way to world peace

– Mom! Mom! Dad! Dad!
Linda, age 11, came running up the stairs with something clearly important to tell.
– I have found out how we can achieve peace in the world! I know how we can get everyone to stop fighting!
Then she pulled up her dress, down her panties and started stroking herself between her legs in front of her astonished parents.
– It’s really wonderful! Try it. If we could only get everyone to start doing this they will surely stop fighting, because then they would of course want to have a good time instead of arguing.

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Letter to the police in Värmland

Hello.

My name is Daniel Wilby. I am a 40 year old father of two, a writer and an yoga practitioner. Or as Tommy Lindh at the Swedish police in Värmland called me in the Swedish tabloid Expressen – a “drug liberal youth.”

I’m alive thanks to LSD.

Nine years ago I was literally on the verge of drinking myself to death. By pure chance, at age 31, I tried LSD and the experience was so transformative that I stopped drinking that same evening and started taking responsibility for my life. There began my journey of healing and growing, and vital tools for that were LSD and psychedelic mushrooms.

When I had my first experience of LSD, where I over night miraculously recovered from a 13-year long heavy alcohol abuse, I thought that my recovery was unique. When I started to look into it and talk to others who have taken LSD and other psychedelics, I quickly discovered that I was by no means unique. Among people who know psychedelics these kinds of stories are very common. LSD is sometimes likened to ten years of therapy in one night, which I can attest that it is often.

I have worked with these substances for eight years, with myself and with others. I have seen much healing, I have seen many insights that have changed peoples’ lives for the better, I have seen many challenge their fears and overcome obstacles within. For that reason, I have begun to study social work. It is my goal to one day work with legal psychedelic therapy.

But back to Tommy Lindh at the police in Värmland, who today wrote about LSD on the police Facebook page. The post has created some stir, because it’s obvious that the person who wrote it is very ignorant. In it Tommy Lindh writes about internet drugs which claims victims and says that they have discovered LSD which is an “extremely strong drug which in its dangerousness is clearly comparable to heroin.” In an article in the Swedish tabloid Expressen he continues to confuse LSD with research chemicals and says that the young people have died.

I happen to know much more about LSD than Tommy Lindh at the police in Värmland, so I would briefly like to give you a few facts:
∙ It is basically impossible to die of LSD. You need to take more than 1,000 times the dose to stand the slightest risk. No one has ever taken that much LSD.
∙ To risk death with heroin one need to take 5 times the dose and to risk dying from alcohol poisoning one needs to take 10 times the dose. The latter is equivalent to a fourteen year old drinking a full bottle of liquor in 15 minutes.
∙ LSD has with extreme success been used to relieve and cure such things as substance abuse, post traumatic stress, depression, death anxiety, and empathy disorders.
∙ LSD was early on used to treat alcoholics and had much better results than the 12-step program has ever had. Actually one AA’s founder, Bill Wilson, wanted LSD to be step 1 in AA treatment.
∙ Many who use LSD and other psychedelics do it with a spiritual purpose. Psychedelics have been used for more than 6000 years by witches, shamans and medicine men to cure people and to get in contact with the spirit world.

It makes me both sad and upset to see ignorant people like Tommy Lindh at the police in Värmland speak in that manner about healing substances that can help so many people, in a time when more people than ever need the help. It irritates me that people like him are allowed to express their ignorance unchallenged in the media.

But I am not waging a war against Tommy. I think it is a pity that his knowledge is so limited. I think it is a shame that so many in the police, the prison service and in other social sectors are so profoundly ignorant to things that could save so many lives.

There are few who dare to speak as openly as I do about these things, because they fear social reprisals. To be able to take this discussion I stay completely drug-free and have done so for more than a year.

If the police in Värmland want to have a better understanding of psychedelics, they are most welcome to hire me as a speaker.

Sincerely

Daniel Wilby

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“Is it just my imagination?”

– Is this for real or is it just my imagination?
The question is an early challenge that many face when they start exploring alternative/spiritual work. What happens is so amazing that they simply have a hard time believing it. So they begin to think and analyze. The doubts strangle their ability to go into the experience, and therefore also what they can receive from it.

Imagine any area of life. What would happen if you every five minutes would stop to ask yourself if this really was for real? You would of course be interrupted, lose focus and not get into it properly.

One way to handle this is to say to yourself before starting “I know I can come to question if this is for real, and that’s okay. But I will not question it while I am trying to explore the experience. The time to analyze and question is afterwards, when I have fully explored the experience. Before I have done so it is just stupid of me to question it, because I will likely miss the point. So today I promise myself to go into the experience with an open mind.”

Photo: 40+152 Tie by bark on Flickr

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