The problem with LSD
The problem with acid is threefold. People aren’t really doing acid, they aren’t doing enough acid. And they aren’t doing acid in the right environment.
The most powerful single capacity of an acid trip is to investigate the status of what Tim Leary would call ones “first circuit programing” — or in common terms: do you feel fundamentally safe? Most people do not feel fundamentally safe, and even those that can feel fundamentally safe experience it as something which happens due to their environment. The variability of the feeling — the fact that it is just a feeling — is the most powerful single drug induced insight a human being can have.
People who have experienced a first circuit shift describe it in terms of realizing that they are immortal, that God loves them and that there is nothing they could ever do that would change that, that God is looking over everything and everything, no matter how it seems, will be OK in the end. A lot of first circuit work leads to more moderate statements — “I know that even though I will experience pain and fear there is no way I will ever be subject to them again.”
Problem is, if you do acid in an unsafe environment, at the moments when you are open to imprinting, you continue to be unsafe, so the experience will either be worthless or will confirm the individual in their existing limitations and paranoias.
Most acid available on the street is weak, and much of it is actually other hallucinogenic drugs or even forms of LSD which are mind altering drugs, but not ones that do effective first circuit program changes. Low dosages of LSD-25 are “fun” but basically meaningless. High doses of LSD-25 in a bad environment are terrifying.
The optimal trip is 1200 Micrograms of pure fresh acid with a group of people who are not trying to exploit you in any way, (sex boundaries and comfort talking about sex are really important), and who themselves have experienced first circuit reprogramming — so that they understand what it means to feel “safe.” and are capable of encouraging your own movement to and return to that state. Once you are anchored in that state, it can be fun to experience the “forest states” — or the feelings of radical paranoia and un-safety (feelings that one is totally insane, is evil, is dying etc) to see how those can be entertaining, and how you do not need to be subject to them any longer.
Deep therapies involving body work and hypnosis, and just being raised by healthy and highly inteligent parents in an economically advantageous environment can also create the feeling of fundamental safety in a person — but experiencing the fact that it is nothing more than a chemical wave — in short, experiencing that you can detach from your investment in your own state of fundamental safety is arguably something that is best experienced through the medium of drugs.
It’s also worth pointing out that you can’t “get there and stay there” with drugs. The drug illuminates or reveals an insight, it is up to the person to then do the appropriate psychological and philosophical work to develop those insights into actual profound personal change. If you don’t anchor the drug work then it is just like any inspiring book or movie which could have changed your life but didn’t. At the end of the day there are no real short-cuts, but that’s OK because at the end of the day no one is really going anywhere anyway.
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