It's difficult to weave any thoughts I may have between the extended
dialogue you've been having with Mr-B (Bi-located) so instead I thought I
would just throw a few comments into the miscellany and see what happens.
Firstly I have no doubt that he experienced the same "oneness"
that is at the core of most of my hallucinogenic experiences.
I have sympathy for his disorientation - It took me years to integrate what
I know about both worlds.
I am aware that you can gain the notion of oneness but this is not the same
as loosing yourself within it.
I find some people a bit dismissive about what I refer to as "Universal
Consciousness" but I cannot stress enough that this is not
merely a notion. I don't have any difficulty in accepting the reality of other
peoples experiences however bizarre, yet I see all of these as being
peripheral to the state of Universal Consciousness.
You refer to navigating those realms and this made it clearer to
me how I see Universal Consciousness
I see it as the core experience - a state of nothingness from
which all possibilities spring from. I use it as the central
point of navigation - a point I always know I can get to. Increased
familiarity with this point and how to get to it enables you to venture from
it at your will - with complete control.
The result of this is that in my recent experiences with mushrooms and
Salvia, over the last few years, fear is not an issue as it is simply
somewhere I do not choose to go. Once you have faced the fear of death (not
just the notion of it) and come out the other side there is not much else to
be fearful of anyway!
I had been writing a piece on Universal Consciousness, intending it to be a
guide to others, but recently I've realized that although the destination is
universal we each have our own unique path. There is a real danger of getting
lost by interpreting (or worse adopting) other peoples experiences on the way.
I do see the value of sharing your experiences - it's the reason we're here
- but ultimately that is all they will be - your experiences.
I mention this because I sense in the later communications with Mr-B an
element of mutual "defense of ones own corner".
Mainly this is regarding the pros and cons of exploring those other realms.
Again we each have our own unique path and the decision to abstain from Salvia
is ultimately his. I personally abstained from hallucinogens for over five
years because reminding myself of the REALITY rendered daily life meaningless.
I now like to be reminded as often as possible and view my use of hallucinogens
as being wholly spiritual and almost entirely hedonistic.
Particularly fear should not be the primary reason for using