Arthur, James D - 13 A profound feeling of direction
Type of Spiritual Experience
Salvia can also produce a succession of experiences that start with synaesthesia and then slowly build up to more profound experiences over either the one session or over a series of sessions. All of this is done by the composer to judge the readiness of the person to be able to cope with the more profound types of experience and to a large extent also ensure that its efforts are not wasted on someone who merely thinks this is a jolly recreational jaunt – it isn’t……………….
A description of the experience
Salvia Divinorum – J D Arthur
Salvia would have the dual effect of numbing the body, to a certain extent, in an external way, while at the same time engaging the bodily senses in a very direct, yet internal way.
After first entering the state, I would feel something akin to "pins and needles"-primarily, it seemed, in my face [this is synaesthesia] . This gentle stinging was all but unnoticeable, initially. It always seemed intertwined with the psychological aspects of entering the state, as if the two were one process. It was not an unpleasant sensation; on the contrary, it was exhilerating. It was an almost blissful corollary to the dipping into the well of faces.
Another physical sensation that was regularly making its appearance was the overwhelming sensation of movement. Initially, there seemed to be a rapid forward movement, as if one were plunging headlong into a pool of water. The movement was swift and sustained. Within a few moments, I would become aware of secondary forces moving laterally to the left or right. This has been a consistent occurrence throughout many of my salvia journeys. There is a profound feeling of direction in many experiences. Oftentimes, I would feel that I was being blown by a strong "wind," to my left or right. It would become paramount to "hold on" and not be swept away.