PiHKAL - Taking TOM
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Alexander Shulgin – PIHKAL – A Chemical Love Story
With 40mg of 5-TOM
I knew that I was sinking into a deep reverie after an hour into it. I was not totally unconscious since I seemed to respond to external stimuli – at least most of the time. But I certainly wasn’t all that much there. The experience dominated completely.
At one point – perhaps the peak? – I remember seeing a very quiet sea with a horizontal shoreline and a clear sky. This image seemed to come back rather frequently. At other times I would see a set of disjointed horizontal lines on this beach. These lines reminded me of spectral lines. For a short period of time I thought they were some kind of expression of my energy levels that I didn’t understand. In retrospect, I suspect the horizontal lines were only expressions of how my mind was reacting to the material. I don’t remember talking to anyone until I had started to come down from the experience.
I eventually could see real images, but they were greatly distorted. It was as if I was looking at Cubism paintings by Picasso, having intense and strange colourations. As I came back into the real world, I realised that I had had an extraordinary trip. I had not been afraid at any time. The experience seemed unique but quite benign