by Ovidiu Brazdau
These exercises are a manifesto for an active attitude toward psychedelic experiences. The usual “safe” way is to prepare the set and the setting, then to let go, and let the plants do the work. My view is that we can consciously co-participate in the psychedelic experience flow, while we maintain a flexible-fluidic configuration. We can be “the shaman” and “the journeyer”, simultaneously.
Table of contents
I. The entrainment
II. A path from conscious dreaming to high-sync DMT-like experiences
III. Working with perspective (experience filters)
IV. Transitioning through layers of experience
V. A visual method for navigating through fractals
VI. Navigation tweaks
VII. Using inner sound as a feedback tool
VIII. Merging two or more psychedelic experiences
IX. A metaphor for energy movements and vibrational experiences using P and S waves
X. Enstatic dance: integrating silent-meditative states with ecstatic high-energy experiences
XI. Frequency jumping
XII. Some reflections for advanced psychonauts
I. The entrainment.
Wait one or two hours after sunset, with no artificial light around, and give your eyes some time to adapt to night vision. Use red lighting if necessary, it will not spoil the rods’ adaptation.
Close your eyes, listen to some music on your headphones, or just go inside yourself using your own method.
Perform a full pratyahara (internal absorption, as described in the Yoga Sutra).
Activate visual perception (happening in the retina) to what is happening. In other words, activate the eyes as if you are in a fully darkened room, but keep the eyelids closed.
Look at the visuals generated in the visual thinking layer.
Or relax deeply, and wait for the dream state to activate itself, then start watching.
To do this, align the dreamy landscape with real body perceptions, and allow visual perception and dreamy landscapes to become manifested at the same time.
Another view: keep the witness active while the dreamy state is activated, providing visual thinking and allowing the dreamy visuals to unfold, while maintaining body presence and an active meta-attention. Once the dreamy state is fully active, notice that the eyes seem to be looking in various directions, as if they are following the dream (this is natural in dreams). But, at this point, while keeping the vibrational state in the dream mode, concentrate the attention onto one point, in front of your visual field, and switch the content from dream to here-now-retina perception, by adding depths to the attention span. Then, just enter into the wave realm by allowing yourself to constantly flow within the here-now experience.
Sense this change. And watch how the visuals tend to form, in new ways. This is the beginning of the “visionary” experience. At this point, a new category of actions is possible, e.g., consciously interacting with the visual content.
“Notice the visuals… are they mine? Or I may ask the collective, are they mine? Usually, the collective sense of my presence in the field is activated; and, from an observer, I become a part of the field. I let myself connect.”
Watch how this collective feedback reflection modifies the field, while the reflection process happens.
The collective adds information to the local field, and sometimes energetic visions appear.
The images become archetypal.
“Archetypes are vibrational harmonies translated into images. But what images? It seems that the selection criterion is… the most powerful or quasi-harmonically visual form, which exists in the collective field (culture) or in the individual field (personality), related to the specific vibe (information and energy flow) that is activated.”
Watch the visionary flow and experience this layer as long as you want.
II. A path from conscious dreaming to high-sync DMT-like experiences.
This is what I tried and it works:
– When the brain is in the dream state, and there are dreamy visuals, as if looking from a third-person perspective, I may happen to see myself from above, with certain things happening in the dream. Let’s call them “dream visuals”, in contrast with psychedelic visions, which are “perceptual visuals”, experienced from a first-person perspective.
– One path that I followed is this: I wait for the “dream visuals”, and watch. When some scene intensifies, emotional energy appears, and usually it happens that I become aware of myself as a character. Depending on the flow, “me-in-the-dream” has various reactions to the images, while processing my “unconscious” information. If “I-as-observer” notices that “me-in-the-dream” is not reacting harmonically, I interact, take the dream position and add perceptual vision to it. I collapse into a reduced freedom configuration, I give up the objective-overview attention and adapt to a new style of overviewing, which is less spacious but more intense, and I allow myself to experience that perspective. Why? I want to see why this is happening, I want to understand the nature of the deep roots of this misalignment I am experiencing. Well, this action of jumping/collapsing-into-me transforms the dream visual experience in a perceptually psychedelic experience. Further, I use the gamemaster tools that this configuration allows for, to provide myself with a deep flow into the essence of information; and, after I figure it out and perform the right internal action, the perspective aligns.
As a side fact… I do not do OBEs. I prefer to dive into me, while staying where I am, here in this area of space. There is enough movement already happening, the earth around the sun, the sun around the galaxy, and then the movement of galaxy itself… I tried, a few times, to pick up on a vibration generated by the music I was listening to, and diving into it… and I found myself racing through a ray of light, wormhole-like (with a 10-20% intensity of colored fractals if I add retina perception in certain ways).
In this experience, the speed is simultaneously aligned with relaxation. I need to relax to go faster. But I can also simply increase the speed, by accelerating the diving, and accelerating the previous method of acceleration; and when this increase-in-an-increase-in-an-increase generates a sync in-crescendo, my (perceived) energy body increases the intensity and frequency, and… the DMT-like configuration appears. But, in this experience, compared with exogenous DMT, I still have the gamemaster tools, which allow me to consciously interact with the experience and dive deeper, no matter what I encounter. I adapt quickly from inside. In these inner-generated DMT experiences, compared with my first Santo Daime experiences, I am able to manage the intensity of the experience, and I can process and understand everything as it happens, with no need for after-effects such as the unzipping of information. That said, there are other after-effects, such as amazement in high quantities. 
Another field observation. There is also a short path, if we use a multidimensional approach. This is how it works for me: using headphones to listen to some nice flowing music, beneath the sky (it is important to have empty space in front of closed eyes). I let myself look into myself, relaxing or diving into thinking, but using visual-style thinking, by seeing, by being. Sometimes, the mind tends to be verbal, so I work for a while with this and transform the verbal process into visuals; this is possible by accessing the dream-state configuration, and then using the dream visual style to process the intended information, as “interactive visions”, or lucid dreaming, sort of, but adding the awareness of presence in the body and in the physical space.
In this visual-thinking-inner-space-with-perception-activated, if I want to activate the vibrational-flowing-in-hypersync-DMT-like state, I perform this action: I “liquify” everything-that-is-inside-dreaming-including-me, and let the reality flow… But the action of “liquifying” is not just a one-time action; it is continuous, like jumping into a flowing dynamic condition, or like switching from my “particle self” to my “wave self” and… bing, I shift the experience and I usually find myself in the 360-3D surround experience of inner-space presence, with tunnels evolving out of visual perception. It is as if I switch to a smaller wavelength, and I feel the body’s energy vibrating in a static way, and the mind is no longer thinking in visuals-with-forms. The flowing style itself is the new causal thinking. And thinking is the same thing as perceiving: they are merged. The liquifying process is like returning home to the energy world, where all that is static becomes fluid. It is like… a breeze is flowing through me, synchronizing all the layers into a pleasant vibrational experience, like a gentle kundalini activation, or an ayahuasca after-effect: intense, but in an agreeable way.
There is interesting information processing in the mind, in this configuration. This flowing seems to facilitate in me the flow of information about the evolution of our species, the evolution of life on Earth, or various other topics, as seen from an evolutionary perspective. Evolutionary processes are so clear in this flowing of reality! If I stop to consider an aspect, decompression happens, usually in the form of positive insight, and I write down some ideas. But I have to be careful about these “detours”, I need to be brief and focused when taking these notes, so that I can return to the flowing state from where the insight was “ejected”, without losing the connection. Sometimes, however, I prefer not to take any detour, and I simply enjoy the insight and continue the experience. And, sometimes, I exit the experience and enjoy the new perspective.
Alternatively, here is a simple method to activate hypersync DMT-like configuration. Starting from 360-3D inner space, attention is focused on internal perceptions (pratyahara), and inner eyes are opened and locked onto the global inner ambient. In this space, I hyperventilate by breathing deeply, and merge with the fresh energy that builds inside the energy body. I use samyama, fully absorbing myself to become one with this raising energy process. The key seems to be this: it is necessary to keep my body perfectly still and fully relaxed while the energy builds up. Further, I must keep the mind perfectly still, just watching the effects of the increasing energy. There are moments when the energy naturally tries to expand and generate ecstatic emotions. If the energy is maintained inside in a static-vibrational form, the experience directly leads to DMT realm-like experiences. But the path through ecstatic emotions is also usable if, just before the expansion starts, I rearrange the perspective from being inside-focused to a kind of unitary mystical state. So, when the expansion happens, an increase in synchrony simultaneously happens, and this leads to a DMT-like experience plus enstatic flowing. In this configuration, I liked to dance using a tai chi-like style, which comes naturally in this configuration and allows me to interact with the flowing (rather than simply being ecstatically raptured with no control over the ecstatic expansion).
I need to say that, even if this method is simple, I think this works better for people who are already familiar with the DMT realm and vibrational experiences.
III. Working with perspective (experience filters).
Notice the configuration you have now, identify the visionary flow (see the differences), “energetically” emulate the visionary configuration, and prefer it more than the flow with local content (typically, dream-like-self stuff ). Or just dive into the flowing visionary configuration, letting go of other configurations.
Allocate more attention to the new density, and tune into it by using the visuals as feedback.
Select the visionary perspective and embrace the experience…
by allowing the moment to become sacred,
or by breathing in the flow, as air,
or by becoming curious about… and shifting to… mmm, hello…
or just by relaxing the body, deeper.
IV. Transitioning through layers of experience.
Hint: choose your own method for transitioning through layers.
Your personal key is necessary to ensure 100% effectiveness. And don’t tell your keys to anyone, until you feel the need to change it again. It is ok to share, but when it is shared, it expands with the next person and, temporarily, it becomes harder to access it when needed.
So, find your key, transform it into an anchor, and use it when necessary.
After merging with the visionary flow, watch… but, when you feel you are curious or have a question about a scene, what is visually happening, or a topic, just dive into its stream by using your key, and get more information by watching the experience.
If you need to know “what is the cause of the experience?”, “why am I experiencing this?”, you can go deeper. Just ask politely or dive further.
It is possible to advance to the next depth of reality by developing another attitude as a key.
No more keys are needed from this point onwards. What you think-want-to-see is what you get.
After a while, I realized that there are so many ways to transition through layers of reality, that what matters most is the ability to use the appropriate tool for the situation. Further, the availability and diversity of these “tools” are essential, not the tools themselves. When I use a tool, I select it intuitively; it sometimes works, sometimes not, it is a matter of resilience. It is not like in the Matrix movie, one key for one door. Rather, a key can open many doors at the same time, with each new input generating a chain reaction in the experience.
In other words, the key is an “action”, a transformational option available to the conscious witness, when we want to change an experience indirectly, by altering attentional structure (like going from 2D to 3D to 4D). But, for me, it is not like… the witness is an observer who commands the change. But it is more like… I allow the attentional flows to change it, with me inside-as-the-flow, every-time-a-new-style-of-eversion, never-knowing-what-is-on-the-other-side.
V. A visual method for navigating through fractals.
Sometimes, in some specific inner configurations, the energy of visionary flows feels like tunneling through fractal waves, due to retina activation and perhaps the multiple flows of movement we experience (I mean physical movements, sun, galaxy, these types of movements).
Stopping at a point by activating focused attention is possible. It is like when we go with a car and there are trees, one after another, and we choose a tree, to look at it and see what is there.
And when the diving happens, the point connection activates, and the visionary-explanatory visual field is formed, from the interaction with our structure, and the information configuration where the point belongs to. It is like a 3D navigation through various bubbles of visions.
The visual visionary layer and the energy body interact with the field and mirror our “personal bubble” by adding extra information through various types of exchange (various archetypal characters may play their part).
Remember to breathe in, when it seems there is too much visionary information, or when the flow speed is too high to process.
Conscious breathing in helps a lot, by “energetically” processing the extra amount of information.
Breathing also helps when extra speed is needed. Try a quick breath, only once, or deep breathing slowly, or… pick your method for accelerating/intensifying the experience. Or just allow it to be denser.
If you want out, just reduce the density of the experience, vibrationally, or open the eyes, or relax, or…
I invite you to explore the jhanas, as described by Jeff Warren:
In my view, the hierarchy of vision types, as described in Leary/Tibetan Book of Dying is not necessary a specific one; rather, it involves layers. The experience does indeed happen in the order described by Leary, but only when we take a navigation path through ego dissolution (as in the DMT journey described by Terence McKenna, the dome etc., when energy flows up).
Instead, in conscious visionary experiences, we can select other paths, and these layers become available perspectives in the multidimensional awareness experience generated by multidimensional global attention.
It is important to remember that the ability to energetically flow into these visionary experiences is highly dependent on the degree of flexibility-fluidity of the physical body. Dancing helps a lot.
VI. Navigation tweaks.
– For diving into a perspective (visionary flow) by seeing-being the visual landscape, one must use full samyama (as described in the Yoga Sutra); that is, to develop the ability to perform full absorptions into the flows of events which are presented by the collective visionary flow. To accept everything.
– Diving forward into a visionary layer, inside a current vision: this is possible by focusing the narrow attention fully onto a point… a flower, or a shadow, and… we dive again.
– In the visionary configuration, if we wonder: “what is this, what I see?” The answer reveals itself. Fully letting go is needed for this. Ask “what is this?”… then forget about the question, just watch… watch what new landscape is configured as a result of the previous action, whatever that was.
– Do not be brave when you see a “demon”, just let it in, experience it, breathe, let the energy enter and transform you (feel while it passes through you, while it passes; when it is out, feel no more). Use equanimity. But, sometimes, be brave. There are no general rules. I prefer to use a perspective based on curiosity, instead of courage-like attitudes, for these situations. For some time, I was asking them directly: “What? Now what? What is this? Who’s playing with me?” And usually, some characters were smiling at me, and then… they faded away.
Now I see “fear-generating characters” as dense packets of energy-information, too dense to be processed because of our limited flexibility. At this fundamental level, these bubbles are dense “presence triggers”. They cause a shock to our system, we contract, and the visual is formed, as a protection layer. We stop. Each time we stop, we get a vision. One way to manage this, learned from Santo Daime wisdom, is to let it flow, every time, to sing and dance continuously during the experience.
– The mechanisms I described above also happen when the visionary visual is positive, and a character invites us, and we go, connect and communicate. They usually transmit presence in a pleasant way. The transformative visionary emotions are the result of this multilayered connectivity. It feels so intense, because there are many simultaneous connections between the elements of the vision, many simultaneous perspectives happening, visions inside visions.
– When I use music as an entrainment technology, I prefer to use new music, music I have never heard before. This keeps attention in the present moment. Novelty is essential. I now prefer SoundCloud’s automatic playlists, they always offer amazing vibes. The quality of the sound is also important. I use Sennheiser Momentum 2, which has great bass and the audio landscape is very spacious, it is a pleasure to dive into the sound.
VII. Using inner sound as a feedback tool.
This is what I have tried: I move the inner observer, slowly, consciously, layer through layer, as described in Leary&Tibetan-Book-of-Dying  (I practiced what Leary advised in a few ayahuasca sessions, and it worked; then I learned the process and applied it to my inner experiences). So, I traverse the emotional layer, then the cognitive, then the visual dreamy state, and reach a sort of deep sleep with no thinking. This is like arriving in the inner spacious space-void, which is in fact the physical space occupied by my body bubble of energy and information.
In this inner space, I use the inner sound (some say tinnitus, others say carrier wave) to create a sync in the audible vibrations, and create a single coherent wave. This is a sort of taming the carrier wave, the same sound that appears very strongly in the DMT experiences… and the result is that, when the global sync is activated, I enter the fundamental energy/body-chi/kundalini-layer, while remaining visually active.
I noticed that smoking natural tobacco with a paper filter intensifies the pitch of the inner sound, and it is easier to work with the inner sound after I smoke a hand-rolled cigarette (I use Bali Shag White). Sometimes, I begin the experience by focusing on the sound, and then I dive into myself. Sometimes, vice versa.
There are many combinations when using the techniques I describe here, each one leading to a slightly different experience. I cannot say: “This is method #1, this is method #2, use them one after another to achieve a higher sync.” Each combination creates a slightly different experiential landscape.
VIII. Merging two or more psychedelic experiences.
*To perform this experiment, mastering inner-eye vision is necessary.
In the 3D-360 surround inner vision, outside time (or here-now, extended):
– Pick a memory of, say, the LSD experience. Select the most intense moment, and… dive into that moment, re-living it.
– Acquire the configuration, and activate the present moment in the bodies.
– Use visual thinking to put the LSD experience to the left of the visual side, as a cube or square. Leave it there.
– Now remember another experience, say, the DMT experience, and repeat the process, connect with the memory by diving continuously into it, then divide attention to connect with the awareness of the present moment, and put the DMT experience to the right.
– Then, merge both of them, LSD and DMT, in the center, in front of you, and in you, while breathing, and let both configurations simultaneously exist in the present-moment experience.
The squares-cubes are just visual anchors for the experiences. When merging happens, forget about the visual, just dive into the present-moment perception by letting it become more intense, allowing both configurations to exist.
IX. A metaphor for energy movements and vibrational experiences using the P and S waves.
Here is why understanding P and S waves are important:
In this fluidic visionary space, there are two types of energy movements happening in the body:
– One is the moving energy, the S wave or kundalini, moving through the body (as in flowing up through Sushumna).
– The other is the “vibrational” P wave, the resonatory approach (causing the experience of white light when energy is too dense to be processed). The wave travels but, in this global-attention vibratory style, there is no “heat”, because the information is transferred harmonically; thus, there is no need for the S wave. Nothing needs to travel. Information is absorbed by allowing it to flow and vibrate continuously, using new rhythms that generate various waves in the universal multifrequency wave.
X. Enstatic dance: integrating silent-meditative states with ecstatic high-energy experiences.
Enstatic Dance is not about releasing old patterns or getting high. Its goal is to amplify the connection with ourselves and the reality we are a part of. In other words, it is a way to develop a friendly relationship with life energy.
Dancing provides an effective structure for experiencing visionary configurations, while flowing through sound. It is the same attitude as that in the case of static inner experiences, using 3D vision, but with open eyes, and merging the outer space and the inner space into one, into a “unitary mystical state”.
Jeff Warren offers a pleasing description of this configuration in the following drawing:
The advantage of dancing vs. static experiences is the ability to allow more energy to flow and to increase the density and the experienced-frequency in a safe way. If personal energy is kept inside the personal energy bubble, and not “blown away” through an ecstatic experience, the field starts to vibrate, and not just flow. Dancing-flowing becomes inside flowing. I very much like to use an attentional schema like this… inner inside flowing as “the cause”, and external-physical movements, as “effects”. I dance inside, first, and when the body feels ready to move, or when I decide to express movement through the body, I just do it and let it unfold, modulating the flowing patterns from time to time. Good music is an essential key, of course.
Dancing at transformational festivals, very close to the speakers, is a good opportunity to explore the mixed vibrational/enstatic and energetic/ecstatic parts of my being.
Further, at these festivals, I liked to perform Sufi-like rotational movements to set the energy in motion, after which I “compress” or “redirect” the energy-awareness to a higher/different frequency by using different movements, or simply by changing the flowing pattern. But I only do this if the moment/music invites me to do so; usually, I just flow and maintain a highly receptive attitude and fully immerse myself in the music, without any significant interference from my ego (although I liked to keep the ego/self-identity active and connected, its information contributes to the whole experience in a nice way).
Below is an example of what I mean. The dancer is Karine Gonzalez, performing in the Vengo movie, but I have added new music (Pendulum-Witchcraft) to show the inner experience more accurately. See the “switching” moment at 1:25.
Video source: Vengo (2000), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211718/.
XI. Frequency jumping.
During enstatic flowing, the visionary-visual flow is still active, like in a daydream. But, when I am flowing… very in-tune with the music, it is a very similar experience to dancing at Santo Daime ceremonies. I have noticed that I can use the style of flowing movements to interfere in a positive way with the visionary flow by modifying the “energy source”, the source from which the visionary flow feeds. I just pick another sound flow, like switching from bass to vocals. But, to do this, I have had to practice “perceived-frequency jumping” for a while. Fully letting go of the current experience is needed, as in the case of the ego-death experience.
When I use headphones or inner sound (with earplugs), the most important “frequency jumping” seems to be when I shift the focus from the dreamy landscape, which, in a way, is a static energy manifestation, and dive into the flowing energy, followed by the vibrational 3D surround.
If you want to push the limits of the multidimensional experience, the layers that become perceptually accessible by using frequency jumping can later be simultaneously included with other layers. This jumping is just a process used to add new layers to the experience. As we go deeper, there is less and less attention needed to maintain perceptual contact with each layer; thus, a perceived-higher-frequency experience includes all the other layers. When looking/witnessing from a short wavelength (meaning higher-frequency “pulses”), the longer wavelength layers are available, simply because, when the frequency is high in global attention, focused attention can roam and connect with multiple layers, where time passes “slowly”.
In my experience, if I divide attention in order to connect with all the frequencies/layers available in the now, the inner sound transforms into an agreeable “carrier wave” specific to DMT experiences. I maintain the frequency with no effort by keeping the energy inside my personal bubble, and being vibrationally in sync with it. That said, I feel like I just scratch the surface in this experiment.
There are so many layers, some of which are very subtle and with very long wavelengths. For example, I sometimes wonder if can I tune myself to feel the ripples, which are generated by the galaxies crossing through our Milky Way. Could a human being develop this sensitivity? Where is the limit? It seems that our perceptions can be used to tune ourselves to various wavelengths. In my opinion, Maureen Seaberg’s insights are on the right track, with one exception: experientially, we are linked with a version of reality where quantum physics is not accurate enough. We need an information theory, coupled with Walter Russell’s insights into universal wave harmonics.
I have to say that all these experiences with energy frequency don’t imply that we directly change the frequency of the life-energies flowing through us; what we alter is our perception and our tuning to the energy flows. Perhaps what we perceive as higher frequency experience is in fact related to the quality of our cognitive/emotional/vital energy. Maybe we do have some influence on some energy processes, but I don’t think that just visualizing something in our mind can significantly modify something in the fundamental energies flowing through us. Instead what we can do using mind, is to generate a ripple of changes in our multilayered-being, resulting in some alterations, if we let the resonance chain to happen.
Now, let us get back to the current topic: how to jump out of the ego. Well, when I am in the dreamy state, the visuals tend to happen somewhere in a small area inside my head, around various positions inside my “skull” area, and my eyes tend to move. When I want to get out, I use attention in this way: I calm down the eyes, looking down, then I switch to retinal perception and look directly ahead, expanding perception to the bubble where the dreamy experiences happen: the entire skull area. So, at this point, I achieve one-pointedness and visual perception from the physical eye. But this is still the ego structure. I still feel the physical limits of my experience around the head, although it is better than the previous stage, because now it is an entire ego experience (all is accepted). The eyes are looking ahead, but the “surroundings” are limited by the ego.
To get out, I use perception. I try to look with global attention at this space and go deeper inside. I take the entire experience as an “object”, and I connect with space (real physical space). When I do this, the center of the visual experience is a bit higher and a bit further to the back than the point between the eyes. Some 2-3 cm above and in the back of the eyes. I do not know why, but this is where the new center is felt. So, when I want out of ego-related experiences, I relax the eyes, look down, and cut off the flow from the eyes (I do not care about the visuals, nor look at them for a moment), with the one-pointedness transforming itself into a global one-pointedness 3D surround, and I am somewhere in the middle of all this. And I have new eyes. As in Emily Kell’s image from the top.
Still, I can only look in front of me, as the eyes are in front; but, as the surrounding bubble is felt, I do not need to look at it to know it is there. I feel its existence. This transition is important, as a transition from watching a movie on a screen, to experiencing a real experience from inside, with the screen no longer a screen, but a hologram that surrounds me. That is why I like to rotate when I dance, with closed eyes, because it allows me to look in all directions with the physical eyes.
From this point, I expand the bubble in various ways, sometimes to the length of our planet, or the moon, or our galaxy… and… interesting visuals appear, related to each specific frame of reference.
But, remember that frequency jumping is just one way to alter the visionary experience. Directly increasing density (while keeping the same frequency) is another way to explore visionary realms. This is a skill that can be practiced easily if you have experienced with DMT and you know how it feels when hyper-synchronization is activated and the vibration becomes denser, well… this is the action. Or, when kundalini is activated, just watch what happens in the vibrational structure, and learn to reproduce that action.
For me, the vibrational densification of experience usually brings about flashes of colorfully psychedelic visuals, albeit not as intense as in LSD/DMT experiences; it all depends on how deep and intense I want to dive in into them. This is because, after a certain point in this action of densification, there is no turning back; I have to live the experience for as long as it is necessary, with the energy wave layer so intensely stimulated that it generates a “trip”. In other words, if I wake the lady dragon, I have to sit with her and interact. But, using all the methods I have described above, the high-energy intensely vibrational experience is manageable.
XII. Some reflections for advanced psychonauts.
If you are a psychonaut and prefer to dive deeper into experience, maybe using music and ganja as journey companions could densify the dives, by facilitating samyama processes. But using ganja is not an easy method, as the plant fluidifies the psyche; and, during high-energy experiences, if the psyche is not pure enough, inner tensions may appear and the flow of experience may be hijacked by the ego, resulting in dreamy-style ego trips which de-focus the experience for a while.
Sometimes, however, enjoying the ego’s visions is perfect. If you detect any hijacking while it is happening, at least you can be creative: you can play and interact with the visionary ego-style-action, no matter if it is a “positive” or a “negative”, or an “explanatory” story. Practice equanimity and continue to actively use witnessing awareness. After all, any vision will end sooner or later, after the energy is consumed and information is rearranged.
What I preferred during my explorations? Well, for most explorations in the mind-layers, I preferred to navigate with a microdosed ganja aboard. If it is too intense, the high activates the vibrational-kundalini-configuration, and the experience becomes enstatic. In addition, this high is energy-consuming, so… it’s a choice depending on what’s happening in me. Microdosing fits in me better, because it offers me a sort of control. If I choose to dive deeper, it is easier to add ganja little by little, and monitor the effects, instead of jumping directly to a very intense experience where I would be blown out by the density. If I take this step-by-step path, the entire experience may last up to 5-6 hours. Of course, I don’t just sit down during this time, I move, eat, go to the toilet, dance, watch the sky, but… if I use music, I like to keep my headphones on, and keep the flow of the experience using music. And all the activities I do with the body, during the ceremony… they feel like a dance.
In my opinion, ganja/charas are highly skilled navigators, who can allow amazing transitions. We just need to behave appropriately with the plants and tell them where we want to go. Then be brave enough to navigate wildly and allow ourselves to change the navigating styles.
And that’s it. I suppose I have to say that… I don’t care too much about these processes when I navigate through experiences, they have become automatic tools, and in each now-moment, there are various tools that become available, and in the next moment, other tools make themselves available, and so on. Choosing them is more like a dance, not some sort of cognitive process. I just live, adapt and adjust my experience based on what I can do, and on what is being offered to me. No reason to fear, I know I am never lost, the tools always appear when needed. The more I use a tool, the easier it is to use it next time. With time, the tools transformed into choices. And when there is no tool showing up, I just relax and abandon the no-tool-configuration and flow further, I don’t know where I am going, but I trust that I have a satisfactory level of samskaras to deliver me safely to the next ego shape.
Please let me know about your experiences if you decide to attempt these paths. These methods may seem complicated; but, through repetition and practice, they will become attentional schemes and flowing patterns. In turn, even the most intense/dense experiences will be easily manageable.
I do hope that, in my lifetime, there will be at least one person who will follow these paths, and go even further beyond, and then come back to tell me. Maybe, it is time for some of us to go further and explore unexplored territories. I hope that the paths I have opened up and described here will be a good start for a new type of psychonaut. The general conclusion is that I have only scratched the surface in terms of what human beings can do with the capacities provided by evolution.
References and notes
 About dreaming and dreamwork psychology: https://www.dreamwork-psychology.com/
 I invite you to read this for a helpful overview: http://psychedelic-information-theory.com/The-Control-Interrupt-Model-of-Psychedelic-Action
 I invite you to watch “Dance and Human History” documentary by Alan Lomax, for an overview of dancing styles and their evolution.
 Related animation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wby9z5izDdw
 Some links: