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A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience (Anglais) Broché – 14 février 2006

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Trip Two

Of Life in the Taffy-Clouds

My second trip was a 1200 mg ride into a swirling colored-plastic mindscape during which I found myself privy to the very workings of my brain--an insider’s view--which left me sad and horrified and exuberant. I had read about the phenomenon of ego-loss in many trip reports and I thought I knew what people were talking about from my dabblings with LSD over the years. I didn’t. What happened to my sense of self while on high doses of DXM forced a fundamental deviation in what I had believed I understood “me” to be. I glimpsed the underpinnings of who or what is in charge of the brain.

I cover the experiences in the order that the trips were taken. With each trip I encountered more and more profound things and I became better and better at navigating the realms I would find myself in. The trips were done lying down with eyes closed for most of their duration.

Notes 2/16/03: The DXM trip doesn’t feel like astral realms. I tried to project and found myself hopelessly in my head. I am convinced that the machinelike workings I was witnessing were inside my brain. As the doses kick in (about 200 mg every twenty minutes) “thick” taffylike, vaporous light churns and spills like lava in 0 gravity. . . .

At first I wondered if these “thick lights” or “mind taffy” (which is often reported) was a sort of thought potential--thoughts in waiting, that I was witnessing from my vantage point, feeling completely disconnected from these things, yet knowing they were me! Later, as the effects wore off, I could still see them faintly, (with eyes closed) and I could see that they were made up of thousands (millions?) of individual strands of light, like a fiber-optic cable. I thought that I must be seeing the retina at work, or “I” was somewhere in the brain where awareness processes sight.

Notes: I make a mental note: Everywhere I look I am seeing with peripheral vision. I can see perfectly, every detail, but I can’t stare directly at anything--with “what” am I seeing?

In my dream logs I have recorded my “scientific” approach in lucid dreams, where, instead of moving into the landscape searching for adventure, I would check to see if surfaces like a tree or wall were “hard” to the touch (they always were). Or, to see if I am “making-up” the scene, I would inspect things like paint flecks on a window sill, or tiny pebbles and grains of dirt on a road. (The paint flecks and tiny grains were there, perceived absolutely as if I were using my physical eyes.) In doing this close observation, it never occurred to me to check if I was able to look directly at a pebble say, because I could . . . stare straight at it as if I were looking at it or handling it in the “real” world. After discovering that everything I was seeing was peripheral in the DXM realm, I paid special attention the next time I had a lucid dream--and yes, I was perfectly able to look directly at any detail. The conclusion: the mechanism with which I was “seeing” on DXM is not the same one as is utilized during lucid dreaming.

Notes: Beyond the taffy-clouds I settled into the trip and I encountered the Golden Wall, something I’ve read about more than once in trip reports. It is a huge barrier of shimmering yellow light. I can bring the Wall into range by “staring” at one spot on its surface. As I come right up against it I can see minute detail--it is not smooth but bumpy and pitted and does not change. When I stop against the side of it my attention gives way and I’m back in my bed, where I close my eyes again. . . .

I hadn’t at this point developed a solid idea as to what this wall might be. I though it might be a visual manifestation of the Memory Barrier that causes the memory of dreams or insight gleaned during the psychedelic experience to be squelched even as one tries to assimilate them into everyday reality. This might be part of the story with the Wall, but later I found a further connection between it and the way memory is stored in the brain.

Notes: In the caverns of taffy; I have begun to notice tiny lights and shapes that seem to be knowing, aware molecule-like things. They are perfectly defined, moving in orbits and performing maneuvers and tasks.

In and beyond the Taffy-Clouds these “molecules” abound and I would later “see” them during every trip. Right away it is apparent that these things are doing . . . performing tasks in tight choreographic maneuvers--going about their duties in a very animated and no-nonsense way. They are brightly colored, sometimes striped blue and black, or yellow and red--every color is represented in some part of their dance. They come circular or barrel shaped, amid tendrils of green plasma, and at times whole clouds of tiny light spots will cluster and move together like a school of fish, glowing like neon orbs. I am reminded of what electrons might look like in a computer program if one could observe them in action. From my first encounter with these things, I knew without any reservations that I was “seeing” life. Were these things me? A part of my brain, or some Other?

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“Whether or not what he describes has an ontologically distinct existence, or if the imagery is merely psychological apparitions, the project remains valuable. Not only does it provide pharmacography with a uniquely imaginal dimension, it relates to the reader a landscape that can be explored by anyone.” (Psychedelic Press UK, October 2012)

“Dan Carpenter’s forays into the fractal hyperspace and hive minds of the DXM realms offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought. His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as Coleridge, Antonin Artaud, Aldous Huxley, and Terence McKenna. This will be a ‘must-read’ for every serious psychonaut.” (Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head)

“Like that of the intrepid scout who surveys the fantastical geography of new worlds for others too timid to venture first, Carpenter’s service will be honored and remembered.” (Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures)

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 bland and uninteresting? 15 mai 2006
Par prof_it_e - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I got this book and do not agree with any of the following statements that Daniel Pinchbeck made about it;

"offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought", "His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as..." & "This will be a `must-read' for every serious psychonaut.". I would love to hear how Daniel managed to reach those conclusions.

I think the title is misleading as well, this book is not a companion work of the "Invisible Landscape" by T&D McKenna.

So if the content of this book is not on par with the classics what is it? Basically each chapter is the recollection of 13 separate trips on DXM (cough syrup?).

These recollections were not satisfactory in my mind, I did not experience the passion that might have resulted in the author having written this book.

So far my experience of books that people have penned on this subject has been good, perhaps because they took the effort to make their experiences relevant in some greater context, or because the experiencing was incidental and the emphasis of the effort was on the greater context?

I hope future attempts at similar efforts are a bit more inspiring.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Mind-Blowing! 9 août 2007
Par David J. Brown - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I loved this book! For people who enjoy reading about heroic psychedelic adventures--and the mapping of uncharted hallucinogenic territory--this is a must read! Dan Carpenter follows bravely in the tradition of courageous mind explorers, like John Lilly, Terence McKenna, Zoe 7, and D.M. Turner. I couldn't put this book down. It's simply overflowing with fascinating ideas and mind-blowing firsthand accounts of amazing encounters with intelligent other-dimensional beings. Sadly, Dan has left this world (perhaps to enter the "Hive Mind" that he writes about), but thank the stars that he left us this extraordinary account of his travels and insights. Dan Carpenter will be honored by future generations for his brave explorations and excellent writing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book title 20 mars 2007
Par Caryl Carp - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I would like it to be known to two other reviewers who stated in effect that Dan Carpenter's title to his book was inappropiate, that Dan did not give his book the title "A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape". He had chosen either "Psychedelic Passageways" or "The Psychedelic Explorer". The publisher chose the title after Dan's death and shortly before the book went to print. I feel that this should be told to those two reviewers and to anyone who reads the reviews. It's only fair to let that fact be known since Dan is not here to say that himself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Details are Compelling 12 février 2008
Par Joseph Smith - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I found this book compelling in the author's details of his diary - lighter moments into dark and very unsettling moments. There is sincerity in his ability to convey the depth of the psychedelic experiences that he encountered. All in all, he did a great job of explaining what he saw, felt and ultimately in his own mind - knew.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This is not a guide 14 décembre 2006
Par A. Perry - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The title of this book is misleading. It should have been titled "My DXM Experience" or some such. The word "guide" suggest that there would be recommendations. Given the extremely subjective nature of the psychedelic experience, any attempt to "guide" another psychonaut is pretty futile IMHO. I give the book three stars because the author does posit some interesting theories about consciousness. I would recommend buying the book used, or try finding it in your local library like I did.
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