Back when Terence McKenna was alive, none of the neoentheogen enthusiasts would have dared the heresy found in James Kent’s passionate discourse The Case Against DMT Elves . These days few are left who debate the number of elves that can dance on a DMT molecule. (Note: If you do take DMT and want to report elf experiences, you can do so on Deoxy.org) James Kent returns us to the concerns of an earlier era He begins:
“I do not believe DMT is a gateway to an alternate dimension, nor does it induce contact with autonomous elves and alien entities. Yes, DMT produces a vivid other-worldly landscape when ingested, often including elves, aliens, insects, snakes, jaguars, etc. This is true for the majority of people who try it. Some people do not have such vivid responses, but many do. Although this may appear at first glance to be “shocking,” it is actually no more shocking then the fact that most people dream at night, or that most people see geometric patterns (pressure phosphenes) when they close their eyes and press against their eyeballs. But the difference between pressure phosphenes and DMT is that DMT is illegal and very hard to come by, so most people never have the opportunity to experience it.”
Further along he says:
“since this particular alien landscape is produced by a specific rare substance (DMT), people seem to think it is akin to unlocking the mysteries of the universe when they actually get their hands on it.”
Now don’t get me wrong, DMT is stunning in its effect, no doubt. But, like anything, when you do it many times the magic tends to wear off and reveal itself for what it is; an exotic aberration of the brain’s perceptual mechanics.
My own experiences with the stuff pretty much confirm Kent’s opinions. For instance, I have always come down from the experience. Also I never saw any machine elves or even any elves at all. However, I did quite a bit of what the meme archetype kinda stuff — enough to have developed a healthy respect for DMT.
I would have to say about the experience is that opinions by the Leary-Alpert group that you could not remember the rapidly changing visionary world of DMT is not correct. Some of the vividest memories of my life were produced by the compound.
For another take on DMT, there is the an entire book about DMT available by Rick Strassman, “DMT The Spirit Molecule.”
Image credit: the image at the top of this post is “diosa madre tierra by Carey Thompson who is the featured artist on the Vaults of Erowid. His own web site is found here. The crystal photo is from Jeremyy Bigwood whose website is here.