A psychedelic journey is the altered state of consciousness experienced when one consumes a psychedelic substance such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, LSD, or DMT. Depending on the substance used, a variety of different experiences can occur, ranging from heightened senses, states of euphoria or peacefulness, vivid mental imagery, and even mystical or spiritual encounters. A person can also experience a “bad trip,” which can include feelings of anxiety, paranoia, agitation, confusion, or even psychotic episodes. While some believe that difficult trips can be doorways to important growth opportunities, it is highly recommended that anyone seeking a psychedelic experience is aware of the risks and does so with a “trip sitter,” someone who can keep an eye on the person and ensure they remain safe while journeying.
Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way.
In Tripping, Charles Hayes has gathered fifty narratives about unforgettable psychedelic experiences from an international array of subjects representing all walks of life–respectable Baby Boomers, aging hippies, young ravers, and accomplished writers such as John Perry Barlow, Anne Waldman,...
The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate “when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding.