Inside Tryptamine Palace
In a recent High Times interview with author James Oroc the discussion centers around the psychedelic experience, God consciousness and the zero-point field. Oroc details his personal experiences with DMT and 5-meO-DMT, in which he describes, "a bright light, everything is dissolved into fractals of light, I feel the presence of people I really love around me, the possibility or question hanging right in front of you, and if you can actually let go of your own ego, you can access this sort of transcendental zone where you actually can experience being consciousness without identity." Oroc himself was an athiest before his experiments with these particular entheogens.
The experiences and intensity are well documented in his book Tryptamine Palace (click here for an excerpt that appeared on Reality Sandwich). Further, they have energized his life, bringing a sense of personal responsibility. Says Oroc:
"I found, with my own spiritual epiphany, that I cared to do something about it. I think one sign of a true spiritual epiphany is that you take on a sense of responsibility, I think it’s how Jung said 'enlightened consciousness is like a burden of guilt,' and once I believed I had a real spiritual epiphany, one of the reliefs was a sense of responsibility and a feeling that I had to try and do something. Whatever it was I could do, I had to try to do something, and that’s what this book has been about, this year of promoting the book, getting out and talking to people…. Yeah, I think we have been conned, because spirituality is a very personal thing and we’ve bought into a society that is telling us that spirituality is a superstition or a myth, things that educated people don’t believe in, and I think there’s a lot of evidence to the contrary, and that getting back in deeper touch with our spirituality would definitely help clean up the planet."
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