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Salvia divinorum: Doorway to Thought-Free Awareness
by J. D. Arthur
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
2010 
ISBN:
9781594773471 
Reviewed by David Arnson, 11/17/2011

Originally published in 2008 under the title Peopled Darkness: Perceptual Transformation through Salvia divinorum, this book is based upon a series of experiences the author had over several years. Arthur is able to bypass the bewildering sensory effects of his initial experiences with an articulate analysis and description of a true “relationship” that he develops with the substance, especially with that of a 5X concentrate.

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Originally Published In : Erowid Extracts issue 19, Nov 2010

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  1. In the course of my varied experiences, a realization that often comes to me afresh is that it is very difficult to later recall exactly how it feels to be under the influence of various substances. I may remember events and objective experiences quite well, yet when I return to the drug in question one of my first thoughts is often \oh, sure, it\’s like this! And hopefully, \his is why I like it so much! This applies, for me, even for good cannabis – moreso, certainly, for weed than for the \simpler\ pleasures of drugs like alcohol my memories of which are a trusty and essential aid to maintaining sobriety, even as they recede into my past! and amphetamines.

    Nowhere is this more true, for me, than in the case of Salvia. I\’m referring to the strong effects one can achieve by smoking good leaf as hard, quickly and deeply as one can manage, through water, or preferably from powerful salvinorin-spiked smoke. I don\’t care for milder effects of Salvia, with the quite memorable body flush/sweating and such. Inevitably, my first and last coherent thought as I roll up like a window shade and fall through the floor typical for me, is an exaltant \Holy ****, I forgot it was like thiiiiiisssss…!\

    Some of these details may return to me after days, weeks or months, and I have come up with shorthand descriptions suitable to share with noobies and help me retain some of what Salvia has shown me. These include the big one: Salvia can show us that everything we lump under the category of everyday reality, including the lives that we think we remember having led, are actually a paper thin screen and little more than an illusion. We learn this in the instants in which Salvia strips all that away, and deposits us in that – somehow familiar – other place.

    My last encounter with Salvia was unfortunately of the \milder\ variety. It was induced by a murky-green, alcohol-based extract designed to be swished around in the mouth for as long as you can stand it, as your epithelial cells scream and die by the countless millions. The hothouse effects last a good while, and I suppose some folks enjoy this approach, but I wouldn\’t recommend it. My living room stayed in place around me, and yet, even then, I could catch a glimpse of the place beyond. I remember saying to myself that I could spend the rest of my life exploring this plant\’s astounding effects.

    Time passes, though, and that\’s been several years ago now. Today, I decided that the time had come to order up an ample supply of high-test smokables, only to discover that my home state has joined a majority of the U.S. and criminalized Salvia! I\’m physically disabled, with a wonderful wife of 30 years whose few flaws include a rigid view toward some of my more exotic interests in life. Now I\’m at a loss as to how I can arrange a reunion with Salvia, and I\’m feeling quite bereft! My goodness, the ignorance of people never ceases to amaze me.

    Comment by Stu Hammett — 9/7/2014 @ 3:47 pm

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