…Anyway, back to the story, us chatting, figuring out answers to the world’s problems…or just strangely talking about nursing homes.
We talked for 30 or so minutes on the rocks, then I wanted to walk around. I told my friends I was going to walk around, just nearby, and that they can chill here if they want, but they were like “yea we’re gonna walk around with ya.”
“Where are you going?”
“No idea, just walking. Again, guys, you don’t have to come. I’m not walking far.”
But they insisted.
I led us away from the water, into open desert, toward the mountains, away from society.
In this moment I was feeling whole with everything, connected&one with all things. I felt love and had 0 fear. All fears completely dissolved and it felt like unconditional love. I was open to whatever life may bring in this moment.
Usually I loveeeeeee that feeling, but here is an example, from a previous trip, that shows the possible negative side of this:
It was my fourth or fifth time tripping on mushrooms-in 2011 I believe. 4 of us were tripping-college friends. A few hours in, at like 11pm or midnight, we decided to go for a walk to some nearby woods. I was familiar with these woods because I had lived near that area for the past few years(college), and taken many walks in it.
So, I was feeling fearless. We walk into the woods with no flashlights and no phone lights. Just darkness. There were no man-made lampposts or anything so it was pretty much pitch black. Our eyes did adjust somewhat after I forget how many minutes, but yea we could slightly see without any light.
After 10 or so minutes walking through the woods we see a campfire in the distance.
My first thoughts, and I said them out loud, were something like “we should say hi to them!”
One of my friends agreed, but the other 2 were like ehhhh, we probably shouldn’t do that. haha.
But I insisted, I thought something like ‘I’m sure they’ll love to talk. They’ll be so happy to see and talk with us.’ —but in reality, they were probably scared as shit. I was “no-fear” trippin.
So me and my one friend start walking toward the fire while the other two stayed.
As we got about 30-40 yards or so away, I thought I should gently, but loud enough, say something to the campers. We couldn’t see the people – only the fire and tents-we were somewhat far away, so we stop for a second and I’m like “heeyyyyy, hellllooooo” softly but loud enough for them to hear. We then saw the fire get put out so quickly before hearing tents zipping frantically.
And then it hit me, ‘oh yea, maybe this is weird. It is the middle of the night in the woods. We don’t have flashlights and we’re walking toward campers.’
So then I gently and friendly shouted something like “oh, uh, we were just saying what’s up, but we totally understand. Sorry about that!” We turned around and walk back to our friends.
Haha, yea, good times.
Now, 9 years later, I’ve acquired crucial experiences to prepare and cultivate empowering & safe trips.