A little while ago I talked about “Synergy in Worldbuilding,” featuring a piece of art by Brian Exton which was, well, psychedelic. At the end I promised that wouldn’t be the last time you saw “psychedelic weirdness from me” again.
LSD & the Psychedelic Experience: Get Inspired
Okay, I’m not suggesting you go and get high off shrooms or anything. I sure wouldn’t.
However…haven’t you ever been fascinated by drugs (in this case, psychedelics) and the effects they can have on a person? Haven’t you been just a little bit curious about what it’d be like to take those kinds of drugs? I’m not sure why, but LSD is just one of those drugs for me. I wanted to know what the big deal was, though without becoming a drug user myself. What do people who’ve used the drug before have to say about it? How do people function while under the influence of this psychedelic?
I wanted to know because I have a fictional substance in my story that I kind of needed a model for–one I wanted to have psychedelic-like effects on its users. (Being that my WIP is heavily inspired by the 1920s and 30s, I figured that since Americans had The Prohibition and a crave for booze back then, I could create some fictional illegal substance which represented the underground, “punk” counterculture in my protagonist’s world.)
In order for me to be able to render scenes in which this substance was being used with some semblance of realism, I first needed to witness for myself how a real psychedelic drug affected people. So I hopped on over to YouTube–because, you know, you can find just about anything on YouTube these days–and started doing some searches related to LSD and psychedelic experiences.
It’s crazy what you can find on YouTube.
Vintage Films on LSD
There are actually several vintage videos on YouTube that talk about how LSD was used in the latter half of the 20th century. I was kind of surprised to find anything like this, to be honest. You probably think I’m a little deranged by now, but here’s one that I was particularly inspired by (not sure of the year, but it was likely shot during the 60s):
At first I was like, “WTH…?” But the more I listened to her (and I’ve listened to her many times now) I realized that this was a perfect way to describe certain situations in my story. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head.
Here’s another one like that:
“I don’t know what psychotic means, really.” Interesting. Also, I love the interviewer’s voice. It’s got that kind of vintage noir/Philip Marlowe sound about it. (It kind of makes me weak in the knees!)
Okay, so anyways…one last historic clip, in which British soldiers are being tested on with LSD:
Maybe I’m just strange, but I find this to be fascinating. This is the kind of stuff fiction can thrive off of. (Or maybe just the stuff I thrive off of…)
Just ask The Men Who Stare At Goats!
If you have not seen that movie…it’s freakin’ hilarious. I love it because it doesn’t always make sense but still manages to thoroughly entertain. To see Jeff Bridges as a flower-loving hippie was worth it alone. Also, not only do they explore psychic abilities but also the use of LSD in conjunction with these abilities (and you can imagine how that turned out).
Right up my fiction’s alley.
Clairvoyance & the Psychic Spy
Have you ever heard of the Stargate Project? (And this has nothing to do with the sci-fi series, though I love that, too.) Apparently, the CIA released formerly classified information on experiments they’d been running for over twenty years, studying the applications of remote viewing in the intelligence community.
Pretty crazy, right?
So…What is “Remote Viewing?”
This is straight from an open source PDF guide from Remoteviewed.com, the UK site I linked to for the Stargate Project:
Remote viewing is the magical ability to gather information about a target, which can be anything at anytime and anywhere.
Remote viewing is a mental martial art that takes the raw nugget of human psychic ability and moulds it using a set of scientifically created stages. These stages act to filter the psychic data gathered during remote viewing sorting the ‘noise’ from the raw ‘real’ impressions.
Remote viewing isn’t how it sounds – like viewing a movie in your head, it’s a gradual opening of a window to the target, where each impression builds on the one before, slowly revealing the target piece by piece. This process involves more than vision, including; touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, or you can go into, above, or below the target, wherever you want or need to go to get the information.
This ability, it continues, is supposedly limitless.
Now, remote viewing is supposed to be something that anyone can learn, though in my story the ability is limited to a handful of rare individuals–an elite group which one of my main characters belongs to. (It wouldn’t be cool if just anyone could do it.)
Is any of this stuff really true? (I mean, this is some far-out shiznit, people.) I’d like to think so, but at the same time I’m very skeptical of it. What I do know is that it makes great material for writing fiction, and it’s tons of fun to write about!
What do You Think?
Have you ever tried LSD? (I’d love to hear from you, if you have. And I’m being totally serious.) What about remote viewing: do you think it’s real or just a bunch of bunk?