Sacred Mushroom Set & Setting
We are not scientists or doctors here at Mushroom Magic, but we do have a lot of personal experience with the mushrooms in particular and psychedelics in general. Anything that we share is based on personal experience. If you ask me, experience is the only thing that matters. Anyone who has an opinion about mushrooms, be it clinical or personal, who has never ingested them has zero credibility, regardless of the string of letters that follow or precede their names.
There are many urban myths in circulation surrounding the “dangers” of sacred or magic mushrooms, but in reality, the mushrooms themselves pose no danger at all. Years ago I corresponded with the eternal poet Allen Ginsberg, and I asked him what he thought about the psychedelic experience and creativity. He wrote back and quoted his friend, the poet Gregory Corso: “Psychedelics show you more of what’s out there.”
So when you ingest sacred mushrooms, you are simply given the opportunity to experience more of what is already there. The way to avoid an uncomfortable experience when you are privy to more of what’s out there is to prepare yourself properly. As Timothy Leary said, this has everything to do with set and setting.
Simply defined, “set” in this context refers to mindset, and “setting” refers to your physical location and surroundings. If you proceed from a calm and balanced, respectful frame of mind, in a place where you feel safe and comfortable, it is very likely that you will have a totally positive experience. Leary also recommended having a “guide” nearby–not necessarily someone to overtly direct you, but a trusted companion that you know will be there if you find yourself needing someone to talk to during the experience.
Then Terence McKenna came along and said that most people take mushrooms and other psychedelics in the wrong setting. He felt as though concerts, raves, and other forms of group gatherings were not the best way to make the most of the experience, even if it’s fun to do it that way. He recommended what he called a “heroic dose”: 5 dried grams, experienced in silence in the dark and to buy shrooms online.
Personally, I agree that taking the mushroom by yourself (having your “guide” in another room is fine), in the comfort of your home, in the dark and in silence, is the best way to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented. This is during the peak of the experience…when that levels off, it’s time to play or listen to music, hang out if you have a companion or companions, and enjoy the experience at another level.
It’s always useful to remember that the peak of the experience will come and go in a matter of a couple of hours of your life, so even if it’s rough going for a minute or two, it will pass, and when it’s over you will realize that it was all worth it. The bottom line is this: respect the mushroom experience and enter into it responsibly and intelligently. If you do, there is virtually zero possibility of a negative interaction.