The morning glory is a very beautiful flower that grows on a vine and is common both as a garden plant, and wild as escaped varieties; it is found throughout north and Central America. Like the sunflower it opens with the sun and the flowers point toward the light.
Seeds of certain varieties of this plant contain a natural psychedelic called lysergic acid hydroxyethy amide; the seeds of this plant were used by the Aztecs to experience visions, and traditionally the goal of this was to find lost objects, discover the reasons for illness, optimal times to plant seeds and good locations to hunt.
When I was 17 years of age (1969) I consumed a quantity of these seeds, vomited (they were sprayed with an emetic by a seed company) and experienced a brief psychedelic state of consciousness. I felt calm, and perceived an ebbing and flowing of visual patterns, a sort of slow waves flowing upon that which I looked at. There were no visions, and instead I fell into a mildly ecstatic trance, content, and with no desire to talk or eat. This occurred after school, and when my parents saw me they became alarmed at my dilated eyes, trance like state, and evidence of vomiting in the bathroom. They called the family doctor, who checked me over: pulse, blood pressure, temperature (normal values) and then gave me an intramuscular injection of Compazine, an anti-nausea and anti-psychotic drug. My first psychedelic session ended abruptly, and later, for unknown reasons I suffered anxiety for several weeks. (Caution: morning glory seeds can be toxic for multiple reasons and may not be visionary or healthy to consume).
The modern world first learned of morning glory seeds, peyote and psilocybin mushrooms from Christian missionary related activities and their written references (16th century: Bernardino de Sahagun; 20th century: Eunice Pike, linguist and Gordon Wasson, amateur mycologist and retired bank VP who wrote a cover story for Life magazine (June, 1957) about his psychedelic experience in Oaxaca, Mexico). This was the beginning of psychedelic history from the New World, and leads such as these were pursued by pharmaceutical corporations in the 20th century. I believe that LSD was secretly synthesized (1938) after lysergic acid hydroxyethyl amide was found in morning glory seeds, and later it was synthesized using lysergic acid from ergot, or other sources. This is, in my opinion, more probable that the chance encounter with LSD from molecular modifications of lysergic acid.
Eidetic images are related to psychedelic visions, and the later can be a source of inspiration towards both lucid dreaming and eidetic imaging. To see the actual inner revelation of pristine visions, in fine detail and full color while wide awake, as occurs with certain psychedelic plants and substances provides a powerful motive to explore further, and find natural keys to this latent potential of the human mind.
Legal and safe herbs that enhance dreams and visions: hops, passion flower, skullcap, ashwanganda, and catnip.
(c) Paul C Adams 2015 updated: 3/30/15