Morning Glory

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

Passion Flowers and Butterflies

My first experience with a vision inducing plant was after eating one whole, fresh passion flower, I was 10 years old. My mother had cultivated vines of passion flowers on fence in our front yard. I loved butterflies and noticed that they formed chrysalises on the passion flower vine, where the caterpillars transformed into butterflies.

Passion flowers are very tasty and crunchy: they have been used for both food and medicine. The one I ate was sweet and delicious. That night my sleep was peaceful and filled with bright colorful dreams, including excellent memory recall the next day. The dreams were vivid and enjoyable, and it seemed like an inner Disneyland. There was a medicine called “contac X” containing scopolamine, and I recall taking this for colds and the flu, again seeing the same kind of bright and vivid dreams as with passionflower.

Passion flowesr contains harmine, harmaline and harmols: these substances are found in other vision inducing plants such as ayahuasca (yage) and syrian rue. I have read articles that inform us the human brain creates endogenous harmine(s) and uses them to fine tune moods and also for the generation of images for the imagination.

Paul C Adams © 2015

Native American

My years with don Jose and his family were an experience that was joyful and usually very serene. People were very friendly, kind and gentle. The children radiated happiness and vitality. Everyone conveyed a quality of wholesomeness, peace and essential being of depth and power. Where people gathered and socialized laughter was very common and almost continuous: it was amazing to hear people laugh so much. However, this was in the 1970’s, and today don Jose’s village is gone: many have moved away, or passed on. Roads, potable water and electricity are now seen everywhere, with cars, trucks, radios and even TV sets in many villages or ranchos.

The following movies are about Native Americans and some of their qualities of being, so closely related to the luminous wilderness of North America.

Little Big Man     Dances with Wolves     Pocahontas       Last of the Mohicans

Grey Owl        A Man Called Horse      Return of A Man Called Horse

See website:  ” The Best American Indian Movies”

(c) Paul Adams 2015

Wilderness Dangers: Mexico

In an earlier blog I listed some of the wilderness dangers that might be encountered while hiking in open spaces, state and national parks of the western USA.

During the years I lived in western Mexico I encountered multiple dangers of different sorts, and anyone traveling into that region should be aware of these potential threats.

The first is scorpions, small and sometimes lethal to children, people with illnesses and the elderly. Venomous snakes include: coral, water moccasin (cotton mouth) “sarquate” and rattlesnake.

Malaria (rare) tuberculosis (common), hepatitis, dysentery, and whooping cough; one person I knew caught leprosy (an American); hyperthermia and dehydration due to humid – hot weather combined with excessive exertion. Flea bites can cause intense itching and immune system reactions (allergenic).

In the 1970’s the remote wilderness regions were known to be dangerous as a result of some people who carry fire arms, and probably still do so today. I will include, as PDF file,Wilderness Dangers In Mexico :  an event that occurred in the remote wilderness of Mexico. This kind of event can occur anywhere, anytime, and we find it in the news all too frequently.

Paul Adams 2015