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On April 19, 1942, chemist Albert Hofmann of Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, mixed up a compound he hoped would be a new and better cure for headaches. Not knowing he had inhaled a great deal of the fumes, Hofmann got on his bicycle and started to peddle home for lunch. He began to notice strange sensations.
She had the eyes of a saint...
A 10-dimensional universe cracked into a 6-dimensional universe and a 4-dimensional universe. There were gold ornaments and silk curtains and heavy incense: it hurt like a bastard. Wild technicolor Maui trees and shrubs everywhere as Mother Superior raised the steel yardstick again - Uncle Mick understood with the same mathematical certainty that an egg within an egg gave birth to a quantum jump, huge lumbering reptiles. These Sun-Kings walking across the Brooklyn Bridge hiding behind a bush going cluck-cluck-cluck - the inertial system changes back to that damned swamp with the frogs - he could see every black-head, every wart, every bead of sweat. Art works considered "pagan" bowed to Rev. Yoshikami and came down the stairs to New York 1959... "he wears thick goggles and a kind of scuba-diving suit"...they help \us to understand our hallucinations better.
Dr. Hofmann got off the bicycle, a Wilde surmise dawning upon him: Each man spills the drink he loves.
According to one school of thought, much in favor among practised meditators, there is no beginning, no ending, no linear progression, only an unbounded net of jewels each of which reflects and contains the reflection of each of the others.
- Robert Anton Wilson - _A Net Of Jewels_ from _Cosmic Trigger Volume 2_
in _They Live_ (vhs/ntsc)(1987), Rowdy Roddy Piper discovers special sunglasses utilizing "Hofmann Lenses" that enables one to see the world as it truly is: subliminal messages on billboards, magazines, ads, tv instructing consumer culture to buy, reproduce, and obey. the messages are from hostile aliens (i.e. the Republican political party) using Earth as their third world to exploit, and humans as cattle, turning the oxygen based atmosphere into "their atmosphere" through the greenhouse effect.
The characteristic property of hallucinogens, to suspend the boundaries between the experiencing self and the outer world in an ecstatic, emotional experience, makes it possible with their help, and after suitable internal and external preparation, as it was accomplished in a perfect way at Eleusis, to evoke a mystical experience according to plan, so to speak.
Meditation is a preparation for the same goal that was aspired to and was attained in the Eleusinian Mysteries. Accordingly it seems feasible that in the future, with the help of LSD, the mystical vision, crowning meditation, could be made accessible to an increasing number of practitioners of meditation.
I see the true importance of LSD in the possibitity of providing material aid to meditation aimed at the mystical experience of a deeper, comprehensive reality. Such a use accords entirely with the essence and working character of LSD as a sacred drug.
- Albert Hofmann -
"LSD Experience and Reality", Chapter 11 of _LSD, My Problem Child_