Mystical Experiencer: Male in mid-sixties
Current location: U.S.A.
Age at time of experience: 19
It was my first experience with psychedelics. I worked at the Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn Public Library and 2 of my co-workers that were a couple of years older than me asked me if I ever tried acid. At that time, I only smoked weed and told them I had never tried acid. I was afraid, but they said they would give a quarter of what they usually took and that it would open my mind. I took it about 1 hour before I got off from work.
As I was leaving the building with my sister, who also worked at library, I noticed everything seemed more vibrant and unique; like I was discovering things for the first time. Across the street from the library was a beautiful park with trees lining the entrance to the park. As everyone was walking down the steps of the library to the street, I stood at the top of the steps marveling at the trees swaying in the wind; the greenness of the trees.
My sister asked me what was wrong, and I tried to explain the beauty I was experiencing. She was confused by my behavior. I don’t remember anything about our bus ride home, but I do remember when we got home, I went directly to my room to avoid my mother; I was sure she would know I was tripping.
My room had a black light and black light posters (it was the 70’s). What I remember distinctly was playing Elton John’s “Rocket Man” over and over because the lyrics were describing exactly how I felt. I knew that what I was experiencing was a revelation of the true nature of reality. I felt I was in touch with the divine.
My first trip was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I think I was tripping for about 5 – 6 hours because after a while I was afraid I was never going to come down. Slowly I felt I had come down to “reality” but I was left with the feeling I was not the same person I was before the trip. I am now 64 years old and I still believe that trip altered my consciousness permanently.