Lessons Learned While Hallucinating in the Desert + my Photos of Saguaro, NP

The first time I ate peyote in the desert, I was 24 years old, living out of my car, and completely rootless.

My grandfather, who is 100% Native American, suggested I try it since I was in an unbalanced state and on a transforming journey.

That one ceremony gave me such a sense of connection to the Universe that I figured out what I was meant to do for the next few years.

It also gave me a healthy amount of self-confidence that had previously been suppressed.

You come out a stronger person after conquering demons that are realer than flesh while on a peyote journey.

The ceremony changed my life completely and was just what I needed at that point in time.

Its a tragedy that our culture has lost the rituals that were used to turn boys into men.

A hallucinogen induced vision quest through the desert is exactly what some need to find purpose.

You feel incredibly grounded to everything around you and begin to learn deeply from the surroundings.

Sometimes the beauty of Nature hits you so hard, it can make you cry.

On my trip to Tuscon, Arizona and Saguaro National Park last week, I didn’t have peyote–mushrooms and LSD can be a useful alternative.

This time around I wasn’t looking for any life-changing, major revelations by careening through the spirit world, but having a few helpful visions and hyper-awareness were my goals.

At one point, the moon showed itself and transformed into a Eagle that communicated to me:

The only thing you have complete control over is your own mind

Then the past few months of my observations of Trump hatred, marches, protests, and rallies, all showed their true spirit–temper tantrums children throw when they don’t get what they want.

I realized how much of a need for guidance people have, and how so many adults never mature past an adolescent state of mind.

And how my own growing process would be never-ending, you set a goal, you reach it, you change, and then you aim for something higher.

These are thoughts that are easy to intellectualize, but when you have it delivered by a god, and can see it and feel it, the sentiment becomes more visceral, more real.

The spirit Eagle left me in awe when it returned to the moon again.

Enough with the hippy-dippy shit, lets get to some girls…

Experimenting with your mind in the desert also makes you more attractive.

Women love risk-taking men with a sense of adventure and a willingness to explore different levels of consciousness.

Every girl I talked to in Tucson (and there were a lot), and every girl I’ve had a conversation with since has been captivated by descriptions and reasons for seeking desert visions.

You can read about my interactions, hook-ups, and energy in Tucson in an entertaining forum post here.

Another realization that you have while sensing fully in the desert is just how harsh life can be.

The air sucks the moisture right out of your skin, and you have to bring a lot of life-giving water.

The landscape is raw and dangerous, many plants have thorns that can seriously injure you, and animal life is rare when the sun is near its zenith.

One of the more interesting phenoma you experience during a windless midday is the sound of absolute silence.

The living things are at rest, tranquil, respectful–conserving precious moisture under the powerful rays of the burning sun.

You can also see for dozens of miles.

Mountains that are 50 miles away turn alien colors in the dry air.

The Sonoran desert is the only place in the world where you can find Saguaro Cactus.

And they are spectacular.

Golden Hour in Saguaro National Park was the finest light I have ever seen in my life.

The only times that tears have streamed down my cheeks in the past decade have been in the presence of true beauty. And Saguaro did it more than once.

If you are interested in photography, this place is a must visit.

Consider questing in the desert as a very real option if you are thirsty for answers in life.

They are more likely to be found out in Saguaro than in schools or on the internet.

Hallucinogens aren’t for everyone, and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone with an unstable mind, but to those that they do call to, it might be in your best interest to respond.

If you like the photos above and want to try out photography, check out An Introduction to Camera Game.

I break down what equipment to get, which is surprisingly affordable, the gear I used for the above photos costed less than $500 and will last for decades if taken care of properly.

The book also gives you plenty of tips on how to develop your eye so you can take aesthetically pleasing shots.

And, you can also use the information to meet and seduce lots of girls.

Check out the book here.

About Goldmund

Goldmund grew up a wild-child and was constantly being disciplined. Using ancient rituals and game, he broke free from the shackles of his mind and the norms of this backwards society. He frequents bars in Brooklyn, mountains in Mexico, and retreats to the desert. His passions are nature and women.

8 comments on “Lessons Learned While Hallucinating in the Desert + my Photos of Saguaro, NP

    • I lived for 2 years out of a 1996 Ford Escort Wagon. Paid 600$ for it and it never gave me a problem the entire time.

      Circumnavigated and zig-zagged the entire United States. That shitty car was incredible.

      *And I flew out to Tucson this time around, an easy trip from New York.

  1. Love the desert. We drove to and from Sedona last summer. I suppose the romantic mood is enhanced by having all those large phallic objects around.

    • Ah, Sedona…another gem in Arizona. I almost drowned in a flash flood there in 2010. Never experienced a flash flood, it took us completely by surprise. Stream we were walking up suddenly turned into a raging river from the rains upstream. Wild.

  2. Fuuuck yeeeaah! this is calling to me for sure. Cannot partake due to Military obligations. After August when I depart may be a different story. I have mild psychedelic experiences from meditation and dreams but I’ve never done hallucinogens.

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