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6. Levels of Experience

Based upon these reports and others I tentatively put forward the following classification of levels of experience associated with the effects of smoking DMT. This classification should be tested in the light of further reports, in particular those resulting from an experiment conducted in 1992 or 1993 involving the administration of DMT via intravenous injection to eleven subjects (Strassman [111c] and [111d]).

Level I: Threshold experience.

This stage is characterized by an interior flowing of energy/consciousness. It may be extremely intense. It often has a positive feeling content.

Level II: Vivid, brilliantly colored, geometric visual patterns.

Here one is observing a colored, patterned, basically two-dimensional, field, although it may have a pulsating quality. One may remember having seen this before.

Transitional phase: Tunnel or breakthrough experience.

One may see or fly through a tunnel (a passage to the next level). A veil may part, a membrane may be rent. There is a breakthrough to another world (or perhaps even a series of breakthroughs). Alternatively, it may also happen that the transition from Level II to Level III is abrupt, almost instantaneous, with no experience of transition.

Level III: Three- or higher-dimensional space, possible contact with entities.

This stage is characterized by the experience of being in an "objective" space, that is, a space of at least three dimensions in which objects or entities may be encountered. Sometimes the entities appear to be intelligent and communicating beings. This stage may be extremely energetic with an experience of everything happening incomprehensibly fast. Alternatively it may be relatively coherent. Travel is possible at Level III. One may, for example, assume the form and consciousness of a bird, and fly. The limits of this stage, if any, are unknown.

Recently one person who has ventured far into the DMT realm has reported that beyond Level III there is another state, that of "the white light". Whether this is the same as "the white light" spoken of by Aldous Huxley in connection with his mescaline experiences is hard to say.

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