5 Grams of Magic Mushrooms Experience

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What follows is a report I wrote almost immediately after my first ever 6-hour Psilocybe cubensis (Brazilian type) trip. The description slips into the mystical, but believe me, the rational language doesn’t do justice to the experience.

All in all, I think we should try to map the psychedelic experience. There’s a bank of almost 2000 mushroom reports on Erowid website but we need to categorize them and do more research in general. Benny Shannon did something like this with Ayahuasca in The Antipodes of The Mind.


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01/23/2022 12:16 am GMT

The 5 Gram Hallucinogenic Mushroom Experience


Note: This took place in my room while lying in bed with closed eyes. I ate the mushrooms on an empty stomach. 5 Grams is known as the “heroic dose” so please don’t try this at home or consult your doctor beforehand.


The onset


This was beyond words. Beyond everything, I’ve ever experienced in my life. At the onset, maybe 20 minutes after I ingested the mushrooms I already felt some change in my perceptual field. I put on the sleep mask and tried to remain steady. But I was not ready for this – not in the least.

I was meditating for one hour before eating the mushrooms and I tried to remain in this meditative state. But it became stranger and stranger and I’m really happy I had a sitter who was taking care of me. I’m eternally grateful for her presence because otherwise, I would have lost it. The touch of the human hand kept one side of me in this world. Without it, I would have given in to fear.

Describing the indescribable


It was another world. The perceptual changes were just astounding. It felt as if I left this dimension and was in some strange realm beyond my body. It was so powerful I was agape and laughed and cried at the same time. And I couldn’t dictate any terms at all. I was possessed by this force and it showed me what it wanted to show me. I felt really strong vibrations throughout my whole body.

It was beyond time, beyond space, and beyond the usual perception. I couldn’t tell how many hours or years, or thousands of years had passed.


Losing the perception of time and space


Going to the bathroom was a grand expedition and it seemed to last for eons. I was so lost I couldn’t tell where I was – but I was not stunned – I retained my conscious awareness but it didn’t seem to be preoccupied with space as we usually experience it.

After coming back to my room I was “lifted” outside my body, and operated solely in this “consciousness realm” without the usual human limitations of sensual perception, time or space.


psychedelic painting


The statue


I saw the grand statue that was somehow losing its footing. It was suspended in space and the lower part of it resembled an inverted obelisk. The top looked a little bit like a bust of a Roman emperor but below it was surrounded by glistening lights and somehow spiraling motifs. It was vertical and vibrating and it held great meaning for me.


The Temple of The Goddess


I saw the grand steps leading to the Temple of the Goddess. The multi-layered steps rolled out before me in perfect harmony and architectonic detail. At the top I saw the temple and the flourishing snake-like eyes of the Goddess. The image was so powerful.

In fact, the female presence was pervasive in that world. Even thinking about ego and masculinity was somehow forbidden as it was the realm of the Sacred Goddess of Nature. (Note: After doing research during the same day, I found a striking similarity between the vision of the steps and the steps that lead to the newly discovered Gunung Padang megalithic site – I never heard about this site before my trip).


the psychedelic vision painting


The Veil Dance


The philosopher Terence McKenna was right that at some point the experience resembles a veil dance. I couldn’t see clearly the mushroom in its essential form – but it was there, hiding behind an erotic cloud of looks and gestures. I felt like it had One Eye, and a thousand smaller eyes with which it was observing me. It was a game of shadows.


The Psychedelic Landscape


Before ingesting the hallucinogens, I imagined I would see fairy castles and beautiful art motifs. It was none of that. It was mostly gloomy but beautiful at the same time. It was deeply feminine and felt like an encounter with a spirit of nature. It was like a jungle. It was full of liquid and it was flowing – constantly flowing like the blood cells in the arteries.

But it had this green texture to it, like some deep jungle cavern. There was a lot of water and snakes, frogs and squirmy things thrashing about. But it was mostly dark, strange place. It was inside of somewhere – like somewhere underground.


The Inappropriateness of the Human Language


I read that the mushroom likes to use verbal language to endow humans with secret knowledge. But during my mushroom experience, I heard absolutely nothing. I said “Reveal yourself!” but then it hit me with such astounding visuals that literally took my breath away.

But it remained mute in terms of spoken language. I communicated with symbols, feelings, metaphors and majestic things. It didn’t know the human language but in a way, it was language.

In these flowing textures and colors, I could almost see hints of a language. At one point it was like an octopus (I actually saw an octopus) – beaming with colors and vibrational fields. I had a feeling that it was far too advanced for me to understand it.


psychedlic alien


The Encounter With The Aliens


I still haven’t touched upon the major thing that soaked through the greater part of the experience. It was The Alien. And I didn’t expect to see aliens but there they were – very unapologetic. They looked like the stereotypical Aliens. They had large, wide eyes and bore a human-like form. Big heads, grey skin, you know the story. But they were there! Dozens of them! Looking at me!

And during the trip, I felt like the grand interstellar drama of the Aliens was unfolding. I saw huge amounts of entities behind thick glass, looking at me, squirming in great fear of an oncoming doom.

It was as if I was the witness. I was endowed with the knowledge of what happened to the Aliens and I was to tell their story to other humans. There were multitudes of them; all in a tight space and the rest of the landscape was abound with skulls in an aftermath of a grand disaster.


The Father of The Aliens


After seeing these disturbing images, I made peace with the Alien and it was like a grand symbolic gesture: I understand what happened to them and will carry this memory forward (that was the feeling I had). I somehow met the “Father” of the Aliens, grasped his hand and he slightly smiled at me (there were smaller entities behind him which remained impassive). Unlike The Goddess, he was Masculine. I should also note that all communication between “us” felt like it was telepathic. The message was just “transferred” into my mind.

But during the trip, it really felt like there might have been a civilization on Mars, but it was entirely wiped out by a huge cataclysm. And there are remnants of this civilization in the minds of humans.


The Boundless Love Experience


Other than this cosmic grand scheme, I also felt boundless love towards all humanity. My girlfriend appeared to me as a deity and I felt how our destinies are intertwined. I also felt that I was a partner towards her on the surface, but not with my whole being. That moment was deeply touching because for the first time I felt this state of Union with her and others.


psychedelic love painting


The Opposites


Beyond that, I felt like the opposites were coming into a whole and every time this happened, there was a feeling of profound peace. It felt like the parts of my personality were coming together to create a more integrated whole. But there was also something that didn’t come together. It was like good and evil or Yin and Yang. The two parts floated amongst each other but didn’t touch.


The Strange Human Form


When I finally opened my eyes after many eternities, I felt strange in my human form. When I looked at my body, I thought – “Ah, so this is the body that I inhabit now”. My limbs seemed very inadequate and my whole body image felt very monkey-like. It felt like I was coming down from a higher realm, and then taking residence in this body.

But the mushroom didn’t answer my pressing questions. I guess I’ll have to wait for that. It had its own message and in many ways it was profound.


Additional experiences


  • Chanting and deep breathing helped a lot. And the mushroom didn’t like the ego at all. When you start thinking about yourself and how long it is going to last, the experience gets worse. You have to be in the meditative state of no-self-no-thought awareness. That’s when the mushroom shows itself.
  • There was a very short glimpse of The One – a great center. It looked like a very bright light with some kind of core. It was very inviting. Once Terence McKenna gave DMT to a Tibetan monk. He saw the lights and said: “These are the lesser lights, the lesser lights of the Bardo. You cannot go further into the Bardo and return. This takes you as far as you can go.” There’s more information on this in The Tibetan Book of The Dead.
  • The experience was very “galactic”. I gave me a much greater perspective.
  • I also saw a spinning image of a citadel that was somehow connected to an underwater city.
  • That must have been the spiritual technology of ancient humans – meditation and psychedelics. When you’re a really advanced meditator psychedelics have a much better effect in terms of getting closer to enlightenment.
  • I also had an intense feeling of “coming back home” at the beginning of the trip.
  • I saw emotions towards people as colors and vibrational fields.


Now I would like to know what you think and if you had a similar experience with the mushrooms. Don’t hesitate to share your story in the comments section below.

16 thoughts on “5 Grams of Magic Mushrooms Experience”

  1. I recently took mushrooms for the first time and saw the many eyed being that is the mushroom. Whenever I closed my eyes I saw thousands of eyes watching back. They were not human eyes. Through their expressiveness I could tell what it thought of me. It felt emensely powerful, invasive, scary. I asked it two questions and it answered with short emotionless replies.

    1. That’s a strange and beautiful vision. Yes, many people see the Eyes during mushroom trips and it feels like it’s not just coming from your subconscious, but it’s almost like some external intelligence. Powerful stuff.

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience! Im looking to do the heroic dose also (i need to break some chains that wont leave). For now I only do 3g, wich goes fast and lasts long and makes me feel unconfortable (having big spasms, and being tired of laying down on my bed), so I wonder how unconfortable it will be. And also: did you sleep during your trip? Because laying that long in total darkness makes you sleep. And also: what kind of shrooms did you use? I really like the mexicans. Golden teachers are really different but for me less introspective
    Feel free to share more experiences like that and good luck!

    1. Hello Rambo, You’re welcome! Before doing anything – please consult with your physician ;). I didn’t sleep during the trip – it was too powerful. Yes, lying in darkness for a long time makes your brain release melatonin which signals that it’s time to go to sleep. But the melatonin release is not only connected to light exposure but also your regular circadian rhythm. If you attempt the journey during the day you shouldn’t be sleepy at all. I used the Brasilian Cubensis kind and it was really great. Make sure your mind is well-balanced and you’re in good mood before attempting the heroic dose. It’s a bumpy ride!

      1. Hi! Thanks for your answer!
        I dont like doing it during the day; too much light even with a mask
        What do you mean by consulting a physician?
        Do you suggest increasing the dose from 3g to 4g, then 4 to 4.5 then 5?
        Keep on the good work!

        1. Hi! It’s just a disclaimer. I’m not a certified physician so I can’t make any recommendations about psychedelic substance use 🙂
          The gradual-dose approach seems reasonable. It all depends on the situation and your psyche. I’ve found the Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide to be a great resource for preparing for the trip.

  3. I took 2 grams of Golden Teacher last week. I’m 63 so I’m no rookie but it had been many years. As I started to really relax and get comfortable I put on Sturgill Simpson’s new album Sound and Fury. It’s quite psychedelic without trying. I closed my eyes and the music moved me rapidly through a series of color tunnels. I wasn’t scare and actually went with it. His voice and music took me 1000+ miles away, each song built on the last. I was traveling through time space and color. Zero fear total comfort. After maybe 6 hours and some tequila I made it to bed. My eyes hurt a little in the morning. I think this was from the fast paced journey they took. Always my favorite drug but I’m fine with 1.5-2 grams. Very easy to grow enough for a lifetime: Amazon ancient path boom blocks, Source of Spores for Syringe. Follow instructions and you will have mushrooms that weigh 10+ grams a piece for under $50 and patience. Weed is boring, I’d rather go on vacation to the 5th dimension or outer space… peace

  4. Amazing story, I 1st ever tried shrooms half a year ago, took 6g of psilocybe cubensis shrooms without any knowledge on tripping, had one joint while eating them to relax my stomach full of shrooms, after about 30 minutes my mind was exploding with toughts i never even had in my mind, 30 more minutes i felt intense high like i smoked alot of weed, was laughing like a crazy man, 30 minutes after that i felt like i was disappearing from this world, feelings i never felt in life, than it all started, i tripped i was some sort of a stone and earth combined giant full of little workers that were reapiring dage on me, veins felt like rivers flowing wildly, after that i felt like i was a water that is untoppable by any force, suddenly after that i felt like i was sand in the desert and last one was like i’m some sort of a chakra floating in space than slowly was coming down back to my body. I was in great fear but than just relaxed not to ruin my trip, and it worked, i had best time in my life on shroos on 1st trip ever. Many friends told me that i am crazy for doing that 1st time alone in a dark room but if zou ask me it was worth it and since then i only consume 5g or more of shrooms to trip.

    1. Hi Luka! Thank you very much for your comment. Your story is amazing too. It’s so hard to put these experiences into words. It really feels like you are not in your body anymore 🙂

  5. Rafal, interesting choice for a first experience. Most would sky dive, buy a corvette, or see Paris. Im a long time student of the psilocibyn philosopher. Im a regular 5+ gram traveller of the mystic realms. Ive found most people lack the ability to seperate from ego completely as required by the shroom, or atleast cant make peace with the lack of control it can feel like. The shroom has a way of soothing pathways that have become agitated and unresponsive deep in the psyche. A comment i read here struck me as if i had thought it myself. It was the one about the person having chains to break. It was a beautiful methaphor for the “reboot” i feel after a deep trip. Things for me that i struggled with seemed consolidated and in their proper order. I use the shroom for its entertainment value ofcourse, movies with deep messages can be almost life changing, but furthermore, its for its medicinal value psychologically for me. Being a scedule 1 drug, no doctor in his right mind would advise psilocin (actual active ingredient in shrooms once psilocibyn is broken down by the stomach) to deal with mental issues. But its been my experience that it does infact have healing characteristics for me personally. Im sure you are all aware having found this place among billions on the web, that there are small pockets of the scientific , wait, ofcourse you do , Rafal mentions as much here. It was most comforting when i mentioned symptoms and my use of psilocin and what results it has for me in the weeks following to a mental health practioner that she knew what i was saying had merit and said as much. I could describe one of my recent trips however who has the time and power of language to do it justice? Instead i only wanted to add my experience and opinion on their absolutely undeniable medicinal value and quality. I hope someone somewhere reading this, like myself, can take comfort in knowing someone else shares their view on this and that we are not alone. Ridiculed at times by those too timid to reach out can make this seem unnatural, but this could not be further from the truth. Thank you for “listening” to my blathering on, i hope it helps atleast one person develope a personal healing relationship with a widely misunderstood and rejected form of therapy. Good night.

    1. Hi Bob, thanks so much for your insightful comment. I’ve read it with keen interest. And I totally agree, psilocybin has a lot of potential value for mental health. Fortunately, there are many institutions now working on legalizing it and making it available to the public. It’s so much better than regular prescription drugs which cause severe side effects. Cheers!

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience Rafal! It is quite interesting. I hope that this magical plant would not be abused and misused. Everything, if used properly and moderately proves to be beneficial. I hope this could be the future treatment of a lot of diseases. It has endless capabilities!

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