Why Do DMT Users See Insects From A Parallel Universe?

Why Do DMT Users See Insects From A Parallel Universe?

by Cliff Pickover, Reality Carnival

Related articles here and here. The material in this article is presented in final format in my book Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves.
"People Using DMT often see insectlike beings from another universe."

The molecule DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a psychoactive chemical that causes intense visions and can induce its users to quickly enter a completely different "environment" that some have likened to an alien or parallel universe. The transition from our world to theirs occurs with no cessation of consciousness or quality of awareness.

Why do so many people using DMT see insects? The DMT insect race comprises "larval beings," "alien space insects," praying-mantis entities and so forth. Why so many visions of insects?
"Something in the insect seems to be alien to the habits, morals, and psychology of this world, as if it has come from some other planet, more monstrous, more energetic, more insensate, more atrocious, more infernal than our own." -- Maurice Masterlinck, Belgian playwright, 1862-1949

Examples of DMT Insect Reports

"It is a mental Mecca, an excellent reference point for all other psychedelics. Those around me looked like alien space insects. I realized they were all part of it, too."

"The wasp came to me this time, stung me while I was senseless. Insects are the blind keepers of secrets on this earth."

"Oh dear lapidary insect friends..."

"Rex's heart, his emotional center, was consumed by feasting alien insects during his first high dose, and he was certain he was dying."

"I came immediately upon the source, which was a DNA scarab, a construct, an insect of impossible dimensions, miles in diameter and circumference."

"Inside were very tiny creatures. I can't decide if they were living or mechanical, but they moved like slow insects. Visually, they looked a lot like ants."

You can find many more examples of DMT insectoids using Google. Let me know if you come across other examples of particular interest.

Visit "The Praying Mantis Reports"

"This is an informal collection of tales regarding the strangest of possibilities -- encounters with praying-mantis like entities which occur after ingesting enteogenic compounds. Why is this so common? Nobody seems to mention spiders or grasshoppers, always mantids!"

For more information on DMT, click here.

Report emailed to me from "Paul"

Cliff, 3 years ago I had a random encounter with DMT. I went to someones house to collect some rent money they owed me, and when I got there this person was kind of "spacey" acting. We started talking, and he told me someone had given him DMT, and that I should try it. I told him I would try it after watching him "take it" two or three times. After watching him take it without any negative side effects, I decided to try it.

I tried it twice. One pull off the glass pipe.

The first time, I had the plastic cracking sound, and got really close to slipping into the "other world". But, apparently I didn't have enough, because I slipped back into reality.

The second time, I took one really long pull, held it in, and immediately heard the "plastic crackly" sound. Then I had my first "DMT" experience. This was in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. Not a planned "session" or "trip". I went through the "crackling sound", I went into a world where everything was pix-elated,. Everything in the room was at a molecular level, visually. The pitbull in the room, looked different. It was made up of molecular, swirling, small balls of color. As I was looking around the room, I heard a helicopter fly over the house, so I looked up. When I looked up, I could see through the walls and ceiling. I could see out into the front yard, the trees, the house across the street. etc. Just then, I was looking at the oak tree in the front yard, and I saw a saucer shaped ufo, appear hovering, over the front yard. That is when I felt the presence of the Praying Mantis. The UFO was on my left, then the Praying Mantis appeared at my right. The Praying Mantis, telepathically, realized I saw it, and I was looking at it. Then, the Mantis, moved in really really close. For a brief moment, I felt sheer terror. This thing was gigantic, 10-20 ft tall. But the head of this Praying Mantis, was as big as my body. I realized this thing was big enough to devour me. The Praying Mantis moved in really close, almost nose to nose. Then it was scanning me. Like it scanned my brain. It was actually trying to calm me while it was looking at me. After it "looked at me", it almost smiled. Just then, the cracking plastic sound started coming back, and I looked at the Praying Mantis, and it almost said to me telepathically "Bye!"

Then the experience was over. Afterwards, I was fine. Like nothing happened. I was slightly groggy for 5-10min. Then i was completely fine. I started Googling Mantis-DMT, and I found your website. Just wanted to tell you I was really surprised to find that other people have seen a Praying Mantis on DMT. I still don't know what to think about it. Just wanted to tell you my story. Thanks for letting me tell my story.

Report emailed to me from "Cory"

Hi Cliff, I recently had my very first DMT experience, and while I was aware of DMT and the elves having read The Spirit Molecule when I was young, I hadn't remembered anything about Mantis's being mentioned. So after googling what I experienced in my trip, it was crazy to learn others have experienced these entities as well.

My experience started in a black void, at the centre of which was a geometric 8 pointed star, like two overlayed squares, each rotated 45 degrees. The star had vague purple and green tints to it. At the centre of this shape I noticed a spiral of fractal pyramids, like arms in a galaxy, growing and shrinking ad infinitum. As I focused my attention on these pyramids, it seemed as though I leaned in closer to them, i Iwas quickly transported through the centre of the 8 pointed star where the pyramids were emerging from. The sound that accompanied this portion of the trip grew and grew and was deafening. Just when I thought it couldn't get louder it stopped completely and I found myself in the most beautiful and familiar place, outside of time, in complete silence. It was organic and math based, constantly evolving at a steady state, as though I were in a cyclical Escher drawing. The colours were unlike anything I've ever seen before and the overall geometry was white, with a darker grid pattern overlayed over the ever evolving shapes, almost like it's purpose was to make it clear to me that math played a big part in how everything functioned. The experience was very sexual, with many beings (not human, but made of primitive shapes) cavorting and writhing in the landscape. They had luscious human lips and eyes.

Suddenly I was joined by a mantis shaped creature, not of this world. Mantis-like only in how the shape of its head and the angle and size of its body related to each other. I did not notice it's appendages. It was calm and comforting, communicating to me through my thoughts. It had oversized humanoid eyes and an oversized mouth which all felt tacked on to it's head, like a poor photoshop job. It grinned at me like the Cheshire Cat and then showed me my Mother and Father, at which point I tried to look away. My vision drifted from left to right, away from my parents... and then it was over.

Clearly I need to work on my relationship with my parents. :)

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For my science fiction novel, The Lobotomy Club, which features praying-mantis entities from a parallel universe -- induced by brain surgery -- click here.

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