First, let's start out by saying that I am 18 years old, and Salvia Divinorum is the only hallucinogen I have ever tried. The setting: I was at a friends house, outside on the back porch. It was dark out and there were no lights on except for inside the room behind him through the glass sliding doors. It was also fairly cold outside too. SWIM guesses it to be around 55-60 degrees. The Preparation: I started off by going outside and grabbing a chair and facing it away from the house out towards the back yard. SWIM then grabbed his glass spoon, a regular Bic lighter, and his 2 grams of 30X Salvia. SWIM sat down and got a pinch of the Salvia and dropped it onto the screen in his spoon. The Trip: SWIM put the spoon up to his lips, held the flame over the Salvia until it all glowed red, and then proceeded to inhale SLOWLY as to keep the Salvia burning at the highest temperature possible. SWIM finished off the hit and held it in for what seemed like forever but in reality was only 15 or so seconds. SWIM then blew out the smoke and felt the Salvia Goddess smack him right in the face. He dropped the lighter, dropped the spoon, and dropped his mind. I was sent into an unknown reality. A reality where there was no up, no down, and everything was swirling about and was constantly in motion. I started off by seeing what seemed to him to be dump trucks driving along. But these trucks weren't ordinary. They were made up of TINY dump trucks, and each of those tiny trucks were made up of even smaller dump trucks. The trucks were going in a wierd pattern all around him and he couldn't distinguish what he was seeing. He then heard a voice. A voice he knew to be coming from the mouth of his best friend coming outside to check on him. I tried to move but couldn't. He was stuck in a loop. I would think he had stood up and then realize he was still sitting completely still nodding away into nothingness. He would try again. Failure. SWIm began to get really scared. Terrified actually. He wanted to scream. He wanted to scream for someone to help him...for someone to snatch him out of the god forsaken reality. Finally after 3 minutes of this, I was able to lift his head and snap out of it. Then the even wierder part of the trip happened. I became the HOUSE! He grew into the door frame and was no longer a person. He was nothing. Just a spectator watching life go by. I was like this for yet another 3-4 minutes until he felt what he thought to be his friends arm on his shoulder. SWIM looked to his left but only to find that his friend was a mile away. No where even near him at all. I tried and tried to get back next to him and he came rushing back towards his friend in the blink of an eye. Picture the part in the movie "The Matrix" where reality and its surroundings are dropped down around Neo and he is back in the real world. This is what happened to SWIM. I was finally able to stand up and decided to walk around the back yard of his friends house until the Salvia wore off. He walked around for what seemed like forever, trying to avoid the "holes" all over the yard. When SWIM finally calmed down, he went back inside and sat down. I didn't want to talk. All he wanted to do was sit there and do nothing. I felt as if his life had been ripped away from him and then as soon as it was gone it was thrown back at him. Right at his face. SWIM came to realize how powerful Salvia was and is. Ever since that day, I have had the utmost respect for the Salvia Goddess. He is not afraid of her, but afraid of what she does. I have only tried Salvia on 2 other occasions since then and has lost the desire to do so after a few more intensely crazy trips where Salvia grabbed him by the throat and squeezed his life out. I say he plans on using it again, but not until he can be somewhere extremely comfortable where he can trip in peace and have friends that won't bug him asking him how it was and yelling his name to get his attention the whole time he is witnessing Salvia's power firsthand. I hope you guys enjoyed reading SWIM's story about the great and magical Salvia Divinorum Goddess.