Dimethyltryptamine, commonly known as DMT, is not only the most intense psychedelic but also the most illegal in the world. Although the psychedelic compound is extremely rare and difficult to acquire, it is perhaps one of the most common substances on earth. With this paradox in sight, I propose to explore the unfathomable realms of DMT. In order to explain the inexplicable, I must pay cautious attention to form and content, with specific regard to other writers who have touched on this subject and how I can model such (or even create my own model). Just as the molecule is structured in such a dynamic way, so must my hybrid project. Form and content must work together to mirror the psychedelic compound when language is not enough. Stylistically, I can implement poetic rhetoric, in-verse poetry, argumentative prose, apostrophes, and more forms of creative writing that seem fit. In essence, the experimental aspect of the project will not only heighten the purpose of my work but potentially unearth some deeper implications for the self.
The psychonaut is characterized as the individual who explores activities by which altered states of consciousness are induced and utilized for either spiritual purposes or the exploration of the human condition. In light of such, dimethyltryptamine is my preferred psychedelic substance of choice because it is produced within the human body, and my central question of focus is Why seek DMT? I endeavor to emphasize the self in respect to the psychonaut, the philosopher (as well as spiritual philosopher), the astrophysicist, scientist, historian, artist, and most especially the eyewitness‒which is you. I seek to include these varied points of view because research, historical accounts and events, as well as experimental reports in each field all suggest there is something heroic or rather symbolic underlying the use of dimethyltryptamine.
As seen with previous hybrid works, writing in the second person offers substantial insight for the reader. I will attempt to write about the psychedelic compound in second person, but I will not limit myself if the opportunity to write in first or third is seemingly preferred. I could even employ a “fourth person” which is defined as a blend of first and third so that the fourth person point of view creates depth and mystery when done correctly. It is important that I remember this project remain highly experimental and exploratory because that is the iconic nature of the drug DMT that I am attempting to copy.
Additionally, I have considered implementing a dictionary, one that will encompass and define words relevant to the text in order to explain certain induced instances where content alone cannot suffice to describe dimethyltryptamine. As previously mentioned, I will implement subjective accounts, such as reports from Urban Dictionary, personal accounts from acquaintances, ect. I also plan to include objective facts; consider a “dry” river of flowing information that will further explain what is DMT. I want to constantly and cautiously describe, describe, and describe. Imagery is a key figurative element because I can surely tell you about dimethyltryptamine, but not nearly as much as I will attempt to show you. I am a huge fan of synesthetic imagery and this project is the ideal platform for me to play around with such, especially when dimethyltryptamine is evaluated as sensory transcendance, an astral projection of lucidity.