DMT has a certain popular reputation – that of something discombobulating, inscrutable, not necessarily for the faint of heart.
While I do believe DMT is capable of providing a comprehensible and even wholesome experience, it definitely deserves its reputation as an extremely powerful psychedelic. While it may only last twenty minutes or so, you might encounter situations which challenge foundational aspects of your belief system.
The risk involved is clear: the unprepared mind may start believing things which are bad for its ongoing well-being. Of course, the inverse is also true: DMT may help dislodge bad priors, break you out of unproductive behavioural patterns, or introduce you to new, more compelling models of reality.
This is why DMT has the mystical reputation it does. So, how can we prepare ourselves for this potential onslaught of ontological mayhem? It’s wise to spend some time planning how to orient ourselves at the meta-level.
In order to navigate this landscape of epistemic ambiguity, you must be prepared to flick between multiple belief systems and ideological frames of reference, without building too much attachment to any of them and judging each by the fruit it bears. If you can do this already, great.