Inside The Psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT Experience: 5 Stories From People Who Have Worked With 5-MeO-DMT

To sit at the edge of existence, to not know whether you are one or part of the universal whole is quite magical. Such is the experience that 5-MeO-DMT is known to produce.Without knowing more about 5-MeO-DMT, the experience seems tempting. However, you require reassurance to move forward and make a commitment.Finding information about 5-MeO-DMT is one of the biggest challenges our clients have before coming to us. In this article, Tandava will blend a mixture of individual and scientific perspectives from outsiders and those who have attended our retreats. We hope to expand your knowledge of 5-MeO-DMT as a result.

What Is 5-MeO-DMT?

5-MeO-DMT is a psychedelic medicine that people work with to ignite a non-dual experience within them. By this, we mean that the individual's consciousness merges with that of every object and being around them.Needless to say, this experience is incredibly intense. Fortunately, under the control of an experienced retreat guide, this intensity is completely safe. Moreover, 5-MeO-DMT has a very low chance of creating health problems. The only significant advisory pertains to those who already have certain mental health issues. Any responsible 5-MeO-DMT retreat center will evaluate their clients ahead of time to ensure that the medicine is safe for them.Compared to other common psychedelic medicines, such as High-dose Psilocybin and Ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT can deliver a far more acute psychedelic experience. Your likelihood of embarking on a deep mystical experience with 5-MeO-DMT is far greater than with other psychedelics.

The Psychedelic Experience of 5-MeO-DMT

As far as psychedelic medicines go, 5-MeO-DMT is an extremely small time investment. Indeed, the entire psychedelic trip with this medicine will last between 10 and 45 minutes.This does not mean that your whole process will last only 45 minutes, processing and integrating a 5-MeO journey can take weeks, months, or even years.So, what exactly happens while you're experiencing the 5-MeO-DMT medicine?

Scientific Insight

One of the most prevalent statements we hear from our clients about 5-MeO-DMT is that the medicine made them feel as though they were reborn.On the neurological level, there might be a grain of truth to this.You see, scientists have observed that those who take 5-MeO-DMT can form pathways in their brains more easily after the fact. These new pathways are related to your ability to make connections and assume different perspectives.That's why those who work with 5-MeO-DMT often revisit their core beliefs about themselves and emerge with a brand-new perspective on life. For instance, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that 80% of the healthy volunteers they surveyed who worked with 5-MeO-DMT reported an anecdotal decrease in their symptoms of treatment-resistant depression. Other observed mental health outcomes included the reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. That said, these studies do not sufficiently prove the efficacy of 5-MeO-DMT, further research is still desirable.

What 5-MeO-DMT Feels Like

So, with the potential benefits in mind, let's look at the part of the 5-MeO-DMT experience that is a little less tangible but emotionally significant all the same.Many have trouble describing their 5-MeO-DMT experience in accurate terms. Moreover, the experience looks and feels different for everyone.For our part, we would say that 5-MeO-DMT often shows you precisely what you need to see. 5-MeO-DMT does not beat around the bush, it rips past your internal beliefs and thought patterns with an almost vicious sense of honesty.You can expect 5-MeO-DMT to shine a light on your ego, core motivations, personal prejudices, limiting beliefs, destructive behaviors, and emotions of all kinds.This does not necessarily happen all at once. Rather, there is a story or a journey behind it that the medicine takes you through. Almost like a symphony of different feelings composed specifically to address your emotions and internal workings.

The Beginning Of The Journey

So, how will this symphony begin? From the moment you first inhale the 5-MeO-DMT smoke, you'll visualize an assortment of geometric patterns and light fractals. As you lie softly on a pad accompanied by retreat guides, you'll see a flash of astoundingly bright white light appear before you.From that moment forward, you'll be physically disoriented. It will feel as though your body is out of your control. At this point, you must gently surrender to the medicine. It's normal to experience anxiety here, but there is no need to be anxious. You'll be made aware by your facilitators that the experience is temporary, and they will guide you through any difficult sequences as they arise.You might observe a great variety of colors and shapes while you're under the sway of the medicine. However, that will be the extent of your visualizations. In this sense, 5-MeO-DMT is very much unlike Ayahuasca or other psychedelics.The value of 5-MeO-DMT lies in the sequence of emotions and concepts it presents before you. These are not particularly visual. Rather, they are more mental and kinetic. These emotions manifest themselves in your mind and body.


At some point during your experience, your emotions will reach a crescendo. This is where you feel the merging with the infinite, the oneness with the universe, and the ego death for which 5-MeO-DMT has become so well known. For a few moments, it will seem that you exist entirely outside of the limits of time and space.In many cases though, this crescendo is preceded by an internal battle, one that might reflect the internal battles you face daily.As the crescendo approaches, you might begin to sense your anxiety and fear swirl around inside your mind. You will fight against them in an attempt to control your emotions. But it will be of no use, eventually, you'll release all these negative emotions in one gigantic burst. Your body will be overcome with vibration, and your fears and negative emotions will be purged.With this, you'll realize that these feelings are not a part of you. Rather, they are internal creations that you've used to deny your full potential from being realized.This catharsis will be replicated in the sensory experience that accompanies it. A transition from darkness to intense light will mark this moment. You will be left speechless as your consciousness becomes one with a universal, eternal consciousness. Your low vibrational feelings will be stamped out, and your high-frequency desires will replace them.Following this, you'll benefit from an almost revolutionary sense of clarity. Your life goals, and the things you hold dearest to you, will immediately reveal themselves. This is the path you need to pursue in the future.

The Role Of Integration

To pursue the path that 5-MeO-DMT reveals to you, integration is required.Many people pursue all manner of psychedelics in the hope that they will obtain some sort of unbelievable insight into their true purpose.The only issue is, they jump from experience to experience without pausing for long enough to reflect on the lessons that the last psychedelic medicine taught them.Integration is the formal name for this reflection process. With an experienced guide or even a therapist, you can pursue therapeutic outcomes while dissecting the emotions you felt during your trip. Furthermore, you'll be able to determine what kind of work you need to engage in to implement the lessons you learned from the medicine.

How Integration Works

Since Integration is such a personal experience, it varies greatly across individuals.Let's say, for instance, that before working with 5-MeO-DMT, you were a very antisocial person. During your trip, you might have had an epiphany, that some episode of childhood bullying made you misanthropic and unwilling to engage with new people. On the other hand, you have a deep internal desire to become more open and sociable with others, and your trip brought this desire to the forefront.Therefore, 5-MeO-DMT might bring you to the root of the issue. However, at this point, you need to act. Your secret wish to become a social butterfly has been revealed. Now, how will you behave every day with your newfound knowledge?Integration will help you set reasonable goals and gauge your progress toward them. In this example, you might start to join new activities to become more comfortable working with people in a team. You will also find that there are other little segments of the issue that your trip illuminated, and you'll work towards those goals as well. You will improve as long as you work on these goals consciously.

Exploring Integration In-Depth

We can account for 3 general categories of integration:

  • Physical Integration
  • Emotional Integration
  • Spiritual Integration

These integration practices need not be mutually exclusive. Rather, you can blend them according to your spiritual and psychological needs.

Physical Integration

Physical integration is when you act upon the lessons of 5-MeO-DMT to improve your health and take better care of your body. Such self-improvement behaviors might be spurred by the fact that you might have abused your body in the past. This could relate to things like addiction or perhaps simply not getting enough sleep at night.Examples of physical integration include:

  • Going for a walk in nature.
  • Exerting yourself in an activity like yoga or a sport.
  • Eating better quality food.

Emotional Integration

A 5-MeO-DMT trip is an intensely emotional experience. It's quite probable that as a result of your work with 5-MeO-DMT, you will begin approaching your emotions differently.The first step is usually acceptance. It takes strength to recognize new emotions and decide not to shut them out. Instead, understand where these emotions are coming from and process them fully. Be present and immerse yourself fully in the moment. This is much healthier than blocking them out as you might have done in the past.We have noticed three common approaches to dealing with emotions in our work at Tandava, they are:

  • Forgiveness: Many of us are carrying painful trauma from the past. Your 5-MeO-DMT trip won't make everything right, but they often help you understand why people do things, even if they're wrong. As a result, you'll be in a better place to begin moving forward with your life's true purpose.
  • Gratitude: The amount of love some people feel during their 5-MeO-DMT trip can be positively overwhelming. Perhaps, your trip might help you realize that you didn't express enough gratitude to your friends or loved ones. Integration can help you increase your life satisfaction just by taking a few moments throughout your day to appreciate your circumstances and the people around you. This is a very deep form of healing.
  • Self-love: It's easy for some people to drown in their negativity. As a result of working with 5-MeO-DMT, you might realize that you need to work a bit harder at recognizing your qualities and achievements. After all, this is often the first step toward self-actualization.

Spiritual Integration

Finally, we would be remiss not to consider the existential questions that 5-MeO-DMT prompts and sometimes answers. The conceptual themes that you observe during your 5-MeO-DMT trip can often persist for the rest of your life. It comes as little surprise that South American cultures have experimented with this medicine for millennia, sometimes in search of a deeper meaning to life itself.5-MeO-DMT can often spark a journey of spiritual significance, even leading some to pursue religion. As you reconsider or reaffirm your purpose, you might find that you're placing yourself within an entirely different context in the universe. One question leads to another, and you begin to research various religious and spiritual paths during your integration process.

5 Perspectives on 5-MeO-DMT

We've talked a lot about 5-MeO-DMT in conceptual terms. Now, it's time to move into the actual. What do people say about 5-MeO-DMT after working with it themselves? We asked 5 of our past attendees at our retreats to share the personal meaning of 5-MeO-DMT.

The Love I Never Experienced

"What this whole experience brought to the forefront for me was that I had been searching for love my whole life. The medicine taught me that I can love myself, and I can forgive myself for my past. For this, I am so incredibly grateful.The pivotal point for me during the trip was when I gave birth to my new self. It was like a renaissance for me.I highly recommend the retreat to anyone at any point in their personal transformation journey. It doesn't matter where you are in your journey, after my experience, I believe wholeheartedly that this medicine has the power to change your perceptions. So long as you are ready to make a personal transformation and love yourself."

Pure Peace

"The freedom I have received from this whole experience is what sticks out to me. Internally, I am at peace with everything that has happened. I can breathe easy now knowing that I am receiving love and support. My soul feels nurtured, and the entire experience has led me to grieve the loss of my son peacefully. It's a type of healing I believe the whole universe should experience."

Facing My Demons

"The result of this retreat for me was that I was able to release my worries and fears, gaining complete peace of mind. I've learned that even on the loneliest days of life, I'm not alone. Other humans, all the nature in the world, is with me. That's oneness.I cannot begin to tell you how much the healing from this retreat has had an impact on me. Over the last few days, I've healed more than I did in my 39 years of life before that. It's incredible how much I transformed in such a short time. It's truly amazing. I've faced my demons, and now I'm free."

Opening Myself To The World

"I could not have possibly imagined how much the medicine and the retreat changed me. The day I arrived, I was bursting at the seams with nervousness. My limiting beliefs were weighing me down like you wouldn't believe.All those things have been stripped away. I'm empowered to pursue anything I want. I could practically conquer the world with the amount of direction and purpose I feel at this moment.The main lesson that 5-MeO-DMT imparted to me is that fear is a compass. It points in a direction I don't want to end up in. The solution is to throw away the compass and break through the illusion. And the breakthrough is just indescribable. With 110% confidence, I can recommend this experience to anyone, and I'm a retreat creator myself."

Accepting My Feelings

"My intention in joining this retreat was to develop my social skills. Beforehand, I was quite afraid to be surrounded by strangers. But now, I know how to surrender to my emotions and be vulnerable, to feel without shame. Now, I can acknowledge my feelings healthily instead of hiding them and putting them away in a box. I'll never forget these lessons, my life has changed completely."

What A Tandava Retreat Looks Like

All those testimonials we just listed came from people who attended our retreats. If that piqued your interest, let's give you a glimpse into what our entire 5-MeO-DMT retreat process entails.

Preparation Before You Arrive

Our relationship is founded on trust. You shouldn't have to commit fully to the retreat until you trust us. Moreover, we need to pre-screen you to ensure that it's safe for you to work with the medicine.Once we're sure you are a good candidate for 5-MeO-DMT, we'll help you experience 5-MeO-DMT to the fullest. This involves some initial preparatory work. You share your values, struggles, and beliefs with us in a safe space to help us construct the right container for your retreat. The container will help you see 5-MeO-DMT through your lens. Moreover, it will form the basis for integration following the retreat.Hopefully, this preparation will alleviate some of your nervousness and apprehension before the retreat commences. We want your experience to be a restoring one.

When You Arrive

Your first day at the retreat will be a day of rest. Many of your fellow participants will take a long journey to get to our retreat center, which is located in Mexico.

Your 5-MeO-DMT Experience

On the morning of the second day, you'll experience 5-MeO-DMT for the first time. This will be the first of two separate 5-MeO-DMT trips during your retreat.We described 5-MeO-DMT in great detail earlier, so we'll spare you the intricacies this time. For the duration of the trip, which lasts about half an hour, you will be laid down on a soft pad. We have two retreat facilitators accompanying you during the journey. They will lead you through any energy blockages or other complications that arise. Thus, they will ensure that you're relaxed so you can fully surrender to the medicine.

Our Retreat Center And Amenities

The Tandava Retreat Center is situated amidst the mountains of Central Mexico, about 90 minutes south of Mexico City.This makes for a rather splendid backdrop for your retreat. The grounds are full of little mountain nooks for peaceful relaxation and meditation. The mountain location also offers us the opportunity to take you on hikes through the wilderness.We also attend carefully to your well-being throughout the retreat. You will sleep in comfortably furnished rooms, and our chef prepares three healthy vegetarian meals for your enjoyment and nourishment every day. We also have a pool and sauna for your leisure.

Post-retreat Integration

No retreat would be complete without integration. As we detailed earlier, this is what lends 5-MeO-DMT all of its power. To help you implement the lessons that 5-MeO-DMT teaches you, we will have 4 follow-up calls with you after the retreat ends.

Reach Out For More Educational Content

The most important aspect of 5-MeO-DMT is inquiry. 5-MeO-DMT leads you to learn more about yourself, and explore the world from a more impartial and open perspective.If you want to explore 5-MeO-DMT further, you should read more articles from our blog or fill out the form below to ask us any questions.This could be the start of your life's most significant journey.