Entraining the Divine: 5-MeO-DMT and the Yogic Path


Martin W. Ball

Date of original publication

Dec 12, 2022



Talking points


The joy of engagement


Takeaways of discipline


Me vs infinite unitary awareness


Preparation before the medicine


What about individuality?


Next steps

The concept behind Bridging Heaven was to examine the union between meditation methods and the psychedelic substance 5-MeO-DMT. This extraordinary journey allowed us to combine these two powerful techniques to delve into the essence of our being. The initial phase involves a peak experience, where we glimpse the foundation of who we are, and then we gradually work towards integrating that realization into our daily lives.

During our exploration, we become interconnected, experiencing each other's presence as the meditation practices ground us and the psychedelic substance opens us up to our true selves. Our goal is to transform this state of awareness from a temporary experience to a lasting trait, as described by Ken Wilber.

By turning off the default mode network, which is associated with maintaining the ego, we can access a deeper center of gravity for our life experiences. This can lead to a state of Jivanmukti or the embodiment of pure awareness, similar to the Bodhisattva ideal. Transitioning from a theoretical concept to an actual practice is the goal.

A key study compared the EEG maps of people on 5-MeO-DMT and meditators, revealing identical brain waves indicative of hyper coherence and a gamma state. This comparison suggests that these are two different pathways leading to the same interface of the egoic mind via the reduction of egoic consciousness.

The classic 5-MeO-DMT experience involves a range of simultaneous experiences, including emotional catharsis, trauma repair, and awareness of various aspects of self and space-time. The wisdom lies in surrendering and letting go, which can be challenging depending on one's state of mind and willingness to release control. You see a lot of diversity in everyday 5-MeO sessions but rarely do you see the subtle presencing of maintaining the samadhi meditation.

The Bridging Heaven retreat is essentially a five-day meditation retreat, combining extended periods of meditation with low-dose 5-MeO-DMT vape pens to enhance the practice. This approach fundamentally differs from a typical 5-MeO-DMT experience, emphasizing presence rather than letting go.

The marriage of meditation practices and the hyper coherence brought about by 5-MeO-DMT accelerates the meditative path. Participants with more meditation experience used less of the substance, highlighting the importance of cultivating meditation skills like presence and focus. Cultivating these skills can yield more meaningful experiences. Developing the discipline and resilience gained through meditation can enable a more profound understanding and integration of the higher states accessed through psychedelics.

5-MeO-DMT vape pens 

We have utilized the emerging technology of the 5-MeO vape pens, which is a whole other subject but is really starting to proliferate in the underground. And there are issues around that delivery mechanism's correct usage and set setting. What we discovered was that the pens are awesome for easy ubiquity of use, and almost too easy, as the desire to continue to dip in can be present.

But the low dose essentially was perfect for sublimating and enhancing the meditation practice. It's 180 degrees different from a normal 5-MeO-DMT experience. It's not about letting go. It's about being present. You may let go in that presence, but you're practicing that edging where you recognize all the facets of consciousness, all the ego desires and aversions, and the little nuances.

And within that, the practice wants you to be present, to learn from those nuances. So really, this is like a hyper-acceleration of the meditation path, and it is the marriage of the practices, the modalities, and the entrapments of meditation with the hyper coherence that 5-MeO-DMT can bring with the practice.

We're not insisting that you follow your breath or, you know, anything like that. There are things that you can only learn from meditation. You don't really learn discipline. 

For example, from doing 5-MeO-DMT, you don't learn renunciation. There's a certain way of collecting the mind or concentrating the mind in Samadhi and the beginning stages of that which must be taught.

It's like when you take the medicine, you jump into these very advanced, spacious aspects of concentration. And that is such a reward because it feeds back to your meditation practice and rewards you for doing those basics. But I think that the stability and access to those higher forms require that meditative ability. It's all about staying in awareness and letting it in, and allowing it. And there isn't a letting go within that. You really want to stay present. And I just would add that the people with the more meditation experience used less medicine, and I think that's an interesting observation.

I think this is a really fascinating distinction between the goal of letting go, which we all know is very valuable, especially with the higher the doses, the more you can let go, the better the 5-MeO journey is probably going to turn out for you. But cultivating these other skills, these meditation skills such as presence, such as focus, I think that when we can hold presence and focus with letting go, then you're going to get even more out of your experience.

If you just get helicoptered up to the top of the mountain, you don't really appreciate the rigor and the gains. You don't build the muscle yourself. So, if you come back to meditation practice and you were building up to a samadhi state, a unity state, a oneness or even a Nirvakalpa samadhi state, you presumably have more muscle training or more resilience to be able to both surrender to it and embody and encapsulate it. And that's what the Bridging Heaven program entrains.

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Awareness is Awareness

Awareness is formless, timeless, and boundless, and when we rest in it, we recognize that there is only one awareness. This oneness is only disrupted when awareness limits itself to an individual mind, creating the illusion of separation and a world of objects.

Both meditation and psychedelic substances like 5-MeO-DMT can help dissolve the ego and reveal our true nature as pure awareness. These methods are merely tools to help us abide in awareness and experience the freedom of our timeless, boundless existence.

By turning off the filters of individual consciousness, we can appreciate and embody our infinite nature, bringing healing, empowerment, and transformation to our world.

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Key takeaways

  • Bridging Heaven aims to combine the strengths of meditation and the psychedelic substance 5-MeO-DMT to probe deeper into the essence of human existence.
  • 5-MeO-DMT acts on the default mode network, associated with the ego, leading to a deeper core of personal experience, a state similar to Jivanmukti or the Bodhisattva ideal.
  • The retreat is essentially a meditation program, supplementing traditional meditation with low doses of 5-MeO-DMT through vape pens to intensify the experience.
  • Using a lower dose with these pens enhances the meditation practice, emphasizing presence over the usual letting go associated with 5-MeO-DMT.