For my entire life, it seems I have been after the "truth" of existence. For many years, this resulted in me being an introvert, analyzing my thoughts and the actions of those around me in an intense fashion. Most of my life this was an innocent quest, causing me to ask questions but also live life (albeit a bit robotically). However, a few years ago I started experimenting with drugs, notably marijuana, DMT, and LSD, but also dangerous drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine. Before you start picturing me as a homeless addict, I assure you my quest was purely to understand consciousness itself in all of its different forms. I do not use drugs on a regular basis. Occasionally I will smoke marijuana, and very rarely I will have an LSD trip (but my last one was nearly a year ago). In the past few weeks, I have been meditating two times a day, every day, and I have to say the meditative state I've encountered is nearly identical to the frame of mind I endured under the influence of LSD. I used to be an "atheist," vehemently against anything metaphysical or spiritual. My experiences with LSD and DMT showed me how foolish I was being, and catapulted me into recognizing the interconnectedness of existence and the beauty of everyday experience. Of course, as soon as the drugs wore off, things would get cloudy again, but in those few hours I no doubt was able to feel the effects of "enlightenment." Each day that I meditate, I feel this LSD state becoming the norm. At the same time, many of the problems I see beginners dealing with seem to be a non-issue with me, since I have already "seen" the state of pure unity. I "know" it to be the ultimate truth, and I am amazed to see meditation truly helping me KNOW it to be true. So my purpose for posting this is to find out if any posters on this site can relate to this experience. Within seconds of entering my meditation, I feel like I am catapulted into another realm of consciousness entirely where only peace and understanding dwell. Time ceases to exist and the conceptual-self made by the ego no longer makes sense (in a good way). I have constantly been "living in my head" for my entire life, minus my previous psychedelic experiences and now, my meditation sessions. I feel like truth is on the horizon. Does anyone else have experience with LSD or other psychedelics that have catapulted them into this mindset when meditating? I feel like as a beginner, I have skipped many steps that others seem to struggle with and I do not want to let my ego grab hold of me and say "you are so unique and special" because of it. I do not want to let my self persuade my true Self. Also, this is my first post on this board after reading many of the threads over the past few days. I'd like to specifically thank the poster "Edwin" for many of his posts, especially something I read about picturing thoughts as clouds. That has no doubt been one of the most influential concepts in my meditative process so far.