Dick Khan is the author of the tome DMT and My Occult Mind, a book in which he cronicles his over 600 DMT trips with an impecable and acedemic approach. With an emphasis on the occult nature of his mindset, Mr.Khan provides us an invaluable collection of amazing enthogenic journeys to ponder. These records give expericenced and non-experienced psychonaughts alike a portal through which to view the etheral realms of the DMT experience.
Q: What do you consider your greatest chemical achievement?
A: Insofar as chemistry is concerned with reaction and change, I would have to say it’s the publication of my first book: DMT & My Occult Mind. My sincere hope is that this will contribute to promoting reaction and change. I really hope that others will follow in my footsteps in order to provide more insight into what is really at the heart of this phenomenal entheogenic mystery. Additionally, if I can contribute to rehabilitating that taboo-addled word, ‘occult’, and can promote a genuine uptake in its study – practical or theoretical – I will feel some sense of achievement.
Q: Who are some of your personal heroes?
A: In my late teens I fell in love with the sublime literary skills of Charles Dickens. The following line from his David Copperfield had a deeply profound impact upon me: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” I wanted to be the hero of my own life. But really, when one speaks of heroes, there are very specific personages throughout the world’s mythologies. I could volunteer Blavatsky, but that’s more for the knowledge she disclosed, rather than her personality. My late father set my mind alight when I was a very young child, but now that I am a parent myself, it seems insincere to say that he still retains the hero status I gave him when I was that child.
Q: What was your first “oh shit, this is real” experience?
A: My first “little death” experience from smoking DMT. The wind was howling outside. I was alone in the bedroom. It was daytime. Three good pulls on the pipe had no apparent effect, leaving me puzzled and perplexed. I sat up and tried again. A small dense ball of vapour suddenly hit home. As soon as my head rested down into the pillow I immediately knew that I was dead. It was without question. It was an utterly convincing certainty. The silence in the room was not just eerie, it was absolute. It seemed the storm outside had frozen in that very instant. I realised I was still breathing. But no sooner had I thought that when it seemed my capacity to breathe was snatched away from me. The sense that I was no longer in the land of the living was irrefutable. Just then, my view of the trees outside the bedroom window suddenly and dramatically panned inwards, in three rapid and successive jolts. As the third jolt concluded the howling wind suddenly returned with immense ferocity. The realisation that I was still very much alive saw me jump up like a frightened cat. I raced downstairs to seek comfort and consolation from my wife.
Q: What is one piece of magical tech you could not live without?
A: Magical tech? Is that like a magical talisman; amulet; or technique? I can’t pretend I use them. And I cannot pretend I practice any particular magical method. I would have to say my magical tech is my will. I found writing to be a really excellent way of integrating the bizarre DMT experiences into my life. And as I was openly calling on those powerful beings that interacted with me for assistance with my writing, perhaps that itself should be considered a valid magical technique.
During my first few months of smoking DMT, I found myself beseeching the help of each and every God that I could think of, simply in order to give me the courage to commit myself to the experience. But it soon dawned on me that it was my decision alone to keep on committing myself to smoking the potent substance, and it was my willpower alone that I needed to employ, and it was my wits alone that I needed to keep about me.
Q: At what age did you start doing DMT and why?
A: I reckon I would have been 42. My initial inspiration came from watching the documentary showing Dr Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking government approved research: DMT: The Spirit Molecule. I just seemed to chance upon it one evening and found myself completely drawn to what Strassman and the assembled intelligentsia were sharing. Then when the research volunteers began describing their experiences under the influence of DMT, I was completely gobsmacked. I just knew that I would have to try that substance for myself. Several months later, after conducting extensive online research in the appropriate online forums, I did a DIY DMT extraction and set out to satisfy my curiosity. My initial experiences were so overwhelmingly magical that I immediately felt a very strong affinity, if not an infatuation, with what the substance could show me.
Q: What is your advice to the aspiring Psychonaut just getting started today?
A: Begin with curiosity. Curiosity, courage and a respectful approach seem to be rewarded. Fear and anxiety are likely to manifest at some stage but it is how you deal with those that will shape your capacity as a mind manifesting voyager. Know what you’re taking – health and safety is paramount; it’s always better to be smart than stupid! One dark and challenging trip does not necessarily mean the next trip will be the same. Consider keeping a journal. Reflect on the experiences and work on integrating them into your life. I’d recommended keeping grounded by maintaining an interest in something unrelated to psychedelics. Be comfortable working alone, or reach out and make like-minded friends. Bear in mind that psychedelics are illegal because governments consider them to be harmful to individuals and to society – act in a manner that shows the contrary to be true!
Q: What projects do you have coming up later in 2018?
A: I am working on bringing my second book project to publication, whilst continuing to market my first book through social media. I was never active on any social platform until my book was published. Now I am absolutely bowled over that I have met so many like-minded souls, and have forged connections with some really unique and inspiring individuals.
When time allows I would very much like to further my practical research, but time seems to be increasingly limited. Vocational and family commitments are my priority. There are several books that I really ought to commit to reading, and several more that I really ought to commit to buying and reading.
Q: Do you practice magic, if so what is your most profound experience with it?
A: I don’t knowingly practice magic as a ritualistic art, but I do endeavor to maintain a connection and a working relationship between the terrestrial and the spiritual sources responsible for me being in this skin. As a young child I held a deep fascination with stalling the transition between wakefulness and sleep, which resulted in several classic OBE’s. Those experiences showed me beyond any doubt that something mysterious and immaterial that was still part of me could operate consciously outside of my body.
In answering this question I really feel obliged to argue that commitment to the entheogenic experience is a form of magical practice, in that one is very powerfully and very directly invoking an otherwise unseen and unperceived higher intelligence. To further that argument, it strikes me that there is something of a disconnect between psychonauts experiencing profound interactions with highly evolved spiritual beings, and occultists using traditional ritualistic methods to attract and work with the very same powers.
Q: Do you experiment with other entheogens?
A: Yes; when the time the opportunity and the appropriate substances present themselves. I recently took the opportunity to experiment with LSD, for the first time in a very long time. It was extremely rewarding to be able to compare its powerful mind-manifesting effects against that of DMT. Smoking DMT during the peak of that trip provided an exceptional experience. But it was much later, when indoors, and ignoring a growing prompting to smoke more DMT, that an unexpected souring in my mood instinctively made me suspect that a subliminal influence was working upon my psyche. I am really looking forward to experimenting with harmala, and I would very much like to extend my limited experience with changa, as well as conduct research with pharmauasca and 4-ACO-DMT.