Hi Lotus Blossom. There is a great source of info right here at http://www.sagewisdom.org/. As for general advise, do not be disappointed if you do not have an experience the first time. This is common. Please have a sitter, someone who you trust completely and have them read the sagewisdom site. Salvia is unlike any other ethogen and it is important that you have someone there that will ensure you stay safe. When my husband first experienced salvia, he felt a need to try and walk around and being in salvia space, did not see our glass coffee table. I find for myself, I have better experiences when I meditate beforehand and ensure that mind, body and spirit are all in harmony and peace. Be in a good space before you smoke. Salvia experiences are extraordinary and much wisdom can be gleaned from the Shepardess. Keep an open mind and heart and you will learn alot about yourself. What else, outside stimuli like music is not needed. Some folks find it annoying. Create a safe sacred space for the experience and relax. That ten minutes you are in salvia space will seem timeless. These are things that I do when I use salvia. I have had alot of wonderful experiences and I hope your first experience is peaceful and enlightening.