so some of you have probably read my posts on salvia. someone (sorry, i can't remember... :& ) asked me to write a guide for first time users, and as i was writing, i realized i have way too much to say to confine it to one post on hipforums. i'm not expecting anyone to have been paying much attention to me and my posts, but if you have any inkling of my perspective on the drug, would you say i have a reasonable handle on it, or am i mostly delusional? i'm asking because i get the feeling i have a knack for remembering my experiences, understanding their implications and how to integrate them into my life, and writing about it in afterwards. and i honestly don't think i find anything more rewarding in life than guiding a person through a trip, or helping them analyze what happened afterwards. so this idea came to me to spend the summer collecting "research" :H, and writing a book. not from the perspective of a scientist, and not from an unbiased objective perspective, but using the language and attitude that actually applies to the experience. i probably sound pretty arrogant right about now, right? i'm trying really hard not to . i think guidance is something that's needed REALLY badly, obviously, and it should be personal guidance. everyone should have a sitter that is more of a shaman than a doofus best friend who's done acid and so thinks they know how to act. someone who understands what is going on when you find yourself being folded into a purple corner, tugged two ways at once, getting yelled at, laughing uncontrollably, all the bizarre things that happen that seem ridiculous and random. not just someone who says "don't light candles, stay away from sharp objects". that can keep you from hurting yourself, but if you go deeper you can learn a lot more. and since everyone CAN'T have a person like that physically there with them, a book that serves the same purpose (aside from keeping you from jumping out a window) seems like the next best thing. but if i did this, and gave people information, i'd be the one responsible for what happens to them. and if i say the wrong thing, i don't know what might happen. so far, my experiences with other people have been good, but it's really a deeply personal thing and the synergy between two people sharing their experiences only comes in tiny bursts. everything i've learned in regards to my experiences and the experiences of people i've personally been around might be bassackwards entirely to the experiences of someone else. still, there needs to be some deeper database of information and a place to turn for help if this entheogen is going to be respected and used to it's full potential. it's great to know the history and the chemical information and the legal status and how to keep from killing yourself, but that's not enough. so, what do you guys think? is it too pseudo-leary-destructive of me to even want to try this? will it be counterproductive? am i the right person to do it? what would you want to see in a book on salvia? is there already a book like this and i just haven't come across it yet? it's so esoteric, it seems really pompous of me to say i'm going to try to reduce it to our human english language, but it just seems like there's no landing pad and we're all floating around with nothing to fall back on. could it work?