Existential self-realization

Existential self-realization can be described as a sudden realization, revelation or reaffirmation of one's existence within this universe. This feels like a sudden and profound "waking up" or "rebirth" that results in an intense sense of motivation, an added sense of purpose to one’s life, a sudden comprehension of one's situation, an appreciation for life, and a sense of urgency to make the most out of it while it lasts. During this state, no new knowledge is learned but the previously known information regarding one's existence is reintegrated in a sudden and profound manner that results in a deep sense of appreciation for the unlikely circumstances of one's existence. The residual impacts of this effect often carry over into sobriety, potentially resulting in lasting positive benefits for the person.

Existential self-realization is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic and dissociative compounds such as ketamine, LSD, 4-AcO-DMT and DCK. However, it can also occur less commonly after near death experiences and under the influence of entacogens such as MDMA.

psychoactive substances

Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:

1P-LSD, 25B-NBOH, 25C-NBOH, 25C-NBOMe, 25D-NBOMe, 25I-NBOH, 25I-NBOMe, 25N-NBOMe, 2C-B, 2C-D, 2C-E, 2C-T-2, 3-MeO-PCMo, 3C-E, 4-AcO-DMT, 4-HO-MET, 4-HO-MiPT, 4-MeO-PCP, 6-APB, 6-APDB, AL-LAD, ALD-52, Ayahuasca, DMT, DOB, DOC, DOI, DOM, DPT, Deschloroketamine, Dextromethorphan, Escaline, Ketamine, LSA, LSD, LSM-775, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, Mescaline, Methoxetamine, O-PCE, PARGY-LAD, Psilocin, Psilocybin mushroom


Documentation written by Josie Kins