As a last resort, Graham placed four tabs of LSD on the tip of his tongue. Then he waited. It didn't take long before he was watching his body from the ceiling of his bedroom.

He flew through the sky, up into the space and stars, where he was simply a bundle of thoughts and a scared, ecstatic mind.

During the trip, time was immaterial. He continued on his journey through space, exploring the meaning of existence and dichotomy of life's constants

During the trip, time was immaterial. He continued on his journey through space, exploring the meaning of existence and dichotomy of life's constants

"A theme that often arises in report[s] is that of feeling as if one were "dying" (hence the term 'ego death'), and having to let go of one's self and identity in that process."

"I felt like the last of the species, or the first… I wept and asked God why," Graham, a 29-year-old law student who prefers his last name not used for privacy reasons, told me.

me. He said goodbye to his old thoughts, mind and motivations, and he killed his ego.

drugs that cause ego death include psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms),LSD use in high quantities, or ketamine. We are normally conscious of our selfhood

our role on Earth and general facts about how we are, which in turn make up who we are. However, ego dissolution challenges these absolutes.