The dome is often the first stage of the trip. It can begin as a 2d image, unfolding to open a 3d space where entities of various sorts seems to be greeting and welcoming the tripper.
Hyperspace Lexicon description :
The Chrysanthemum : A gigantic, often spinning, kaleidoscopic fractal flower with a domelike appearance that turns into a doorway, either welcoming or blocking access to breakthrough Hyperspace.
Terence McKenna description :
“When you break into this space, you have several impressions simultaneously that are a kind of gestalt: First of all (and why, I don’t know) you have the impression that you are underground – far underground – you can’t say why, but there’s just this feeling of immense weight above you but you’re in a large space, a vaulted dome. People even call it “The DMT dome” I have said, had people say to me, “Have you been under the dome?” and I knew exactly what they meant.
“I visited the chrysanthemum once. I was at the peak of shrooms, ripped the dmt, and experienced an infinitely unfolding fractal flower, blue and pink, complete and instant ego death. I also briefly seemed to tap into another human or entity’s consciousness and memories, which was shocking and radical, however it was but a vague recollection once the trip was over.”
“I see it often at the beginning of the trip. Sometimes the walls are full of Hindu iconography, sometimes I see cat faces everywhere. At the top of the dome there is a kind of door. It appears circular to me and I often can see things coming from the door before I get through. There is often some kind of guide or guardian there, with the appearance of an old bearded man or a feline creature. After that I am in another space.”
Hyperspace Lexicon description : A recurring, quite common theme of deep entheogenic journeys, where the traveler experiences being partially disassembled and operated upon by otherworldly ‘doctors’ or machinery. It may be a positive experience of care and healing, or in other situations evoke disturbing connotations. Clinical, ‘sci-fi’ themes and environments are quite common to these visions, and there is a notable parallel with alien abduction reports.
The operation table often appears with the white aliens.
“I’ve had trips where I was on an operating table with a computer monitor of some sort next to it and these unseen entities were standing over me doing studies and research on me and I watched different parts of my body pop up on the screen as they learned how they worked and then they asked me how I came to be there and I told them all about dmt and brought them through the process of how I made it while they watched. Then I felt like I was able to transfer to them my experiences as a human and teach them about our society”
In The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo, Amaringo (a famous ayahuasca painter) recounts an ayahuasca experience he had while suffering from a serious heart condition. During the experience he found himself in an operating room where “spirit doctors” in white coats removed his heart, fixed it and placed it back in his chest. According to Amaringo, his heart problems ceased after this experience.
“I was on a completely flat operating table, they were looking at me as I opened my eyes but I dont recall any surgery. I just remember opening my eyes and being surrounded by doctors, surgeons, staff and they were observing me, and I, them.”
This place looks like a circus or a fun fair, with often trains or roller-coaster. It is a joyful place that is often encountered in the first experiences.
The characters associated with this place are the Circus Ringleaders.
“On YOPO I was stuck in a funhouse. First in the mirrored room and then the ramp upwards that goes up/down as you walk up. Then I was in the dark room path where spooky faces pop out. I saw a lot of fluorescent skeletons shaking and witches and a mad scientist. Then to leave the fun house was the cylinder that rotates and you have to walk through. After many tries I go through then jumped on a floating motorbike thing. It didn’t have handles you just used your mind.”
Hyperspace Lexicon description :
Similar to a terrestrial elevator, this is a small space that travelers can find themselves in, or purposefully use, which seems to rise at great speed through a multitude of higher & extra dimensional spaces. At various intervals it opens up on a new vista or room where one can choose to get out and interact, or stay in the elevator and continue to ascend. The feeling of rising is often accompanied by a rising Carrier wave.
“I was in a kind of elevator going up. I could see different scenes going on at each stage. One of them was like a movie made for me. I could see myself on a big balloon on the water, struggling to stay on the top when the balloon was sniping. Seeing the scene from the distance of the elevator made me realize that the “me” on the balloon had to let it go, to tel himself be submerged in order to rise back on the other side.”