I wonder what role our memories and ideas take in these experiences. If one is say religious, their mind is prone to want believe certain things. So do these thoughts manifest in the mind. Are they more likely to manifest spirits and beings. The idea or thought that of these sort of beings existing right outside our normal perspective, and the drugs act as a key or window that lets you see into another place.
Although there is a great deal of memory involved in dreams and hallucinations I have one experience which really blurs the boundries of individual vs cultural memory affecting a hallucination.
In this experience I was doing the 4-Aco-DMT trip with a young woman best friend at the time. In my peak I was meditating on a stump and all of a sudden I saw a blue hindu diety pop out a look at me from the side of my closed eye vision. I felt that he was Hindu god but I didn't know who, then the final vision I saw was a full body of the man who had four arms holding a conch and a disk. I immediately opened my eyes and I said, I think I saw Vishnu. The girl didn't know who Vishnu was but had been taking a class on Buddhist traditions.
In about 10 minutes she starting peaking very hard, She went into a trance and was squirming on the floor saying Vishnu over and over again. When she woke up she didn't know what had happened.
After the trip when I told her about what happened she was very uncomfortable about it.
For me I had grown up in a country with many Hindu's I even went to temple to learn about the religion when I was in middle school. I have definitely seen the full body image of Vishnu before however nothing that I've studied and looked at frequently. So it is possible that I was being presented with an memory image, however this doesn't explain the girl who had only heard Vishnu's name from me. Of course she chould have known about an interpretation of Vishnu from her Buddhist studies class however the trance and saying Vishnu over and over is very very weird.
A quick search on Erowid yields many Cubensis trips that include Hindu and Egyption entities. Often from people who are unfamilar with the religion the deities spur.
"Our brains work differently, where one person views a miracle another may just see coincidence
As a skeptic does my mind sort of hold its own barriers of what I would see on a trip? or do I just need to blast into space a little farther to find the aliens? go for 10+ grams?"
Yes our minds work differently however I being a un-religious person before read up on a technique to make mushrooms spiritual. I think that many people can have these types of experiences but it take a desire to do it. For instance the first time I made "divine contact" I had been meditation every day for one week prior. Then I also made sure to clean my room and incense.
I find it hard to attribute the Vishnu experience with cowincidence however I propose that the psilocybin molecule has its own memory. Hailing from Africa and Asia the Cubensis mushroom might have played a role in shaping the religion of those areas, thus the image of their dieties might be within the mushroom itself.
In conclusion I really don't feel like pushing religion in this as I think the mushrooms have their own agenda and in whichever manifestation and method people are comfortable with in order to heal is what people should go with. Of course I think its good to validate our beliefes by not saying that any deity we worship is fake or a manifestation of how we want to percieve. Deities or lack there of is not a choice to believe, it is the reality that presents itself to us.