Shall we go, you and I? Share your psychedelic Grateful Dead story with the world so we can all "Wake Up to Find Out" - and be a Phil-anthropist!

The music of the Grateful Dead combined with a psychedelic experience created some of the most magical moments ever experienced. Deadheads traveled coast to coast, living no particular way, but our own.

"They weren't playing what was on the music sheets, they were playing what was in the air." - Ken Kesey

I LOVE the Grateful Dead! I've seen hundreds of shows - from my first teenage experience at the Philly Spectrum in the 70's to a celebrated history that includes Englishtown, NYE in Oakland, the Warfield, Berkeley's Greek Theater, right up to FTW in 2015. I've got rings on my fingers, bells on my shoes. I'm smiling way before the Dead & Co.Tour is announced - I saw Bobby at Red Rocks last June - the first official show after those Co-Vida dark years in-between - and then in NYC at Radio City this past April for the 50th Anniversary Ace show and I haven't stopped smiling! I put those trips to Red Rocks in my pink bubble - my pink bubble grew bigger than ever after my cancer experience - and I wanted to trip at RR!

And it happened. There I was, happily tripping under that Red Rocks full moon October 2021 for Dead & Co.

There was love in the dream and some magical mushrooms!

Nothing pairs better than psychedelics and Grateful Dead. I love Grateful Dead music and psychedelics so much I play here every day!

If psychedelics and Grateful Dead were integral in the joyous and expansive way YOU live, please tell me everything in 700-1200 words, and submit your story to this crowdsourced collection before you escape through the lily fields. I've created this project as a way to fund ServeMedicine, a non-profit offering psychedelic guiding experiences for people with life threatening illness.

If you've ever dreamed of being a Phil-anthropist, this is your opportunity. Your participation means everything!

Once your submission is chosen I will contact you to sign a release before this “Wake Up To Find Out” collection is published. Everyone submitting a story gets a fabulous holographic sticker. If your submission is selected for the final draft you will get a FREE copy of the published book.

Without love in the dream it'll never come true.

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1. Tell a powerful story illuminating your connection to psychedelics and Grateful Dead. Your story should be told from your perspective. The story also needs to be a true story. It needs to convey the same high vibration energy as your favorite song, or a favorite show, or a favorite moment on the Golden Road.

2. Tell your story in a way that will CONNECT - make the reader laugh, say “Wow!”, fantasize their own perfect Tour, sing along to the band beyond description, and know there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said. Just let it rip! It's EASY to submit - type it in the box below, or copy and paste, and enter.

4. Speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time when they are writing it down, and they find it to be a cathartic and a productive experience. You are a psychedelic Deadhead. Recall the unbridled passion you felt when you decided to ditch work or school for Tour. Recall that moment you knew EVERYTHING is connected. THAT’S the feeling!

5. A story written in the first person is powerful.

An example can be seen in my Thank You Plant Medicine interview on this site. This example has a mix of setting up the feel of the story, conversation, internal dialogue, etc. And is told in the moment the story is happening.

6. Keep your story between 700-1200 words. If it's a long, strange trip, that's perfect. Just not more than 1200 words long.


A few more tips about submitting:

1. After your story’s rough draft is finished, go back through and refine it. You want this to flow. No black muddy river here.

2. Have 2-3 Deadheads read your story and give you feedback.The less I have to edit the more it is your own greatest story.

3. Wave that tale wide and high and SUBMIT!

4. Thank you for your dose of Grateful Dead, with love from Grateful Deb. Reach out if you've got any questions.