We are in the midst of a powerful psychedelic renaissance. After four decades of hibernation, the promise of the psychoactive '60s--that deeper self-awareness, achieved through reality-bending substances and practices, will lead to greater external harmony--is again gaining a major following. The signs are everywhere, from the influence of today's preeminent psychedelic thinker Daniel Pinchbeck, to the renewed interest in the legacy of Terence McKenna, and to the upsurge of collective, inclusive (and overtly tripped-out) cultural phenomena like the spectacle of Burning Man. The Psychedelic Experience, created in the movement's early years by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), is a foundational text that serves as a model and a guide for all subsequent mind-expanding inquiries. In this wholly unique book, the authors provide an interpretation of an ancient sacred manuscript, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, from a psychedelic perspective. This volume describes their discoveries in broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan meditation techniques and psychotropic substances. As sacred as the text it reflects, The Psychedelic Experience is a guidebook to the wilderness of mind and an indispensable resource from the founding fathers of psychedelia. This edition includes an all-new introduction by Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and Breaking Open the Head. "It is a book for the living as well as for the dying." --Lama Govinda
Release on 2008 | by Timothy Leary,Ralph Metzner,Ram Dass
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Author: Timothy Leary,Ralph Metzner,Ram Dass
Pubpsher: Penguin Modern Classics
Category: Hallucinations and illusions
The Psychedelic Experience, created by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzer and Richard Alpert, is a foundational text that serves as a model and a guide for all subsequent mind-expanding inquiries. In this wholly unique book, the authors provide an interpretation of an ancient sacred manuscript, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, from a psychedelic perspective. The Psychedelic Experience describes their discoveries in broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan mediation techniques and psychotropic substances.
Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century
Author: Ido Hartogsohn
Pubpsher: MIT Press
How historical, social, and cultural forces shaped the psychedelic experience in midcentury America, from CIA experiments with LSD to Timothy Leary's Harvard Psilocybin Project. Are psychedelics invaluable therapeutic medicines, or dangerously unpredictable drugs that precipitate psychosis? Tools for spiritual communion or cognitive enhancers that spark innovation? Activators for one's private muse or part of a political movement? In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers studied psychedelics in all these incarnations, often arriving at contradictory results. In American Trip, Ido Hartogsohn examines how the psychedelic experience in midcentury America was shaped by historical, social, and cultural forces--by set (the mindset of the user) and setting (the environments in which the experience takes place).
Release on 2000-04-01 | by Robert Masters,Jean Houston
The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche
Author: Robert Masters,Jean Houston
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
One of the most important books written on the effects of LSD on the human psyche. • Its authoritative research has great relevance to the current debate on drug legalization. • Prolific authors Robert Masters and Jean Houston are pioneer figures in the field of transpersonal psychology and founders of the Human Potentials Movement. The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience was published in 1966, just as the first legal restrictions on the use of psychedelic substances were being enacted. Unfortunately, the authors' pioneering work on the effects of LSD on the human psyche, which was viewed by its participants as possibly heralding a revolution in the study of the mind, was among the casualties of this interdiction. As a result, the promising results to which their studies attested were never fully explored. Nevertheless, their 15 years of research represents a sober and authoritative appraisal of what remains one of the most controversial developments in the study of the human psyche. Avoiding the wild excesses taken by both sides on this issue, this book is unique for the light it sheds on the possibilities and the limitations of psychedelic drugs, as well as on the techniques for working with them. With drug legalization an increasingly important issue, The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience provides a welcome and much needed contrast to the current hysteria that surrounds this topic.
**Buy the paperback version of this book and get the kindle version FREE** By now you are probably aware of the Indigenous Amazonian plant medicine Ayahuasca and its popularity around the globe as a spiritual and therapeutic tool. Ayahuasca is a unique brew with a rich history, made from the sacred vine Banisteriopsis Caapi and the leaves of a plant containing DMT, sometimes called "the spirit molecule". You may have seen or heard references to ayahuasca in the media or in casual conversation, or you may know someone who has tried it or who wants to try it. You may be wondering what it is and if it's a legitimate healing modality or just another unsubstantiated wellness fad. You may also be curious as to how a hallucinogenic tea, which is illegal in most countries, came to be lauded not only by average people but by scientists and scholars as a powerful treatment for spiritual and psychological disorders. You may also be curious as to why people would risk sometimes serious legal repercussions to use it when they could easily obtain an FDA-approved (if unhelpful and potentially harmful) pharmaceutical drug from their doctor... Ayahuasca: The Psychedelic Experience will give you as many answers to your questions as you can get without actually drinking it. After reading this book you'll understand the history of the tea, its place in Amazonian cultures, how shamans conduct ayahuasca ceremonies, and what the "ayahuasca boom" means to Amazonian people and the burgeoning international community of people who use it. You'll learn what effects it has on the user both in the short and the long term. You'll also learn about how to safely navigate finding a ceremony in the Amazon and what to expect from one after you find it... People are growing increasingly tired of being dictated to regarding how they treat their own bodies and minds, and as a result, they are turning towards alternative methods of holistic healing and spiritual development. This psychedelic plant medicine is legal in the Amazonian countries where it is traditionally used, and thousands of people from every corner of the world travel to South America every year to treat themselves for conditions that they can't receive adequate treatment for at home. Others hold secret "ayahuasca circles" in countries where possession of the medicine is prohibited, in spaces such as diverse modest apartments or rented rooms or million-dollar mansions. From the Amazon rainforest to Silicon Valley to remote Swedish provinces, La medicine is the people's choice of treatment for the physical, mental, and spiritual disorders of our time. Learn more about this fascinating and versatile tea and use the knowledge you gain to decide for yourself whether you are ready to take the next step on your ayahuasca journey... This book is a one-stop shop for anything the potential journeyer might need to know about this amazing and transformative sacrament. It has been used in the jungle for countless generations, and only in modern times have Westerners been able to access this life-changing experience. With this book as your guide, you'll have everything you need to know to begin planning your own experience... --- Get your copy of Ayahuasca: The Psychedelic Experience today! ---
American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience
Author: Stephen Siff
Pubpsher: University of Illinois Press
Category: Social Science
Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD actually entered the American consciousness via the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar landscape scoured of alluring descriptions of drug use while outlets across the media landscape piggybacked on their coverage with stories by turns sensationalized and glowing. Acid Hype offers the untold tale of LSD's wild journey from Brylcreem and Ivory soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff shows, the early attention lavished on the drug by the news media glorified its use in treatments for mental illness but also its status as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the unconscious mind. Siff's history takes readers to the center of how popular media hyped psychedelic drugs in a constantly shifting legal and social environment, producing an intricate relationship between drugs and media experience that came to define contemporary pop culture. It also traces how the breathless coverage of LSD gave way to a textbook moral panic, transforming yesterday's refined seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out beyond the fringe of polite society.
The Discovery of Love, first published in 1963, is one man's experience with the hallucinogenic drug LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), administered in a clinical setting. Author Malden Bishop reports on his life and background leading up to his use of LSD, and documents his thoughts and emotions while under the influence of the drug. Notable is his account of the state of higher awareness he achieved from the LSD and the lasting effect the drug had on his view of the world and his place in the universe. An Appendix provides answers to many common questions asked about the drug.