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New Psychedelic Revolution

The Genesis of the Visionary Age
$24.95 CAD
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Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781620556627
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Here’s a bold exploration of modern psychedelic culture, history, and future.

After the deaths of Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey, it appeared that the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s had finally been suppressed. But the opposite was occurring, evident in the popularity of transformational festivals like Burning Man and BOOM!, the media coverage of ayahuasca use, and the growing number of celebrities and Silicon Valley billionaires readily admitting the benefits of their personal use of entheogens. Along with the return of university research, the revival of psychedelic philosophy, and the increasing popularity of Visionary Art, these changes signify a widespread psychedelic cultural revolution much more integrated into the mainstream than the counter-culture uprising of the 1960s.



Speaking from the heart of this new [r]evolution, James Oroc explores 21st-century psychedelic culture through three of its main post-1960s architects: chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, mycologist-philosopher Terence McKenna, and visionary artist Alex Grey. Examining their work in depth, he also explores the work of DMT researcher Rick Strassman, MAPS founder Rick Doblin, consciousness researcher Stanislav Grof, new visionary artists such as Amanda Sage and Android Jones, and others. He investigates the use of microdosing in extreme sports, the transformed understanding of spirituality that arises from the psy-trance festival experience, and the relationship between the ego, entheogens, and toxicity.

He also presents a History of Visionary Art from its roots in prehistory and antiquity, to Ernst Fuchs and the Vienna School of the Fantastic, to contemporary psychedelic art and its importance to visionary culture.

Exploring the practical role of entheogens in our “selfie” “po-mo” world, Oroc explains how psychedelics are powerful tools to examine the Ego and the Shadow and induce transpersonal experiences. Building on anthropological evidence for the role of plant-entheogens in the development of human culture, he sees this all as seeding the beginnings of a new Visionary Age.

“Compelling, adventurous, and visionary, this book is packed with fascinating and useful information and inspiration. James Oroc is a fine storyteller as he leads us through a twisty tale that is part personal odyssey, part well-researched ramble through the past and present of psychedelic art and culture, and part love letter to humanity and our potential for awakening to the wonder and beauty of life.”Stephen Gray, author of Cannabis and Spirituality

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Psychedelic Medicine

The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca
$21.50 CAD
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Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781620556979
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Embracing the revival of psychedelic research and the discovery of new therapeutic uses, clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Louis Miller discusses what is happening today in psychedelic medicine—and what will happen in the future-—with top researchers and thinkers in this field, including Rick Doblin, Stanislav Grof, James Fadiman, Julie Holland, Dennis McKenna, David Nichols, Charles Grob, Phil Wolfson, Michael and Annie Mithoefer, Roland Griffiths, Katherine MacLean, and Robert Whitaker.

Dr. Miller and his contributors cover the tumultuous history of early psychedelic research brought to a halt 50 years ago by the U.S. government as well as offering non-technical summaries of the most recent studies with MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca. They explore the biochemistry of consciousness and the use of psychedelics for self-discovery and healing. They discuss the use of psilocybin for releasing fear in the terminally ill and the potential for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD. They examine Dr. Charles Grob’s research on the indigenous use and therapeutic properties of ayahuasca and Dr. Gabor Maté’s attempt to transport this plant medicine to a clinical setting with the help of Canada’s Department of National Health.

Each of the scientists interviewed in this book has made monumental contributions to understanding human consciousness. Taken together, including the political climate in which they conducted their research, their work makes them heroic figures.

Dr. Miller and his contributors explore the ongoing efforts to restore psychedelic therapies to the health field, the growing threat of overmedication by the pharmaceutical industry, and the links between psychiatric drugs and mental illness. They also discuss the newly shifting political climate and the push for new research, offering hope for an end to the War on Drugs and a potential renaissance of research into psychedelic medicines around the world.

“Imagine that you could ask almost every noteworthy psychedelic researcher not only to discuss their work in depth … but also to discuss the implications of their work and where it will be going in the future. Imagine an interviewer that knows the research and presses each person to think in new directions. It’s all there in Psychedelic Medicine.”James Fadiman, microdose researcher and author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

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Stealing Fire

How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
$18.50 CAD
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780062429667
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 Its the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and its hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.

Author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning:

In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.

Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history.

The ecstatics are coming out of the closet… Around the world, revelers, soldiers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and business leaders are leveraging these insights for a common goal: a glimpse above the clouds. First in isolation, then in increasing numbers, and now, if you know where to look, virtually everywhere you look. We are witnessing a groundswell, a growing movement to storm heaven and steal fire. It’s a revolution in human possibility.

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Living in a Mindful Universe

A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness
$20.50 CAD
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Publisher: Rodale Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781635650655
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Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness and how to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose.

In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander's brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a weeklong coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but Dr. Alexander miraculously survived—and brought back with him an astounding story. During those seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned changed everything he knew about the brain, mind, and consciousness and drove him to ask a question confounding the entire scientific community: How do you explain the origins of consciousness if it is not a byproduct of the brain?

His challenge relates to a revolutionary shift now underway within our modern scientific understanding. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully understanding how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited power to heal. In Living in a Mindful Universe, Eben shares his insights into the true nature of consciousness. Embracing his radically new worldview, he began a committed program of personal exploration into non-local consciousness. Along the way, he met Karen Newell, who had spent most of her lifetime living the worldview he had only just discovered was possible. Her personal knowledge came from testing various techniques and theories as part of her daily routine. With Living in a Mindful Universe, they share techniques that can be used to tap into our greater mind, and explore how the power of the heart can enhance healing, relationships, creativity, guidance, and more. Using various modalities related to meditation and mindfulness described herein, you too can access that infinite source of knowing so vital to us all.

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It's OK That You're Not OK

Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand
$19.50 CAD
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Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039074
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In 2009, on a beautiful sunny day, Megan Devine witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner Matt. “All my professional experience as a therapist felt meaningless,” she writes. “Grief literature is loaded with well-intended advice that can actually worsen and extend someone’s pain. We just don’t know how to handle loss in our culture.” Megan has dedicated herself to helping people find a new way to deal with loss that honors our experience without trying to solve grief.

If we can start to understand the true nature of grief, we can have a more helpful, loving, supportive culture. We can get what we all most want: to help each other in our moments of need, to feel loved and supported no matter what horrors erupt in our lives. When we change our conversations around grief, we make things better for everyone.

With It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan reveals a path for navigating grief and loss not by trying to escape it, but by learning to live inside of it with more grace and strength. Through stories, research, life tips, and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience—loss and grief—we all will face. Here she debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, happy life, replacing it with the skills and tools to help us experience and witness the pain of loss in ourselves and others—so we may meet our grief knowing it as a natural step in the greater journey of love.

Words of comfort that try to erase pain are not a comfort. When you try to take someone’s pain away from them, you don’t make it better. You just tell them it’s not OK to talk about their pain.

 

In order to feel truly comforted by someone, you need to feel heard in your pain. You need the reality of y our loss reflected back to you—not diminished, not diluted. It seems counter-intuitive, but true comfort in grief is in acknowledging the pain, not trying to make it go away.

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Break Through with Breathwork

Jump-Starting Personal Growth in Counseling and the Healing Arts
$28.99 CAD
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171612
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When working with trauma and chronic health issues, it can often seem like the healing process gets stuck or is producing only minimal progress. In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist Jim Morningstar shows therapists, bodyworkers, and other health care professionals how to achieve remarkable breakthroughs with their clients using the power of Therapeutic Breathwork.

Unlike more commonly known mindfulness breathwork techniques—which typically only involve slower-than-normal breathing—Therapeutic Breathwork is designed to also include faster-than-normal breathing (35-75 breaths per minute) to enervate the sympathetic nervous system. This is especially useful in helping to release blocks that arise while working through difficult emotional issues, including PTSD, addiction, depression, and anxiety. While traditional talk therapy can take many years, sometimes decades, to produce minimal relief, Therapeutic Breathwork can help facilitate astonishing breakthroughs within a single session. Morningstar explains how therapists can reinforce these breakthroughs with additional techniques for self regulation, dramatically reducing recovery time and often resolving challenges that might never have been worked through in standard practice.

Break Through with Breathwork is an accessible and thorough introduction to one of the most powerful tools in supporting health and wellbeing, reducing stress, and stimulating deep emotional and spiritual growth.

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Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End
$22.00 CAD
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Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9780385677028
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Being Mortal looks at the way modern medicine has changed the experience of dying, what the implications of this change are for each of us, and what we would need to do to change a system that knows a lot about prolonging life but little about tending to death.

At the heart of this book is something larger and more lasting than even its agenda for how to effect change: it is a deeply humane portrayal of how our society copes with who we really are. We are not economic beings. We are not political beings. We are not digital beings or analog beings, social beings or solitary beings. We are mortal beings. And in that is every important thing to know about how we must live.

The waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver’s chance of benefit… Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need. Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers…

 

And what if there are better approaches, right in front of our eyes, waiting to be recognized?

“If you are familiar with Gawande’s articles in The New Yorker, you are aware of this physician-writer’s eloquence and compassion. In Being Mortal, he takes on the medicalizing of death, examining the unnecessary torture that life-extending interventions often impose. But this book offers more than just prescriptions: his intimate knowledge of our bodies and the fascinating stories he’s picked up over his career makes this book required reading for anyone involved in end-of-life issues. And that inevitably includes each and every one of us.”—Toronto Star

An impassioned, broad-ranging and deeply personal exploration… Gawande remains clear-sighted through the muddle of anxieties, conflicting emotions and vested interests… The message resounding through Being Mortal is that our lives have narrative—we all want to be the authors of our own stories, and in stories endings matter.” —The Guardian

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Overtones and Undercurrents

Spirituality, Reincarnation, and Ancestor Influence in Entheogenic Psychotherapy
$21.50 CAD
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Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781620556894
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Here are some richly instructive stories and practices from the casebook of one of the great pioneers of inner space exploration. Drawing on more than 50 years experience as a transpersonal psychotherapist, Ralph Metzner explores the spiritual overtones, karmic undercurrents, and ancestral connections that shape our individual psychologies.

Sharing 15 detailed histories and the innovative practices he uses in his therapeutic sessions, Metzner shows how the psychological problems we confront often derive from factors not considered in conventional psychotherapy, such as birth trauma, unconscious imprints from prenatal existence, memories from past lives, ancestral and familial soul connections, and even psychic intrusions. The case histories he describes include a wide spectrum of practices, such as the use of quiet meditative retreat, guided regressions, as well as imagery visualizations amplified by entheogens.

He describes how tuning in the spiritual overtones of our being and the karmic undercurrents of our lives can resolve issues such as a fear of intimacy, help heal the after-effects of abuse and abortion, reconcile estranged parental and ancestral relationships, dissolve fears left over from past incarnations, and convert malignant presences into protective allies.

In addition to guided meditations, visualizations, and yogic light-fire exercises, the practices in his psychotherapy sessions at times include the selective use of small amounts of psychedelics, mind-expanding substances functioning to amplify awareness of the subtler realms of consciousness. Part of each case history gives a description of the particular visualization used, adding to the books practical use as a guidebook for transpersonal psychotherapists.

Through the healing experiences he describes, Metzner reveals how attending to karmic undercurrents and spiritual overtones can often bring about a peaceful resolution to long-standing distress and spiritual alienation.

In relating these experiences from the paradigm borderlands of current psychological and psychiatric practice, my aim is to demonstrate that an expanded understanding and recognition of prenatal and karmic factors, as well as reincarnational and possession influences, will contribute to deeper and more complete healing processes.

Also by Ralph Metzner are Ecology of Consciousness and Allies for Awakening.

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Heaven Is Beautiful

$16.99 CAD
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781443446655
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This book explores what really happens when we die.

In March 1980, Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park in Alberta. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sun set, Panagore was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia and died on that mountain. During his minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness and unconditional love. Heaven was beautiful.

In Heaven Is Beautiful, Panagore explores how his near-death experience, or NDE, changed his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued for decades. It impelled him to pursue a masters degree at Yale Divinity School, focusing on systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His educational background, combined with 30 years of yogic and meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and grieving, has given him unique insight and perspective on heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty and hope. In Panagore’s words:

I have told my story to audiences large and small for a decade now… My story touches people’s hearts; every time I tell it the audience is gripped and silent… This book is about hope. It is meant to provide real hope to the dying, hope to the fearful, hope to the hopeless, hope to the grieving.

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What If This Is Heaven?

How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth
$23.99 CAD
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Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781401943325
In stock now: 9

Following her near-death experience as shared in Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be. Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Passed down from generation to generation, these myths are pervasive and influential. From the belief we reap what we sow to the idea we must always be positive, cultural myths are often accepted as truths without questioning. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.

Moorjani explores these common myths in their real-world existence while presenting examples from her own life that reveal the falsehoods beneath the surface. By freeing ourselves from these ubiquitous expectations, we can break open an honest pathway to life as it can be lived in its higher octaves, as ourselves.

Each chapter will highlight a common myth… Following each chapter is a section called “Living Heaven Here and Now,” in which I’ll suggest some possible truths behind the myth I just explored and outline methods for overcoming some of this conditioning so you can turn the myth around in your own life and finally live from your truth instead.

“So many people have such a fear of death that they are afraid to live life to its fullest measure. Anita Moorjani does a brilliant job of demystifying both life and death by first breaking the spell of our conditioned beliefs and then giving us the practical tools to be reborn in the same life. This book will free your soul and teach you that you don’t have to die to go to heaven.” —Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of You are the Placebo