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Beyond the Narrow Life

A Guide for Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Synergetic Press
 | 
July, 2021
ISBN:
9780907791836
Quantity: 
4
$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

With the second renaissance and re-emergence of psychedelics in Western society, the public and therapists alike are confronting new areas of exploration with few comprehensive models available to aid in the profound process of integrating such powerful and mystical-like experiences into one’s life. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy offers one useful model for this work, but access to even traditional therapy is limited due to expense and inadequate specialized training. With questions surrounding legal access, criminalization, and medical indications and contraindications, the immediate future of psychedelic-assisted therapy remains shrouded in uncertainty, even in the face of expanding interest and promise.

Beyond the Narrow Life seeks to ‘thread a needle’ by addressing profound themes elicited by psychospiritual and therapeutic use of psychedelics while avoiding merely ‘preaching to the choir.’ This book explores common topics that emerge during psychedelic journeys by integrating several frameworks, spanning evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, Jungian depth psychology, existential philosophy, compassion and mindfulness practices, comparative mythology, pop culture, film, and scientific understandings of the cosmos. Instead of a dry overview of big ideas, Dr. Ortigo gently guides readers through an awe-inspiring journey that confronts the deeper questions and concerns we all face as humans in this modern time.

This journey is not intended to give you all the answers but to support you in uncovering your own insights...To shift into greater awareness and a better integrated understanding of ourselves, we must do the work—and not forget the importance of continued practice.

"This is cosmic awareness meets practical assignments; a paradoxical yet well balanced approach, grounded in deep and light language. I consider this book a talented offering, bringing the profundity of the great mystery together with our everyday questions of happiness and life's meaning." —Francoise Bourzat, author of Consciousness Medicine

Within this innocent-looking book there is power, quite incredible and transformative. With your permission, it will meet you exactly where you are... With the tools of psychedelic substances, when competently and responsibly used, along with meditative procedures, reflection activities, and other interventions that now allow us to venture into the mystery that we are with reasonable safety and efficacy... How much do we want to see? How awake would we like to become? What values do we allow to guide us as we move day by day towards that moment of cessation or transition that we call death? What would we like to contribute to those who will inhabit the earth and design the civilization sof the future following our departure? What words and concepts do we choose to attempt to express our discoveries and share them with others from the rich languages of philosophy, science, myth, and religious systems?...

 

Full engagement with the wise guidance within this book can facilitate the transformation of our "states" of consciousness into "traits" of behavior as these spiritual, mystical, or otherwise profound experiences and similar forays into the depths of our minds become integrated into our daily lives, rich in meaning and perhaps potently transformative of the societies in which we live. Enjoy! —William Richards, author of Sacred Knowledge, from the foreword

Publisher’s Description: 

With the second renaissance and re-emergence of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, the general public and therapists alike are confronting new areas of exploration with few systematic frameworks available. With questions surrounding legal access to care, ongoing criminalization, and medical restrictions to care restricting the therapies available, the immediate future of psychedelic-assisted therapy remains shrouded in uncertainty, even in the face of expanding interest.

Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide to Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration seeks to thread a needle by addressing shared elements of these intersecting complexities and possibilities. It introduces the reader to significant themes elicited by psychospiritual and therapeutic use of psychedelics but avoids exclusively preaching to the choir. These themes integrate several frameworks, from third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy to Jungian depth psychology, existentialism to scientific understandings of the cosmos, and mindfulness- and compassion-focused traditions to popular and secular culture. Such an approach provides value to people regardless of their history using psychedelics because it connects to the greater mysteries and concerns of the human experience.

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