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High Priest

Paperback Book
September, 1995
$26.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Originally published in 1968 and here reprinted after 25+ years with both its original and some striking new artwork, High Priest chronicles 16 psychedelic trips taken in the days before LSD was made illegal.

From 1960 to 1963 over 200 visionary-drug sessions were guided by the Harvard Psychedelic Research Project.

The trip guides include Aldous Huxley, Gordon Wasson, William S. Burroughs, Godsdog, Allen Ginsberg, Ram Dass, Ralph Metzner, Huston Smith, Frank Barron and others. The scene was Millbrook, a mansion in upstate New York that was the mecca of psychedelia during the 1960s and of the many lumaries of the time who made a pilgrimage there to trip with Leary and his group, The League for Spiritual Discovery. Each chapter includes an I-Ching reading, a chronicle of what happened during the trip, marginalia of comments and quotations, and illustrations.

Psychedelic drugs offer new perspectives on every aspect of human thinking, human behavior, human searching. There is no issue in psychology, physics, biology and theology that cannot make use of these microscopes of consciousness. The discovery of LSD is as important to philosophy and religion as the discovery of the microscope was to biology.

In Leary’s Re-Introduction, written in 1995, he says:

You will note (and, perhaps, be amused by) our Breathless Spirituality, our lavish use of religious metaphors. Today, of course, we are beginning to use neurological and digital terms to suggest how we can operate our brains. But in 1962 there was no language in American Psychology for these experiences. Except the wretched psychiatric litany of hallucination-victim-disease.... However, I am proud of the pre-neurological, theological innocence revealed in this book. We were joyfully, reverently recapitulating the metaphors of medieval Soul Engineering. And, looking back, I am proudly aware of the survival principles which guided us.

    Sense of humors.

          Conformance to Laws of Levities.

    Celebrations of Chaotics.

Illuminations, Brain Surfing as team sports.

         So, whether it’s living it or dying it—

          Always do it with friends!




Publisher’s Description: 

Tells of the goings-on at the millbrook mansion in upstate new york which became the mecca of psychedelia during the sixties. The pioneering psychologist chronicles sixteen lsd trips taken before lsd was illegal. The trip guides or high priests included aldous huxley, ram dass (then richard alpert), ralph metzner, huston smith, frank baron and willy (a junkie from new york city).

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