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PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story & TIHKAL: The Continuation

Commemorative Edition 4 Volume Set
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Transform Press
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September, 2018
ISBN:
9780963009661
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$135.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

First published in the early 1990s, these legendary—and very highly detailed—books consist of two parts: the first, "the love story," is skillful storytelling—records of the authors’ experiences through the fictional voices of “Alice” and “Shura.” It’s a rather rich smorgasbord of narratives and essays concerning the origins and uses of psychedelics.  The second, "the chemical story," is " a body of information concerning the conception, synthesis, definition, and appropriate use of certain consciousness-changing chemical compounds which we are convinced are valuable tools for the study of the human mind and psyche." In other words, complete lab notes and "tasting notes" on a wide range of psychoactive substances. A Rosetta Stone for the future of psychopharmacology.

Now these two volumes have been expanded and re-edited into a handsome commemorative slipcased set.

"We have taken both Pihkal and Tihkal and split them to make four books, separating the stories and chemistry. We've added nearly 200 pictures, added many contributions from people that tell stories about Sasha and Ann, and now we have a very new and beautiful edition of these classic books! Sometimes the contributions are art, sometimes poetry, sometimes long pieces that will make you laugh. This four volume set is beautifully designed by Vibrata Chromodoris, and edited and devised by Joshua Marker."

There is a hardcover set, as well as a paperback set. Both have the four books housed in a slipcase. This is a must-have for anyone who appreciates these books, and who has known and loved this subject.

I am completely convinced that there is a wealth of information built into us, with miles of intuitive knowledge tucked away in the genetic material of every one of our cells. Something akin to a library containing uncountable reference volumes, but without any obvious route of entry. And, without some means of access, there is no way to even begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature.

Our generation is the first, ever, to have made the search for self-awareness a crime, if it is done with the use of plants of chemical compounds as the means of opening the psychic doors. But the urge to become aware is always present, and it increases in intensity as one grows older.

Keep in mind that psychedelic drugs are not the only keys to our unconscious minds; they cannot be used for learning and growth by everyone. There is no single drug or dosage level that will benefit all explorers equally. And it cannot be said too often that what is being experienced in the use of a psychedelic drug or visionary plant does not come from the ingested chemical components, but from the mind and psyche of the person using the compound. Every such drug opens a door within the user, and different drugs open different doors, which means that an explorer must learn how to most safely and successfully make his way through each new inner landscape. This takes time and should be done with the guidance of a veteran explorer, as is the case, ideally, with all deep emotional and spiritual explorations.

Publisher’s Description: 

First published in the early 1990s, these legendary—and very highly detailed—books consist of two parts: the first, "the love story," is skillful storytelling—records of the authors’ experiences through the fictional voices of “Alice” and “Shura.” It’s a rather rich smorgasbord of narratives and essays concerning the origins and uses of psychedelics.  The second, "the chemical story," is " a body of information concerning the conception, synthesis, definition, and appropriate use of certain consciousness-changing chemical compounds which we are convinced are valuable tools for the study of the human mind and psyche." In other words, complete lab notes and "tasting notes" on a wide range of psychoactive substances. A Rosetta Stone for the future of psychopharmacology.

Now these two volumes have been expanded and re-edited into a handsome commemorative slipcased set.

"We have taken both Pihkal and Tihkal and split them to make four books, separating the stories and chemistry. We've added nearly 200 pictures, added many contributions from people that tell stories about Sasha and Ann, and now we have a very new and beautiful edition of these classic books! Sometimes the contributions are art, sometimes poetry, sometimes long pieces that will make you laugh. This four volume set is beautifully designed by Vibrata Chromodoris, and edited and devised by Joshua Marker.

There is a hardcover set, as well as a paperback set. Both have the four books housed in a slipcase. This is a must-have for anyone who appreciates these books, and who has known and loved this subject.

I am completely convinced that there is a wealth of information built into us, with miles of intuitive knowledge tucked away in the genetic material of every one of our cells. Something akin to a library containing uncountable reference volumes, but without any obvious route of entry. And, without some means of access, there is no way to even begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature.

Our generation is the first, ever, to have made the search for self-awareness a crime, if it is done with the use of plants of chemical compounds as the means of opening the psychic doors. But the urge to become aware is always present, and it increases in intensity as one grows older.

Keep in mind that psychedelic drugs are not the only keys to our unconscious minds; they cannot be used for learning and growth by everyone. There is no single drug or dosage level that will benefit all explorers equally. And it cannot be said too often that what is being experienced in the use of a psychedelic drug or visionary plant does not come from the ingested chemical components, but from the mind and psyche of the person using the compound. Every such drug opens a door within the user, and different drugs open different doors, which means that an explorer must learn how to most safely and successfully make his way through each new inner landscape. This takes time and should be done with the guidance of a veteran explorer, as is the case, ideally, with all deep emotional and spiritual explorations.

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