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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
April, 2011
ISBN:
9781594774027
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$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through more than 40 years of experience—from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention.

Suggestions for the Voyager

If possible, approach a voyage as a three-day process. Ideally, the first day, stay quiet and unhurried. Reserve time for self-reflection, spending a portion of the day in nature. Set aside the second day, all day, for the session. The third day should be devoted entirely to integrating the session and recording your discoveries and insights.

Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance.

It cannot be emphasized enough that this book is not a manual to “the drug experience,” but about how to best open your own inner worlds and make use of the vast range of experiences possible after taking psychedelics. In the words of one guide, discussing the role of psychedelics in relation to other practices, “It enhances mind states also accessible from intense practice and focused attention discoverable through yoga, meditation, fasting, and other disciplines.” Seemingly universal, this opening is often experienced as reuniting one’s self with an eternal flow of energies and understandings.

Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the internet. Exploring the life-changing experiences of Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, and Huston Smith as well as Francis Crick and Steve Jobs, Fadiman shows how psychedelics, used wisely, can lead not only to healing but also to scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies.

A former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, James Fadiman teaches at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which he helped found in 1975.

More info/resources: entheoguide.net.

Publisher’s Description: 

This book, a review of the research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drugs, includes a guide to the use of psychedelics for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes.

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