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Through the Gateway of the Heart, Second Edition

Accounts of Experiences with MDMA and other Empathogenic Substances
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Solarium Pr
 | 
June, 2013
ISBN:
9780929150796
In stock now: 
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$34.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

With a new preface, a new foreword by Ralph Metzner, and very helpful Guidelines for the Sacramental Use of Empathogenic Substances, this classic has been re-issued.

MDMA, or as it is commonly known, “ecstasy,” has a paradoxical double role in contemporary society. As the party-drug ecstasy, it is consumed by tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of people at “rave” dance parties around the world. In its other role as a promising adjunct to psychotherapy, MDMA is currently being researched as a treatment for many conditions, including PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and interpersonal anxiety.

This book, originally published in 1985 before MDMA became illegal, is a compilation of experiences conducted in supportive and/or therapeutic settings… These accounts illustrate the value and potential of MDMA for generating insight, facilitating empathic communication, and supporting spiritual practice.

Although the use of MDMA remains illegal (except in the limited context of research), the editors of this book, like many professionals in the field of psychotherapy, believe that a fresh look at this very promising substance is warranted. —Ralph Metzner, PhD & Padma Catell, PhD

Through the Gateway of the Heart offers accounts derived from about fifty individuals of various ages and professions, women and men. A considerable number are by individuals who are themselves therapists—which suggests that some of the most promising potentials of these substances may lie in the training of therapists.

In his introduction to the 2012 edition, Ralph Metzner writes:

Under favorable circumstances and with a supportive set and setting people feel that the MDMA experience has elicited true compassion, forgiveness, and understanding for those with whom they have important relationships; and most importantly, for themselves, for their ordinary, neurotic, childish, struggling personality or ego. The relative absence or attenuation of normal amounts of anxiety and fear in these states is perhaps the single most important feature in regard to their therapeutic value. People report being able to think about, talk about, and deal with inner or outer issues that are otherwise always avoided because of the anxiety levels normally associated with those issues.

Publisher’s Description: 

With a new preface, a new foreword by Ralph Metzner, and Guidelines for the Sacramental Use of Empathogenic Substances, this classic has been re-issued.

"MDMA, or as it is commonly known, “ecstasy,” has a pardoxical double role in contemporary society. As the party-drug ecstasy, it is consumed by tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of people at “rave” dance parties in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. In its other role as a promising adjunct to psychotherapy, MDMA is currently being researched as a treatment for many conditions, including PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and interpersonal anxiety.

This book, originally published in 1985 before MDMA became illegal, is a compilation of experiences conducted in supportive and/or therapeutic settings. The vignettes are not part of a formal research study, and there is no control group. These accounts illustrate the value and potential of MDMA for generating insight, facilitating empathic communication, and supporting spiritual practice.

Although the use of MDMA remains illegal (except in the limited context of research), the editors of this book, like many professionals in the field of psychotherapy, believe that a fresh look at this very promising substance is warranted." —Ralph Metzner, PhD & Padma Catell, PhD

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