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The realms of plants and fungi provide us with life-sustaining nourishment, medicines for healing sickness, relief of pain, and delight for our senses with their color and fragrance. Mysteriously, they function as door-openers to the spirit world. They help us cleanse the lenses of perception and to know our place in the great web of life. Nature awareness deepens our experience of being alive, and the need to care of the world in which we live. How has our culture's discovery of psychedelic experience enhanced our sense of being nature and the responsibility that gift entails? What can we learn from the amazing plant teachers, the vines of visions, the mushrooms of magic? Where do we go from here?
Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, who is dedicated to studying and teaching the ways that people relate to plants, fungi, and the wisdom they can offer. She is the president and co-founder of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization that has worked for 30 years to collect knowledge of medicinal and shamanic species. She teaches at BD's Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, which she curates.
In this conversation we first discuss at some length the current global crisis, in light of my writing in the revised edition of The Expansion of Consciousness. We then discuss the most promising current research and application projects involving psychedelic drugs. The interview has been published on the website of Project Censored, founded by Peter Phillips.
Current State of Research on Psychedelics: Q and A from talk by Ralph at CIIS, September 2015
Topics discussed include: Cannabis prohibition, globalization of ayahuasca use, problems and prospects of current research, the value of empathogens (like MDMA) in treatment of trauma, the value of psychedelics (like psilocybin), in preparation for dying.
New Book: Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness
Edited by David Jay Brown. This is a collection of interview essays by Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Jeremy Narby, Ralph Metzner, James Fadiman, Stanley Krippner, Deannis McKenna, Joan Halifax, Rick Strassman, James Ketchum, Charles Tart, Daniel Siebert, Rick Doblin, Roland Griffiths and Simon Posford.
David Jay Brown, who has written several other books on psychedelic drugs and neuroscience, draws together visionary speculations about possible futures involving mind-expanding substances. Published by Park Street Press.
By Elizabeth Bast. Drug addiction is notoriously difficult to cure or even treat. Relapse rates are discouragingly high, as are mortality rates. Since all the addictive drugs are also illegal and possession can result in incarceration - the cards are stacked against addiction therapy. Into this toxic psychosocial mix comes the legendary central African plant root Tabernanthe iboga or its semi-synthetic derivative ibogaine, a powerful entheogen used in healing and initiation ceremonies in the Bwiti cult. Uniquely among other psychedelic plants or substances, ibogaine has the capacity to actually block addictive cravings for long enough to permit an addict to re-establish a healthy connection with the core of their being - given appropriate guidance and support.
Zig Zag Zen contains an expanded display of stunning visionary artwork including new pieces from Alex Grey, Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage, as well as the work renowned modernists Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and others.
Edited and Introduced by James Penner. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2014.
MDMA, Empathy and Ecstasy - My essay in honor of Alexander Shulgin, for the upcoming commerative re-publication of TIHKAL and PIHKAL.
The Octave Principle of the Evolution of Consciousness, Ralph Metzner's talk at the Mind States Conference in 2003. (A video illustration of an audio recording of my talk.) The videographer, whose name is Cosmicsmi2le, found some rare footage of G.I. Gurdjieff, among other images.
The Ecology of Consciousness series are being published by Nachtschatten Verlag, in Solothurn,
Switzerland. 1) Die Erweiterung des Bewusstseins, 2) Die Wurzeln von Krieg und Herrschaft, 3) Alchemistische Divination, 4) Raum des Geistes - Strom der Zeit, 5) Der Lebenszyklus der Menschenseele, 6) Die sechs Lebenswege, 7) Welten des Bewusstseins - Welten der Wirklichkeit. The Swiss publisher Nachtschatten Verlag, who publishes the German language versions of many of my books, is planning to publish a boxed set of all seven volumes of The Ecology of Consciousness in conjunction with their 30 year anniversary.
Topics include: ways to incorporate what you learn during your "trip"; time to reconsider reincarnation; 1960s and the birth of the Ecology Movement, Women's movement, Anti-war movements and Civil Rights movements; new research on potential benefits of psychedelics; changes of world view in the 1960s and war as the breakdown of civilization; learning to navigate states of consciousness; expansions of consciousness, with or without drugs; toxic responses and the importance of set and setting; Ayahuasca and the Spirits; Politics, Society, and Community; Poem from Sprit Soundings CD.
Entheo:Genesis examines the modern day crisis of disenchantment associated with living in a hyper modern world. The thinkers and artists in the film include: Stan Grof, Terence Mckenna, Alex Grey, Ralph Metzner, John Markoff, and Kat Harrison. From Millbrook to Hollywood, Rod Mann's rarely screened documentary, goes behind the scenes of one of the world's most infamous unreleased films, Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,and features an interview with Ralph Metzner, as well as rare footage from the film.
Healing With Entactogens by Torsten Passie, M.D.; Foreword by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. This booklet explores MDMA and other entactogens as pharmacological adjuncts to group psychotherapy. It presents intimate insights into entactogenic experiences from first-hand accounts of clients who participated in group therapy sessions, and crucial background on the neurobiological and psychospiritual components of those experiences. Now available through our website
The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD
by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller
English Translation published by and available from Synergetic Press, Santa Fe, NM. 2013.
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