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* October 9, 2017
Ralph's new online course starts November 6!

* September 18, 2017
Available Now - Overtones and Undercurrents

* February 3, 2017
Available Now - Ecology of Consciousness - The Alchemy of Personal, Collective and Planetary Transformation

* February 2, 2017
New Online Video Course - Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness

* December 20, 2016
The Ketamine Papers - Science, Therapy and Transformation

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* July 28, 2016
Come to the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver

* June 14, 2016
Entheogenic experience: Finding the pathways of your soul in the world

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The Roots of War and Domination

The Six Pathways of Destiny

Green Psychology

The Well of Remembrance

Eye of the Seeress - Voice of the Poet
Bilingual anthology

Psychedelic Prayers
by Timothy Leary

Introduction by Ralph Metzner

CD's by
Ralph Metzner:

spirit sounding
Spirit Soundings
Poems by Ralph Metzner
Music by Kit Walker & others

Bardo Blues
CD of Ralph's Songs, 2005

Alchemy and Shamanism

Discussion between Ralph and Michael Harner, 2006

kdlfVisionary Experience and Divination
Talk by Ralph
in NY, 2001





Ralph's new online course starts November 6!

Understanding and Navigating Your Soul's Journey from Before Birth to After Death

In this course you will learn to identify the six great stations and phases of your soul's journey through human life: incarnation and conception; birth and infancy; the springtime of youth; the mid-life turning; old age, elderhood and dying; the hereafter and rebirth.

In six one and a half hour video talks and Q & A discussions, illustrated by diagrams from Ralph's major work The Ecology of Consciousness, you will be exploring new approaches to realms of consciousness that are traditionally considered the deepest spiritual mysteries of our lives.

Comparing and integrating insights from entheogenic experiences, shamanic journeys, breathwork, hypnotherapy, as well as meditative experiences and dreams, we find remarkable convergences of modern findings with esoteric teachings, both Eastern and Western. Through this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the totality of your life cycle, from before conception and birth to the after-death realms and reincarnation.

Sign up for the course here.


New Book Available Now!

Overtones and Undercurrents: Spirituality, Reincarnation, and Ancestor Influence in Entheogenic Psychotherapy

Overtones are the subtle sounds created in stringed instruments by the sympathetic vibrations of the struck or plucked fundamental strings. One can think of the spiritual dimensions of our experience, that we refer to as "spirit" or "soul", as analogous to these ethereal harmonics. They are the inner tones and subtle harmonics of spirit and soul that can accompany our experience.

Undercurrents are the flow of tides of water or energy invisibly, below the surface, that can induce powerful movements of surface objects in unexpected directions, towards damaging rocks or abysmal depths. Similarly, karmic entanglements of past incarnations can affect our present experience with seemingly unfounded feelings of guilt, indebtedness, resentment or shame.

The 15 true stories related here, show how the psychological problems we confront may derive from factors often not considered in conventional psychotherapy, including residual effects from prior abortions, unconscious imprints from prenatal existence, memories from past lives, ancestral and familial soul connections, and even psychic intrusions and possession states. The case histories and methods described include the use of quiet retreat space, guided regressions to pre-natal and past-life conditions, yogic light-fire practices and selective use of small doses of entheogens. The concluding chapter describes the use of three different kinds of healing serpent imagery from the Chinese Taoist traditions as well as the ancient Greek Asclepius and Hermetic teachings.


New Book Available Now:
Ecology of Consciousness - The Alchemy of Personal, Collective and Planetary Transformation

In this book, I offer a distillation of fifty years of exploration and discovery of the many realms of consciousness - from the recesses of the human unconscious, through the shared realities of family and culture, to the cosmic visions in expanded states of consciousness.

In my fifty years of learning, guiding and teaching in the contexts of psychotherapy and exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness, I have been privileged to learn from hundreds of students, clients and fellow explorers. In the work described in this book, we've drawn on the methods and principles of the shamanism, alchemy and yoga, as well as the groundbreaking discoveries of depth psychology, modern neuroscience and the sciences of the macrocosmos and microcosmos.

The objective descriptions of realms described by our material sciences can again by integrated with the internal observations from shared visions and dreams. From pre-birth to after death realms we can learn from and participate in the discoveries of the mystics and visionary explorers. We can learn how to use our innate spiritual intelligence and navigate our states of consciousness for healing and guidance.


Description and Outline of Ralph Metzner's Online Courses

Note: These two courses were given through the Evolver network and are now completed. They will probably be offered again at a future date.

Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness

In this course we learn how to identify the fundamental states of consciousness, each of which has its own characteristic mindspace and timestream. We need to learn how to navigate these states and apply them with conscious intention to benefit from the opportunities and learn from the challenges.

Here are the titles of the six sessions of that class and a link to the detailed descriptions.

1. The Janus Model of the Life-World and Self-System
2. Stages of the Life Cycle
3. Sages, Levels and States of Consciousness
4. Four Familiar States: Waking, Sleeping, Dreaming, Meditating
5. High and Low Energy, Pleasurable and Painful States
6. Expanded, Contracted and Dissociated States
a complete description and sign-up information

Finding the Pathways of Your Soul in the World

We sense intuitively that as a human soul we are here on Earth for a purpose. Spiritual and shamanic traditions speak about seeking and finding a vision for your life. Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my soul choose to be born into this family, at this time, in this place? What are the pathways in which I can express my creative vision and talents?

This course follows the outline of chapters in my book, The Six Pathways of Destiny, published by Regent Press and available here:

1. The Explorer, the Scientist, the Seeker, the Pioneer
2. The Healer, the Shaman, the Therapist, the Peacemaker
3. The Artist, the Story Teller, the Poet, the Musician
4. The Teacher, the Historian, the Social Scientist, the Journalist
5. The Warrior, the Guardian, the Reformer, the Activist
6. The Builder, the Organizer, the Producer, the Engineer


Perspectives on the current global crisis - A conversation with Ralph Metzner
By journalist Will Shonbrun.

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 Books

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. Purchase a copy at Park Street Press.

Heart Medicine: A True Love Story - One Couple's Quest for the Sacred Iboga Medicine & the Cure for Addiction

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.

Available from Amazon

A lavishly illustrated new edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, edited by Allan Badiner, published by Synergetic Press, contains an essay by Ralph, "A New Look at the Psychedelic Tibetan Book of the Dead."

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.

Timothy Leary - The Harvard Years: Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin - with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, 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.


German Language edition of The Well of Remembrance published by Arun Verlag

Der Brunnen der Erinnerung
Die mythologischen und schamanischen Wurzeln unserer Kultur

Mit Vorwort von Marija Gimbutas. Nachwort von Wolf-Dieter Storl.
Mit Beiträgen von Bärbel Kreidt, Norbert Mayer und Christian Rätsch.


Healing the Fear of Dying
Interview of Psilocybin Experience in Terminal Cancer Patient

Powerful Interview with Participant in Terminal Cancer Psilocybin Study


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Lectures and Related Media by Ralph Metzner:

Interview with Lorene Mills on PBS' Report From Sante Fe, April 2014.


C.G. Jung, Albert Hofmann and the Philosophers' Stone, Video of Slide Illustrated Lecture, at the C.G. June Society in Seattle, WA, on March 7, 2014.


Ralph Metzner and 5-MeO-DMT, The Entheogenic Evolution Podcast,
interview by Martin Ball. February 2014.
We discuss my new book, The Toad and the Jaguar, which is about 5-MeO-DMT. We discuss 5-MeO and mystical experience, healing, therapeutic uses, and much more.


Selected Clips From Russian Video Interview Selections from an interview for Russian Television recorded in Sonoma, California. Fall 2013.

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.


Radio interview with Ralph by Poke Runyon on The Hermetic Hour on September 12, 2013.


Earth, Music and the Psychedelic Experience, an interview with Ralph Metzner, published August 28, 2013 on the Blues@Greece website.


Psychedelics, Shamanism & Consciousness Expansion - July 2013 lecture by Ralph Metzner at the October Gallery in London.


Ralph Metzner giving a workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, August 2012. Audio is Life-Cycle Medicine Wheel, from "Spirit Soundings" poetry reading CD. A four-minute video, produced by Ivo Eggi.


The Expansion of Conciousness in the Individual and Society (a slide-illustrated talk by Ralph Metzner), from the October Gallery in London, May 14, 2011.


Slide show of photographs from the Consciousness and the Biosphere symposium at the October Gallery. The symposium featured: John Allen, Ralph Metzner, Amanda Feilding, Bernard Carr, and David Luke, from the October Gallery in London, May 14, 2011.


Radio interview with Ralph by Trevahr Hughes on EntheoRadio on January 5, 2011.


Ralph Metzner interview with director Rak Razam at the 2010 MAPS conference, where Ralph recalls the beginning of psychedelic research at Harvard in the early 1960s and discusses the prospects for future psychedelic research.


Radio interview with Ralph by Trevahr Hughes on EntheoRadio on August 12, 2010.


Related Media featuring Ralph Metzner (among others)

The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD, DVD by Martin Witz

Ralph says: "The Substance is the best film about psychedelics made so far and a fitting tribute to Albert Hofmann - who is truly the mystic chemist."


Entheo:Genesis - DVD and From Millbrook to Hollywood - Download

Both of these films are produced by Rod Mann.

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


Mystic Chemist:
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.


The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss - My Life with Terence McKenna
By Dennis McKenna. 2012. Published by North StarPress of St. Cloud, Inc.


PSYCHEDELIA – An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way of Life
By Patrick Lundborg. 2012. Published Lysergia. Stockholm-Lhasa-Mojave.  www.lysergia.com.  Also available from http://beta.forcedexposure.com/Artists/LUNDBORG.PATRICK.html


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Recent Books/CDs

Allies For Awakening
Allies For Awakening

Diving For Treasures
Diving For Treasures

toad and jaguar
The Toad & the Jaguar

Through the Gateway of the Heart

The Ayahuasca Experience

unfolding self
The Unfolding Self
2010 Edition

Birth of a Psychedelic Culture
Ram Dass &
Ralph Metzner,
with Gary Bravo


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