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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide (häftad)

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

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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 his 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. 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. 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.
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"James Fadiman, one of the foremost pioneers of scientific research of the potential of psychedelic substances for therapy, self-discovery, spiritual quests, and creative problem-solving, has written an invaluable guide for safe and productive sessions. Based on more than forty years of the author's experience in the field and presented in a clear, easily understandable style, this book is a breath of fresh air, dispelling the mis-information that has been disseminated over many decades by sensation-hunting journalists and fear-based antidrug propaganda. The publication of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide could not be more timely; it coincides with a major renaissance of interest in psychedelic research worldwide. The information that it provides will thus be useful not only for the hundreds of thousands of people involved in self-experimentation but also for the new generation of psychedelic researchers." * Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of LSD: Doorway to the Numinous * "James Fadiman was the Forrest Gump of the psychedelic sixties. He witnessed the first flowerings of that amazing era of mindexpansion, then kept popping up for cameo appearances whenever the action got particularly interesting and enlightening. Now, riding a new wave of scientific research into the beneficial use of these misunderstood substances, Fadiman is back with a practical and at the same time inspiring guidebook for the next generation of entheogenic explorers." * Don Lattin, author of the bestselling The Harvard Psychedelic Club * "Approaching his subject from intimately historical, psychological-cultural, and accessibly authoritative perspectives, Fadiman's psychedelic magnum opus establishes the benchmark reference for anyone interested in understanding, experiencing, or supervising the effects of this unique family of psychoactive substances." * Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule * "At last, there's a practical, commonsense manual for mindful therapeutic sessions using psychedelics, one that's informed by the latest science and unfettered by arcane platitudes. It will be a boon to personal transformation and a road map for avoiding trouble along the way for all who use it. Bon voyage!" * Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures * "Finally! A comprehensive guide not only to psychedelic use in a therapeutic setting but also, even more bravely, to psychospiritual exploration and cognitive enhancement. We are fortunate to reap the benefits of Professor Fadiman's years of cumulative knowledge and experience as well as to hear from a cadre of 'who's who' in the psychedelic cognoscenti." * Julie Holland, M.D., editor of The Pot Book and Ecstasy * "Psychedelics have been part of native cultures for centuries and remain so in many areas of the world. Properly used, they offer a one-step guide to enlightenment and connection with intuition as well as the soul and the Divine. Dr. Fadiman's book offers the best information and guidance available today. Everyone interested in exploring the world of inner consciousness will find this work indispensable." * Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Health Association * "The prohibition of psychedelic drugs in the twentieth century unfortunately restricted a most promising and profound inquiry into the religious mysteries of consciousness. This brave and encouraging book goes a long way toward restoring our constitutional right to explore these mysteries. By encouraging individual responsibility and intelligence in this era of purported health care reform, James Fadiman takes a bold and refreshing step toward reclaiming our freedom of religion, which is the very essence of democracy and the American dream." * Robert Forte, editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion * "The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide is a brave and uniquely valuable book. Written by one o

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James Fadiman, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. A former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a professor of psychology, he teaches at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which he helped found in 1975. An international conference presenter, workshop leader, management consultant, and author of several books and textbooks, he lives in Menlo Park, California, with his filmmaker wife, Dorothy.


Acknowledgments Overview--Why This Book? And Frequently Asked Questions A Vision of a Whole Earth Stewart Brand Part One Transcendent Experience: Entheogenic Sessions Introduction to Part One 1 Meeting the Divine Within Part One: Guidelines for Voyagers and Guides The Guild of Guides 2 The Entheogenic Voyage Part Two: Guidelines for Voyagers and Guides The Guild of Guides 3 Qualities of Transcendent Experience Four Dominant Characteristics Alan Watts 4 Experiences of Psychedelic Pioneers In Their Own Words Albert Hofmann, Ph.D., Aldous Huxley, Stanislav Grof, M.D., Timothy Leary, Ph.D., Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Ph.D., Alexander Shulgin, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Huston Smith, Ph.D., Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ph.D., Charles Tart, Ph.D., Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., Bill Wilson, and Peter Coyote Part Two Personal Growth and Self-Exploration in Psychedelic Sessions Introduction to Part Two 5 Therapeutic Uses of Psychedelics Psychotherapy and Healing 6 Things Can Go Wrong What You Need to Know Neal Goldsmith, Ph.D. 7 Myths and Misperceptions David Presti, Ph.D., and Jerome Beck, Ph.D. 8 Therapeutic Effectiveness of Single Guided Sessions Part Three Enhanced Problem Solving in Focused Sessions Introduction to Part Three 9 Breakthrough Research Selective Enhancement of Creative Capacities Willis Harman, Ph.D., and James Fadiman, Ph.D. 10 Facilitation for Enhanced Problem Solving 11 Case Studies Two Architects and Six Professionals 12 Group Problem-Solving Sessions Willis Harman, Ph.D. 13 The Look Magazine Experiment Designing the California Issue George Leonard 14 Closing the Doors of Perception The Day the Research Ended Part Four New Horizons Introduction to Part Four 15 Can Sub-Perceptual Doses of Psychedelics Improve Normal Functioning? 16 Surveys of Current Users This Is Your Brain on Drugs 17 The Inadvertent Pioneer My Personal Account 18 Positive Possibilities for Psychedelics A Time of Tentative Celebration Part Five The Necessary, the Extraordinary, and Some Hard-Core Data Introduction to Part Five 19 Entheogenic Journeys A Checklist for Voyagers and Guides 20 Beyond LSD--Way Beyond Ayahuasca Sessions and a Darkness Retreat Michael Wiese, "Anatole," and Lindsey Vona 21 Behavioral Changes After Psychedelic Therapy Lasting Results of High-Dose Single Sessions 22 A Questionnaire Study of Psychedelic Experiences Willis Harman, Ph.D., and James Fadiman, Ph.D. Last Words Notes Index