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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.
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.
Table of Contents
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-Explorationin 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