By Peter Meyer, MPhilAccepting the Cartesian mind/body dualism for the sake of argument, this article argues that experience with separative psychedelics shows that mind is not dependent on body, and so consciousness is not a product of brain activity, still less identical with it.
Legacy from Half a Century of Consciousness Research
By Stanislav Grof, MD
In this paper, Stanislav Grof summarizes his observations and experiences from more than half a century of research into an important subgroup of non-ordinary states for which he coined the name holotropic; these findings seriously challenge the existing scientific paradigms. All these years, his primary interest has been to explore the healing, transformative, and evolutionary potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and their great value as a source of new revolutionary data about consciousness, the human psyche, and the nature of reality.
By Tim Doody
For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting. This article has first been published by online magazine The Morning News on 26 July 2012.
By Terence McKenna
This essay was written by Terence McKenna as a foreword for the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Road to Eleusis by R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann and Carl A. P. Ruck in May 1998, but was not included. It is published here in May 2009 for the first time.
The Spring Grove Experiment and its Sequels
By Richard Yensen, PhD and Donna Dryer, MD, MPh
In the late 1960′s a multi-million dollar interdisciplinary research center opened in the State of Maryland. This center for psychiatric research was a consequence of research in psychedelic psychotherapy performed by Albert Kurland and his associates at the Spring Grove State Hospital. Though the studies at Spring Grove State Hospital and those that followed at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) ended in 1976, they remain the largest, most sustained and systematic study of psychedelic drugs and psychotherapy yet attempted.
By Stanislav Grof
Since the publication of Jose Arguelles’ book The Mayan Factor, the ancient prophecy concerning the end of the Maya Long Count calendar, which started on 11 August 3114 BC, and will end on 21 December 21 2012, this date has become the focus of many articles, books, and conferences and of a forthcoming movie entitled 2012. With a few exceptions, the Mayan prophecy about the end of the cosmic cycle, the Fifth World, has been interpreted in terms of actual physical destruction of humanity and of the material world, in a way similar to the interpretation (or better misinterpretation) of the term apocalypse by Christian fundamentalists. This article, being Stan Grof’s paper at the 2012 conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, on 29 May 2009, explores a radically different, more optimistic interpretation of the Mayan prophecy – as referring to the end of the world as we have known it: a world dominated by unbridled violence and insatiable greed, egotistic hierarchy of values, corrupted institutions and corporations, and irreconcilable conflicts between organized religions. Instead of predicting a physical destruction of the material world, the Mayan prophecy might refer to death and rebirth and a mass inner transformation of humanity.
By Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller
At the age of 102 years, Albert Hofmann died peacefully last Tuesday morning, 29th April, in his home near Basel, Switzerland. Just last weekend we talked to him, and he expressed his great joy about the blooming plants and the fresh green of the meadows and trees around his house. His vitality and his open mind stayed with him until his last breath.
By Richard K. Moore
The author draws our attention to the need for a satisfying “grand story of humanity” which will include what is scientifically known about the origin and history of our species – so that we know our place in the natural world – but which will not be limited to what natural scientists tell us – a story without much meaning – and which will not be formulated so as to serve the purposes of organized religion – a story justifying the exploitation of the many by a few.
By Alex Grey
Twenty-five years ago I took my first dose of LSD. The experience was so rich and profound, coupled as it was with the meeting of my future wife, Allyson, that there seemed nothing more important than this revelation of infinite love and unity. Being an artist, I felt that this was the only subject worthy of my time and attention. Spiritual and visionary consciousness assumed primary importance as the focal point of my life and art. My creative process was transformed by my experience with entheogens.
An Essay Concerning the Creative Intelligence of Evolution
By Simon G. Powell
If one opens up a modern computer, the tangle of wires, chips and circuits inside are incontrovertible evidence that the system was brought into being by the action of intelligence. Indeed, the exact configuration of parts, their systematic organisation and embodied functionality reflect human ingenuity in its most advanced form. There can be little doubt of this especially with the advent of smaller and faster computers as well as their networking into powerful parallel architectures. Its seems nothing can stop this creative outpouring of intelligent design.
By Dennis J. McKenna
Over the last few decades Ayahuasca has become one of the most thoroughly studied of the traditional shamanic plant hallucinogens. In his excellent and most important article, famous ethnopharmacologist Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., comes to the conclusion that Ayahuasca has the same message for us now that it has always had, since the beginning of its symbiotic relationship with humanity. And finally rises the crucial question: Are we willing to listen?
By Drake Bennett
Alexander Shulgin, Sasha to his friends, lives with his wife, Ann, 30 minutes inland from the San Francisco Bay on a hillside dotted with valley oak, Monterey pine and hallucinogenic cactus. At 79, he stoops a little, but he is still well over six feet tall, with a mane of white hair, a matching beard and a wardrobe that runs toward sandals, slacks and short-sleeved shirts with vaguely ethnic patterns. He lives modestly, drawing income from a small stock portfolio supplemented by his Social Security and the rent that two phone companies pay him to put cell towers on his land. In many respects he might pass for a typical Contra Costa County retiree.
By Timothy Leary
When in the course of organic evolution it becomes obvious that a mutational process is inevitably dissolving the physical and neurological bonds which connect the members of one generation to the past and inevitably directing them to assume among the species of Earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent concern for the harmony of species requires that the causes of the mutation should be declared.
By Silvia Polivoy
The human being shows a remarkable disposition to seek spiritual transcendence. Since the irrational cannot be erased from the human mind, the harder we try to deny it, the greater the power it will exert upon us. The spiritual experiences are associated to the occurrence of altered states of consciousness.
By Martin A. Lee
Wander long enough through the bustling passageways of any crowded village marketplace in the Northwest Amazon and you’ll come upon herbalist stands with dried plants, hanging animal parts, and lots of bottled medicines. Among the local offerings you’ll inevitably find «ayahuasca» a fearsome, foul-tasting, jungle brew sold by the liter.