New Book Available March 1 – Ecology of Consciousness – The Alchemy of Personal, Collective and Planetary Transformation

ecology-of-consciousness-smNew Book Available on March 1, 2017:
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.

This book will be used in my new online course starting on February 22:
Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness
 

New Online Video Course – Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness

New course starting February 22, 2017:

Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness

Ralph’s new six-week live interactive video seminar, presented by Evolver Learning Lab. Each class is a 60 minute online video, slide-illustrated talk, followed by 30+ minutes Q and A discussion. Seminars start at 8:00 pm EST and each talk and discussion will be downloaded for later viewing and reviewing, especially useful for those in other time zones. Here’s a complete description and sign-up information.

In this course, we will be discussing:

One: The Janus Model of the Life-World and Self System;

Two: The stages of the Life Cycle, from the pre-natal to the elder phase;

Three: How to recognize and distinguish stages, states and levels of Consciousness;

Four: The four familiar states of waking, sleeping, dreaming and meditating;

Five: High and low energy, pleasant and painful states and how to work with and through them;

Six: Expanded, contracted and dissociated states – how to recognize them, use the positive ones for creativity and well-being and navigate through the negative states.

We will also be using diagrams and other material from Ralph’s latest book, Ecology of Consciousness – The Alchemy of Personal, Collective and Planetary Transformation – due out March 1, 2017.

Here is the link to sign up for the course and get more detailed description of each session.

The Ketamine Papers – Science, Therapy and Transformation

ketaminepapersEdited by Phil Wolfson, MD and Glenn Hartelius, PhD

Published by and available from: MAPS, Santa Cruz, CA. (www.maps.org)

A compendium of essays on this curious hybrid medicine – part dissociative anesthetic, part psychedelic – that is the only substance with potential psychedelic effects that is legally available to medical psychiatrists. It has found a use in the treatment of otherwise drug-resistant depression and PTSD.

Some of the visual hallucinatory and cognitive expansive effects are similar to those found with other psychedelics such as LSD, but with the striking difference that tactile and other sense perception is blunted, rather than heightened.

While the effects are time-limited, nevertheless it has offered some chronically depressed people the first glimpses of non-depressed states of being. This volume contains a comprehensive review essay on therapeutic applications of Ketamine by Eli Kolp, MD and colleagues; several essays on its role in current clinical practice; chapters on Salvador Roquet’s use of K by Stanley Krippner and Richard Yensen; personal experience accounts by psychologist and NDE-researchers Kenneth Ring, Ph.D. and by Stanislav Grof.

The book also includes a brief essay by myself on my meetings and observations with John Lilly, MD, the brilliant neuroscientist and dolphin researcher, who became addicted to ketamine for a number of years – demonstrating the seductive abuse potential of this fascinating substance.

Please Support The Ayahuasca Reader’s Indigogo Campaign

ayahuascareadercoverGet your copy of the book and contribute to the Indigogo Ayahuasca Reader Global Launch Campaign!

The Ayahuasca Reader shines a bright light on the ayahuasca phenomenon and the cultures who have used it and other healing plants in the rainforest for thousands of years.

Our publishing mission with this book is to inform people across all
sectors – from environmentalists to psychologists, from entertainers to philanthropists, from anthropologists to corporate leaders – about the healing benefits of the “vine of the soul,” its transformative powers and potential to promote well-being for people and planet.

 

“An invaluable resource and a must-read for anyone interested in ayahuasca.”     –Jeremy Narby, PhD, Amazonian Project Director, Nouvelle Planete

Entheogenic experience: Finding the pathways of your soul in the world

A six-week live, interactive video course, presented by Evolver Learning Lab,
starting June 29. In each session Ralph will present one of the six pathways and
will describe how to identify the gifts and challenges of each of these pathways;
after the initial presentation, we will have ample time for discussion and
questions. There are written course materials which will help you to explore how
you and the people you know best are functioning on these pathways in the world.

We sense intuitively that as a human soul, we are here on Earth for a purpose.
Spiritual and shamanic traditions have spoken about seeking and finding a vision for
our life in the world. Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my soul choose to be born
into this family, at this time, in this place? These are the basic questions that
we find ourselves confronting – at important choice points in our life, in
entheogenic experiences or on vision quests. What is my destiny? What are the
pathways in which I can express my creative vision and talents? We will consider
the six archetypal pathways that have been identified in all parts of the world and
all historic periods, in order to better understand your life experiences, visions
and challenges.

The pathways are:

  • One – The Explorer, the Scientist, the Seeker, the Pioneer
  • Two – The Healer, the Shaman, the Therapist, the Peacemaker
  • Three – The Artist, the Story Teller, the Poet, the Musician
  • Four – The Teacher, the Historian, the Social Scientist, the Journalist
  • Five – The Warrior, the Guardian, the Reformer, the Activist
  • Six – The Builder, the Organizer, the Producer, the Engineer

Here is the link to sign up for the course and get more detailed description of
each session.

Perspectives On The Current Global Crisis – A conversation with Ralph Metzner

Ralph latestIn this conversation with journalist Will Shonbrun, 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.

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

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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.  In the past twenty years or so, a number of healing centers offering ibogaine therapy for addiction have been established in  countries outside the US. What a karmic paradox: a potential cure for the addictions plaguing the urban West comes out of former slave colony states in central Africa!

Elizabeth Bast is a yoga teacher, temple dancer ritual performance artist and hierodule. Her partner Chor Boogie is a spray-paint artist whose brilliantly colored murals adorn public spaces in several continents. During their relationship he relapsed into a drug addiction he had left ten years before, coming close to death.  The couple went on a healing quest and found themselves in an iboga addiction treatment center in Costa Rica with a 10th generation Bwiti shaman from Gabon.  Both went through intense cleansing and truth-telling rituals, releasing deep pockets of shame, guilt and self-deception. This book tells their unique and inspiring story – a healing story for our troubled time – a story of courage, vision, truth and deep love. Available on Amazon.