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.

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.

A Benefit for Botanical Dimensions and Green Earth Foundation

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Kathleen Harrison and Ralph Metzner

The Renewal of Nature Awareness and Psychedelics:

A conversation between old friends Ralph Metzner and Kathleen Harrison 

A BENEFIT FOR BOTANICAL DIMENSIONS AND GREEN EARTH FOUNDATION

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The realms of plants and fungi provide us with life-sustaining nourishment, medicines for healing sickness, relief of pain, and delight for our senses with their color and fragrance. Mysteriously, they function as door-openers to the spirit world. They help us cleanse the lenses of perception and to know our place in the great web of life. Nature awareness deepens our experience of being alive, and the need to care of the world in which we live. How has our culture’s discovery of psychedelic experience enhanced our sense of being nature and the responsibility that gift entails? What can we learn from the amazing plant teachers, the vines of visions, the mushrooms of magic? Where do we go from here? 

Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, who is dedicated to studying and teaching the ways that people relate to plants, fungi, and the wisdom they can offer. She is the president and co-founder of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization that has worked for 30 years to collect knowledge of medicinal and shamanic species. She teaches at BD’s Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, which she curates.

Ralph Metzner, founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation,  is a psychotherapist and former professor at California Institute of Integral Studies  with a life-long interest in visionary plants and medicines.  He is the author of Green Psychologyand editor of The Ayahuasca Experience and Sacred Mushroom of Visions

Friday, June 17, 2016 – 7pm-9pm

Occidental Center for the Arts, 3250 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental CA 95465 (at the intersection of Graton Rd. and Bohemian Hwy.)

$35/person for this benefit event

Tickets from brownpapertickets.com: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2552152

Two great new books of psychedelic art and the work of H.R. Giger

giger stan Giger mapsThe work of the Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who died in 2014, occupies a unique place in 20th century art. His nightmarish, claustrophobic visions express some of the deepest recesses of the human psyche, both individual and collective. They have particularly drawn the attention of the pioneering psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, who has provided uniquely profound elucidations of the monstrous destructiveness of the collective psyche of modernity.

These two magnificent art volumes contain numerous illustrations of Giger’s art, as well as that of other artists, and the commentaries by Stanislav Grof.

One volume, entitled HR Giger and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth Century is published by the Swiss publisher Nachtschatten Verlag.  It has mostly Giger’s art, but also some of the paintings from Grof’s patients in psychedelic, perinatal and holotropic therapy. It has the bilingual (German and English) texts of essays by Grof and a foreword by art historian Claudia Müller-Ebeling.

The other, even more recent volume is by Stanislav Grof, published by the MAPS organization and titled Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art, and includes an extended essay again on The Visionary World of H.R. Giger. Besides Giger’s art, the volume also includes magnificent full color illustrations of the visionary and surrealist art of Ernst Fuchs, Mati Klarwein, Roberto Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Alex Grey, Android Jones and others. And Grof’s text include his comments on art and the unconscious as seen in the writings of Freud, Otto Rank, Carl Jung, Erich Neumann and others, as well as the detailed correlations with the experiences in the perinatal matrices.

In my commentary on this work, on the book’s back cover, I wrote that “we marvel at the startling correlations between the healer’s insights and the artist’s visions. Both have given powerful expression to the apocalyptic violence and destructiveness seething beneath the surface of 20th century mass-mind mentality. In the recognition of these unconscious processes, there is great hope that humanity may find a way back to a saner and healthier balance.”

MindSpace and TimeStream – Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness – Talk at IONS in Tuscon, October 2

Ralph_300I will be giving a presentation at IONS in Tuscon, on October 2, 2015.

Title: Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness
Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Open to the Public
Suggested Donation: $5

Location:
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco off River between Swan & Craycroft

MindSpace and TimeStream – Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness

Each state of consciousness that we experience, ranging from the familiar states of waking, sleeping, dreaming and meditating, to the expansive spiritual states of psychedelic explorers, meditators, mystics and mediums, has its own distinctly different mind-space and time-stream. We need to learn how to use expansive, positive states and intentionally focused states of concentration for spiritual growth, self-healing and creative expression.  And we need to learn how to navigate, with therapeutic and meditative help,  out of the contractive, unhealthy states of fear and rage, addictions and compulsions, into healthier, life-affirming states.

Bio statement:
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological, philosophical and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He collaborated with Leary and Alpert in classic studies of psychedelics at Harvard University in the 1960s, co-authored The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute
of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. His books include The Unfolding Self, The Well of Remembrance, Green Psychology, The Expansion of Consciousness, Alchemical Divination and Mind Space and Time Stream. He co-authored, with Ram Dass, a memoir of the 1960s,  Birth of a Psychedelic Culture. He is the editor of two collections of essays on the pharmacology, anthropology and phenomenology of ayahuasca and of psilocybin mushrooms. He is also the president and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, dedicated to healing and harmonizing the relations between humanity and the Earth.

Website: Green Earth Foundation Website.

Thich Nhat Hanh On the Liberating Effect of Accepting the Possible Destruction of Civilization

In this Youtube interview, Canadian environmentalists David Suzuki and Jim Hoggan lay out the dire situation with public apathy, in both Canada and the United States, over the state of the environment and apparent ignorance of the seriousness of our situation.

The Vietnamese Buddhist meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh listens carefully to their analysis of the situation and then says calmly and forcefully – “You have to accept that this civilization can be destroyed. Not by something outside, but by ourselves. Many civilizations have been destroyed in the past, and it may take a million years to re-create another one on this planet.”

Thich Nhat Hanh then goes on to explain that if you allow despair to take over, you have no strength to do anything at all. But if you practice meditation so that you have peace in yourselves, becoming free of despair and anger, recognizing that even if civilization is destroyed, you can accomplish something.