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
 

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

Come to the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver

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This conference, now in its sixth year, presents a provocative line-up of visionaries, healers, herbalists and scientists to share their knowledge and experience in the resurging field of entheogens/psychedelics, including such substances ayahuasca, psilocybe mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, San Pedro, as well as synthetic entheogens, such as LSD and MDMA.

Presenters include ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, Chris Kilham (“Medicine Hunter”), psychotherapist Ralph Metzner (via Skype), Dr. Bruce Damer, Martin A. Lee (author of Smoke Signals and founder of Project CBD), Erica Wohldman, Ph.D., Mark Haden, Leanna Standish, ND, Ph.D., Robyn Briggs Lawrence, Cvita Mamic, Thomas Hatsis, Galen Brandt and others.

For information and registration, please go to: https://spiritplantmedicine.com.

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

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.

New Edition of “Zig Zag Zen” Just Published

zigzagzenI have a Chapter in the lavishly illustrated new edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, which has just been published by Synergetic Press.

Zig Zag Zen contains an expanded display of stunning visionary artwork including new pieces from Alex Grey, Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage, as well as the work renowned modernists Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and others.

The book includes new essays on ayahuasca’s unique influence on Zen Buddhism, a recent interview with Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS, my essay  “New Look at the ‘Psychedelic Tibetan Book of the Dead,'” and a public dialogue on mixing dharma and psychedelics, with James Fadiman and Zen monk, Kokyo Henkel.

“Entheogens have entered Buddhism to stay; there can be no turning back from the point that has been reached. Nor can the issue any longer be swept under the rug. The facts that bear on the matter are contained in these pages, as are the leading theories that try to make sense of the facts. Compelling visionary art and vivid accounts of personal encounters lace the facts and theories together in ways that make for a gripping experience. This book will be a landmark for years to come.” – From the Preface by Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions.

Foreword by Stephen Batchelor  |  Preface by Huston Smith
Allan Badiner, Editor  |  Alex Grey, Art Editor

From a Review of Zig Zag Zen by “Harvard Psychedelic Club” Author Don Lattin:

The psychotherapist Ralph Metzner pens another one of this edition’s original essays: “A New Look at the Psychedelic Tibetan Book of the Dead.” He is the author (along with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert) of the influential 1964 book The Psychedelic Experience, a manual on how to take an LSD trip. Metzner, Leary, and Alpert based their tripping manual on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a self-styled English translation of texts popularized by the American Theosophist W.Y. Evans-Wentz, first published in 1927. Whether or not The Tibetan Book of the Dead reflects ideas that are authentically Tibetan or Buddhist, Metzner and his coauthors helped establish the idea that a psychedelic drug trip was another route to the mystical insights one could achieve—with much more work—through the discipline of Buddhist meditation.

 

 

New Book! Allies for Awakening – Guidelines for Productive and Safe Experiences with Entheogens

Allies for Awakening_cover“Entheogenesis” means “the growing realization that we human beings and the world around us are much more than simply material organisms living and evolving on a material planetary body.” We are multi-dimensional spiritual, cosmic, noetic, psychic and physical beings.

This monograph is based on my 50 years of experience as a participant-observer in the international underground sub-culture involved with entheogenic, consciousness-expanding substances. My intent is not to prove or promote any particular method or treatment of any condition, but rather to discuss the uses and values of “entheogenic” substances, when the explicit intention or purpose is for spiritual awakening, psychotherapy, healing, increased understanding and the enhancement of creativity.

The evaluation of entheogens needs to be in terms of how productive these experiences are of healthier approaches to the issues of living in these times, in this world. The central insight that emerges from entheogenic states and is confirmed by the perennial spiritual traditions of East and West, is that at every level, from macro-cosmic to micro-cosmic, from atoms and animals, to trees and planets and stars, Spirit dwells within created forms and expresses through them.

Table of Contents:

Introduction

One: Intention and Preparation
Psychotherapeutic individual sessions in a medical clinic
Growth-oriented sessions in a non-medical group context
Peyote ceremony of the Native American Church
The Peyote Way Church of God
Traditional mushroom ceremonies of the Mazatec Indians
Amazonian mestizo ayahuasca ceremonies
Brazilian religious ceremonies with ayahuasca

Elements of hybrid entheogenic group ceremonies
1. The circle structure
2. The invocation of spirits
3. Articulating and clarifying intentions or questions
4. Ceremonial altar or table. Amulets and talismans
5. The role of prayer, mantra and mudra
6. Chanting, singing and music
7. The council format and talking stick practice
8. The role of the elder, leader or guide
9. Egalitarian group structure with rotating leadership

Two: Spirit Medicine Practices
Effective and dissociative/dysphoric dosage levels
Individual factors affecting intensity of experience
LSD
Mescaline
Peyote and San Pedro cactus
Ibogaine and Tabernanthe iboga
Psilocybe mushrooms and psilocybin
Ayahuasca or yaje
Jurema and Mimosa tenuiflora
A note on neurotransmitters
Selected psychoactive tryptamines
Selected psychoactive phenethylamines
Ketamine
Salvia divinorum, “Sage of the Diviners”
Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica

Three: Precautions and Safety
Confidentiality
Pre-existing conditions and contra-indications
Emergencies requiring outside interventions
Sexuality and entheogens
Menstruation and the use of entheogens
The problem of over-idealization and grandiosity

Four: Closing Ceremony and Integration
Closing the circle and giving thanks
Integration and the telling of stories
Celebration
The place of entheogens in ongoing practice

References
Epilogue
Four Elements Medicine Wheel Prayer
Invocation of All the Spirtts of Great Nature
Giving Thanks to the Four Great Planetary Spirits