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
 

Talk by Eben Alexander, MD On His Six-day Return Journey Beyond Death

This is a link to a one and a half hour lecture by Eben Alexander, MD, called “A Neurosurgeon’s Journey through the Afterlife.”  Dr. Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven, on which his talk is based, has become an international best-seller.

He describes with great lucidity an out-of-body trip that lasted six days in real time, in which he was essentially brain-dead, having contracted a deadly virus that put him in a coma. However, contrary to medical and familial expectations, he returned to full consciousness, and has been describing, with great lucidity and passion, his journeys into the spiritual realms beyond death.

This book represents a major paradigm breakthrough toward the re-unification of the scientific worldview with ancient recognized truths of life beyond the veils of death.

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.”

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.

 

 

Workshop on September 16th at California Institute of Integral Studies

Photo of Ralph Metzner with hand on chin

I’ll be putting on a workshop at the California Institute of Integral Studies in September.

When: September 16, Wednesday, 2015   

Time: 7pm

Where: Namaste Hall – 3rd Floor

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-6100

Tickets: http://www.ciis.edu/Public_Programs/Public_Programs_Events/Metzner_FA15.html

“Ralph Metzner: A Celebration of His Recent Writings”

Join us as Dr. Ralph Metzner discusses his three new books published this year.

The first is Allies for Awakening – Guidelines for Productive and Safe Experiences with Entheogens, a distillation of his 50 years of experience in the international underground sub-culture of consciousness-expanding substances. It is also, he says, “my last book on drugs.” The second work is The Expansion of Consciousness, in a new edition with a revised essay on “Transformations of Collective Consciousness: An Octave of World History from 1945 to 2001.”  The third is Diving for Treasures, his first collection of poetry. Come celebrate the prolific and influential writings and work of one of the most prominent thinkers in consciousness studies.

Allies for Awakening_coverAllies for Awakening: Guidelines for Productive and Safe Experiences with Entheogens

ExpCon_CoverRev2015The Expansion of Consciousness – Revised Edition

diving for treasure_cover

Diving for Treasures

New Book of Poetry: Diving For Treasures

diving for treasure_cover

Diving For Treasures

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

These poems were written over a period of about 30 years, in the course of my travels in America and Europe, teaching courses and workshops in consciousness expansion, meditation, psychedelics, shamanism, alchemy and emerging new worldviews.

Some of these poems were recorded on a spoken voice CD called Spirit Soundings with sonic and musical accompaniment by Kit Walker and friends. The Song of the Pearl is my adaptation of a 5th century Gnostic hymn describing the soul’s journey from incarnation, through birth and growth, and ultimate return to the origin.

Epilog I: Gnostic Themes in The Song of the Pearl
Epilog II: The Road to Language
Epilog III: A Riddle with Six Answers