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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions International (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773839
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like any strong acid trip, there is both existential angst and cosmic bliss, and many states in between. "The Acid Diaries" is a contemporary classic of personal psychedelic exploration."

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Christopher Gray (1942 2009) was well known for his involvement in the 1960s with Situationist International, for his various radical writings and as Swami Prem Paritosh, disciple of the guru Osho. He translated Raoul Vaneigem's Banalités de Base (as The Totality for Kids) and is the author of Leaving the Twentieth Century, the first English language anthology of Situationist ideas and the biography Life of Osho.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ANITA on 12 Jun 2011
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I've always thought that the author's 'Life of Osho' is the best book I've read about the controversial Indian mystic. It was therefore that I was looking forward to reading this one and I was not disappointed. The report reads like a thriller in places and in others like an absurd comedy. At one point the author is sitting under a tree on Hampstead Heath, staring at his furry hands, thinking that he has been reincarnated as a mole. Brilliantly funny. I loved how he used the LSD to delve into the past and dredge up old traumas and memories and heal wounds from childhood...at times very touching. Once again humour enters when Mr Gray stares at a sepia photo from his childhood, which suddenly comes alive with ducks swimming on a pond.
The psychonaut's psychedelic journey deepens and intensifies and ego meltdown ensues, tying in nicely with the ideas and concepts produced by various spiritual teachers. From my own experience I could really relate to the downright scary aspects the psychonaut passes through. Just like that old song goes,'Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven'. Mr Gray was a brave man, daring to go where so few have gone before and create a map to help others find their way. One can only speculate what might have happened had the author had a loving partner to trip with. May he forever rest in peace. Excellent.Mind Bomb Borderline Dreamtime
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philmoz on 15 Feb 2014
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Couldn't put it down.A must read for anyone interested in this subject,An honest well written account of one mans journeys
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joshua sawiuk on 4 Jan 2014
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I was very funny, I enjoyed it immensely. The the analytically discussions of some of the 'trips' was very thought encouraging
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Parfitt on 19 Sep 2011
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If you were ever interested in this field you will probably find this book at least interesting and in part illuminating
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A blast from the past into the present moment 17 Aug 2011
By mick flint - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyable to read,and if you have experienced the 1970's or had any contact with LSD you will find a like minded personality in these pages.If you are new to the whole subject, chances are you will get a clear picture of something special and unique about the human condition and the powers of perception. It is quite a wonderful story about one person's solo journey into joy, fear, and understanding of them self and the world we all live in.
Writen in an easy to read style expressing something very personal about the author and to the reader.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A needed contribution 25 Jan 2013
By W. Paul Blakey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a brilliant, honest book written by a man with more courage than I will ever have. The war on drugs has largely been maintained by frightened people. People too frightened to smoke a little pot, never mind take a 300 microgram tablet of LSD.

The result of the prohibition has been a dearth of literature by people with real experience.

Well no more - and lest you think that this is a paean to the glories of LSD, I suggest you read it from cover to cover.

Rest well Christopher Gray, you left behind a very valuable map.

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The wide-ranging story of LSD plus the author's deeply personal experiences 8 Jun 2012
By David Schauweker - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Christopher Gray began a three-year vision-quest with LSD as the result of a late mid-life crisis, a pervasive feeling of emptiness and failure. The result is this wonderful book.

I read this as a result of a recent interest in the subject of neurotheology, or the relationship between the brain and religious experiences. I did not know what to expect from personal stories of drug use, but certainly I did not expect something so thoughtful and literate, even eloquent.

The back cover of the book notes that Gray found that his vision-quest progressed "through three stages: the first dealing with personal issues and pre-birth consciousness; the second with ego-loss, often with supernatural overtones; and the third with sacred, spiritual, and even apocalyptic themes."

Particularly at first, Gray took these trips without a sitter, or non-tripping companion. This makes his story even more a heroic vision-quest, because the trips often elicited crushing fear, visions of unimaginable horror, or suffocating physical flashbacks to his childhood whooping cough.

For the positive, mystical experiences of his trips, read the book. My summary would certainly not do them justice. Obviously, any earlier mystical experiences he had while a follower of the prominent guru Osho, whom Gray wrote a biography of, pale in comparison, since Osho is not even mentioned in the book.

Gray notes that LSD, while helping him immensely along the spiritual path, fell short, both for him and many others, such as Ram Dass, of the Holy Grail of the spiritual quest: a transformation such that one has a constant direct realization of the oneness of all things.

As well as a record of his personal experiences with LSD, the book is also about the wide-ranging history and use of LSD. And I do mean wide-ranging: from current neurological and psychiatric reasearch with LSD to the use of the LSD natural precursor, ergot, in the pre-Christian Greek Eleusian mysteries. Interesting as this story is, I am going to give it short shrift, because I was even more fascinated by Gray's personal experiences.
Going all the way to the other side of the same coin! 15 Mar 2014
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It goes in other directions than other books by Leary and other explorers from the daylight of LSD and Huxyleys' Doors of perception.Of course this is more contemporary. The story he tells is vivid and goes deep.But I advise reading the other Explores first.Buy the way Aldous Huxley was writing of his experience with Mescaline. I advise reading all of these Explorers.One can't learn too much
If you decide to go In and Out please do so with a guide who can explain what is happening to you as it is quite possible your complete thoughts of Reality will change completely. Enjoy finding out who you are!

b n. .ecause this vid and alive.He is well infomed and a True Explorer. But I suggest starting earlier..By the way
.Huxley wrote about another hallucinogen...Mescaline.This reviewer suggests using both of these Truth Revealers but.please. use an experienced guide who can help you in many ways. Be smart becau
Don't bother with this 6 Dec 2014
By kirk m ogreen - Published on Amazon.com
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I would not recommend this book to anyone considering a psychedelic experience.
Full of bad trips and his own heavy baggage.
Read other books, be with someone you love and be in nature.
If you're working on personal issues make sure you work with a reputable guide.
Check out Jim Fadiman's book.
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