The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Timothy Leary was one of the most famous countercultural icons of the 1960s. Labelled as the 'Most Dangerous Man in America', Leary had many run-ins with the law and served several prison sentences. He dies in 1996; the following year seven grams of his ashes were launched into space aboard a Pegasus rocket.
Ralph Metzner is a professor of psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies and president of the Green earth Foundation.
RICHARD ALPERT is a former professor who conducted controversial LSD experiments with Leary at Harvard. He is considered one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th century.
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So, like the Haynes manual for an '85 Dodge Diplomat, this book will be of little use to someone not working with the thing being discussed. It's good for what it is, but isn't perfect. But don't buy the manual if you don't want to look under the hood.
One day, Timothy Leary, realised through judicious use of the Brama O Mamma Matrix, that in every human being there slumber faculties in which he or she can attain the higher yoga awareness; the realisation that God resides not in the clouds; but behind your eyelids. This sounded good to Tim and, dare I say it, it should sound good to you too! Why, didn't you know that the God behind your eyelids makes you yourself God almighty? Yes, you! And, all you need to do is to switch those faculties on, and off you go!
Erwin Schrodinger, the father of quantum physics, believed, no, he knew this; and this is why he would finish his lectures by declaring to the local Church congregation, "Hence I am God Almighty", and he ended up winning the Nobel prize (though not for thinking that he was God, I am happy to say). We cannot all be Professor Schrödinger, that is, we cannot all remember who we are. So rather than being a fast track to enlightenment, the Brahma O Mamma Matrix is really a fast track to remembrance; which is the same thing!
What is it that needs remembering? How about the fact that this life you are living now is not merely an isolated piece of the universe, but in a certain sense your awareness is the whole of the ocean of the universe poured into your tiny little skull! It is only that, the way an ant can never know the forest but only the leaf, this whole cannot be surveyed in a single glance that you believe yourself to be an isolated blip on the canvas.Read more ›
This book forms an interesting concept but that is all. At the time of reading this is had extensive experience with LSD, Psilocybe semilanceata and one experience with Psilocybe cubensis. The experiences described herein only very tenuously match my experiences. In face the only part I fully recognised was the part where he spoke about sexual arousal. It is indeed recognisable that for a short period you can expect to feel this way. Other than that I found the book to be too prescriptive. It makes claims that you do feel this and do experience that which I found to be false. Also I found that my subsequent psychedelic experiences were hampered by what I read. I found myself searching for an experience that matched the book and I am convinced it damaged the quality of the experience. It took some time for me to forget the contents of the book and be able to relax enough to allow future psychedelic experiences to unfold naturally.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the psychedelic experience if they have never tried it first hand. I would also warn those that are experienced that it might impact the quality of future experiences for a while; for reasons outlined above.Read more ›
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Good background for research into alternate realities and the history of thougfht on the subject.Published 14 months ago by Simon Pea
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