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The Adventure of Self-Discovery - Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration - Stanislov Grof

Entheogens and the Future of Religion - Robert Forte

Alan Watts - David Stuart


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Stanislov Grof


  • Thanatos to Eros : 35 Years of Psychedelic Exploration Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness - Myron J. Stolaroff; hardcover; $22.95

      Long-term personal study of psychological and spiritual growth, using several psychedelics (LSD, MDMA, 2C-B, 2C-T7, 2C-E, others). Awareness to free oneself into joy, being immersed in heavenly light, the Presence of God, and sublime heights. Also work on inner psychological problems and difficult mental states. Forward by Sasha and Ann Shulgin.


  • Pursuit of Ecstasy: The MDMA Experience - Jerome Beck, Marsha Rosenbaum; Paperback; $16.95

      Excellent study of brief history of MDMA, who uses it, why they use it, why they quit, and problems of use, based on a research survey. They recommend a social policy of harm reduction and research into its therapeutic potentials. Best book for policy making. Also good user advice.


  • Triplepoint - LSD in Group Therapy : A Life Transformed - Trevor Trueheart; $19.95

      Personal story of twelve years of underground group therapy using LSD and other psychedelics. Includes author's insights, group dynamics, therapist-patient and other personal relationships and conflicts. He is neither for nor against this method; a good case study. Fascinating description of several unusual techniques used by this group.

  • Plants of the Gods : Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers - Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann; Paperback; $20.66

    Wonderful, profusely illustrated book on the botany, chemistry, and sacred use of hallucinogenic plants. Starts with a general introduction to the plants and cultures who use them, then briefly describes and illustrates 91 different species. Fourteen get extended chapters on cultural uses, chemistry, and art, including Cannabis, Ergot, Iboga, ayahuasca, Peyote, San Pedro, and Psilocybe. Best introduction to ethnobotany and plant entheogens. Many color illustrations. Highly recommended.


  • Food of the Gods : The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge - Terence McKenna; Paperback; $14.35

      Cultural origin of drug use, from altered states in primates to early man, shamanism, Soma, the Mystery of Eleusis, alcohol, cannabis, tobacco; dominator drug wars; white drugs heroin, cocaine, and television; and history and potential value of psychedelics. Most integrated and visionary of his books. Consciousness will never be the same.


  • Where the Gods Reign : Plants and Peoples of the Colombian Amazon - Richard E. Schultes; Paperback; $20.00

      Earlier book on ethnobotany of South American tribes. Covers wider ground, more in photographs than text. If you liked Vine of the Soul, adds background and flavor.


  • Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice : An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest - Mark J. Plotkin; Paperback; $11.65

      Tells of his nine ethnobotanical trips to the North Amazon. Techniques for plant collection and learning plant lore from native shamans, not always easy. He also tries epena snuff. Includes bibliography and plant glossary (but no index).


  • Persephone's Quest : Entheogens and the Origins of Religion - R. Gordon Wasson, et al; Paperback; $17.00

      Traces early religions to mind-altering plants. Wasson's lead chapter connects Soma of the Vedic texts with Amanita mushrooms, the Mystery of Eleusis with ergot, and more. Plus Buddha's last meal, disembodied eyes of Teotihuacan (by Ott), Greek philosophers and mushrooms, Euripides and wine, secret rites of the Hyperboreans. Some quite convincing, some educated speculation.


  • Forgotten Truth : The Common Vision of the World's Religions - Huston Smith; Paperback; $11.70

      Good introduction to metaphysics: levels of reality, levels of selfhood, limits of science, by a noted author. The real gem is the appendix, The Psychedelic Evidence, where Smith uses work by Stan Grof and Otto Rank to show how psychedelic experiences illuminate spiritual realities. Excellent synthesis of psychedelics with religious values.


  • The Well of Remembrance : Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe - Ralph Metzner; Paperback; $14.40

      Nordic-Germanic ancestral roots of the Western psyche; the ancient religions and world-views, gods and goddesses, symbols and legends. Metzner is a master psychotherapist, and early psychedelic pioneer with Leary and Ram Dass at Harvard. Great appendix on the magical plants in Germanic-Nordic history, by Christian Ratsch.


  • Be Here Now - Ram Dass; Paperback; $11.82

      Early book captures the spirit of full attention to the Now. Good for anyone into psychedelics, breathwork, meditation, or other mind-stretching. In four parts: how Dr. Richard Alpert became Ram Dass; From Bindu to Ojas (core book); Cookbook for a Sacred Life, a description of many methods (very practical advice on psychedelics); and bibliography.


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