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OfflineskaMariaPastora
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Quintessential psychedelic literature
    #524954 - 01/18/02 09:47 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

If you had somebody you wanted to get into psychedelics (in a spiritual way, not purely recreational), what book/article/etc would you have them read to help them to understand what is possible with psychedelic drugs? The person I have in mind is well versed in a variety of spiritual matters but has never tried psychedelics and I would really like to introduce them to her. The best thing I can think of is Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley but I'm sure there are plenty of others out there. Any opinions? Thanks.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #525195 - 01/19/02 02:03 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

_Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals_ by Huston Smith (2000).


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: Kid]
    #525283 - 01/19/02 04:06 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Definitely an interesting, obejective read, but a little dry. There is no romance and little mysticism in his book- needs some dope tales to spice it up,


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #525332 - 01/19/02 06:15 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #525474 - 01/19/02 12:51 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

'Doors Of Perception' - Huxtley

Oh yeah, and 'The Thinks You Can Think' - Dr. Suess


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #525502 - 01/19/02 01:22 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

possibly, The Archaic Revival, by Terence McKenna.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #525674 - 01/19/02 05:29 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

omline resources & links at lycaeum, erowid, the fane, csp, psychedlic library, heffter institute, hofmann foundation, island group, alchemind...
as to in print (out of print?) ummmm....
watts' _the joyous cosmology_
huxley's _moksha_ (& his final novel _island_)
hofmann (_insight, outlook_ & _lsd my problem child_)
ott, pendell, mckenna, leary, lilly, masters & houston, grof, ram das, metzner.. just for starters, i suppose...


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: Swami]
    #526044 - 01/20/02 12:50 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I thought "The Good Friday Experiment" was pretty funny.

I like it for it's objective nature. It does lack a chapter that takes a phenomenological approach (and I consider phenomenology to be about as objective as you can get when dealing with consciousness). Though this person may be looking for a more subjective look.

Eh, just my opinion.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #526672 - 01/20/02 05:12 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

i'd recommend castaneda's books, starting with the first ones, though. but, what the hell, why not alice in wonderland?


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: felixhigh]
    #526676 - 01/20/02 05:17 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

yeah, actually the first book(s) I read that pried at my mind were those of Carlos Castaneda. I think the first one and The Art of Dreaming are the best.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #526745 - 01/20/02 06:53 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Check out Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: SheVision]
    #526770 - 01/20/02 07:25 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to have to read a lot of those books myself before I can recommend them. Ahh ... so much to read, so little time.

Terence McKenna (although brilliant) is probably a little out there for a first timer though.


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    #526788 - 01/20/02 07:50 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: Roger_irrelevant]
    #527660 - 01/21/02 10:26 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

the psychedelic experience/the tibetan book of the living and the dying, good books for starters i suppose


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: bedetached]
    #527720 - 01/21/02 11:46 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

can't believe no one mentioned Robert Anton Wilson.
Cosmic Trigger vol. 1 - for what is possible with psychedelics, and without, and general 'get ya thinkin' reading.
also read Sex & Drugs by the same author.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: redworm]
    #527744 - 01/22/02 12:17 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Flowers of Wiricuta is a good read on peyote and shamanism. I also like Wizard of the Upper Amazon about a rubber harvester kidnapped by Indians and initiated into the tribe through the use of Ayahuasca.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #528504 - 01/22/02 09:06 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Aleister Crowley: The Book of the Law, The Book of Lies, and Confessions of a Drug Addict (i think that's what it's called).


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: DEnoG]
    #528699 - 01/23/02 01:00 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

yeah, Diary of a Dope Fiend is the title. Bob Wilson talks a lot about Crowley in Cosmic Trigger.


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: skaMariaPastora]
    #528888 - 01/23/02 08:01 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Unquestionably, THE handbook for pre-ingestion, ingestion and post-ingestion of psychedelics is 'BE HERE NOW,' published by the Lama Foundation. I have used this inspired purple-covered book and given them as gifts since 1973.

BE HERE NOW is a practical manual that prepares the user with the first (white) part that is to be read before ingestion. The core book of 108 pages (108 is the number of beads on Hindu and Buddhist malas [rosaries]), so each (brown) page is a meditation in which the universal wisdom of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jewish Kabbalism, Christianity and Sufi Islam are imparted to the reader. The print is quite large to accommodate the dilated pupils of the tripper.

The third (white) part of the book is a 'Cookbook for a Sacred Life,' and covers every aspect of human existence, with regard to how to maintain the awareness of expanded consciousness experienced on psychedelics. This requires 'sadhana' or discipline. This part is a follow-up for after the trip.

BE HERE NOW is perhaps the single, most influential book I have ever read. It opened my eyes to what religion actually is, and mysticism (the Heart of every true faith).


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Re: Quintessential psychedelic literature [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #529034 - 01/23/02 01:21 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

that book sounds great, do they sell it at like a Barnes &Noble or a place like that?


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