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We are in the midst of a powerful psychedelic renaissance. After four decades of hibernation, the promise of the psychoactive 60s - that deeper self-awareness, achieved through reality-bending substances and practices, will lead to greater external harmony - is again gaining a major following. The signs are everywhere, from the influence of today's preeminent psychedelic thinker Daniel Pinchbeck, to the renewed interest in the legacy of Terence McKenna, and to the upsurge of collective, inclusive (and overtly tripped-out) cultural phenomena like the spectacle of Burning Man.

The Psychedelic Experience, created in the movement's early years by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), is a foundational text that serves as a model and a guide for all subsequent mind-expanding inquiries. In this wholly unique book, the authors provide an interpretation of an ancient sacred manuscript, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, from a psychedelic perspective. The Psychedelic Experience describes their discoveries in broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan meditation techniques and psychotropic substances.

As sacred as the text it reflects, The Psychedelic Experience is a guidebook to the wilderness of mind and an indispensable resource from the founding fathers of psychedelia.

©1964, 1992 Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert (P)2017 Vibrance Press

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Disappointed with this book

Many have liked this book and found it helpful, you may or you may not. I did not. I was really excited, and thought I would love this book, but I found it quite frustrating. In my opinion, there was a lack of balance. The book seems far more focused on the problem of the ego and negative aspects, than on achieving the goal/ Enlightenment. (Using negative as a relative term in order for this review to make sense). There was more written on the negative, with the same things being repeated. Noting the negative is necessary put positive reinforcement works, and putting more focus on the desired outcome/ enlightenment, would have been helpful, and stuck more in the mind. So much focus on the negative aspects may cause them to manifest during the voyagers trip. They also say to accept the negative feelings and not judge, but the authors seemed to have a strong frustration and negative attitude towards those aspects. There is also an obvious lack for feminine energy. The book is written by all male authors and narrated by a male narrator. There were some aspects I found helpful, such as noting that the physical side effects, such as nausea, are a manifestation of the mind. Overall though, I did not like this book, and may be returning it. I do want to note, I have respect, and high regards for the authors. They were pioneers in bringing psychedelic acceptance and use to more people in the modern world, as well as explaining the state of mind from psychedelics.

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A must have in the toolkit..

If you are planning your first trip or curious about exploring the psychedelic realms, you need some sort of guide or reference. This could be in the form of a sitter or a shaman, or through teachings of psychedelic elders. (No scientific knowledge will prepare you.)
This book is a perfect companion if you have no other. It’s not meant to be taken literally as no person’s trip is the same. Instead it will help put you in the right state of mind to have a rewarding experience and give you plenty to watch out for!

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This book is an experience on it's own!

Absolutely loved it. Narrator was nothing but amazing. By the end I was fully immersed.

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This is a good tool to have.

Listening to this is good but having the book to reference is a good thing to have on hand. That is if you intend to do or attempt things mentioned in this book.

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this book sucks.

this book sucks the only good thing about this book is the preface I do not recommend this book

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listen when your ears are open and ready.

rinse repeat. great for anyone who needs a bit of guidance. dont tell me how many words I have to write

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very enlightening

I enjoyed it dearly. As a psychonaut myself, already knowing a lot about the psychedelic realms, it still managed to teach me a lot of things and made me reflect of some of the things i already knew. 10/10 deffinitly recommend.

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Text book?

I have always thought of this book as the textbook for a class in doing sessions. The Leary psychedelic Prayer Book the lab manual to accompany the Psychedelic Experience. The prayers are perfect for reaching enlightenment during a session.

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A ascinating interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dying. This is a must read..

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Must read for any psychonaut !

Amazing information based on studies and experience.
The Narrator is awesome.

Will help obtain ego death and enlightenment

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  • 02-07-20

Nice intro and interesting insight into that time

It was interesting to listen to, as it gave an insight into some of the thinking at the time. Seems very biased and idealistic in terms of the way of interpreting the psychedelic experience. The intro was interesting and helpful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-20

Really interesting!

As a Latino, it is really interesting to Liston the authors perspective about the use of psychodelics as it should be, a healing mechanisms for deep existential matters which has been part of our culture for millennia.

The terms are a bit complex, but I am sure that after a second go and then a third, I will get a good hold of the concepts exposed in the book.

Give it a go!

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  • l_smeds
  • 08-23-21

skip the intro

loved the main content, the introduction is long wimded, full of personal bias and overservations from someone who sounds like he hasn't actually had a psychedelic experience to be honest. It's irrelevant to the book and can be skipped. The rest is a wonderful guide to a journey that you will remember for the rest of your life should you chose to pursuit it further and can be summed up shortly with in modern Western slang "Breath, just go with with the flow, relax and hold no judgments, it's all you"

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  • Stephen
  • 12-27-20

Good stuf

Psychedelics/mediation are the way forward i believe worth listen if this is your thing. Nature knows best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-20

good but for newbies

very good book but for someone already initatied in psychedelics and the spiritual laws it's not much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Overcomplicated

Very average and completely overcomplicated explanation of something so pure and simple. Would not recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

great read

a well researched look at an ancient book. well researched and translated to fit in with Western culture

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-20

Worth a brief listening to... maybe

An interesting piece to add to the repertoire of anyone curiously inclined, but to take the ideas with more than a grain of salt could be a bad trip in itself. A curiosity, no more, no less. View the ideology at a distance.