By Christopher Gray
An exploration of the non-public and non secular truths printed via LSD
• unearths that LSD visions weave an ongoing tale from journey to journey
• indicates that journeys development via 3 phases: own matters and pre-birth cognizance, ego-loss, and directly to the sacred
• Explores psychedelic use all through historical past, together with the mass hallucinations universal within the heart a while and the early healing use of LSD
Toward the tip of his fifties, Christopher grey took, for the 1st time in years, a 100-microgram acid journey. So striking, and to his shock so relaxing, have been the results that he started to take a similar dose within the comparable way--quietly and on his own--once each to 3 weeks.
In The Acid Diaries, grey information his experimentation with LSD over a interval of 3 years and stocks the startling attention that his visions have been weaving an ongoing tale from journey to journey, revealing an underlying truth of non-public and non secular truths. Following the theories of Stanislav Grof and providing fees from others’ studies that parallel his own--including these of Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Gordon Wasson--he exhibits that journeys development via 3 phases: the 1st facing own concerns and pre-birth awareness; the second one with ego-loss, frequently with supernatural overtones; and the 3rd with sacred, non secular, or even apocalyptic topics. Pairing his stories with an exploration of psychedelic use all through heritage, together with the ergot-spawned mass hallucinations that have been universal in the course of the center a long time and the early use of LSD for healing reasons, grey bargains readers a better knowing and appreciation for the aptitude worth of LSD now not only for transpersonal progress but in addition for religious improvement.
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At my so much paranoid I feared there has been anything worse than actual soreness in the market, anything particularly bad—a pitch of horror basically recognized from early life nightmares, of, to take advantage of a observe I by no means notion I’d use, evil . . . yet then, didn’t Grof additionally say that reliving the delivery trauma didn't unavoidably contain reliving the entire actual ache? The concern play itself out in symbolic or maybe simply philosophical phrases. was once I going to again out from cowardice—back out from first thing that had fired my mind's eye in years? with no even making an attempt? I’ve bought to get a deal with in this, i presumed. I’ve bought to discover another, firsthand money owed of ongoing self-experiment with LSD. I can’t be the single one that has performed this. There has to be others; without doubt anyone has left a written list? Dr. Grof, i assumed, i need a moment opinion; and that i settled all the way down to do a little extra sustained critical examining than I had performed in years. 20 Psychedelics because the Sixties I were OUT of contact with the drug scene for a very long time, and that i was once in for a number of surprises. the 1st was once gaining knowledge of that LSD was once not the version psychedelic it have been for my iteration. Over the intervening years, the single touch I’d had with psychedelics have been with Ecstasy, and that i had imagined that, if wherever, it used to be to MDMA that the lineage had handed. by the point I had learn a few books and appeared via a few underground magazines, i spotted that this was once faraway from being the case. either LSD and MDMA were eclipsed by way of the plant hallucinogens, specifically through magic mushrooms and dimethyltryptamine. a wide percentage of the books I checked out have been curious about ayahuasca and South American shamanism. in the beginning i presumed that this may be traced again to Carlos Castaneda. the lessons of Don Juan, first released in 1968, has, after The doorways of conception, most likely been the main generally learn booklet on psychedelics ever written. yet in keeping with fresh psychedelic literature, the lessons of Don Juan wasn’t the pioneer within the box of plant hallucinogens I had imagined. In 1957, greater than a decade earlier than Castaneda, there were a impressive, to not say sensational, article within the mass-circulation existence journal referred to as “Seeking the Magic Mushroom,” and if there has been any unmarried textual content to which the recent orientation in psychedelic experiences may be traced, this used to be it. A true-life experience tale, the item stated the adventure of a filthy rich manhattan banker, R. Gordon Wasson, and his spouse, Valentina, deep into the mountains of Mexico in an try and tune down rumors of an ecstatic mushroom cult of serious antiquity that also survived there. eventually, resulted in the distant mountain city of Huautla da Jimenez within the nation of Oaxaca, the couple have been brought to an area curandera, a diminutive, middle-aged Mazatec girl referred to as Maria Sabina. This assembly among Gordon Wasson and Maria Sabina was once to turn out as iconic as Hofmann’s bicycle experience greater than a decade sooner than. with out extra ado, Maria Sabina invited Wasson and one other guy in his social gathering to a velada, or mushroom rite, that very evening, and inside of an hour of consuming the sacred mushrooms Wasson was once within the thick of visionary event.