Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics / Edition 1

Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics / Edition 1

by Roger Walsh
     
 

Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century psychedelics have rumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture, titillating the media, fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging politicians, and intriguing researchers. Not surprisingly, these curious chemicals… See more details below

Overview

Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century psychedelics have rumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture, titillating the media, fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging politicians, and intriguing researchers. Not surprisingly, these curious chemicals fascinated some of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century, fourteen of whom were interviewed for this book. Because no further human research can be done, these researchers constitute an irreplaceable resource. Higher Wisdom offers their fascinating anecdotes, invaluable knowledge, and hard-won wisdom—the culmination of fifty years of research and reflection on one of the most intriguing and challenging topics of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791465189
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Roger Walsh, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. His writing and research have received more than two dozen national awards and his books include Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind; The Spirit of Shamanism; and (with Frances Vaughan) Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision.

Charles S. Grob, MD is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Grob is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader and is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which is devoted to fostering and funding research on psychedelics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface: Psychedelics and the Western World: A Fateful Marriage
Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob

Introduction: The High Road: History and Hysteria
Charles S. Grob and Gary Bravo

PART ONE
Research: Consciousness, Creativity, and Chemistry

1. Transpersonal Transitions: The Higher Reaches of Psyche and Psychology
James Fadiman

2. From Molecules to Mystery: Psychedelic Science, the Natural World, and Beyond
Albert Hofmann

3. How Much Can People Change?
Myron Stolaroff

4. Frontiers of Pharmacology: Chemistry and Consciousness
Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin and Ann Shulgin

PART TWO
Psychotherapy: Personal and Transpersonal

5. The Birth and Death of Psychedelic Therapy
Betty Eisner

6. Treating the Untreatable
Gary Fisher

7. The Great Awakening: Psychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality in LSD Psychotherapy
Stanislav Grof

PART THREE
Culture and Consciousness

8. Ancient Altered States
Peter T. Furst

9. Tribal Wisdom: The Shamanic Path
Michael Harner

10. More Recipes for Living and Loving
Laura Archera Huxley

PART FOUR
Religious Implications: Psyche, Soul, and Spirit

11. Transcending Religious Boundaries
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

12. Walking the Path: Psychedelics and Beyond
Ram Dass

13. Do Drugs Have Religious Import? A Forty Year Follow-Up
Huston Smith

14.Conclusion: What Did They Learn and What Can We Learn From Them?
Roger Walsh & Charles S. Grob

List of Contributors
On-line Resources
Index

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