Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl: A Sourcebook on the Psilocybin Mushroom [NOOK Book]

Overview

Over 30 contributors share their expertise on the chemical, biological, cultural, psychological, and experiential dimensions of psilocybin mushrooms

? Describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users

? Provides firsthand accounts of the controversial Harvard...
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Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl: A Sourcebook on the Psilocybin Mushroom

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Overview

Over 30 contributors share their expertise on the chemical, biological, cultural, psychological, and experiential dimensions of psilocybin mushrooms

• Describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users

• Provides firsthand accounts of the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison and Good Friday studies

Teonanᣡtl was the name given to the visionary mushrooms used in ancient Mesoamerican shamanic ceremonies, mushrooms that contain psilocybin, the psychoactive agent identified by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. The rediscovery of these visionary mushrooms by the Mazatec healer Maria Sabina and mycologist R. Gordon Wasson ignited a worldwide mushroom culture that inspired the consciousness revolution of the 1960s.

This book describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users--from artists to psychologists--and the healing visionary inspiration they received. It provides firsthand accounts of studies performed in the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison study and the Good Friday study. It describes how the use of the psilocybe mushroom spread from the mountains of Mexico into North America, Asia, and Europe by seekers of consciousness-expanding experiences. It also details how psilocybin has been used since the 1960s in psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, the enhancement of creativity, and the induction of mystical experiences and is being studied as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594776281
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 7/25/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 835,289
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., helped found the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960 and is now a psychotherapist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Experience (with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert), Maps of Consciousness, Opening to Inner Light, and The Well of Remembrance. He lives in Sonoma, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Visionary Mushrooms of the Americas
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

1. Ethnomycology and Distribution of the Psilocybian Mushrooms
     John W. Allen and James Arthur

2. Global Ecologies, World Distribution, and Relative Potency of Psilocybin Mushrooms
     Paul Stamets

3. The “Wondrous Mushroom” Legacy of R. Gordon Wasson
     Thomas Riedlinger

4. Biochemistry and Neuropharmacology of Psilocybin Mushrooms
     David E. Presti, Ph.D., and David E. Nichols, Ph.D.

5. A History of the Use of Psilocybin in Psychotherapy
     Torsten Passie, M.D.

6. Prisoner Behavior Change and Experimental Mysticism: Two Classic Studies from the Harvard Psilocybin Project 
     Diane Conn Darling, Rick Doblin, and Ralph Metzner

7. A Note on Current Psilocybin Research Projects
     Rick Doblin, Ph.D.

8. The Initiation of the “High Priest” 
     Timothy Leary

9. Initial Experiences from the Harvard Psilocybin Project
     Ralph Metzner

Experiential Teachings of the Mushroom Spirits

The Mushroom Beings Would Help Us Return to Our True Nature
     Leila Castle

The Land of Eternal Waiting--Report of a Mushroom Experience with Maria Sabina 
     Frederick Swain

A Mazatec Indian Curandero’s Healing Practice Using Psychoactive Mushrooms 
     Bret Blosser

I Was Awed by the Mysterious Precision and Generosity of the Mushroom Spirits
     Raoul Adamson

I Was Being Told to Paint with the Blood of the Heart 
     Kate S.

I Was Having a Conversation with the Sun
     Evan Psilo

Shadow, Be My Friend 
     Ganesha

Where Ancient Spirits Dwell and the Air Hums with Magic and Mystery
     Cat L.

My Heart Was the Doorway to Greater Vision and Awareness
     Abraham L.

It Was the Divine Play of Hide and Seek 
     Jason Serle

The Power of the Heart in the Face of Darkness 
     Mindfire

Encounter and Metamorphosis with the Sirenian
     Leopold

My Role, However Humble, Was Necessary and Cosmically Inspired
     Phil O. Cybe

I Felt the Vitality of What It Was Like to Be Primitive
     Thirdpalissy

I Saw My Entire Worldview and Value System Realign
     David S.

Pondering the Separation between What I Experience and What Actually Is
     Mark Bryan

I Remember What It Was Like before I Had This Face
     Jack Silver

We Are All Actors and Directors in a Giant Cosmic Drama
     Mark A. Schroll, Ph.D.

The Little Beings Tell Me That Laughing Is Also Holy 
     Karin Riese

Mushroom Magic in the Lightning Field
     Martin Goodman

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