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Aiken’s 1966 Explorations in Awareness, draws on a vast array of ancient and modern sources, presenting an esoteric doctrine of self-realization and ultimate transcendence, told in a pure, stripped-down style that displays self-confidence. It is a delight to read because it was a new psychedelic path with vedic-yogic along with Christian and Native American influences, and not a rehashed insight of Hippy "trips."
The book includes trip reports, including one from an Indian guru, who does a respect-worthy attempt to interpret the cosmologic-metaphysic experiences of an acid trip into plain English. Aiken's early discussion of LSD vibe is very different from what followed during the Hippy years, and deserves much greater recognition than received.
Aiken’s approach to enlightenment is rooted in meditating while using psychedelicspeyote, magic mushrooms. This derivative of Aiken’s classic Work picks up where Aiken and his wife left off back in the late Sixtiesfifty years ago. While Aiken discusses meditation, he doesn’t provide specific techniques for doing so and how to get over resistance and other side-tracks. Meditation had just been introduced to Americans by The Beatles in “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” and other pop songs that captured psychic explorers’ imagination. In this derivative, author Beverly Potter (Docpotter) will add specific how-to instructions, with illustrations, on how to meditate effectively, including how to “sit,” how to defeat “the Money Mind,” and how to handle other challenges psychonauts meet along the path to enlightenment.
The volume will include a foreword by Michale Marinacci, author of California Jesus and Weird California, about the significance of The Church of the Awakening among the early non-Native American psychedelic churches.
A second foreword by Dr. Carl Ruck, Professor of Classics at Boston University and author of Mushrooms of the Goddess and Entheogens, Myth, and Human Consciousness will address mystic self-transcendence ecstatic visions achieved with psychedelic meditation and answer the question: can psychedelics lead to Goda question Aiken posed in a 1966 article in Fate Magazine.
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About the Author
Dr. Beverly Potter, "Docpotter", has authored numerous self-help and spiritual books. She holds a PhD from Stanford in Counseling Psychology and a MS from San Francisco State in vocational rehabilitation counseling. She is a corporate trainer, public speaker and has authored a number of books on workplace issues like overcoming job burnout, managing yourself for excellence, high performance goal setting, mediating conflict, and more. Docpotter has created several Timothy Leary and John C Lilly derivatives.
Michael Marinacci is a scholar of religious history, spending over 25 years studying American spiritual groups and leaders, especially the unorthodox sects and figures who have emerged in the Golden State.
Carl A. P. Ruck: Professor of Classic, Boston Univ. Dr. Ruck is author of ENTHEOGENS MYTH & HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS and SACRED MUSHROOMS OF THE GODDESS.
Table of Contents
Part I Explorations 19
12 Signs of Spiritual Awakening 20
1 What Are We? 21
2 We Are More 26
3 ESP Clues 30
4 Parable of the Acorns 38
5 Who Am I? 42
6 Guilty or Not Guilty? 48
7 The Circle of Life 54
8 Look Within 60
9 Life is Now 64
10 The Secret Path 66
11 Mind-Changing Chemicals 70
12 Why Psychedelics? 75
13 Religion & Chemistry 87
14 Psychedelics Show the Way 100
Part II Tripping With God 104
15 Finding God By Pill 105
Psychedelic Prayer. Let There Be Simple Natural Things During the Session 111
16 A Trip Story Psychedelic Mysticism 112
17 A Trip Story The Mountain of Awakening 119
Psychedelic Prayer: Returning to the Source-Repose 125
18 Dangers of Psychedelics 126
Psychedelic Prayer: He Who Knows The Center Endures 133
Part III The Church of the Awakening 134
19 A Fellowship 135
20 Face to Face with Life 140
21 Peyote Opened the Door 145
22 Belief & Doubt 152
23 Path of Inner Exploration 156
Part IV Techniques 163
24 Breathe Slowly 164
25 Develop Mind Skills 169
26 Assume a Beginner's Mind 177
27 Meditation 182
28 Dealing with the Shadow 186
Psychedelic Prayer Homage to the Awe-Full Seer 189
Author Bio 193
Ronin Ad 194