Manifesting Minds: A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality

Manifesting Minds: A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality

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Overview

Featuring essays and interviews with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, Ram Dass, Albert Hofmann, Alexander (Sasha) Shulgin, Daniel Pinchbeck, Tim Robbins, Arne Naess, and electronic musician Simon Posford, as well as groundbreaking research and personal accounts, this one-of-a-kind anthology is a "best of" collection of articles and essays published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Topics include the healing use of marijuana and psychedelics--including MDMA, ibogaine, LSD, and ayahuasca--for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and drug addiction, as well as positive effects of these substances in the realm of the arts, family, spirituality, ecology, and technology.

Among many other thought-provoking and mind-opening pieces are the following:
• "On Leary and Drugs at the End," by Carol Rosen and Vicki Marshall
• "Psychedelic Rites of Passage," by Ram Dass
• "To Be Read at the Funeral," by Albert Hofmann
• "Another Green World: Psychedelics and Ecology," by Daniel Pinchbeck
• "Psychedelics and Species Connectedness," by Stanley Krippner, PhD
• "Huxley on Drugs and Creativity," by Aldous Huxley
• "Psychedelics and the Deep Ecology Movement: A Conversation with Arne Naess," by Mark A. Schroll, PhD, and David Rothenberg
• "Psychedelic Sensibility," by Tom Robbins
• "Electronic Music and Psychedelics: An Interview with Simon Posford of Shpongle," by David Jay Brown
• "How Psychedelics Informed My Sex Life and Sex Work," by Annie Sprinkle
• "Consideration of Ayahuasca for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," by Jessica Nielson, PhD, and Julie Megler, MSN, NP-BC
• "Psychedelics and Extreme Sports," by James Oroc
• "Youth and Entheogens: A Modern Rite of Passage?," by Andrei Foldes with Amba, Eric Johnson, et al.
• "Diary of an MDMA Subject," by Anonymous
• "Dimethyltryptamine: Possible Endogenous Ligand of the Sigma-1 Receptor?," by Adam L. Halberstadt
• "Lessons from Psychedelic Therapy," by Richard Yensen, PhD
• "Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Psychedelics," by Ana Maqueda
• "Talking with Ann and Sasha Shulgin about the Existence of God and the Pleasures of Sex and Drugs," by Jon Hanna and Silvia Thyssen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583947265
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

RICK DOBLIN, PhD, is the founder and executive director of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a nonprofit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Its current research programs include MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and medical marijuana for PTSD, ibogaine and ayahuasca therapy for drug addiction, and LSD-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with advanced-stage illness. MAPS also hosts international conferences and events that bring together researchers and students from all over the world.

BRAD BURGE is director of communications and marketing for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). His graduate work focused on the political, scientific, and cultural changes required to make illicit drugs into legitimate medicines. In 2009, he presented his work on the history of the distinction between the recreational and medical use of drugs at the Critical Legal Studies conference at the University of Leicester in the UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Doblin, PhD ix

Arts and Creativity

Ayahuasca and James Cameron's Avatar Erik Davis 3

Electronic Music and Psychedelics: An Interview with Simon Posford of Shpongle David Jay Brown 6

The Art of Reality: Psychedelic Experience in Cinema and Television Evan Mantri 12

Huxley on Drugs and Creativity: An Interview Aldous Huxley 20

Psychedelics and Extreme Sports James Oroc 23

Robbins Rants Tom Robbins 32

Coming of Age

Psychedelic Rites of Passage Ram Dass 37

Mother and Child Bond with 2C-B Experience Anonymous 41

Ayahuasca in the Amazon: A Father and Daughter Journey Together Jack Lieberman 44

Parenting the Peyote Way Reverend Anne Zapf 55

Psychedelic Family Values R. Stuart 60

Stumbling on His Stash Alice B. 74

Youths and Entheogen Use: A Modern Rite of Passage? Andrei Foldes Amba Eric Johnson, et al. 78

Science and Medicine

Diary of an MDMA Subject Anonymous 91

Dimethyltryptamine: Possible Endogenous Ligand of the Sigma-1 Receptor? Adam L. Halberstadt, PhD 98

Feeding the Hungry Ghosts: Ibogaine and the Psychospiritual Treatment of Addiction Jonathan Dickinson 104

Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Psychedelics Ana Elda Maqueda 108

Consideration of Ayahuasca for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Jessica L. Nielson, PhD Julie D. Megler, MSN, NP-BC 116

Therapy

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy: How Different Is It from Other Psychotherapy? Michael Mithoefer, MD 125

Ethical Caring in Psychedelic Work Kylea Taylor, MS 136

Lessons from Psychedelic Therapy Richard Yensen, PhD 144

Psychedelics and Bodywork Ellen Watson 149

Sexuality

How Psychedelics Informed My Sex Life and Sex Work Annie Sprinkle 155

2C-B, DMT, You and Me… Seth 168

Astral Sex DreamGirl Joseph Marti (a.k.a. Zoe7) 171

Pharmaka, Philtres, and Pheromones: Getting High and Getting Off Jonathan Ott 177

Sex, Spirit, and Psychedelics: The Art of Ecstasy Claudia Müller-Ebeling, PhD 196

Talking with Ann and Sasha Shulgin on the Existence of God and the Pleasures of Sex Drugs: An Interview Jon Hanna Sylvia Thyssen 198

Spirituality

Meditation and Psychedelics Vanja Palmers 209

Learning How to Learn Myron Stolaroff 213

On Leary and Drugs at the End Carol Rosin Vicki Marshall 216

To Be Read at the Funeral Albert Hofmarm Elisabeth Riccabona 224

Ecology

Another Green World: Psychedelics and Ecology Daniel Pinchbeck 231

Huichole Peyote Dance and the Inspiration for Biosphere 2 John Allen 234

Psychedelics and Species Connectedness Stanley Krippner, PhD David Luke, PhD 238

Psychedelics and the Deep Ecology Movement: A Conversation with Arne Naess Mark A. Schroll, PhD David Rothenberg, PhD 246

Technology

Surviving and Thriving with Psychotechnologies Thomas B. Roberts, PhD 255

Technology Appreciated by the Psychedelic Mind Brummbaer 267

Psychedelics and the Creation of Virtual Reality: A MAPS Interview Mark Pesce 273

Index 277

About the Editors 287

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