The Psychedelic Experience

The Psychedelic Experience This manual uses material from The Tibetan Book of the Dead for this preparation The authors also make an important contribution to the interpretation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead They show that it

  • Title: The Psychedelic Experience
  • Author: Timothy Leary Ralph Metzner Richard Alpert
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This manual uses material from The Tibetan Book of the Dead for this preparation The authors also make an important contribution to the interpretation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead They show that it is concerned not with the dead, but with the living The last section of the manual provides instructions for an actual psychedelic session, under adequate safeguards.The aThis manual uses material from The Tibetan Book of the Dead for this preparation The authors also make an important contribution to the interpretation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead They show that it is concerned not with the dead, but with the living The last section of the manual provides instructions for an actual psychedelic session, under adequate safeguards.The authors were engaged in a program of experiments with LSD and other psychedelic drugs at Harvard University until sensational national publicity unfairly concentrating on student interest in the drugs, led to the suspension of the experiments Since then, the authors have continued their work without academic auspices.

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    1. Timothy Leary Ralph Metzner Richard Alpert

      Timothy Francis Leary was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, modern pioneer and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD He coined and popularized the catch phrase Turn on, tune in, drop out.

    206 thoughts on “The Psychedelic Experience”

    1. I remember reading this in high school. Bought it at a cool hippie shop in downtown Indy and finished it in the fall of my senior year. Had an intense night the day I finished it and found enlightenment in a closet. Rushed to the bookstore the next day and randomly picked out Be Here Now, written by Ralph Metzner, Ram Dass, who hung with Leary. Later, my best friend's parents turned out to be married by Tim Leary. Also, as a side note, some boys that teased me mercilessly all through high school [...]


    2. Timothy Leary gets hate from all sides. He gets hate from squares for the obvious reasons. But he also gets hate from hippies, heads, and others who might form his own community because they somehow feel as if he gives them a bad image. Because mainstream academics don't take Leary seriously, his audience wants to distance themselves from his name.However, Leary deserves credit as a fearless pioneer. I found myself totally immersed in understanding with this book, but at the same time I felt som [...]


    3. No wonder Leary refused to speak to Ken Kesey when he showed up at the house. Leary > Kesey, by a lot. While Kesey’s kind of an idiot, Leary is brilliant, creative, original, inspiring. Kesey is a selfish hedonist, kind of a terror of a Jack Russell terrier, whereas Leary is a serene, sincere, wise, generous-souled therapy dog.Even reading this book while not on psychedelics was such a calming, reassuring, nurturing, and immersive experience that made me feel connected and serene and mindfu [...]


    4. I have to admit, this book leaves me wanting to be a better person. I don't want the drama of acid, but I'm all for the journey of self discovery. As I read through the last section, I found myself wondering if I was capable of meditating to the extent of ego-death. I also pondered recording the guides and meditating "on" them. Somehow that seems like cheating. So, that's the good part. The bad part is that I basically had to use the techniques (hold on, don't think) to get through this book. It [...]


    5. Brilliantly described acquired experiences by three Ph.D's. Although once in a mind trip, you are left to your own mind's devices and figments of the imagination and emerging creative processes. Contained herein is the key to experience life after death while still living in the same body, as hinted at in John 4. English translations do not carry the essence to American audiences as pure as American interpretations. It was for this reason that people hearing of the results of the American versio [...]


    6. 2.5 StarsA guide for the use of psychedelics for an enlightenment, ego-release, or spiritual purpose based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.I have had such expansive and enlightening experiences in my life. These came through and to me in Divine Love and was without outer guidance of any sort. While I like the idea of this book existing for those who do not fully trust the path within, their higher consciousness, and All That Is, I found that most of what it was saying was unnecessary for me to r [...]


    7. A fascinating explanation and step-by-step account of hallucination, Leary, Metzner, and Alpert's The Psychedelic Experience creates and explains an interesting philosophy of what occurs in the mind when it is in a hallucinogenic state. As a writer, this book helped me to understand that even the most organic and seemingly fluid things can, in some way, be broken down and examined in a way that can make sense of them; there is always a way to organize the stories inherent in reality, no matter h [...]



    8. "Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream." I have not taken nor will I ever take drugs, but I've been interested in examining this book for a while since I'm a student of 1960's rock music. John Lennon took the quoted line for the song "Tomorrow Never Knows," and from what I've seen the book was pervasively influential among the counterculture.The book is simply atrocious. Remember all those stereotypical hippie things you see in films where they sit and meditate saying bu [...]


    9. Wonderfully written book that does exactly what it promises to do. It must be stressed that I am not a fan of shortcuts to enlightenment. Everything has a cost in this existence. The karmic system supports this understanding. It feels to me like treating the symptoms instead of disease. Say you get exposed to enlightenment. But your life systems and behaviors have not been conditioned to support an enlightened state. You will continue to muddy up your life with ego games and the like. As for the [...]


    10. An eye opening interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead which seeks to both explain each Bardo and their sub categories while giving tips on how to achieve enlightenment and remain ego-free when experiencing them. I will definitely be utilizing the instructions written in the last part of the book the next time I trip sit for someone. The book was very informative, well written and will be very useful in future trips as much of the information was quite analogous to experiences either myse [...]


    11. A fascinating explanation and step-by-step account of hallucination, Leary, Metzner, and Alpert's The Psychedelic Experience creates and explains an interesting philosophy of what occurs in the mind when it is in a hallucinogenic state. As a writer, this book helped me to understand that even the most organic and seemingly fluid things can, in some way, be broken down and examined in a way that can make sense of them; there is always a way to organize the stories inherent in reality, no matter h [...]


    12. Maybe it was just because I'd been living alone in a seaside cabin for a week, but this book was way more interesting than I would have expected. Reading the original material totally subverts the cartoon version of Leary that has been handed down to me. I lowered my rating from four to three stars just because I'm now unsure of how many of the interesting thoughts I got out of this book were things that I brought to it. In any case it's thought-provoking, with or without a substance.



    13. Nowadays, and in the past, people thought Tim Leary was wrong. Also, I gave this manual an extra star because he said some stuff I hadn't really seen anywhere else yet. So I boosted the score to make it seem a little better than it is which could make more people read it. By that logic, should everyone read this even though those not into the subject will most likely find it nonsensical and silly?People can go their entire lives without having a psychedelic experience, which would be akin to nev [...]


    14. Interesting in concept, arrogant and anglocentric in actuality. Timothy Leary presents important techniques and ideas for attaining meaningful experiences on psychedelics and the psychedelic experience, but has the audacity to claim that psychedelics are some kind "cheat code" that bypasses years of spiritual study and practice. His tone towards eastern cultures and their spiritual practices carries a condescending tone throughout the reading, and his attitude comes of as blinded excitement at b [...]


    15. First, I would like to get this out of the waythis book is a MANUAL, a GUIDE, NOTHING ELSEThe book is very well written, I would recommend this as an ESSENTIAL book for any psychonaut, I know that in his later years Tim Leary did fall out of popularity, and with good reason, but I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to have a psychedelic trip, even experienced psychonauts should have a look at it, as I said before, if you truly want to have an insightful experience, I recommend t [...]


    16. Instructive and, as someone who's had experiences in the variety of states discussed without any definitive guiding document, very valuable. I think Timothy Leary almost certainly lost his goddamn mind on LSD. With that said, I think this was written before he'd gone too far. It also includes some very interesting dosage recommendations and instructions on how to avoid a bad trip. Definitely stuff you won't find on erowid.


    17. I’m not sure I love Leary at this time; he may have cared about the drugs just a little too much. A good read though; good preparation. Some of the terminology can be a little funky, and I definitely wouldn’t read this and only this book before starting a journey down the psychedelic road; some more spiritual stuff and more general stuff preaching love and happiness would be good as well. Recommended for those who use psychedelics or are interested.


    18. This is a great read for any devoted psychonaut. It is an excellent book for whoever is interested in the back alleyways and dark recesses of human consciousness. As far as the study of non-ordinary states of awareness is concerned, this is a brilliant text. It definitely offers a great deal of insight into altered states of the human mind and it seems safe to say that it is something of a spiritual successor to Aldous Huxley's proverbial 1954 essay The Doors Of Perception.


    19. If dying is like tripping on LSD then we have nothing to fear, that's for sure. I wish I knew of this book before I took LSD for the first time. It's insightful and unbiased as to what the experience has and can offer for people. Every time I take a trip I will refer to this book before, during, and after.


    20. This book is an interesting look at the mind set in the 60's established by Leary and others. I think the new introduction offers a lot of perspective 40 years later and really sets the stage for the writings of Leary and so forth.This definitely has made me want to read the actually Tibetan Book of the Dead and to really see how they adapted their psychedelic experiences to those teachings.


    21. I wasn't high enough for this book. I feel like if I was super high on acid I would have appreciated this book more. It was interesting, but I feel a lot of it is impossible to absorb without the proper experience behind it. Interesting read though!






    22. I picked up this book in the local bookstore as part of my challenge this year to read any and every title that I would never usually even think to approach. I have to admit that I cannot say I have ever experienced psychedelic drugs of any sort not out of preconception but out of the sheer fear of what it would do to me, being someone who gets high on a cup of tea (!). I did find some very interesting excerpts especially in relation to the idea of ego loss as a basis to reach enlightenment. Alt [...]


    23. not exactly what you think.i read this article in the times a few weeks ago after albert hoffman, "inventor" of LSD, died, and i was interested in how it seemed that the text of this book - loosely based on the tibetan book of the dead - might be applicable to everyday life, and not just a drug-addled voyage (warnings on the subject of "source energy," "do not try to intellectualize it"; "merge with the world"; "enjoy the dance of the puppets") that context (and it is a bit of a stretch, though [...]


    24. I wish I’ve read this guide before. Now it all makes sense. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is quite an interesting read and this guide describes the visits through all the Bardos and all its visions with such detail for a westerner student who is not very familiar with the eastern deities and buddhas. Even though I read it after I needed it, I was in awe while reading the accurate description of all three Bardos which I experienced. The wise instructions are very straight forward and easy to fo [...]


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