Learning About Psychedelics: 7 Fantastic Introductory Books

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The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman Ph.D

This book is a fascinating insight into the world of psychedelics. Whether you are a beginner or well-studied on this topic, you’ll find this book very helpful. James is a self-taught expert and has spent years in the trenched seeing what really works and what is safe. He delivers a simple guide in such readable fashion. A must read for the curious, newbie or the professional hippy.

The Psychedelic Experience: Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary

Commonly referred to as The Psychedelic Experience, this is an instruction manual intended for use during sessions involving psychedelic drugs. Started as early as 1962 in Zihuatanejo, the book was finally published in August 1964. This version of Tibetan Book of the Dead was authored by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert, all of whom took part in experiments investigating the therapeutic and religious possibilities of drugs such as mescaline, psilocybin and LSD. Many consider this as the psychedelic bible.

Food Of The Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna

This book is an astonishing look at why we humans ae so fascinated at altered states of consciousness. Are they telling us something that we don’t know? Are they showing us something we can’t see? As an odyssey of mind, body and spirit, Food of the Gods is one of the most fascinating and surprising histories of consciousness ever written. And as a daring work of scholarship and exploration, it offers an inspiring vision for individual fulfilment and a humane basis for our interaction which each other and with the natural world.

Prometheus Rising by by Robert Anton Wilson 

“We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full stature–our total brain power–is what this book is all about.” a comprehensive manual of beginner’s exercises not just in psychedelics but in all kinds of brain-change techniques drawn from Eastern mysticism, Western occultism, Gurdjieff, General Semantics, Buckminster Fuller and all kinds of other sources. It’s truly the “rainy day” guide to psyching yourself out into truly bizarre mental states.

Science Revealed by Reverend Danny Nemu

Danny is a wonderful character, very outspoken and very much what one would consider a walking encyclopedia. This book is the first of his the Nemu’s end series. Science Revealed is a wide ranging book in which we encounter a range of alternative ideas and characters from Jacques Benveniste (an outlaw scientist who claimed to have evidence that homoeopathy is effective) through to Tesla and Bruno. The text has a strong authorial voice that weaves effortlessly from the poetic to the polemic and this is unsurprising from an author who is renowned as an excellent speaker and creative activist. (There are also some beautiful fragments or poetry, typographic design and illustration towards the end of the book.) This rich tapestry of theories, personal anecdotes, damned data (as Charles Fort would have called it) and radical opinion would be a great read for someone who was new to these discussions. Science and Scientism, esoterica, meditation, entheogenics and politics all this and more are explored here. –Julian Vayne, co-author of The Book of Baphomet

Danny’s second book Neuro-Apocalypse is just as good, if not better than his first. Looking beyond the web of words, Nemu explores savant skills emerging in autism and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, the wit in the tics of Tourette’s and the super-strength of people in life-threatening situations. Synaesthesia and other extraordinary experiences are described in the Bible, alongside a stash of psychoactive agents and instructions on how to use them. What can the characters and techniques of this ancient legend reveal about managing our compulsions, aspirations and inspirations, the gods at work in our heads?

To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Dr Ben Sessa 

Ben is one of the five co-founders of the totally magnificent Breaking Convention. Although a well-rehearsed author, this is his very first novel and judging by the response, may not be his last. This book follows the journey of conservative NHS psychiatrist Dr Robert Austell, as he breaks free of tradition and learns to challenge the failure of psychiatric medicine. The transformation begins when he stumbles upon the field of psychedelic therapy and meets the enigmatic Californian maverick Dr Joseph Langley. Soon a small farm in Somerset is transformed into a hotbed of psychedelic research: Traumatic memories and personal awakenings emerge amongst a plethora of damaged and colourful characters and their uniquely therapeutic psychedelic experiences.

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