The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

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Psychedelics for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use

- Presents practices for safe and successful psychedelic voyages, including the benefits of having a guide and how to be a guide
- Reviews the value of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery as well as how LSD has facilitated scientific and technical problem-solving
- Reveals how ultra-low doses impro...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Park Street Press (first published May 1st 2011)
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I have absorbed a lot of information concerning psychedelic substances during the past few years. Some sources have taken a scientific approach, full of statistics, surveys, and other assorted data. Others have focused on the spiritual use of these substances, which include direction for practices like meditation, yoga, and breath work. There are also accounts of recreational use, which clearly illustrate the possibilities of both positive and negative outcomes of using and abusing these substan...more
Dr. Fadiman was one of the last legal researchers in the early era of psychedelic research, to have access to the chemical as well as an approved environment for testing. He covers a fair bit of that, as well as familiarity with Ram Dass, Leary, Kesey et. al. And experiments with architects and engineers about problem solving with the chemical. The most interesting developments of late include a trend of what is known as "micro-dosing"- individuals who take minute amounts of the chemical and go...more
I really enjoyed this book and I think it is a beneficial read to anyone who is interested in the therapeutic and spiritual aspects of psychedelic substances or who thinks they may ever have to talk someone through a tough emotional situation as a result of using some of these substances.

My one complaint about the book was that the title was a bit misleading, and it seemed as if the whole book would be dedicated to instructing people on how to be safe and how to help others be safe, but there w...more
It was an interesting book, but I was hoping for much more new information. The vast majority of this book is about the studies done in the early 1960s (about which I think most people interested in entheogens have already read). There was a tiny sliver of newer information, but not enough to build a book around. The newer stuff included, oddly enough, some trip reports the likes of which can be found all over the internet. The cover led me to believe I was getting something other than what I go...more
Does anybody have any acid?
A lot of direct instructions on how to be guided, and how to guide, an entheogenic session. Plus excellent descriptions of altered states of consciousness. All couched in the author's career studying psychotropics in an academic setting (or not). Regulations are loosening and a lot of (legal) academic and scientific research has been going on recenlty, with some amazing and positive findings for the possibilities for creativity and positive change with careful psychedelic use.
This book has a lot of good information. Not everybody who picks up this book will want all of it however.

The first four chapters seem directed at beginning users of psychedelics and the rest is just hard data from studies.
Carlton Brown
Overall i would not recommend it as a source of up to date concise information on the safe use of psychedelics, their utility, phenomena and consequences. From a reading perspective it resembled an unstructured compilation (dump) of old material from various contributing authors, cemented together with words rather than distilled authoritative insight. I got half way through and stopped reading, which is rare for me.
Excellent, detailed overview and lots of up-to-date information about past/present/future clinical research. Organization of the book is a little strange
Skip Leary's Psychedelic Experience and read this instead.
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