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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 impr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Park Street Press (first published May 1st 2011)
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Dec 11, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Mar 29, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing
Does anybody have any acid?
Nestor Leal
Dec 25, 2015 Nestor Leal rated it it was amazing
Recommended by Kevin Kelly whose work I admire as inventor, writer and founder of Wired magazine. This book is a good compilation of tips, recommendations, research, studies, personal accounts and history of psychedelics. Although a bit repetitive at times it holds a great deal of serious information about these substances and the responsibility of using them as therapeutic and spiritual tools. 

The checklist and tips for the voyager and the guide are really useful. If you are afraid they will gi
Apr 13, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
I’ve long been fascinated by various conscious altering substances, whether it be the common ones like alcohol or pot, or others like LSD, ayahuasca, or mescaline . This led me to study more about the war on drugs, the legality of drugs, and the history of drugs. The more I looked, the more blown away I became when I realized none of it made sense - we were creating a problem rather than solving one (see

While studying more about psychedelics specifically, I came across this b
Sep 07, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
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
Cynde Moya
Nov 27, 2011 Cynde Moya rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 15, 2017 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: quit-reading
Love psychedelics, but honestly not a very good book. Collects information that you could more easily find online. Advice is flaky at best and outright nonsensical at worse. It is a lot of anecdotes and not a lot of good instruction, honestly. Was hoping for a lot more. Could have been 100 pages or less of a really good book and instead it is a rambling poorly organized collection of blog posts and snippets of stories already published elsewhere.

If you know nothing about psychedelics or their hi
Sotolf Flasskjegg
Mar 14, 2017 Sotolf Flasskjegg rated it liked it
The book had a lot of good information, and at time it was nice to read, I'm happy that I did read it, but some times it was so dry that it felt like a chore to get through it, certainly more on the academic side more than pop sci.
Aug 21, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
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
Steve Woods
Dec 13, 2013 Steve Woods rated it really liked it
This is a really useful and informative book. Even given my own very limited experience with psychedelics it has certainly been my experience that they were very useful to me in dealing with some very perplexing psychological difficulties that plagued me all my life as a result of an abusive childhood. In that instance it was as though I was provided with "sight" which I had never had before, all became clear and a pathway cleared for some progress where once I had been stuck. The rub of course, ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Raluca rated it really liked it
As a psychedelic enthusiast (which clearly I am), this book is a must read. Most of it contains information about the different ways one can use psychedelics and the clinical studies and research that has been done so far . This was my main reason for reading this.

Also, very useful, it has a few chapters which contain guides, information and advice on how to have a safe experience and how to guide one for someone else, if you choose to do so. Must read before you go on a trip, if you haven't re
Eduardo Santiago
Jan 30, 2015 Eduardo Santiago rated it it was amazing
The pendulum is swinging back. It's still not safe to have this conversation—it never will be while the fear-and-ignorance party(*) is in power—but if not now, when? Let's keep the momentum going. Let's build a better future.

This is an important book on many levels. It's not cohesive: it meanders among the importance of a guide for high-dose sessions (and excellent advice therefor), accounts of academic research in the 60s, justified ranting against the research ban, promising summaries of the m
Peeter Luik
Feb 21, 2016 Peeter Luik rated it it was amazing
A very straightforward book about what is what in a practical way. Since I have firsthand experience with psychedelics it was a fairly easy read and in some areas I could relate more than I had presumed possible; in fact I had totally forgotten about some important aspects before reading this book and it was a bliss to refresh my memory.

All-in-all this book requires an open mind when reading it with a goal to ditch all the false beliefs instilled in us during our earlier parts in life. Just beca
Jul 24, 2011 Melody rated it it was ok
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
Frank Deschain
Oct 10, 2016 Frank Deschain rated it really liked it
Wow, if anybody is looking into psychedelics of any kind then it would be wise to read this book. Written by a pioneer of LSD research in the 60's, the book is filled with research and personal anecdotes of those who have taken LSD very successfully. It also delves into ayahuasca ceremonies briefly.
It's important for people to be educated about proper use and the various ways in which one's life can be changed for the better. This is one of the best books out there for this purpose. The book c
Mike Dehls
Feb 13, 2016 Mike Dehls rated it liked it
A little all over the place. Very dry in parts, remarkably fascinating in others. This book covers the importance of set and setting in a psychedelic experience, among other things, then once past the advice-giving section of the book goes into odds and ends. Of particular note are the first trip experiences of many famous members of the "movement".

Great reading if you ever intend to trip your face off, and want to go in informed. Just don't feel like you need to go cover-to-cover on this one, s
Sara Gray
Nov 01, 2016 Sara Gray rated it liked it
This was an informative (if occasionally dry) series of research reports and essays by Fadiman and other researchers into the therapeutic use of psychedelics. I'll certainly keep this as a practical tool (particularly for the checklists on being a guide), though in my case, this book was already preaching to the choir. It would be a better fit for those in the medical profession, or those newly curious about psychedelics, who need some good straight facts about the safe usage of psychedlics and ...more
Carlton Brown
Mar 05, 2014 Carlton Brown rated it liked it
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.
Daniel Yu
Feb 01, 2017 Daniel Yu rated it really liked it
For those who are on the fence about trying LSD this book presents very informative, albeit, anecdotal instructions that may sway you in either direction (Both of which are perfectly fine). The objective studies that are represented in the book are very interesting reads for those who are more scientifically orientated but if you are choosing to read this book as a recreational/"party" user it may not be as exciting.
Diane Patterson
Sep 25, 2016 Diane Patterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting look at the history of using psychedelics as a research tool, as a creativity booster, and a way of investigating divine influences. Which sounds crazy and mystical to me (since I've never tried them), but makes me hopeful that maybe future research can uncover if these chemicals can be used safely and sanely. Because people are sure not going to stop using them anyhow.
Rob Nash
Jun 22, 2015 Rob Nash rated it liked it
Highly informative on setting up the right conditions to optimise an entheogenic experience and minimise unwanted side effects.

Provided a great insight into the history of psychedelics from a research and legal perspective.
Jan 11, 2014 Prestonage rated it liked it
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.
Maikl Dzhekson
Jun 14, 2016 Maikl Dzhekson rated it liked it
The author talks only about cons for use psychedelic and put in evidence some amateur story, not good scientific research. So, when I reached so-called self-guide for useful take psychedelic experience I'm not found anything more than weak pieces of advice for unsure people.
Ayelet Waldman
Jul 20, 2015 Ayelet Waldman rated it it was amazing
Alexey Gopachenko
May 16, 2016 Alexey Gopachenko rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly dense.
Joshua Rojas
Sep 18, 2015 Joshua Rojas rated it it was amazing
very good guide
Sep 21, 2014 Luuk rated it really liked it
Highly practical guide
Dr. Gre
Jun 21, 2015 Dr. Gre rated it it was amazing
Very insightful book on getting a first hand theoretical experience behind psychedelic usage.
Apr 18, 2012 Endria rated it really liked it
Skip Leary's Psychedelic Experience and read this instead.
Dec 26, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Read this for a friend ;-)
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