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The Rose Of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A Harvard graduate student and researcher explores a global entheogen system, discovering their practices leading to cognitive enhancement and, arguably, the next human form.From Cambridge to Moscow, Oxford to Zürich, Princeton to Mazar-i-Sharif and Bangkok, this journal of research interviews records the lifestyles within a most rare and elusive organization,one that has ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by Société Anonyme/Sub Rosa Press
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Michael Townsand
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A highly uncommon and beautiful work. The experimental result of a memoir written as a transcendent psychedelic spy novel, mixed with universal love stories and real-life exposes of the lowest brutality and the highest beauty of human life, a lot of it in cultivated and learned classical and Victorian literary style.
Read up on the author's history before you read this. It will enrich your read greatly.
V Migliarino
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Must-Read Book! William Leonard Pickard’s “The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments”

Where has this guy been all our lives!?!?!!!

Few books have ever captivated my interest like Mr. Pickard’s “The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments.” The book is a palace, each chapter a room, you’re waltzing through the grand interiors of the authors dazzling mind. And I do mean dazzling! What brilliance! It is a pleasure to read and re-read. Its a work of art. Many passages will haunt you (i
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has been lurking through my Amazon recommendations for weeks but since reviews and information were scarce and the price was quite high, I was hesitant to give it a try until one good offer came around. And boy am I glad to have taken it.

It is one of the strangest and weirdest books I've ever read, it is also one of the most beautiful ones too. But not without problems, though. So let's dissect it, hopefully without giving away any spoilers.

1. Story
It promises to be somewhat like a det
Richie Ryan
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Rose," as devoted readers refer to this exceptional work - is already a modern classic among the psychedelic community. It contains unparalleled descriptions of altered states of consciousness, based on interviews with an elite group dedicated to the transformation of our species through pharmacology and spiritual practice. Unique to The Rose is the strength of the middle portion, the extremes of which increases in intensity throughout the writing. It challenges the reader with the complexi ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread-this
A stunningly beautiful piece of writing. Drawing a veneer of fiction on his biography, Pickard describes a haunting narrative of academic research encountering otherworldly subjects. Recommended for anybody who: is interested in Pickard’s life; fancies detailed, almost antiquated, prose; and wants a challenging read.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't properly express my enjoyment of this book in words. It is so many things at once: a fantastic, Borgesian tale of mystery and wonder, a travelogue of the exotic and inaccessible, a catalogue of the horrors of modern society, a guide map to a hopeful future. You should read this book.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Free Pickard!
Billy Jo
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly engrossing modern masterpiece, and a book that the reader will find expanding in both a figurative and literal way. quite simply, there's nothing like it. breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, it never condescends, and often uplifts. there are many instances where the reader will take in a particular passage, and then be moved to put the book down for a minute and gaze into space, absorbing and savoring the images that have just been transmitted and installed.

and the theme of
Eric Hendrickson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating to dive deeper into the mind with these amazing tools this and Eugene Seaich's THE FAR-OFF Land are ones that you should get read and read again
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mystical read.. must read. Must read
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
An extremely poetically written book. There were certainly parts which were very interesting, but some parts were too eclectic for me to appreciate the gestalt of the whole.
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A former deputy director of University of California, Los Angeles' Drug Policy Research Program, Pickard was sentenced to life without parole in 2003 for manufacturing large quantities of LSD. While incarcerated, Pickard turned to writing, producing the entirety of his first book, The Rose of Paracelsus, with pencil and paper. ...more

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