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LSD and the Mind of the Universe: Diamonds from Heaven

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A professor of religious studies meticulously documents his insights from 73 high-dose LSD sessions conducted over the course of 20 years The book chronicles, with the author’s systematic journey into a unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence and makes a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience and discusses t ...more
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Published November 26th 2019 by Park Street Press
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Altered states of consciousness, whether from illness or injury resulting in a near-death experience, meditation, or from intentional enhancement through the use of psychedelic medicines, can reveal profound clues about the nature of reality. Diamonds from Heaven is an extraordinarily rich journey into the deep truths of the universe as revealed by a dedicated and reflective seeker whose journey involved 73 high-dose LSD sessions over two decades. Professor Bache’s cosmic insights represent a ra ...more
Robert Patterson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A collection of mystical and profound trip reports from a professor of religious studies using high dose LSD sessions exploring the outer limits of consciousness over a 20 year period.

There are some beautiful observations and revelations that the professor shares including but not limited to experiencing the spiral of death and rebirth, the collective unconsciousness, total immersion into the powerful overwhelming feeling of being light to understanding the total reality of love and oneness that
Negar Gh
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The author is a trustworthy narrator of his sessions. My problem is with the details of the subject matter. Too many questions unanswered whereas some themes are repeated ten fold.
All in all a good read but since all of the recollections are intuitive, there's no way of actually imagining them other than being under the influence. Some thing I found to be similar to the themes the author was describing is the movie "The Fountain".
Leo Sofer
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading spiritual books for 35 years but this is the first one that I have finished and then gone straight back and read all over again. I know this is one of the most important books I will ever read. I wrote to the author (another thing I’ve rarely done), and quote from that email here:

“I want to congratulate you on distilling your immense experiences and your far-reaching discoveries into a book that is relatively concise, considering the topic it covers. Your writing is beautiful,
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will stay with me

The vision of Bache's cosmology is compact, consistent, illuminating, and challenging. I haven't yet read an account of not only a glimpse through Grof's telescope but sustained study and integration with many spiritual perspectives. I can already see how we are living at a cutting edge of some kind of mysterious phase change in the ways we are coming together, subtly shifting through tides and bubbles in the ways we connect, all the while shaped by the pressuring stat
Scott Baird
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Anti scientific rubbish. I stopped when he said that planetary position may have had an effect on his experience, which was quiet early.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual, entheogens
Beautifully written book about experiences that are in truth indescribable. I am grateful that the author undertook such an arduous but amazing journey and in the process helped both himself and humanity heal some wounds.
Carl Edholm
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Deeply moved by Christopher Bache's LSD account. The 73 trips flow together in a cohesive narrative I never really experienced before in these types reports. The description of the Cosmic consciousness is poetic and sometimes mind blowing. I also appreciate the great Stanislav Grof as a reference point throughout the different layers.

I just wish Bache could have taken a more critical approach to some of his experiences. There are a lot of far out ideas presented in this book and some of them wo
Who can comment on this book? The man has the most singular of experiences imaginable and then tells the tale of his downloads from Source. Heck if i know. But it seems he either has balls of steel or is blowing smoke.

I think he sees himself as a savior in some sense, like he has taken on the suffering of the world in some quasi-christian legal theory of atonement sounding way. Like a karmic debt is to be paid, and the psychonaut pays it and and works to heal the collective psyche somehow

He foll
James Jesso
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bache has a beautiful heart and his sharing felt very meaningful.
I personally found it easy to really feel into his experiences and learning as he described them for most of the book. Near the later sessions though, that didn’t come very easily as they were so far beyond the extent of the places I have been that I had no inner reference for what it might feel or be like. However, that is when it got especially interesting at a philosophical level. Those experiences were incredibly fascinating t
Stefana Mitrea
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The book contains nice informations and I appreciate the author’s vulnerability regarding his inner transformations and experiences. I liked that this was presented and taken as serious transformative work. Although, at points I found it annoying to read all the details, as it is a subjective experience, but the big picture was presented nicely.
Anyway, I think it would be more interesting and transformative to just go and experience it yourself.
Daniel Kennedy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book after listening to a podcast in which the Author was a guest speaker. I was fascinated so I picked up a copy straight away to learn more. The book is a detailed account of Christophers 73 high dose LSD sessions conducted in a setting fitting for the exploration of the nature of consciousness. A real pulling back of the veil revealing a universe far more expansive and intelligent than the layman could possibly believe. So many ways to die....
Miles Menafee
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was really interested in psychedelics for a while lol. I got this on Audible though and thought it was amazing. Professor Bache was taking large doses of LSD for years and recorded all of his experiences. His notes are all processed in this book and some of the stories are too wild to even try to summarize. This is a great book for anyone who wants to know exactly what can happen in a psychedelic state but does not want to try it.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most important book I've read in the last decade, contributing new perspectives and a bigger picture of humanity's situation, than anything I can recall.

Challenging, disturbing at times, but ultimately inspiring, uplifting and revelatory.
Sam Mueck
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thought it was a fabulous book I loved all the insight upon his experiences and the detail in which they are described. Only reason I’m hesitant on 5 stars is because I haven’t experienced any of the same things he has in the book. Awesome read, though.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're into the subject of hallucinogens don't leave this collection of hallucinogenic encounters off your list. Extraordinary courage shown during this author's life-changing experiences. ...more
Erica Jones
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars (5 stars reserved for books which change my worldview)
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect... Parfait...
Just amazing...
read it and then we talk.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed and well informed. Enjoyed listening and learning. Loved the commitment to the universe.
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