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"Art of Dreaming" - by Carlos Castaneda

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From Publishers Weekly In bestsellers like A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan , Castaneda recounted his purported adventures with Mexican Yaqui Indian sorcerer don Juan Matus. Here he tells how, under don Juan's tutelage, he gained control over his dreams and used dreaming as a launching pad to a pervasive but unseen realm of ancestral spiritual forces, good and evil. He goes through tunnels, enters into the consciousness of trees, meets scouts, emissaries and form-changing blobs of energy. Aided by don Juan's companions and fellow apprentices, Castaneda penetrates a realm of "inorganic beings" who set traps for him and attack him, as if to illustrate don Juan's teaching that consciousness is compelled to grow through life-or-death confrontations. For believers, Castaneda's quest offers a tantalizing glimpse of alternate worlds beyond the rational parameters of our mundane reality.

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"Breaking Open the Head" - by Daniel Pinchbeck

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While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe.

Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.

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"Brief History of Drugs" - by Antonio Escohotado

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From remotest antiquity to the present era of designer drugs and interdiction, drugs have played a prominent role in the cultural, spiritual, and social development of civilizations. Antonio Escohotado demonstrates how the history of drugs illuminates the history of humanity as he explores the long relationship between mankind and mind-altering substances. Hemp, for example, has been used in India since time immemorial to stimulate mental agility and sexual prowess. Aristotle's disciple Theophrastus testifies to the use of datura by the ancient Greeks and further evidence links the rites at Eleusis to the ingestion of a hallucinogen. Similar examples can be found in cultures as diverse as the Celts, the ancient Egyptians, the Aztecs, and other indigenous peoples around the world.

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"Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol" - by Tom Pinkson, PhD

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"The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol" is the gripping autobiographical account of Tom Pinkson's decade-long immersion in the shamanic traditions of the Huichol tribe of north central Mexico, who have retained their ancient way of life more thoroughly than other indigenous groups, and are known primarily for the use of peyote in their spiritual traditions. Pinkson has successfully integrated their teachings into his work with terminally ill children and their families. His book is a heart-felt record of a personal search for a clearer understanding of the true self. This book was formerly titled "Flowers of Wiricuta."

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"Great Book of Hemp" - by Rowan Robinson

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This illustrated, easy-to-read guide covers all aspects of hemp, including the history of its cultivation worldwide, its role as a source of renewable energy and as an alternative for paper manufacturing and fossil fuels, its versatility as a fiber, its many nutritional and medicinal uses, as well as an examination of the physiological and psychological effects of marijuana use in recreation and therapy. The comprehensive resource section includes information on organizations involved in legalizing hemp, product suppliers, and an annotated bibliography.

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"Healing With Form, Energy & Light" - by Wangyal

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This book is about the healing traditions in Bon Buddhist shamanism, tantra and dzogchen. Western-style psychology is one of Rinpoche's interests, and he has participated in annual panels on East-West psychology. Thus, he discusses Tibetan traditions in light of certain western psychological theory. If you read this book you will gain insight into "Tibetan yoga;" the tsa lung movements that open up the energy so that the breath flows freely in the body. (The book's discussion of psychology alone is worth taking the time to read.) It also focuses clearly and insightfully on the elements, and how elemental qualities manifest themselves in our lives. Rinpoche feels that through an increased awareness of the flow of these qualities, we can see a way to increased balance and peace in our lives on a very real and tangible level.

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"Hemp Manifesto" - by Rowan Robinson

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The hemp revolution is happening. All around the globe this miracle plant is creating industries for food, fuel, clothing, housing, and paper that are beneficial to both humanity and the environment. Designed to fit into the back pocket of your hemp jeans, The Hemp Manifesto offers 101 ways that hemp is making a positive impact on society, and explains why in brief summaries simple enough for even congressional representatives to understand.

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"Intoxication" - by Ronald K. Siegel, PhD

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"Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances" is a scientific and cultural exploration of the pursuit of altered states of consciousness in both humans and animals. History shows that people have always used intoxicants. In every age, in every part of the world, people have pursued intoxication with plants, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances. In fact, this behavior has so much force and persistence that it functions much like our drives for food, sleep, and sex. This "fourth drive," says psychopharmacologist Ronald K. Siegel, is a natural part of our biology, creating the irrepressible demand for intoxicating substances.

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"Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise" - by Chris Kilham

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This book is the tale of plant researcher Chris Kilham's investigations into this plant and his far-ranging explorations deep in the South Pacific in search of a source of kava. Kilham takes the reader on an adventurous journey through the mystical native legends, outlandish history, and exciting science surrounding this potent plant. A story replete with pulpit-pounding missionaries, kava-drinking natives, sorcerers, a mysterious Tahitian prince, and the author's own humorous outlook amidst difficult and perilous circumstances, Kava is a must-read for those who love tales of travel and adventure and those interested in plant medicine.

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"Kava: The Pacific Elixir" - by Vincent Lebot

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With Kava: The Pacific Elixir, geneticist Vincent Lebot, ethnobotanist Mark Merlin, and anthropologist Lamont Lindstrom let us in on Oceania�s best-kept secret. This thorough-yet-highly-readable text summarizes almost all major research on Kava, and will answer every question one is likely to have about Piper Mythesticum and its place in traditional Pacific Island cultures. Written with a combination of scientific precision and easy accessibility, Kava covers everything from the origin of the Kava species, to its cultural and social significance, its preparation, effects, religious and medicinal use, and its impact on the world as a whole.

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"Magic Mushrooms in Religion & Alchemy" - by Clark Heinrich

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An illustrated foray into the hidden truth about the use of psychoactive mushrooms to connect with the divine. *Draws parallels between Vedic beliefs and Judeo-Christian sects, showing the existence of a mushroom cult that crossed cultural boundaries. Contends that the famed philosophers' stone of the alchemist was a metaphor for the mushroom. Confirms and extends Robert Gordon Wasson's hypothesis of the role of the fly agaric mushroom in generating religious visions. An incredibly insightful, fascinating, and informative read.

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"Marijuana Medicine" - by Christian Ratsch

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Cannabis has accompanied the development of human culture from its very beginnings and can be found in the healing traditions of cultures throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Even today it is an important part of many Asian healing traditions: in Ayurveda cannabis is praised for its tonic and aphrodisiac qualities and in traditional Chinese medicine it is cited as a superb antidepressant. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of marijuana's application in treating such diseases as asthma and glaucoma. Christian Ratsch profiles the medicinal, historical, and cultural uses of cannabis in each of these societies and medical systems, providing remedies and recipes for those interested in how cannabis can be used to treat specific conditions.

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"Moksha" - by Aldous Huxley

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In May 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. The mystical and transcendent experience that followed set him off on an exploration that was to produce a revolutionary body of work about the inner reaches of the human mind. Huxley was decades ahead of his time in his anticipation of the dangers modern culture was creating through explosive population increase, headlong technological advance, and militant nationalism, and he saw psychedelics as the greatest means at our disposal to "remind adults that the real world is very different from the misshapen universe they have created for themselves by means of their culture-conditioned prejudices."

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"Opium Culture" - by Peter Lee

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In Opium Culture Peter Lee presents a fascinating narrative that covers every aspect of the art and craft of opium use. This detailed account of opium�s history pens a narrative that covers the every aspect of opium including famous opium users. From it�s first discovery to the connections to Taoism and the myths that still persist today this fascinating and notorious entheogen has long been intertwined in world culture.

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"Ploughing the Clouds" by Wilson

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Plant Powers, Poisons and Herbcraft" The Rig Veda, written in India about 1500 BC, praises a holy plant called Soma (or "magic mushroom"), which is sacrificed and consumed, granting the drinker an experience of enlightenment and ecstasy. In Ploughing the Clouds Peter Lamborn Wilson investigates the probability of a Soma cult in ancient Ireland, tracing clues in Irish (and other Celtic) lore. By comparing Celtic foktales, romances,epics and topographic lore with the Rig Veda, he uncovers the Irish branch of the great Indo-European tradition of psychedelic shamanism, and even reconstructs some of its secret rituals. He uses this comparitive material to illuminate the deep meaning of the Soma-function in all cultures: the entheogenic origin of "poetic frenzy", the link between intoxication and inspiration.

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"Psychedelic Sacrament" - by Dan Merkur, PhD

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In The Mystery of Manna, religious historian Dan Merkur provided compelling evidence that the miraculous bread that God fed the Israelites in the wilderness was psychedelic, made from bread containing ergot--the psychoactive fungus containing the same chemicals from which LSD is made. Many religious authorities over the centuries have secretly known the identity and experience of manna and have left a rich record of their involvement with this sacred substance. In The Psychedelic Sacrament, a companion work to The Mystery of Manna, Dan Merkur elucidates a body of Jewish and Christian writings especially devoted to this tradition of visionary mysticism.

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"Psychedelics Encyclopedia" - by Peter Stafford

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Psychedelic drugs have been disparaged, exalted, politicized, romanticized, and outlawed. This extraordinary volume covers the history of their development and the controversies surrounding them, including the important role played by such figures as Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the CIA in politicizing their use. For LSD, peyote, marijuana, and a variety of drugs both natural and manufactured, the history, botany, chemistry, form of preparation, and distinct mental and physical effect on the user are detailed. Wisely, this book neither defends nor denigrates the use of these substances but presents well-organized and thoroughly researched information on a controversial subject. An excellent reference source for scientific and social research, this book is highly recommended.

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"Sacred Mushroom of Visions" - by Ralph Metzner, PhD

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This book describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users--from artists to psychologists--and the healing visionary inspiration they received. It provides firsthand accounts of studies performed in the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison study and the Good Friday study. It describes how the use of the psilocybe mushroom spread from the mountains of Mexico into North America, Asia, and Europe by seekers of consciousness-expanding experiences. It also details how psilocybin has been used since the 1960s in psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, the enhancement of creativity, and the induction of mystical experiences and is being studied as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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"Sacred Vine of Spirits" - by Ralph Metzner, PhD

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Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic Amazonian plant mixture that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists have acknowledged that this substance can allow access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, even mystical experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. In Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca Ralph Metzner, a pioneer in the study of consciousness, has assembled a group of authoritative contributors who provide an exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca.

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"Shamanism & Tantra in the Himalayas" - by Shahi

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The scientific, factual, and succinct data and information listed in Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas exhibits a sense of point blank poignancy and excitement as it reveals the lush mental and psychic worlds that developed in the cultures of regions within the Himalayan landscapes. The facts serve as foundation for the knowledge presented in monologues, essays, and dialogues between the three authors and various shamen (and women!!). What Christian Ratsch goes on to reveal about the effects of the Jesuit virus within the Social and Spiritual realities of people living in the Himalayan region is astonishing.

Oh, and the pictures. Yes, the pictures. The photographs and dense illustrations...

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"Teachings of Don Juan" - by Carlos Castaneda

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It is impossible to encapsulate what Castaneda has achieved with his first book about the teachings of the enigmatic Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian sorcerer who shared his ancient knowledge with Castaneda. But Castaneda's journal accounts flow effortlessly, the current carrying us through his conversations with Don Juan and opening doors to an astounding realm outside the bounds of everyday life. The phrases "life changing" and "earth shattering" come to mind, and perhaps these are just metaphors, but what Castaneda offered in the 1960s is still for many an entirely new perception of reality.

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"Return of Quetzalcoatl" - by Daniel Pinchbeck

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Not just about the year 2012. Pinchbeck, journalist and author of the drug-riddled psychonaut investigation Breaking Open the Head, has set out to create an 'extravagant thought experiment' centering around the Mayan prophecy that the 2012 Era would bring about the end of the world as we know it, 'the conclusion of a vast evolutionary cycle, and the potential gateway to a higher level of manifestation.' More specifically, Pinchbeck's claim is that we are in the final stages of a fundamental global shift from a society based on materiality to one based on spirituality.

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"Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In" - by Robert Forte

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Dr. Timothy Leary, Ph.D -- at once one of the most beloved and reviled, one of the most unifying and polarizing of all figures to come to prominence during the turbulence of the 60s and 70s. From his days as a Harvard psychology professor to his incarceration in Folsom Prison (in the cell next to Charles Manson), from his fierce public advocacy for the intelligent use of psychedelic drugs to his interest, beginning in the 80s, in computers, the Internet, and space colonization, Leary was an intellect that never stood still, a life that never was anything close to conventional. No matter what you think of him, his significance in 20th century history, in the science of the mind, in the American counter-culture, and even in popular culture, is undeniable.

In 1999, five years after his death, Robert Forte, editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion, brought together a veritable who�s who of psychedelic writers, musicians, artists, scientists and academics to look back on Leary�s colorful life. Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In includes interviews with and contributions from the likes of Terence McKenna, Hunter S. Thompson, Winona Ryder, William S. Burroughs, Aldous Huxley, Dr. Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, and many more.

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"Witchcraft Medicine" - by Claudia Muller-Ebeling

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In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature's healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf's claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead-Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.

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