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  • Series: Citadel Underground
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806516526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806516523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read this book with an open mind and an expanded heart.
John P. Morgan
It really makes sense of the visions and sensations you will encounter in the different stages,or Bardos of the trip.
Sam
This book helps one to experience the state of samadhi or rigpa which is the state of non-dual consciousness.
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148 of 154 people found the following review helpful By erasure head on December 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I would like to clear up some apparent confusion in the reviews below:
Ram Dass' book "Be Here Now" *can't* be a prelude to this book, since "Be Here Now" was written I think seven years *after* "The Psychedelic Experience." For those of you who don't know, "Ram Dass" is in fact Richard Alpert, one of the three authors of "The Psychedelic Experience."
To say that this book "adds nothing to the already huge body of liturature written on the topic" is like saying that The Bible adds nothing to the already huge body of christian literature. This book was at it's time absolutely revolutionary. It is to my knowledge the first work published giving a detailed road map for those travellers seeking spiritual enlightenment with the aid of psychedelics.
The brilliant reinterpretation of the Bardo Thodol as a guide for premortem ego death and the interpretation of numerous aspects of eastern mysticism in general in the light of Leary's "Game of Life" theory (e.g. "heavy world game playing" interpretations of "karma") makes the meaning of these ancient mystic teachings readily accessible to the mind of the western psychonaut.
If you're a psychonaut and want to better understand your experiences, read this book. If everybody who wanted to try a psychoactive substance would first read this book, there would probably never again be anybody who would have what s/he would call a "horror trip" (unless the heavy game players don't understand what they're reading and insist on taking the substances anyway.)
Read it and weep.
Wishing you Good Journeys,
erasurehead
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134 of 150 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Since there is so much talk about the Beatles song, Tomorrow Never Knows, I have decided to use it as the 'working title' of this review.

We don't know what tomorrow will bring. It is a bit audacious on our part to even think that there might even be a tomorrow because all supposed tomorrows are simply extensions of our today.

I picked this book up in a used bookstore in San Francisco. I was at a crossroads in my life. I thought I really wanted to move up to the Bay Area for good. I thought that Southern California offered me as much as it possibly could, but now it was time to move to a different, higher part of the state.

What it was really time for was to move to a different, higher state of consciousness. It wasn't necessarily Southern California that wasn't offering anything more to my life, I wasn't offering anything more to my life. I was in a slump creatively, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and you know what they say what the difference is between a slump and a grave --- about six feet.

Fortunately (or unfortunately according to some of my family members) I came across the three musketeers; Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, and Timothy Leary. I had long been interested in LDS but I wasn't ready to give up coffee and I didn't realy believe in polygamy...oh, wait, that's Latter Day Saints...I meant, LSD...lysergic acid diethylamide...Albert Hoffman's "problem child".

I had already been meditating and deeply studying Spirituality/metaphysics for a few years and I had many breakthroughs in many areas of my life, but like I said earlier, I felt I was in a slump. Maybe I should've just kept on doing it the 'old fashioned way' because psychedelics may promise enlightenment, but like most drugs do, they tend to lie.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sam on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is undoubtedly Learys definitive work.This guide book is absolutely essential if you are going to take a psychedelic drug.It really makes sense of the visions and sensations you will encounter in the different stages,or Bardos of the trip.To put it simply and to the point,Lennon said of this book,"Learys method is the only way to trip".It really is a great guide book that should send you in the right direction. PRICELESS.
P.S:All the negative reviews of this book all seem to miss the point...its a GUIDEBOOK in the truest sense of the word,an internal 'roadmap'.Its not meant to preach to you a certain point,its there to be used as a manual-to memorize and if need be,to read during your trip.You will need to get beyond the sometimes 'poetic' style and get to the essence of the message.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By @d!m00L@# on August 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent and concise manual on how to use the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying to be able to gain perception of the clear light.

The reason for this book is NOT to give instant enlightenment. The purpose of this book is to practice the art of correct and conscious dying by using your mind to properly navigate the bardo.

Traditionally in Tibet this book would be used in 2 instances. The first is during a retreat known as dark room where the monks and nuns literally go into complete light isolation for a period of 49 days. During the initial 2 weeks the brain chemistry is radically altered to produce endogenous entheogens believed to be DMT. This way the bardo thodol can be experienced in holographic 3D mind projections or hallucinations. The only other time the bardo thodol is used is to read it to a person whom is actually dying to utilize the time of death as an opportunity to reach enlightenment through the perception of the clear light.

Psychedelics and dark room retreats are used in the same way a pilot would use a jet simulator. You can practice dying over and over again until you are able to quickly and easily perceive the clear light upon death (ego loss) and attain nirvana. In this instance ones mindstream will instantly be transferred into the realm of pure light or the 4th dimension.

This book helps one to experience the state of samadhi or rigpa which is the state of non-dual consciousness. The experience of rigpa is necessary to the practice of the inner tantras like dzogchen.

Even though this book mentions LSD, I suggest that we should only stick with the time tested entheogens used through out history like ayahuasca, iboga, peyote, san pedro etc....
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