The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History and Use of LSD

By Christopher Gray

An exploration of the private and religious truths printed via LSD

• unearths that LSD visions weave an ongoing tale from journey to journey

• exhibits that journeys development via 3 levels: own concerns and pre-birth realization, ego-loss, and directly to the sacred

• Explores psychedelic use all through background, together with the mass hallucinations universal within the center a long time and the early healing use of LSD

Toward the tip of his fifties, Christopher grey took, for the 1st time in years, a 100-microgram acid journey. So notable, and to his shock so stress-free, have been the consequences that he started to take an identical dose within the similar way--quietly and on his own--once each to 3 weeks.

In The Acid Diaries, grey information his experimentation with LSD over a interval of 3 years and stocks the startling recognition that his visions have been weaving an ongoing tale from journey to journey, revealing an underlying fact of non-public and non secular truths. Following the theories of Stanislav Grof and delivering fees from others’ studies that parallel his own--including these of Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Gordon Wasson--he exhibits that journeys growth via 3 phases: the 1st facing own concerns and pre-birth recognition; the second one with ego-loss, usually with supernatural overtones; and the 3rd with sacred, religious, or even apocalyptic issues. Pairing his reports with an exploration of psychedelic use all through historical past, together with the ergot-spawned mass hallucinations that have been universal during the heart a long time and the early use of LSD for healing reasons, grey bargains readers a better realizing and appreciation for the capability price of LSD now not purely for transpersonal progress but additionally for non secular improvement.

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As with my Gran’s loss of life, the emotion felt so uncooked I couldn’t think 40 years had handed. at any place such thoughts are saved, it's past time as we all know it. To everyone’s shock (possibly before everything her own), Mum’s LSD psychotherapy became out to have labored. even if she consciously built-in whatever she by no means instructed me approximately, or even if the surprise of men throwing her out in the course of the evening broke a trend of compulsive habit, anything simple shifted. She patched issues up with my father, they bought the accursed Crooked Thatch, they usually moved into Oxford. For the 1st time in her existence, Mum acquired a directly job—at Blackwells, the collage booksellers—made new pals, and wrote a booklet approximately her breakdown and remedy with LSD. 15 Underground Psychotherapy whereas i would BEEN SORTING throughout the pile of pictures of my early life, I had additionally leafed during the albums of my very own relatives existence. Glancing at photos of my ex, of our son, of the areas we had lived jointly, I had questioned no matter if I couldn’t use a similar blend of pictures and LSD to scrub out and heal the various closing wounds left via what were a prolonged and painful breakup. Flushed with luck from the earlier periods, I couldn’t see why no longer. And so, or 3 weeks later, i used to be again sitting on my mattress with numerous cumbersome albums of pictures beside me at the cover, watching for the journey to return on. It looked as if it would take eternally ahead of i may suppose that surprising tremulousness, that feel of forthcoming secret that LSD throws sooner than itself like a shadow. The bed room was once turning out to be dim and commencing to fade—like the flicks while the curtain eventually components, i assumed excitedly. merely there wasn’t any motion picture. All that occurred was once i began to cough. I coughed, and that i coughed. I hadn’t had a hint of a cough a second ahead of, yet now i used to be gasping for breath. There’s anything improper approximately this, i assumed shortly. The experience of inflammation wasn’t positioned in any specific position, nor did coughing carry any unlock. might be there’s anything stuck in my throat, i assumed, so I went into the lavatory to aim to peddle it up . . . yet no, there has been not anything. respiring was once getting tricky and that i was once commencing to panic while, as suddenly because it had began, the coughing stopped. What on the earth was once that? I puzzled, as I went again to the bed room and sat down back with the albums. yet what occurred subsequent used to be both disconcerting. the 1st picture I got here to used to be one in every of Asha (that’s my ex) taken while she was once pregnant. I checked out it for some time . . . and located I didn’t consider whatever. Nonplussed, I checked out a moment one . . . and located that used to be as dead because the first. a 3rd used to be an identical. I couldn’t think it, the vibrancy of my youth photos—the poetry, their devastating poignancy—simply wasn’t there. Hurriedly I searched for one in every of our son . . . and, definite, that one labored. Taken whilst he had misplaced his entrance enamel, it went instantly to my center. I became the pages of the album, and the entire photographs of him had an analogous gleaming, chuffed caliber .

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