Higher Wisdom, I-II









Walsh & Grob




Grob & Bravo

High Road



James Fadiman

Transpersonal Transitions



Albert Hofmann

Molecules to Mystery



Myron Stolaroff

People Change



the Shulgins





Betty Eisner

Psychedelic Therapy



Gary Fisher

Treating the Untreatable



Stanislav Grof

Great Awakening




Walsh & Grob

Psychedelics & the Western World


pp. 3, 5 secret experiments

p. 3

unwilling victims of secret CIA experiments”

p. 5, n. 12

M. Lee and L. Shlain : Acid Dreams : the CIA. NY : Grove Weidenfeld, 1985. {another similar book is :- Alexander Cockburn & Jeffery St. Clair : Whiteout : the CIA, Drugs and the Press.}



Grob & Bravo

High Road


pp. 8, 13 various experiments with LSD

p. 8

code name MK-ULTRA” : “Government-sponsored programs included surreptitiously spiking drinks of federal employees, resulting in some occasions in serious psychological trauma.” {“CIA ... doctored ... drink with LSD.” (LW, p. 261)} {By “the CIA ... a volunteer ... unaware of the nature of of the drug ... had been given LSD” (LW, p. 262).} {“put some LSD in her drink ... under the MKULTRA” (LW, p. 269).

p. 13

Aldous Huxley ... went on to call for a science of experimental mysticism in his landmark 1954 book, The Doors of Perception. ... It was thus, that on November 22, 1963, as he lay dying, Huxley received ... LSD. Along with the death of President Kennedy on that same day”.

LW = Mark Lane : Last Word. Skyhorse Publ, NY, 2011.


1. (pp. 25-45) James Fadiman "Transpersonal Transitions".

pp. 32-3 LSD is taken by research scientists in order to improve their performance in own scientific engineering projects

p. 32

we could design the study under a low dose, ... we were asking the subjects in the study ... to focus on the technical problems of research design ... . ... We began to run this really gorgeous study with senior research scientists from a number of companies. We told them that we’d assist them in their most pressing technological problems, , particularly if they were really stuck. ... We had a range of people from the hard sciences, from theoretical mathematicians to architects. ... .

p. 33

We did however, publish those results, and ... this was a totally acceptable way to bring into the culture, ... because these were problems that people wanted to work on, things that mattered to them.”

p. 34 JTP

"I did ... begin to work with became the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. ... The Journal came out of a meeting at Esalen that we put together with the help of Esalen's founder, Michael Murphy."

p. 35 deceitful psychologists; fearful scientists

"Psychology has a wonderful knack of turning disagreement into derangement, disability, or pathology.

In the scientific world, "fear" is usually called "skepticism.""

{Because they dread losing their jobs if they express any agreement with any feasible means (such as non-physical supernatural means) of abolishing capitalism, scientists will publicly express doubt that such means could exist.}

p. 37 computer scientists as an instance of a category of people unwilling knowingly to rendre themselves guilty under laws which criminalize psychedelic drugs

"Computer programmers ... from the first wave of computer companies. nerly all of them were deeply affected by psychedelics. But you won't find any mention of psychedelics in the {official} history of computers, because it didn't serve them to mention it, except to one another."

pp. 38-9 the general public is aware of being lied to by flunkey-stooges of the capitalist government

p. 38

Already "in say 1967, ... young people assumed that if someone was introduced to them as a government official or as a physician, then they were about to be

p. 39

lied to. That core understanding -- that you cannot trust your government to tell you about your own inner experience -- has been maintained since them."

pp. 39-40 absence of freedom of religion the United States due to the capitalist-controlled U.S. government

p. 39

"The entheogenic context says that religion is a private act, and that government suppression of private, internal events is fundamentally against humanity. ... I now realize that government did not just stop my research ... . What it really did was say, "You may not practice your religion, or we will physically imprison you.""

p. 40

"This is a real Inquisition era that we've moved into, where the goal of an enormous number of people is to prevent others from ... the right to have religion".

pp. 43-4 the author's advice

p. 43

"A good bit of advice is : Never trust anyone in the media {news services}".

p. 44

"On the spiritual side, I encourage people to continue to let the divine wind blow through them ..., whether its satsang {as, of Radhaswami} ... or whatever."

p. 44 optimism via psychedelics

"But one of the things about the correct use of entheogens is that it engenders a cpre of optimism that no amount of "this world" {capitalistic impiety} can defeat. If you look through history with entheogenic eyes, you realize that, since the truth is always available, some people are going to discover it one way or another in every generation."


2. (pp. 47-53) Albert Hofmann : "From Molecules to Mystery".

p. 47 discovery of LSD

"Albert Hofmann was born in Baden, Switzerland. ... Methodically creating variations of one particular ergot derivative, lysergic acid, in 1938 he synthesized the twenty-fifth in the series -- lysergic acid diethylamide -- which he identified as LSD-25."

p. 49 usefulness of LSD

"Delysid@, the name I gave to LSD, was used safely and was the subject of thousands of publications in the professional literature. ... When Delysid@ was \distributed legally by Sandoz, it came with a little brochure that explained how it could be used ... to experience these extraordinary states of mind."

pp. 50-2 doors of perception into the spiritual world

p. 50

"Some are looking for a happiness and satisfaction born of the spiritual world. They are looking for ... psychedelic drugs. ... The doors of perception must be opened."

p. 51

"What [material] science has brought to light ... is only one part, only one side of our existence. ... But ... the material world is only the manifestation of the spiritual world. ...

p. 52

We must have the spiritual experience directly. ... doors of perception must be cleansed. And if the experience does not come spontaneously, on its own, then we may make use of what Aldous Huxley called a "gratuitous grace." This may take the form of psychedlic drugs".

"This transpersonal view takes into account the material world and the spiritual world, It recognizes that we are simultaneously part of both worlds."

p. 53, fn. 1 articles "articles of Albert Hoffmann's work with ... LSD and psilocybin ... can be found on-line at" http://www.erowid.org/references/hofmann_collection.phphttp://www.erowid.org/references/hofmann_collection.phphttp://www.erowid.org/references/hofmann_collection.php


3. (pp. 55-67) Myron Stolaroff: "How Much Can People Change?"

pp. 55, 61, 67 literature on psychedlics

p. 55

Myron "Stolaroff published two well-received books ... during the 1990s,

Thanatos to Eros : Thirty-fire Years of Psychedelic Exploration and The Secret Chief : Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psaychedelic Therapy Movement."

p. 61

"William Elliott's book Tying Rocks to Clouds".

p. 67

"Jay Stevens ... writing Storming Heaven, his book on the history of psychedelics".


4. (pp. 69-83) Alexander "Sasha" & Ann Shulgin : "Frontiers of Pharmacology".

p. 70 books authored by them

"With her husband Sasha, she [Ann] has coauthored the highly influential books

PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved) and

TIHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known And Loved)".

pp. 81-2 undetermined combinations of drugs

p. 81

"There are also several cacti ... that are rich in new alkaloids, none of them known to be psychoactive in man, and yet the total plant extracts are indeed active! ... is it some combination of components that does the job?"

p. 82

"Ayahuasca ... is usually not made from just a single plant, but from a combination of plants. The components used in the preparation are variable ... . Although the active ingredients are classically assumed to be ... (DMT) and harmaline, I have seen active ayahuasca drinks that do not contain either compound."


5. (pp. 91-101) Betty Eisner "The Birth ... of Psychedelic Therapy".

pp. 96-8 drugs used instead of LSD

p. 96

"Virginia Johnson used very high doses of Ritalin, but she didn't use LSD. Another therapist, Tom Ling, ... wrote some papers on Ritalin in combination with LSD."

p. 97

"ketamin at a group session in a ... clinic."

p. 98

"carbogen -- also known as Meduna's mixture (30 percent carbone dioxide, 70 percent oxygen) ... produced a lot of strange expereinces, and ... it could really help."

p. 99 the term /psychedelic/

" "Psychedelic" has a lovely history. It was invented, through a dialogue between Humphrey Osmond and Aldous Huxley. In a little poem, Osmond suggested :

"To fathom Hell or soar angelic, Just take a pinch of psychedelic.""

p. 101, n. 1 music

"For a discussion of the imprtance of music in the psychedelic therapy session, see ... Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 29, no. 2 (1997):213-16."


6. (pp. 103-17) Gary Fisher : "Treating the Untreatable".

pp. 103-4 psychedelic drugs for

p. 103

Gary Fisher wrote " "The psycholytic treatment of a ... girl," published in a 1970 issue ... (London)."

p. 104

p. 104 "we were trying LSD with psychotic children".

p. 108 organizations promoting psychedelic drugs

"Timothy Leary had set up an organization, the International Federation for Internal Freedom. ...

Eventually, after being kicked out of the Caribbean, we got to Millbrook, New York ..., so we decided that we would become an ashram".

p. 110 LSD for the dying

"The paper, "Psychotherapy for the Dying : ... with Special Reference to the Utilization of LSD," was published in 1970 in the journal Omega."

p. 112 literary sources of the author (G.F.)'s religious beliefs

"I started studying Agni Yoga, and then Zen ... . ... Castaneda's books came out, and of course I read those. And then Jane Robert's books on the Seth material. The Seth material in Robert's book The Nature of Personal Reality ... nails down in nice detail how our universe works."

p. 113 the author's praeferred drugs of choice

"If working with people who have done a lot of internal work {philosophical contemplation}, my drug of choice would be psilocybin. But we used hefty amounts of psilocybin. Of course ..., using 400 micrograms of LSD after the psilocybin gives you more assurance that the necessary "boost" is there."

p. 114 usefulness of psychedelics generally

"They could be used as training tools in any sort of investigation on the planet! If you're focused on something, have an intention, and go into an expanded state of consciousness, you're going to understand what your're working with in a totally new perspective. It doesn't matterwhat area of inquiry you're lloking into. Psychedelics could be useful in any form of inquiry."


7. (pp. 119-44) Stanislav Grof : "The Great Awakening : ... LSD Psychotherapy".

pp. 119-20 biography

p. 119

"Stanislav Grof" : "Beginning at Charles Universtiy in Prague ..., he supervised several thousand clinical and research sessions with psychedelics, considerably more than any other researcher. ... Grof constructed a vast metaphysical vision, which he summarized in his book The Cosmic Game. ... With his wife Christina, he ... cofounded the Spiritual Emergencies Network. Together they also devised ... holotropic breathwork, which is now widely used around the world.

p. 120

... He is also the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association and cofounder with Christina Grof of Grof Transpersonal Training in Mill Valley, California."

p. 123 the author's attaiment of cosmic consciousness

"my consciousness was catapulted out of my body. ... I lost the planet. I had a sense that my consciousness had absolutely no boundaries, and I had become all of existence. ... For what seemed like an eternity, ... the whole universe universe became the playground of my consciousness. There were all kinds of incredible astronomical processes happening, for which I did not have any concepts, let alone names."

pp. 123-4 research in Prague

p. 123

"I joined a group of researchers working in Prague, who ... were conducting a comparative study of psychoactive substances. ... We worked with LSD, LAE, psilocybin, DMT, DET, and DPT. We had contact with the Canadian researchers Humphry Osmond and Abe Hoffer, and ... adrenochrome

p. 124

and adrenolutine that they provided. Our group receive the prestigious Purkyne Award from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences for the discovery of psychedelic properties of benactyzine."

p. 125 psychedelics as catalysts for energizing

"I realized that psychedelics ... were catalysts of psychological and psychsomatic processes. ... . ... by increasing the energetic level in the psyche, they were bringing into consciousness the contents from the depth of the unconscious."

p. 137 the author's psychedelic conversion to a repudiation of Freudism

"I was brought up with psychoanalysis, where the picture of human nature is pretty grim. According to Freud, our deepest nature is bestial ... . ...

{The same is true with Christianity; and with Stalinism, wherein the author was "brought up". But in fact, only Stalin's own nature is "bestial".}

This image of human nature that I inherited from my Freudian training rapidly dissolved for me when I started doing psychedelic work. All of the elements of the psychological underworld that Freud talked about ... turned out to be more like a screen that separates us from who we really are, rather than representing our true and deepest nature.

The picture of human nature that emerged from my work with psychedelics and my own psychedelic experieuces was diametrically opposite to Freud's view. In fact, ... out true and deepest nature is not bestial, but divine. ... We ... are Atman-Brahman, the creative principle of the universe -- the Universal Mind or Absolute cvonsciousness.

I also repeatedly saw people involved in responsible work with psychedelics developeing in the direction ... from values imposed on them by ... society {capitalist-Christian and Nazi-Stalinist society, that is}, to meta-values and meta-motivations. They discovered within themselves true senses of justice and beauty, genuine love and altruism, compassion, and so on. And they developed a deep sense of connection with the cosmos".

p. 138 antarabhava (bardo)

"Many of my psychedelic experiences took me into the realm that the Tibetan Buddhists refer to as bardo, the intermediate state after death and before reincarnation. And these expereinces were very convincing. I can ... say ... that when my body dies, ... my consciousness and existence will in some form continue beyond death.

And I believe that this continuation is going to be similar to what I have experienced in some of my psychedelic sessions."

{The reason why, instead of remaining in cosmic consciousness after death, many good persons nevertheless redincarnate into mortal bodies, is simply because while they are abiding within material bodies they are more readily able to combat the twin-evils of capitalism-Christianity and Naziism-Stalinism.}

pp. 139-40 transhumanistic/transpersonal psychology

p. 139

"When I came to the United States, I was invited to conduct workshops at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur, California. ... there, it was pointed out to me that my theories of consciousness were very similar to what Abe Maslow had ..., only he studied spontaneous mystical experiences. At this time I had ... a manuscript entitled Agony and Ecstasy ... . So I sent this manuscript to Abe Maslow, and I got an enthusiastic response from him. .... Abe ... was given ... a house in Palo Alto and enough money to free him from academic duties. ... At this point, he and Tony Sutich ... discussed the need for an new

p. 140

... psychology ... . They initially labeled it "transhumanistic psychology."Abe snd Tony invited me to join a small discussion group ... in Palo Alto, which was formulating ... this new psychology. It other members were Jim Fadiman, Sonja Margulies, and Gaby Margulies. ... I talked about an important category {namely, cosmic consciousness?} of psychedelic experiences. These were experiences, the existence of which I saw as a mortal challenge for the current paradigm in academic psychology and monistic materialism of Western science."

pp. 141-2 personal events

p. 141

"In 1972, I married the anthropologist Joan Halifax, who joined me in Baltimore." "In 1973, within a month, I got twelve different offers from American publishers to write a book about psychedelics! ...

p. 142

So I signed a contract with Viking Press for my first book, Realms of the Human Unconscious."

pp. 140, 142 events leading to the outlawing of research in psychedelics

p. 140

"in March 1967 ..., a paper on the effect of LSD on chromosomes had been published, which generated public hysteria concerning possible deleterious effects of LSD .... . This chromosome scare later turned out to be founded and based on bad science".

p. 142

"the use of psychedelics moved ... to ... the counterculture, and became a mass phenomenon. ... In addition, the people who were involved in this cultural revolution ... were provocative and clearly identifiable : they were the hippies. The hippies violated social codes. ... Both genders advocated free sex and enjoyed nudity. They painted their cars in psychedelic colors and patterns. On top of it, the hippies ... protested the war in Vietnam. ...

The government miscategorized psychedelics into the class of Schedule I drugs, meaning that they have [according to the government] no therapeutic value ".

{The reason why the capitalist government forbade psychedelic drugs was not because of hippies' violation of "social codes", but because (imbued with courage by the psychedelics) the hippies were beginning to advocate the abolition of capitalism.}

p. 143 new paradigms in science

"in the last several decades, there has been an increasing erosion of the most fundamental tenets of the old paradigm in science. ... the holonomic theory of David Bohm, the holographic model of Karl Pribram, Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphogenetic fields ... are the most salient examples."


Roger Walsh & Charles S. Grob (edd.) : Higher Wisdom : eminent elders explore the continuing impact of psychedelics. State U of NY Pr, Albany, 2005.