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RALPH METZNER, PH.D., psychotherapist, author, psychedelic pioneer, philosopher, Professor Emeritus at California Institute of Integral Studies
“Psychoactive Substances in Shamanism and Psychotherapy”
This talk will review and compare the experiences and uses of ayahuasca in traditional Amazonian shamanic healing practices and contemporary contexts; the use of psilocybe mushrooms in historical, indigenous Mesoamerican culture for vision seeking and their contemporary applications (as psilocybin) in pre-dying preparation; the uses of iboga root in African initiation ceremonies and contemporary treatment of drug addiction. Emphasis will be on considering not only the drug effect, but the set and setting of the experience, and the underlying worldview of the individual and the culture (for example, about the after-life).
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological, philosophical and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He collaborated with Leary and Alpert in classic studies of psychedelics at Harvard University in the 1960s, co-authored The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. His books include The Unfolding Self, The Well of Remembrance, Green Psychology, The Expansion of Consciousness, Alchemical Divinationand Mind Space and Time Stream. He is the editor of two collections of essays on the pharmacology, anthropology and phenomenology of ayahuasca and of psilocybin mushrooms. He is also the president and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, dedicated to healing and harmonizing the relations between humanity and the Earth. More information on the Green Earth Foundation can be found here: greenearthfound.org.
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