The Library

A generation that doesn't read has no past and has no future...




BOOKS -

LSD, My Problem Child - Albert Hofmann A personal account of the history of the discovery of LSD, written by the man who first created it and uncovered its effects - required reading.

The Psychedelic Experience - Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Ralph Metzner The classic guidebook for using psychedelics.
Based on The Tibetan Book Of The Dead. Possibly the most important book on the subject of psychedelics.

The Doors Of Perception - Aldous Huxley The single most famous literary description of a psychedelic experience, written in 1954 by the author of Brave New World, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, on his first experience with mescaline.

The Secret Chief - Conversations with a pioneer of the underground psychedelic therapy movement.
By Myron Stolaroff
Highly recommended reading in order to gain an appreciation of the books and articles above.

Thanatos To Eros - 35 Years of Psychedelic Exploration
By Myron Stolaroff

From the Preface:

This book is the story of how I overcame thanatos, the drive for death, to elicit eros, the drive for life.

The informed use of psychedelic substances has been a key element in my personal growth. The material presented here is not intended in any way to encourage the use of illicit substances. Nor for that matter, the uninformed use of any substance, licit or illicit. The substances described in this book are powerful, and can easily be misused. They should be employed only with integrity and a thorough knowledge of their characteristics, both benefits and adverse affects.



ARTICLES -

The Original Captain Trips - an article by Todd Brendan Fahey

Using Psychedelics Wisely - an outstanding article by Myron J. Stolaroff, early psychedelic researcher.
Highly recommended reading.

Are Psychedelics Useful In The Practice Of Buddhism? - an article by Myron J. Stolaroff, early psychedelic researcher.

The author describes his lifelong methods of using psychedelics to aid his own spiritual development, and responds to criticism from within the professional community. He discusses his choice of which psychedelic to use, as well as the appropriate doses for achieving each desired result along the way.



A talk by Ram Dass, 1969

Ram Dass (formerly Dr. Richard Alpert, PhD), along with Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Ralph Metzner, conducted the early experiments on the effects of LSD at Harvard, both on themselves and their associates, as well as on volunteer participants ranging from divinity students, through artists and musicians, to prisoners and alcoholics.

Frustrated by the inevitable 'coming down' from the clear and lucid state of the psychedelically-liberated mind and the return back to 'ordinary consciousness', he set out to the Far East in search of an answer to this problem. He tells his story in this talk given live to an audience of young people at the Hebb Auditorium, University of Vancouver, in 1969, shortly after returning from India. With wit and compassion, he creates an intimate atmosphere in which to consider the meaning of life from a unique viewpoint.

This talk is 2 hours and 18 minutes in length, and anyone considering listening to it is encouraged to create a comfortable, peaceful, and uninterruptable space in which to experience it to its fullest. It is offered here in the hope that you may find it an opportunity to share in a profound and potentially enlightening event. Consider treating this as if you had the good fortune to go and hear him speak.

To attend this talk, save the mp3 to your hard drive by right-clicking the following link and "Save Link As" to your hard drive. Mac users can Control-Click to bring up the Save As menu.

Ram Dass - Here We All Are Audio only - 99MB, 96K mp3





A short (8 minutes) documentary with Ram Dass, prior to his experiences in India, during the days when the government was trying to come to grips with the emerging counter-culture, early 60's -






Books about the Sixties, LSD and its effect on the 60s counterculture, and about the history of the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco in the 1960's:

Storming Heaven, LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens
Without question, the best-written account of LSD and its influence in the Sixties. It steers a clear and unbiased path through the events of the times, covering just about everything. Unlike just about every other book on the Sixties, this one has very few factual errors - only one or two small details are inaccurate in the entire book. A real pleasure to read.

The Man Who Turned On The World by Michael Hollingshead
How LSD was initially spread to interested people everywhere.
The Man Who Turned on the World (c)1973
Michael Hollingshead.

The Haight-Ashbury: A History by Charles Perry
A well-written book about the history of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco in the 60's.

The Summer of Love: Haight-Ashbury at its Highest by Gene Anthony
Stories from the Haight Ashbury scene, told by the author.
Illustrated with original photos.

Woodstock Census: The Nationwide Survey Of The Sixties Generation
Authors: Rex Weiner & Deanne Stillman
Publisher: Viking Press
Date: 1979
A look at what happened to the Woodstock Generation, 10 years later,
in their own words.






Most of the above books are available in print at the present time (July, 2007). I'm presenting them here under Fair Use terms for examination and the valuable knowledge they contain. Persons interested in serious study of these texts should purchase them from their local independent bookseller, or lacking that option, should buy them online at the usual places.

In any case, knowledge of what came before your time will help you to understand why the world is as it is now, and will help you to pass on the living truth to others, thus helping the cause of bringing some much-needed Light into the world we live in. Be the change you want to see, THINK FOR YOURSELF, make up your own mind, and may the pure Light within you guide your way on. Happy trails!

more to come!

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