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A company in Switzerland had developed LSD, and since we were one of their clients, they sent us a complimentary sample.
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A number of cases have been reported in which a dying individual has a vision of a person about whose death he or she did not know.
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A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.
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A text of Tibetan Buddhism describes the time of death as a unique opportunity for spiritual liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth and a period that determines our next incarnation.
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According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes.
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Aldous Huxley actually used LSD to ease his transition at the time of his death.
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An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type.
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Ancient eschatological texts are actually maps of the inner territories of the psyche that seem to transcend race and culture and originate in the collective unconscious.
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Anthropologists have described rites of passage, elaborate rituals conducted by various aboriginal cultures at the time of important biological and social transitions, such as birth, circumcision, puberty, marriage, and dying.
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As long as I had easy access to psychedelics at the government-sponsored research project, most of my energy went into psychedelic sessions.
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At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope.
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Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution.
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Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body.
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Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise.
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Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.
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Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.
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For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
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Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.
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I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in.
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I had a very intense curiosity about this experience. I tried to get hold of all the literature that was available. Psychedelics became part of my work.
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I have taken part in ceremonies with North American and Mexican shamans, as well as Brazilian ceremonies.
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I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies.
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I never dreamt of becoming either a psychoanalyst or a physician.
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I read Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis in basically one sitting. I decided to enroll in medical school. It was almost like a conversion experience.
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I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very, very involved and interested in art, and particularly in animated movies.
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I volunteered for an LSD session. It was such a powerful opening of my own unconscious that I became more interested in psychedelics than in psychoanalysis.
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I was more and more impressed with the theory of psychoanalysis. But then when I started seeing clients, I saw how narrow its range was.
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I was working in the school of medicine in Prague. It was the beginning of the era of tranquilizers.
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If consciousness can function independently of the body during one's lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death.
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If people really want to work on very serious problems, they should do it in an ongoing therapeutic relationship, rather than flying to another city where they have no connections, and then going home with no follow-up.
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Imaginary creations of human fantasy had definite artistic beauty, but no relevance for everyday reality.
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In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
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In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.
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Individuals approaching death often experience encounters with their dead relatives, who seem to welcome them to the next world. These deathbed visions are authentic and convincing; they are often followed by a state of euphoria and seem to ease the transition.
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It became much more complicated politically to work with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics, particularly among young people.
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It is possible to see the intermediate state between lives as being in a way more important than incarnate existence.
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It is possible to spend one's entire lifetime without ever experiencing the mystical realms or even without being aware of their existence.
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It is possible to transcend the usual limitations of the body, ego, space, and linear time. The disappearance of spatial boundaries can lead to authentic identifications with other people, animals of different species, plant life, and inorganic materials.
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Just before I graduated from high school, I had an interview to start working in the film studios in Prague.
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Many cultures have independently developed a belief system in reincarnation that includes return of the unit of consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth.
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Many instances exist of small children who seem to remember and describe their previous life in another body, another place, and with other people. These memories emerge usually shortly after these children begin to talk.
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Many of us who have experienced psychedelics feel very much that they are sacred tools. They open spiritual awareness.
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Many people who have taken LSD, particularly in such a high dose, have a lot of respect for that ride. They realize what it is to ride a bicycle in that kind of a condition.
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Massive denial of death leads to social pathologies that have dangerous consequences for humanity. Modern consciousness research supports this point of view.
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Most of our energy is going into training people in holotropic breathwork. We have trained over 200 people, and 200 more are in training.
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My first LSD session in 1956. Since then my life has never been the same.
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Near-death experiences occur in about one-third of people who encounter various forms of life-threatening situations.
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On the basis of some animal experiments, they came to the conclusion that the most relevant aspect of the LSD effect involves the enzymatic transfer of oxygen on the subcellular level.
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One thing that is really missing is alternative facilities where people can come to be offered support rather than suppression.
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Patients reported that their psychedelic sessions were an invaluable experiential training for dying.
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People tend to qualify the discovery of the psychedelic effects of LSD as a pure accident. The history was more complex than that.
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Pre-industrial societies seemed to agree that death was not the ultimate defeat and end of everything, but an important transition.
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Presenting the books of the dead as manuals for the dying appeared to be a clever disguise invented by priests to protect their deeper esoteric meaning and message from the uninitiated.
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Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
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Researchers have reported a variety of phenomena which challenge conventional notions of death and survival. Numerous visions of people who had just died have been reported by their relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
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Rituals conducted at the time of death were designed to assist individuals facing the ultimate transition, or even specific guidance of the dying.
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Shamanism is universal; it can be found in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Polynesia.
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Some people are quite resistant to psychedelics, while others have very powerful experiences at very small dosages.
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Spontaneous, vivid reliving of past-life memories occur. Various degrees of remembering can happen in more or less ordinary states of consciousness.
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That was the direction psychiatric science was going at that time-we discovered the other dimensions; the spiritual, or the transpersonal dimension.
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The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world.
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The elimination of the fear of death transforms the individual's way of being in the world.
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The experiences associated with death were seen as visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced, studied, and carefully mapped.
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The function of the brain is to reduce all the available information and lock us into a limited experience of the world. LSD frees us from this restriction and opens us to a much larger experience.
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The great spiritual philosophies of the East developed effective forms of prayer, meditation, movement meditation, and breathing exercise with profound spiritual components.
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The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence.
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The knowledge of the realm of death makes it possible for the shaman to move freely back and forth and mediate these journeys for other people.
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The materialistic paradigm of Western science has been a major obstacle for any objective evaluation of the data describing the events occurring at the time of death.
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The motif of death plays an important role the human psyche in connection with archetypal and karmic material.
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The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness.
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The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
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The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival, since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death.
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The traditional approach explains the spectrum of the LSD experience as a release of information that is stored in the repositories of our brain.
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The traditional model that we have takes into consideration only the body and the brain, which is the most critical for psychiatry.
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There are people who can start having very powerful experiences without taking psychedelics. It can happen against their will. This is a universal phenomenon.
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There are reports of unexplained physical events occurring at the time of death, such as watches stopping and starting, bells ringing, paintings or photographs falling off the wall, that seem to announce a person's death.
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There is a similarity between the LSD effects and the experiences associated with the process of dying.
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There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain.
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There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
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Traditional academic science describes human beings as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines. We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs.
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Unlike scientism, science in the true sense of the word is open to unbiased investigation of any existing phenomena.
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Walt Disney was my great hero.
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We have more powerful ways of accessing the unconscious, which I have called the perinatal and the transpersonal.
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When you read the psychedelic literature, there is a distinction between the so-called natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
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Whether or not LSD research and therapy will return to society, the discoveries that psychedelics made possible have revolutionary implications for our understanding of the psyche, human nature, and the nature of reality.
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Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.
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