A vision [is] not, as the modern philosophy supposes, a cloudy vapor or a nothing, but [is] organized ansd minutely articulated beyond all that the mortal and perishing nature can produce. He who does not imagine in stronger and better lineaments, and in stronger and better light than his perishing eye can see, does not imagine at all. -William Blake
for all who had the courage to share for this book some of the most private, intimate, and momentous details of their lives.
for the spirit of the late Terence McKenna, a true Magellan of the imagination and Copernicus of the hyperreal, who braved the alien otherness of it all and sighted myriad new heavenly bodies in the cosmos of consciousness.
for my mother, that she may finally understand some of the things that so worried her in my student years.
for Mark, Fred, and Iris, who were there when I made my glimpses through the wall and on such occasions helped to spark the ineffable, and
for Doug and Andy, who didn't make it back from the longest trip of all.
Psychedelics are notorious today because of the rude splash they made in the Sixties and Seventies, when the tidal wave of altered consciousness they unleashed billowed across the social landscape, upsetting many an apple cart, Newtonian and otherwise, along the way.
Taking a balanced, objective approach, the book depicts a broad spectrum of altered states, from the sublime to the terrifying. Included are fifty narratives about unforgettable psychedelic experiences from an international array of subjects representing all walks of life. Supplemental essays provide a synopsis of the history and culture of psychedelics and a discussion of the kinetics of tripping.
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