Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution.
In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
Walt Disney was my great hero.
It became much more complicated politically to work with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics, particularly among young people.
When you read the psychedelic literature, there is a distinction between the so-called natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
My first LSD session in 1956. Since then my life has never been the same.
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.
There are people who can start having very powerful experiences without taking psychedelics. It can happen against their will. This is a universal phenomenon.
If consciousness can function independently of the body during one's lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death.
I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies.
It is possible to see the intermediate state between lives as being in a way more important than incarnate existence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.
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.
I have taken part in ceremonies with North American and Mexican shamans, as well as Brazilian ceremonies.
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.
It is possible to spend one's entire lifetime without ever experiencing the mystical realms or even without being aware of their existence.
The elimination of the fear of death transforms the individual's way of being in the world.
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.
The experiences associated with death were seen as visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced, studied, and carefully mapped.
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.
An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type.
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.
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.
There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.
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.
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.
Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.
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.
There is a similarity between the LSD effects and the experiences associated with the process of dying.
Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
Aldous Huxley actually used LSD to ease his transition at the time of his death.
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.
In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.
Patients reported that their psychedelic sessions were an invaluable experiential training for dying.
The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world.
Unlike scientism, science in the true sense of the word is open to unbiased investigation of any existing phenomena.
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.
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.
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.
Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.
The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence.
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.
Many cultures have independently developed a belief system in reincarnation that includes return of the unit of consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth.
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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