How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World: Visionary and Indigenous Voices Speak Out (Paperback)
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Inspiring teachings centered on navigating our world’s collective challenges with indigenous wisdom and the power of psychedelics
• With contributions from Christopher Bache, Zoe Helene, Dennis McKenna, Martina Hoffmann, The Dank Duchess, Jamie Wheal, Grandmother Maria Alice, and others
• Explores the immense healing intelligence of nature, the wisdom of ancient Indigenous prophecies and shamanic practices, the importance of the Divine Feminine for environmental regeneration, and the crucial role of psychedelic and entheogenic plants in initiating transformations of consciousness
Exploring the way forward for humanity in the face of unprecedented crisis, more than 25 contributors show how the wisdom of Indigenous peoples and the power of psychedelics can help us enact the radical shift in consciousness necessary to navigate the collapse of the old world order and the birth of a new consciousness.
We hear from psychedelic visionaries Christopher Bache, Zoe Helene, Wade Davis, Chris Kilham, Laurel Sugden, and others on the promise of psychedelic medicines for spiritual and healing work. We learn about Indigenous stories to support our transformation from Native American leader Solana Booth, ancestral memory from Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire, cannabis’s role in world building from Minelli Eustàcio-Costa, the ritual roots of talking plants from Michael Stuart Ani, and alchemy across the arc of time from shaman Ya’Acov Darling Khan. We also hear from cannabis grower The Dank Duchess; Tyson Yunkaporta, Australian Aboriginal artist and scholar; visionary artist Martina Hoffmann; activist Duane Elgin; Kohenet Rachel Kann, ordained Jewish priestess and ceremonialist; and several other wise leaders for our time.
Throughout these profound essays we are reminded of the immense healing intelligence of our plant allies, of the wisdom of shamanic practices, of the importance of the Divine Feminine for environmental regeneration, and of the crucial role of entheogenic plants in initiating transformations of consciousness and healing our world’s collective disconnection from Spirit.
About the Author
Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. The author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as a part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Julie Holland, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. An expert on street drugs and intoxication states, she was the attending psychiatrist in the Psych ER at Bellevue Hospital from 1996 to 2005 and regularly appears on the Today Show. The editor of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis and Ecstasy: The Complete Guide and the author of the bestselling Weekends at Bellevue, she lives in the Hudson Valley.
“A stirring and timely call for humanity to co-creatively unite in altruistic service and give birth to a regenerative whole-systems planetary culture--a shared experience of reverence and respect for all our relations, human and nonhuman, seen and unseen. I predict this remarkable book will quickly become required reading in the hands of all entheogen-honoring servants of the Great Work--HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”
— Oscar Miro-Quesada, author, kamasqua curandero, and founder of the Heart of the Healer
“There are lessons and solutions woven throughout. Readers will be enriched and enlightened by the writings of these wisdomkeepers.”
— Pamela Kryskow, M.D., founding member of the Psychedelic Association of Canada
“The contributors write passionately on what each of us can do to restore the natural harmony so the full diversity of species can flourish. No easy answers but an amazing amount of wisdom, especially from Indigenous traditions who have incorporated psychedelic visions and insights into their cultural matrix for hundreds of years. Reading this book will leave you sobered, inspired, and determined to do what you can. Truth telling is often uncomfortable, but nothing moves us forward more forcefully.”
— James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide
“The breadth of perspectives offered by each of the contributors helps balance the daunting and inescapable challenges of our planetary crisis.”
— Selma Holden, M.D., integrative physician at Good Medicine Collective
“This book is an extraordinary overview of the promise psychedelics have for opening our hearts, seeing our self-imposed, culturally reinforced spiritual blindness, and waking us to the creative possibilities for our collective future.”
— Alex Grey, author of Sacred Mirrors
“Comprehensive perspectives on the current evolution of human consciousness, now increasingly catalyzed by the competent, respectful use of psychedelic substances. Not only do these visionary essays educate and enlighten the reader, but they also somehow dampen our cynicism and invite courage to affirm life with courage and hope.”
— William A. Richards, Ph.D., author of Sacred Knowledge
“Ever since the 1960s, psychedelic enthusiasts have claimed that if you turn on the world, the world will change for the better. Now that plant medicines and magic molecules are hitting the global mainstream, this flowering is arguably closer than ever before. But we need more than high hopes to bring on the bloom. The voices in this stellar collection--young Turks, old heads, First Peoples, doctors of science and Spirit--fan the flames of possibility with the courage, vision, and canny wisdom demanded by the task.”
— Erik Davis, author of High Weirdness
“Gray has once again assembled a truly inspired group of top thinkers in the psychedelic renaissance to contribute to this timely and important work. As psychedelics become more mainstream and corporate interests, venture capitalists, and ignorant ‘influencers’ attempt to sink their fangs into a culture they know nothing about, books like this one serve as an important counterweight to amplify the voices of those who truly love, respect, and understand the dynamics of plant and fungal medicines.”
— Thomas Hatsis, author of LSD--The Wonder Child
“Often--but not solely--informed by their skillful use of psychedelic sacraments, these twenty-five brilliant contributors show how we can awaken our hearts and minds and work toward creating a world we and our descendants can embrace and rejoice in.”
— David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and psychedelic philanthropist
“This book is a call to action. Gray has put together a much-needed collection of hopeful essays, images, poetry, and prayers to inspire us to forge through our suffering into an awakening of the conscious and unconscious collective.”
— Dominique Morisano, Ph.D., C.Psych., adjunct professor at the University of Toronto
“An authentic, heartfelt, and spiritually inspired work! Stephen Gray has put together an eloquent collection of writings by those who are deeply connected to the spirit of nature in all her glory. Each contributor shares marvelous insights into what it means to be human in our age of potential accelerated psycho-spiritual evolution. Will we meet the challenge? This book is one more step on that path. The time is now. Tune in, energize, evolve, and engage.”
— Keith Lowenstein, M.D., author of Kriya Yoga for Self-Discovery