The Ecstatic Adventure
Reports of Chemical Explorations of the Inner World
Introduced and Edited by Ralph Metzner
The Ecstatic Adventure
©1968 by Ralph Metzner
Library of Congress 68-15269
|FOREWORD||by Alan Watts|
|INTRODUCTION|| by Ralph Metzner|
in which the editor attempts to place current psychedelic events in historical perspective and indicate salient trends.
|CHAPTER 1||At Play In The Fields Of The Lord|
by Peter Matthiessen
in which a distinguished novelist-naturalist describes the ayahuasca visions of a half-caste Cheyenne Indian.
Experiences Described in the Language of Psychology
|CHAPTER 2||A Kind of Harmonious and Convincing Equilibrium|
by Rolf von Eckartsberg
in which an existential philosopher-psychologist plays back his observations of the
sensitized nuances of being and perceiving under psilocybin.
|CHAPTER 3||Of Hell and Heavenly Blue|
by Stanley Krippner
in which a clinical psychologist struggles and comes to terms with human loneliness
and isolation under the influence of morning-glory seeds.
|CHAPTER 4||Psychiatry vs. God|
by Joseph Havens
in which a Quaker psychotherapist describes the "great doubt" and "terror" of a
Experiences Described in the Language of Religion
|CHAPTER 5||Empirical Metaphysics |
by Huston Smith
in which an eminent religious scholar and MIT professor tells how mescaline showed him directly what he bad only thought (and written) about before.
|CHAPTER 6||Shaking To The Foundations|
by Walter H. Clark
in which a distinguished teacher of religion gives a biblical commentary on his ecstatic experience with LSD.
|CHAPTER 7||The Oneness in God, The Vision of Christ, The Crucifixion|
by the Reverend Mary Hart
in which a lady Protestant minister descends into an inferno of madness and sin, makes the final act of faith and is restored to radiance.
|CHAPTER 8||Uncontainable Joy|
by John Robertson
in which a student of theology and mysticism ceases to exist and becomes immersed
in the ground of Being.
|CHAPTER 9||The Point Is That Life is a Gesture|
by Alan Watts
in which the friendly word-magician discovers once again that life is purposeless play and there isn't any problem.
|CHAPTER 10||The Conscious Ascent of the Soul|
by Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter
in which a Hasidic rabbi dances at midnight in the shrine with all his bones and struggles to pray in the garden at dawn with all his hand and mind tied by the holy ribbon to the hand and mind of a goy.
|CHAPTER 11||Consciousness, Energy, Bliss|
by John Blofeld
in which a Buddhist scholar describes a high yogic experience with mescaline in the language of the "diamond-thunderbolt" school of Buddhism.
Poems by Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary
Experiences of Therapeutic Self -Confrontation
|CHAPTER 12||From Character Disorder to Mystical Philosopher|
in which a series of Sessions with LSD and Ritalin progresses from Freudian sexual hallucinations to union with the real Self.
|CHAPTER 13||The Crime Game|
by George Castayne
in which a convict under psilocybin discovers the bewildering chaos of his life.
|CHAPTER 14||Flights Go Down|
by Sugar Wagner
in which an overdose nightmare plunge in the oily vortex of black nothingness results afterwards in all good things happening.
|CHAPTER 15||The Eyes Of The Child-Corpse Were Open Wide|
by Linda Sontag
in which a seventeen-year-old college freshman amphetamine addict takes LSD and, to her surprise, is liberated from cellular slavery.
Experiences Programmed for Creative Problem-Solving
|CHAPTER 16||The Designs Were More Free|
by Henrik Bull
in which a professional architect under LSD finds that cobwebs, blocks and binds disappear and outlines three designs in three hours.
|CHAPTER 17||Through A Mellowness Filter |
by Irwin Wunderman
in which an engineer-physicist psychedelically considers the problem "What is a photon?" and develops a model that satisfies all the known constraints.
|CHAPTER 18||Toward The City Of The Future |
by Eric Clough
in which a California architect takes mescaline in a creativity project, envisions buildings of the past and future and rapidly designs a project for the present.
Experiences of Parents and Children
|CHAPTER 19||To Be Able to Say: Thou, Really to Love |
by Rolf and Elsa von Eckartsberg
in which a husband and wife experience ecstatic fusion of male-female energies, magnetic union, liberation in sacrifice.
|CHAPTER 20||Ecstatic Childbirth |
by Karin and Ronald Harvey
in which a young mother describes giving birth under LSD with energetic ease, and she and her husband give a free-wheeling account of the impact of LSD on marriage, business and modem life.
|CHAPTER 21||The Eyes Of Wonder|
by Charles Soames and Arnold West
in which a twelve-year-old and nine-year-old give an account of their first encounters
with inner realities.
|CHAPTER 22||Dropping Out Tuning In |
in which three ex-college students report how they dropped out of school in order to begin their real education.
Experiences of New Dimensions
|CHAPTER 23||The Refinement of Vision|
by Gray Henry
in which a college girl explores some less substantial dimensions of matter, and encounters the basic mythic nature of her sex.
|CHAPTER 24||Other Worlds, Other Times |
by Ken Green
in which a young American yogi shoots himself out of the body with STP, hurtles through incarnations, is attacked by a malevolent spirit and rescued by the power of mantra and guru.
|CHAPTER 25||In Tune With Positives|
by David Crosby
in which one of The Byrds talks poetry, music, acid, telepathy, electronic sound, marihuana, mind gardens, hippies, trips, love, freedom, trees, growth, change, peace.