Spotlight: LSD: Enriched Realities

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Contrary to the scientific belief that consciousness originates in the brain, research is now showing that consciousness is not created in the brain but that the brain functions as a filtering mechanism for consciousness. We can imagine that consciousness is like the sun and our thoughts are like clouds that filter out pure consciousness. If the clouds go away a greater field of consciousness can be experienced. For example: people report ultra-real experiences during near-death episodes in which there is almost no brain function and sometimes when there is no brain function at all. Some neuroscientists have suggested that during an LSD experience the filtering system of the brain is cancelled. From the New Dimensions deep archive of programs we bring you some experts in LSD research. The “neuronauts” highlighted in these gems bring historical accounts from some early explorers of the positive potential of LSD research.


 Albert HofmannMetamind — Metamorphosis
with Albert Hofmann

Program 1787
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In April 1943, working in his Sandoz laboratory, the Swiss research chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovered LSD-25, and thus changed the lives of millions over the next decades. Here he tells how LSD affected his own life and, in the process, weaves an intriguing story of mysticism in the midst of science. Read more »


 Timothy Leary Ram Dass Albert Hofmann

LSD: A Generation Later
with Albert Hofmann, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Ph.D., and others

Program 1184
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“A meeting of nobody special about nothing in particular.” An exquisite gathering of rascals including Albert Hoffmann (discoverer of LSD), Ram Dass (Richard Alpert, Ph.D.), Timothy Leary, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., John Lilly, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen Gaskin, David Smith, M.D., and Irving Oyle, M.D. This is an audio “high”-school reunion guaranteed to blow your circuits however you’re plugged in. Read more »


The Neuronaut Returns
with Timothy Leary, Ph.D.

Program 1815
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Cosmic, crazy, and comic wisdom abound in this raucous romp through the galactic regions with the late Leary, Pied Piper of the sixties generation. His societal impact was undeniable. Whatever your belief system, Leary’s thinking challenges our preconceptions and this conversation is no exception. Read more »


 Allen GinsbergGinsberg Remembers
with Allen Ginsberg

Program 1634
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This is one man’s trip from the late 1940s to the early ‘80s, with lengthy stops in the Beat ’50s, the anti-war/psychedelic ’60s, and the ineffable ’70s. Poet, mystic, consciousness explorer, activist and singer, Ginsberg tells all about his activities and inspirations, from the literary trio of Blake, Burroughs and Kerouac to Tibetan Buddhism. Read more »