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The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Summary

Called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use", James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose and microdose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience - from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. 

Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including microdosing, extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the Internet.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2011 James Fadiman (P)2018 Tantor

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valuable insight

great book everything you need to know to set you on the path for a good journey

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Tricky

Hard to accurately review this book as found the narrators voice annoying, was so many website links that were long and could have been referenced differently, quite monotonous but some important and interesting information for someone interested in the development of new mental healthcare treatments. Wouldn’t read again the whole way through but some parts were insightful and overall was worth reading the once. Returning this credit for something I really enjoy. Still very appreciative for James’s efforts to progress our understanding of entheogens and their potential for therapeutic applications.

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Sublime

Very accessible, interesting, well researched and encouraging.

If you’re a newbie to this world (like me) I’d highly recommend it

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filled me with enthusiasm and optimism

I hope one day people will look back at this book as a relic of the old ways, before they legalised and practised what seems unquestionably to be an answer to helping heal humanity on a individual and global scale. It certainly inspired me to do more research and get involved in a new community to better my self.

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too many website links

holy crap shut the hell up, I know you're reading the book but surely you'd adapt to an audio form. it's infuriating.

good book tho

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  • Weedsorwishes83
  • 16-07-18

Great Info but...

I found the information provided in the audio book to be important and helpful but a lot of the content lends itself better in print form. It was difficult to follow the science portions and test cases provided in the audio book format. Just something to keep it mind when trying to decide between the audio or print version.

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  • BRYAN
  • 25-05-18

Underwhelming for the initiated

There are a handful of earnest attempts to share entheogenic experiences in the last 3 hours very moving stuff that I think many walkers can relate to. A “darkness retreat” also sounded worthwhile; but overall, just for me, I guess I wanted more. More stories to see if we are all experiencing a similar connection. I don’t know what I expected to be honest, and there are great safety tips for those putting toes in the pool; but I guess if I’m honest I wanted an Alan Watts figure to walk me through his ideas and take aways from several decades of researching psychedelics and the human experience. A high bar I know. Haha, I just wish an 80 year old shaman would write a book of their experiences with people, gods and the plans that bind us.

I suppose I should be the change I want to see, right?

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  • Mike
  • 27-09-18

Not what I expected

Cool book. But, it seems to go over the same material in different chapters and repeats some information more than needed. I lost interest during a long segment of LSD trip reports, but still finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

unlistenable

Terrible narration and a book structure/format that doesn’t lend itself well to an audiobook (too many headings and subheadings in the text). Gave up early on which is unfortunate given my interest in the subject matter.

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  • Faye & Chad
  • 20-11-18

This book is one hell of a "TRIP"!

I thought it was a pretty informative, yet funny at times book about the psychedelic experience. But I was disappointed that Terence McKenna's great work with this topic wasn't given the attention it deserves. In my opinion he took the great works of some of the heavy hitters early on in the game and really added and expanded on it with his wonderful and charming sense of humor as well as his brilliant mind that would be studied until today. But all in all it was a pretty good book for people who are thinking about using psychedelics in the future.

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  • Nano
  • 06-09-18

Lots of information

As an eminent researcher and shepherd to future guides and researched this is a comprehensive point in time look at psychedelic experience and exposure in our country. It is sometimes tedious to follow. Lack of high quality current research (because of government bans) means there is quite a bit of annecdotal evidence and story reports. Hopefully this book continues the tradition of psychedelics for personal growth and healing.

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  • Bianca
  • 26-08-18

Fabulous resource, keep on hand!

A must read for people diving into psychedelic research and use, and an essential addition to any well rounded, forward-thinking personal library.

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  • TravisFW
  • 15-01-19

pragmatic, grounded, forthcoming, and convincing.

If it seems like you could skip a chapter that isn't really the info you're looking for, I listened to every word and I can tell you you can; do so. CH 8 was awesome. I've never dropped acid, but this review is a convincing argument that it is safe to do so under the right circumstances.

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  • Paul Spendlove
  • 07-12-18

Disappointing

This book accomplishes something incredible: it takes the most interesting subject out there and turns into the most boring book I've ever actually read all the way through.

The narrator's monotone blathering made my eyes glaze over like two shitty donuts. ( p = .01!!!!!) He was given a rambling mess of a manuscript to read and lived up to that standard.

Do yourself a favor and read Michael Pollen's book instead of this dumpster fire.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

It's All in the Title

I have dabbled in psychedelics, but have not yet taken the full journey of a high-dose LSD experience. I'm not nervous, just waiting for the right Set and Setting. In the meantime, this is a great guide to help alleviate any and all apprehensions -- or help you decide that this isn't the right path for you. It is very much fact and evidence based, and the agenda is not to convince you to take "drugs," but to empower you to make the right decision for yourself -- especially if you want to attempt to explore the depths of consciousness. The only issue I had with this had nothing to do with the content. The narrator is just ok. I'm following along in the paperback while I listen most of the time, and there are several spots when the punctuation is not properly adhered to, or when he puts the emPHAsis on the wrong syllABLE and it throws me off a bit. Probably wouldn't notice it quite as much without the reading along part, but there have been a couple examples of this that have stood out so bad that I know it would have bugged me even if I wasn't reading along. Other than that, the content is top notch. Dr. Fadiman has provided a great guide for psychonauts, explorers, and guides everywhere!

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