Out of the Shadows
About the Book
Psychedelic means “mind manifesting”. It seems likely that psychedelic agents have profoundly influenced the evolution of our most important civilisations and the development of our collective psyche. The use of psychedelics as cultural drivers and creativity enhancers in the modern era has shaped music, art, literature and depth psychology.
Psychedelics have acquired a certain reputation and polarise opinion.
- Are they sacred medicine or a threat to society?
- Do they lead us towards a deeper truth or immerse us in our shadow?
- Why are there such formidable barriers hindering scientific research into their possible benefits?
In their heyday, this remarkable group of psychoactive substances were believed to hold great promise for treating medical conditions, assisting psychotherapy, fuelling creativity and allowing profound spiritual experiences, however political reaction and legal restrictions pushed their use back into the shadows in the mid 1970s.
Currently there is a resurgence of interest into their clinical and therapeutic use. Research is gathering real momentum and some of the traditional misinformation and stereotypes are being reversed. This collection of original papers from the Psychedelic Press UK journal takes us on a fascinating journey through such topics as:
- Use of psychedelics in medicine and psychotherapy
- Archetypal psychology and spiritual awakenings
- Creative surges – literature, myth and visionary art
- Philosophical theory to ayahuasca healing
- The great questions of life and death