This book addresses the role and significance of consciousness expansion in the psychospiritual transformations of the individual, and in the transformations of culture and society associated with the 1960s. In the first part is a description of how the holistic transformation teachings of alchemy, originating in the sacred science of ancient Egypt, persecuted by the Church in the Middle Ages, and ridiculed by scientific modernism, were revived in the 20th century by the work of two Swiss scientists: C.G. Jung, who identified alchemical symbolism as the objective language of the psyche; and Albert Hofmann, who, with the discovery of LSD reconnected the broken link between Spirit and Matter, the mysterious link known traditionally as the Philosophers Stone. In the second part, is a description of how the introduction of consciousness expanding substances into Western culture, synchronous with the invention of the atomic bomb at the height of World War II, was followed by the socio-cultural upheavals of the 1960s. These social transformation movements can be seen as a response of the collective psyche to the unprecedented challenges to civilization posed by nuclear war, environmental destruction and rampant population growth. Though seemingly counter-cultural in that they countered the domination agenda of the power-elites, were really the attempt to articulate an expanded consciousness and a vision of society centered around humane, ecological, creative and spiritual values.
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I know Ralph Metzner to be an excellent and articulate writer. I'm writing this review mainly because I wanted to write a helpful review and I was so annoyed that the only review for this book was written by a foolish, self-important, thoughtless, moron that no one, 0 out of 5 people found helpful. Here's what I think could be helpful to a prospective reader. This book is volume 1 of 4 in the series (Ecology of Consciousness). This volume covers Alchemy, A brief history of expansions in and of collective consciousness since WWII, psychedelic subculture and its roots in alchemy and shamanism. In six chapters Metzner covers significant influences on and the development of psychedelic subculture from the 1940's - the 1990's. He also reports on consciousness expanding developments in the "new century" 2000 - 2005 and the book concludes with the question collapse or new beginning? I see this book as an important frame and/or as creating a context for so many of the under reported,...
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