Archive for Albert Hofmann

Podcast 443 – “The Legendary Venice Salon”

Guest speaker: Kathleen Wirt

Bicycle Day in L.A. - April 18, 2015

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Today we feature a talk given by Kathleen Wirt, the hostess of the legendary salon that took place in Venice, California. While the stories Kathleen tells are of interest from an historical point of view, they are also very informative for anyone who is also interested in starting a salon in their area. Kathleen’s talk was given at the inaugural session of the Aware Project Salon, which has picked up the torch and is carrying this work to a new generation. You may know about Leary and McKenna, but if you don’t know about Kathleen’s Venice Salon you only have part of the historical story.

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Psychedelic Awareness Salon with Kathleen
(Video Jan 2015)

Ashley Booth’s Web Site

Aware Project: Rethinking Psychedelics

Aware Project on Facebook

Aware Project on Twitter

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Podcast 384 – “Sex, Aging, and Psychedelics”

Guest speaker: Annie Oak

Annie Oak and Alicia Danforth at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

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Today we feature a Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This ground breaking founder of the Woman’s Visionary Congress continues to push the envelope of psychedelic discussion into two of the most important issues of all to humans, sexuality and aging. Additionally, Annie issues several challenges to us all as we continue to expand our own consciousnesses.

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Woman’s Visionary Congress

Consciousness, Healing, and Social Justice


The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Google is using its popular Gmail service to build profiles on the hundreds of millions of people who use it.


Occupy Madison builds first house in planned eco-village for the homeless


Daily Psychedelic Video


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Podcast 363 – “A Venice Beach Salon”

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff and Robert Forte

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This is a recording from the spring of 2006, at Kathleen’s Salon in Venice Beach, California, where Robert Forte and Myron Stolaroff came to tell their stories about the recent festivities in Basil, Switzerland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. After telling a little about the Hofmann event, Myron read part of the talk that he gave in Basil. From there, the conversation ranged widely, eventually ending with an argument about the Kennedy assassination.

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Podcast 280 – “Albert Hofmann is Interviewed by Peter Gorman”

Guest speakers: Dr. Albert Hofmann and Peter Gorman

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Albert Hofmann.]

“I reported about this bicycle ride because I had the feeling that time would stand still. It was a very strange feeling that I had never had before, this change in the experience of time.”

“It [my first LSD experience] became such a strange experience that I feared to have become insane.”

“At the climax I had the feeling to be already out of my body.”

“It [LSD] works on the very center of our psychic existence.”

“Nobody has died from toxic doses of LSD, not one case. All of the fatal cases were by accidents due to the disturbances of the consciousness of the senses.”

“They did not see any special effect on animals, because LSD works only on very high spiritual centers, on consciousness, which animals don’t have.”

“[Research with morning glory seeds] shows us that LSD is not just a laboratory product. It is closely related chemically, and pharmalogically, psychologically with [morning glory seeds], with this old Indian magic drug. That means that LSD belongs, pharmalogically chemically, with a group of the sacred magic plants of Mexico. That’s a very important finding.”

“I never believed it [LSD] would become a pleasure drug on the streets.”

“I think, of course, the story of LSD is not yet finished at all. If we learn to use it with respect and under the right conditions I am sure the beneficial effects are enormous.”

“In antiquity they had institutions where people who liked to have a [psychedelic initiation] could go and have a very well elaborated condition to have a beneficial effect. But we have not this. We have not. Doesn’t exist.”

“I think the next thing that can be reasonably asked is that LSD and the psychedelics should be legally available in psychiatry. As doctors have access to morphine, they have access to cocaine, they have no access to LSD. This must be changed. This should be changed.”

“That is also important, that LSD produces no addiction.”

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Peter Gorman, Writer, Explorer, Naturalist

LSD Testing on British Troops

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Podcast 278 – “Oscar Janiger Interviewed by Peter Gorman”

Guest speakers: Oscar Janiger and Peter Gorman

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Oscar Janiger.]

[In regards to the dangers of taking LSD]
“Not everybody is committed to go to Everest. Not everybody is going to go to the Serengeti and shoot lions or whatever you want. These are risk-taking adventures. There are people courageous and adventuresome enough who are willing to do it, and when you do it you study your risks.”

“You can die of over taking aspirin and drinking too much water, but [not] LSD, and by the way, there is no evidence of physical death from marijuana either.”

“It’s just the same as we go back to Everest, you can fall of the fuckin’ mountain. That’s all there is to it. I’m not going to make any apologies for that. You’ve got to be prepared. You know that old adage that LSD favors the prepared mind.”

“[The Sixties was] a time when people began to see that what was laid down for them as obligatory reality was not obligatory.”

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Wikipedia article about Dr. Oscar Janiger

Peter Gorman’s 1993 interview with Dr. Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann.org (online Hofmann Foundation papers)

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Podcast 238 – “A Tribute to Albert Hofmann” Part 2

Guest speakers: Albert Hofmann, John Lilly, Oscar Janiger, and Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: The following quotations are by Dr. John C. Lilly.]
“There is no such thing as drugs. There’s no such thing as illegal drugs. They’re only chemicals. They can change the molecular configurations within the brain itself and hence change who you are and where you’re going and where you come from. This is a profound experience.”

“The drug problem ought to be turned over to the Surgeon General and taken away from the Attorney General.”

“I learned long ago that one is a psychotherapist until one is cured of one’s own diseases.”

          

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“Psychology without psychedelics is pissing into the wind.”
“We’re not going to save the monkey unless we can shed the monkey. And the greatest impetus, the greatest inspiration to the expression of our higher selves comes in the confrontation with psyche that occurs in the psychedelic experience.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Dr. Albert Hofmann.]
“Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I obtained as a fundamental understanding from all my LSD experiences that what one commonly takes as the reality by no means it defines anything fixed but represents a thing that’s ambiguous, that there is not only one but there are many realities, each compromising a different consciousness also of the ego.”

“Consciousness defies scientific definition. . . . All attempts to define consciousness are pathological. Consciousness can only be described as the [unintelligible] and creative spiritual dance of the ego at the very core of what we call ‘I’ “.

“Consciousness remains a mystery, the very central mystery of our existence.”

“The perception of color is a purely psychological and subjective event taking place in the inner space of [unintelligible]. The brightly colored world as we see it does not exist on the outside.”

“The seemingly objective picture of the world surrounding us, that which we call reality, is actually a subjective picture. … We all carry in life our own personal image of reality created by our own private receiver.”
“Just like sound and colors, touch, smell and taste don’t exist objectively. They too represent purely subjective phenomena, occurring only in the inner space of individual humans.”

“Our understanding [born of intense direct experience of alternate realities] makes us aware of the fact that each individual is the creator of his or her own world, for it is in each individual mind and ONLY there, that the world and the abundance of life it contains . . . that the stars and the sky become real, become human reality. Our real true freedom and responsibility is founded in our ability to create our own individual world.”

“Once I have recognized what part of reality is objectively on the outside and what is subjectively taken place within myself, then I am more aware of what I can change in my life, where I have a choice, and thus what I am responsible for. Conversely, I become aware of what is beyond my will power and has to be accepted as an unalterable fact. This clarification of my potential and my responsibilities can be of invaluable help. I have the ability to choose what I want to receive from the endless, infinite program of ‘the great transmitter’, from creation.”

“That means I can let those aspects of creation, or the cosmos, that make me happy enter into my consciousness and thus imbue them with reality . . . or I can let in other aspects, those that depress me. It is I who creates the bright and the dark picture of the world. It is I who invests the objects that are only shaped matter in the outer world not only with their color, but with my affection and my love — and also their meaning. This applies not only to my inanimate surroundings, but also to living beings, to the plants and animals and to my fellow humans. With this insight, the full creative power of love becomes evident.”

“The transmitter-receiver metaphor for reality reveals another basic fact, the fact that reality is not a fixed state. Rather it is the result of a continuous input of material and energetic signals from the outer world and their continuous decoding and transformation into inner conscious experience. This demonstrates reality is a DYNAMIC process, being created anew at each moment.”

“Since the sensation of time is only possible through the perception of change, the dynamic character of reality creates time.”

“What is needed today is a fundamental, existential experience of the oneness of all living things, of an all-encompassing reality.”

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[Thank you to TurtleCreek.net for parts of the Hofmann transcription.]

Radio Interview: Albert Hofmann in America 1988

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Podcast 237 – “A Tribute to Albert Hofmann” Part 1

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Stanley Krippner, and Andrew Weil

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The Albert Hofmann Papers
at Erowid.org

The Albert Hofmann Foundation (online)

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“What is the psychedelic experience? What promise does it hold for a sane future for our planet and our children? And what is it about it that kindles the kind of loyalty that I feel coming from the people in this room this evening? And I submit to you that it is nothing less than the rebirth of a voice that has been silent for at least a thousand years, the still small voice of the Logos of the planet.”


“So I submit to you that what we represent is a Fifth Column, a Fifth Column that represents the best aspirations that human community is capable of, a Fifth Column that is willing to look at the structure of the psyche in contrast to the mess of society, and willing to dream.”

“We have the tools, the intellect, the will to create a caring global culture. It isn’t going to come without a recognition of the power of the psychedelic experience. The psychedelic experience is the birth right of every human being on the planet. It is as much a basic part of each and every one of us as our sexuality, our national identity, our consciousness of self. And any society which attempts to hold back or impede this dimension of self-expression, when the history of that society is written, it will be called barbarous.”

“In the future it will be unimaginable that governments once regulated the substances that people use to explore personal growth. It is the mark of a barbarous culture.”

“One doesn’t ‘just say no’ to truth.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Andrew Weil.]

“I have to tell you that the majority of human beings that I encounter operate mostly out of fear, guilt, and that when people operate from those emotions they are dangerous to themselves and to others.”

 “We [the psychedelic community] are a very small minority, a very small minority, and have no illusions about that. And whether our minority will grow fast enough, and be able to influence humanity fast enough to avoid the catastrophe that is certain to come if we persist in the ways that we now persist, I don’t know?”

“If it may be as it appears that our ability to manipulate the environment, our technological ability, is so disparate with our ability to control our own emotions, that may be a fatal flaw of our species. It may be.”

“Deep down everything is all right, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. And there may be a lot of drama in between [now and the extinction of our species], but it’s all all right. … It’s OK with me if something else gets a chance, if the life-force experiments with another form, that’s fine, that’s OK too.”

“And here it seems to me is the fundamental absurdity of the way our science has developed: The most obvious fact of our existence is that we are conscious. That is the most obvious, most important aspect of our existence. How can you construct a world view, how can you construct a system that tries to explain the universe and leave that out? And yet that is what our science tries to do.”

“Often I find, in my experience, that changes in the realm of consciousness must accompany physical treatments if the physical treatments are to work.”

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Podcast 159 – “Shulgin & Forte at Horizons 2008″

Guest speakers: Robert Forte, Ann Shulgin, Sasha Shulgin

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“I think it’s extraordinarily important, again, the context of set and setting that we use these drugs in, if we’re going to succeed in the Psychedelic Renaissance, is something that needs to be underlined again and again.” –Robert Forte

“I would say that, arguably, the oldest use of psychedelics in our Western culture, let’s say, is the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were a psychedelic drug ceremony that occurred every year for 2,000 years in ancient Greece.” –Robert Forte

“Using appropriate scientific methodologies and naturalistic observations, [Timothy Leary] showed that psychedelic drugs were safe. He showed their clinical effectiveness. He showed their effects on enhancing creativity.” –Robert Forte

“Personally, I think my most keen friend amongst the various phenethylamines and alkaloids I’ve worked with and synthesized has been 2CB. To me, it’s a vary favorable, warm, and very comfortable compound.” –Sasha Shulgin

Sasha and Ann Shulgin[MDMA] is the most remarkable insight drug, and is a suburb tool for psychotherapy.” –Ann Shulgin

“Any drug, including MDMA, the most it can do is open up what’s inside you already.” –Ann Shulgin

“When I have not had a good psychedelic trip for, let’s say, six months, I begin to feel that I’m beginning to get out of balance. … I think that instead of regarding psychedelics as a drain on the system, frankly, they are my favorite vitamin. That’s the effect they have on me.” –Ann Shulgin

“And for all I know there are three, or four, or seven lives going on that I don’t remember either awake or asleep, but I feel consciousness is my living relationship with the world.” –Sasha Shulgin

“My belief is that when you get involved in a psychedelic experience you are in a communication with part of yourself that you’ve given up trying to communicate with or forgotten about communicating with. So it’s not something that’s imposed by a drug. It’s something [that is already there and] the drug allows you to experience and to function with. So I look upon it as being a revealing thing from within myself, rather than a thing imposed upon myself by an external drug.” –Sasha Shulgin

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Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics
(2008 Conference)

Horizons Conference audio online
at the Internet Archive

The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics

“Ghosts I” from Nine Inch Nails

The first 9 tracks from the Ghosts I-IV collection available as high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, including the complete PDF.

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Podcast 084 – “Lone Pine Stories” (Part 2)

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff

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(Minutes : Seconds into program)
Myron Stolaroff and Lorenzo in Lone Pine, California - Novermber 2006
03:48 Myron Stolaroff:
“After I’d had LSD, there wasn’t anything that could come anywhere close to it. That was the most remarkable thing in my whole life.”

04:34 Myron talks about his meetings with Aldous Huxley.

07:39 Myron talks about Meduna’s mixture, carbogen.

09:42 Myron explains what a carbogen experience was like.

16:15 Why some people don’t seem to have a positive experience with psychedelics.

18:21 The importance of using psychedelics in small, supportive groups.

19:48 Myron discusses his favorite psychedelic substances.

20:37 Myron talks about Duncan BlewettMyron & Jean Stolaroff with Marycie Hagerty

24:01Some thoughts about using music during a psychedelic experience.

25:05 Myron’s advice to psychonaughts.

28:20 Myron talks about his relationship with Timothy Leary.

31:00 Myron tells the story of removing Leary from the board of directors of the Institute for Advance Study.

33:30 Myron tells of his fist meeting with Dr. Albert Hofmann.

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Books by Myron Stolaroff

Thanatos to Eros by Myron Stolaroff The Secret Chief Revealed by Myron Stolaroff

LSD manual mentioned in this podcast

HANDBOOK FOR THE THERAPEUTIC USE OF LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMIDE-25 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP PROCEDURES by D.B. BLEWETT, Ph.D. and N. CHWELOS, M.D.

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Podcast 060 – “The Future of Human Consciousness”

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff

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03:13 “My talk is about the future of human consciousness.”

08:18 ” The discovery of who we are and what our potential can be was given an enormous boost when Dr. Albert Hofmann came forward with LSD.”

11:11“What is it like to enter the dimensions of higher consciousness? . . . I have been unusually blessed to have the privilege of entering dimensions never previously imagined.. . . just having experienced glimpses is enough to muster determination to press forward, for it is now clear that our Real Self, the true I that resides in the heart of each of us, is present and available, and is worth far more than anything one could possibly imagine.”

14:45“There is no question that the appropriate use of LSD can open many important doors.”


16:51 “The greatest sources of pain come from mistreatment, particularly at a young age where comprehension has not yet developed. Fear, pain, neglect, accidents, forced restrictions, are all sources of such discomfort that our psyche buries these feelings deep into the unconscious. A good psychedelic experience can open us to these restricted levels, and permit discharging these uncomfortable feelings.”

20:36“It is essential to put into action what one has learned. Otherwise our inner self can get discouraged, and depression can follow.”

23:13“The more we progress, the more we learn to open up and resolve inappropriate material. In general, most of us don’t care for pain. but I have learned that pain is an excellent teacher.”

28:51“Since 1965 I learned that psychedelic substances were the most powerful learning tools available to mankind. Complex, powerful, they are easily misused and abused. Yet for the sincere seeker, armed with honesty, courage, and an unquenchable thirst for Self discovery, I know of no other means that can so readily provide self-understanding, and the ultimate nature of Reality. Nor that can so readily reveal the source of most of the difficulties of the human race, and the most appropriate path to their resolution.”

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Photos by Higinio Gonzalez – (more photos from Basil)

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