Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.
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Inner Paths to Outer Space Journeys to Alien Worlds through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies (2008)
by Ede Frecska, Luis Eduardo Luna, Rick J.
Strassman, and Slawek Wojtowicz
An investigation into experiences of other realms of
existence and contact with otherworldly beings
Examines how contact with alien life-forms can be obtained
through the “inner space” dimensions of our minds
Presents evidence that other worlds experienced through
consciousness-altering technologies are often as real as those perceived
with our five senses
Correlates science fiction’s imaginal realms with
For thousands of years, voyagers of inner space--spiritual
seekers, shamans, and psychoactive drug users--have returned from their
inner imaginal travels reporting encounters with alien intelligences.
Inner Paths to Outer Space presents an innovative examination of how we
can reach these other dimensions of existence and contact otherworldly
beings. Based on their more than 60 combined years of research into the
function of the brain, the authors reveal how psychoactive substances such
as DMT allow the
brain to bypass our five basic senses to unlock a multidimensional realm
of existence where otherworldly communication occurs. They contend that
our centuries-old search for alien life-forms has been misdirected and
that the alien worlds reflected in visionary science fiction actually
mirror the inner space world of our minds. The authors show that these
“alien” worlds encountered through altered states of human awareness,
either through the use of psychedelics or other methods, possess a sense
of reality as great as, or greater than, those of the ordinary awareness
perceived by our five senses.
Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine (2000), Luis Eduardo Luna and Steven F.
The Ayahuasca Reader is a four-part
celebration of a
which grows in the Amazon rainforest and which, throughout the rainforest
history, has been instrumental in allowing medicine men (and others) to
leave their bodies behind and travel with their souls. Their experiences
and the invaluable information they return with are so impressive that
many anthropologists have felt the inclination to question them about
these trips and the mythologies of their ancestors regarding them. Hence,
Part one of the Ayahuasca Reader
consists of information divulged in such interviews.
Part two consists of essays by (or
about) the scientists themselves upon experiencing
in ceremonial settings.
Part three discusses the use of
Ayahuasca as a present day religious sacrament, and finally,
In part four, well known celebrities
from the literary world discuss their experience of Ayahuasca.
All of this renders the Ayahuasca Reader the most comprehensive collection ever written on the subject, with essays
translated from nearly a dozen languages. The many contributors include
Dennis McKenna, Françoise Barbira
Freedman, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, Jean Langdon, Mario Vargas Llosa,
Peter Matthiessen, Philippe Descola, Richard Spruce, W.S. Merwin,
Wade Davis, and more.
As the myths within confirm, Ayahuasca has been a means of reconnecting
with the invisible layers of the cosmos for millennia. Not surprisingly,
the myths make for very fascinating reading in and of themselves, and
certainly no study of world mythology is complete with them. The
additional scientific, religious and literary points of view, then, are
all wonderful bonuses.
There is a lot at work here: As if the various stories from these
disparate groups were not enough, there are depictions of the artwork of
the indigenous peoples, photographs of a few of the Ayahuasca
practitioners (including Ginsberg), a copy of a Brazilian watercolor
depicting Ayahuasca, a copy of an oil painting depicting visions induced
by the plant, and much more. From the religion section there are hymns a
plenty, and from the literary section, as much eloquent prose and spirited
poetry as a reader is likely to find in any literary anthology. Only a
sacred vine (and perhaps a universal craving for a narcotic that promises
at the end, you see God ) could so beautifully tie all these riches
Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World
(2007), J. P. Harpignies, ed.
23 leading experts reveal the ways that psychoactive plants
allow nature’s “voice” to speak to humans and what this communication
means for our future
Presents the specific “human-plant interconnection”
revealed by visionary plants
Explores the relevance of plant-induced visions and
shamanic teachings to humanity’s environmental crisis
With contributions from
Alex Grey, Andrew Weil,
Charles S. Grob,
Dennis McKenna, Edison Saraiva,
M.D., Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D.,
Florencio Siquera de Caralho,
Francis Huxley, Jeffrey Bronfman,
Kat Harrison, Katsi Cook,
Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.,
Heart Williams, Michael Pollan,
Michael Stewartt, Paul Stamets,
Terence McKenna, and Wade Davis.
Visionary plants have long served indigenous peoples and
their shamans as enhancers of perception, thinking, and healing. These
plants can also be important guides to the reality of the natural world
and how we can live harmoniously in it.
In Visionary Plant Consciousness, editor J. P. Harpignies has
gathered presentations from the Bioneers annual conference of
environmental and social visionaries that explore how plant
consciousness affects the human condition. Twenty-three leading
ethnobotanists, anthropologists, medical researchers, and cultural and
religious figures present their understandings of the nature of
psychoactive plants and their significant connection to humans. What
they reveal is that these plants may help us access the profound
intelligence in nature--the “mind of nature”--that we must learn to
understand in order to survive our ecologically destructive way of life.
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