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Explorations in Awareness : Finding God by Meditating With Entheogens - by Dr. John W. Aiken (Paperback)
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John Aiken and his wife Louise, both MD's by profession, have a significant place in the psychedelic chronicles, but their story has been poorly documented. After both sons died by drowning in separate accidents, they retired to New Mexico for spiritual research, with and without psychedelics. Art Kleps, author of The Boo Hoo Bible, has credited their Church Of Awakening as being the very first non-Native American psychedelic church to be registered in the US in 1963, predating both Klep's and Tim Leary's Millbrookers by a couple of years.Aiken’s 1966 EXPLORATION IS AWARENESS, draws on a vast array of ancient and modern sources, presenting an esoteric doctrine of self-realization and ultimate transcendence, told in a pure, stripped-down style that displays self-confidence. It is a delight to read because it was a new psychedelic path with vedic-yogic along with Christian and Native American influences,and not a rehashed insight of Hippy "trips".The book includes trip reports, including one from an Indian guru, who does a respect-worthy attempt to interpret the cosmologic-metaphysic experiences of an acid trip into plain English. Aiken's early discussion of ****** vibe is very different from what followed during the Hippy years, and deserves much greater recognition than received.Aiken’s approach to enlightenment is rooted in meditating while using psychedelicspeyote, magic mushrooms. This derivative of Aiken’s classic Work picks up where Aiken and his wife left off back in the late Sixtiesfifty years ago. While Aiken discusses meditation, he doesn’t provide specific techniques for doing so and how to get over resistance and other side-tracks. Meditation had just been introduced to Americans by The Beatles in We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” and other pop songs that captured psychic explorers’ imagination. In this derivative, author Beverly Potter [Docpotter} will add specific how-to instructions, with illustrations, on how to meditate effectively, including how to sit”, how to defeat the Money Mind”, and how to handle other challenges psychonauts meet along the path to enlightenment.The volume will include a Foreword by Michale Marinacci, author of CALIFORNIA JESUS and WEIRD CALIFORNIA, about the significance of The Church of the Awakening among the early non-Native American psychedelic churches.A second Foreword by Dr. Carl Ruck, Professor of Classics at Boston University and author ofMUSHROOMS OF THE GODDESS and ENTHEOGENS, MYTH & HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS will address mystic self-transcendence ecstatic visions achieved with psychedelic meditation and answer the question: can psychedelics lead to Goda question Aiken posed in a 1966 article in FATE MAGAZINE.
Number of Pages: 193
Genre: Body + Mind + Spirit
Author: Dr. John W. Aiken
Street Date: November 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-4540
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