BETTER DYING THROUGH CHEMISTRY

Feb 03, 2019

Dr, Raymond Moody and the staff of The University of Heaven are not advocating the use of psychedelics.  However, we do think that informed discussion about them is important in our exploration of consciousness and end of life.

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 A high dose psychedelic experience is death practice.

 -- Katherine McLean, psychedelic therapist

 Lately, I’ve been reading a new book by the celebrated food guru, Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and other well-known books about food and the food industry.  But his new book isn’t about food. It’s all about psychedelic drugs, and its subtitle tells you exactly what Pollan is on to in this surprising turn in his professional career:  What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.  Wow, about the only thing he left out is the proverbial kitchen sink.

Well, did you know that there is such a thing as a “new science of psychedelics”?  Indeed there is, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s actually been going on for the last two decades.  And these days it’s legit, too, with research programs being carried out by distinguished scholars and academics at some of the leading universities in the U.S. as well as in Europe.  Pollan’s bestselling book, entitled How to Change Your Mind, is an excellent journalistic account of all this work and what we can all learn from it, regardless of whether we have used psychedelics or not.

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