San Francisco, California
“The LSD experience usually changes forever the worldview and basic life-orientation of all who experience it”
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Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. who has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects.
He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. During the 1970s, Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies. He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern.
He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” He is now Professor Emeritus. He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally.
His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl.
Articles and Videos
- Varieties of Ritual Involving States of Consciousness - Ralph Metznerviews: 1214
by Ralph Metzner: The discovery of psychedelics and the kind of time-limited, yet profoundly altered states of consciousness they induced has… led to a significant re-examination and evaluation of all states of consciousness, both those ordinarily experienced by all, [...]
- Learn To Understand and Navigate Your Consciousness With Ralph Metznerviews: 2610
Discover how to identify and navigate your different states of consciousness for deep healing and greater creativity in the upcoming, live vide course “Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness” with Ralph Metzner… This 6-session course starts February 22. Learn [...]
- Q and A with Ralph Metzner At CIIS – On Cannabis Prohibitionviews: 1789
by Ralph Metzner: Question from Audience: Isn’t the present movement toward the legalization of Marijuana, an expansion of consciousness, evidence of the Octave continuing in a positive direction? Ralph: Well, the octave thing is just a model, you know, and [...]
- Perspectives On The Current Global Crisis: A Conversation With Ralph Metznerviews: 1678
by Will Shonbrun: I believe that the conditions that govern the lives of human beings on Earth are not optimal for the full flowering of that individual… This is both to state the obvious and to then argue its validity, but what’s [...]
- A Peaceful Dying Experience With MDMAviews: 2140
by Ralph Metzner: My friend George D. told me about the deeply transformative experience his aged, raging and demented mother had in the last months of her life… after he gave her a single dose of MDMA. Neither George nor [...]