Tripping

An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

Part of Compass

Introduction by Charles Hayes
Edited by Charles Hayes
Paperback
$22.00 US
On sale Nov 01, 2000 | 512 Pages | 9780140195743
“Provides the much needed ‘coming out of the closet’ that the psychedelic movement has lacked. These stories will captivate, inspire, caution, and educate. This courageous book exceeds expectations.” —Rich Doblin, President, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

A collection of transformational psychedelic experiences, and a guidebook for how to understand them
 
Flash back to a generation ago, when the world of psychedelics still coasted in the gritty, adventurous, do-it-yourself ethos of Sixties counterculture. Hang on for the bumpy thrill ride of the psychedelic experience before it was traded in for the white lab coat of pharmaceutical medicine. Read up on the early anecdotes and field reports that have made ketamine and MDMA the newest drugs in mental health treatment. In Tripping, journalist Charles Hayes compiles fifty narratives of psychedelic odysseys—from respectable Baby Boomers and young ravers to renowned Beat poet Anne Waldman and preeminent spokesperson Terence McKenna—to give readers a glimpse into this transgressive, experimental world of self-discovery. As he liberates psychedelics from their social stigma, Hayes explores ancient Greek rites and ecstasy-fueled raves, sacred indigenous plants and synthetic “smart drugs,” alien encounters and connections with nature, the terrifying and the sublime. A history, cultural timepiece, and resource guide all in one, Tripping is a compendium of forbidden memories whose otherworldly tales and expository advice will provide insight and inspiration to readers even—and especially—now, twenty years after its original publication.
TrippingNote to the Reader
Preface

Part I: Introduction
The Psychedelic (in) Society: A Brief Cultural History of Tripping

Basic Features of the Psychedelic Experience

Methodology and Perspectives Used in the Making of This Book

Part II: The Narratives
Aaron: Trawling the ghost stream

Alice Dee: Highway to the sky: The road seen only by the dreamer

Anne Waldman: Point and Click: Icons in the window to the ancestral manse

Brendan: Pealing Faces

Bruce Eisner: Dazed in the desert at the end of time

Carl: The wat of the world

Charles Hayes: Eat the moment (and other stories)

Charlie: That's when I realized I was out of my senses

Clark Heinrich: Heaven (and another story)

Daniel: I realized I was dead

Dennis: They don't show you all this on the top of the mountain just to destroy you on your way down

Fiona: Unbridled

George: Saved by the belle (and other stories)

Gregory: Sinister toys and the Internet of souls

Henry Bass: Hallucinating the horror of sobriety

Herbie Greene: Ride the snake and break on through (or) Crashing the snake dance

Jack: The pinball machine I could play without feeding it coins

James: Hell's den and Pan's glen (and another story)

Jarl: An early absolution

Jason: The orgasm death dance (and other stories)

Jeremy: The schlomus: The price of a moment's doubt

John Perry Barlow: My first trip

Julian: An awakening from within

Kate Coleman: Then the emotions started happening

Keely Stahl: The menacing orgasm that almost melted me away

Keith: First communion with life

Kenny: How can I die if I'm not here? (and other stories)

Kevin: To either die or come

Lena: I've definitely been psychotic

Leonard Gibson: Portals of flame, petals of the lotus blossum

Leonard Mercado: Psychedelic terra firma

Malcolm: The Psychedelic is the Center

Marcel: Is this a trap or a welcome?

Mark: Sounding the black box of the subconscious

Mark Fischer: Over the spillway

Matthew S. Kent: Maha maya: The V in my path

Megan: A blink of rabbit fur

Paul Devereaux: Do I want to be seeing this?

Peter: Everything else was normal (and other stories)

Philip Cooper: The Cathedral of San Pedro the Divine

Reverend Marianne: The vision made it real (and other stories)

Robert Bell: I had a theory who I was (and another story)

Robert Charles Wilson: The Immigrant's landing

Ruth: The apostate's homecoming

Sarah: Our Lady of the Eastern Star

Stephen Kessler: The initiate

Steve Silberman: the organismic display monitor

Steven Martin Cohen: A thousand cruise missles pointed straight at my brain stem

Terry: Loosing the hounds of war

Tim Page: Memoirs of an acid-salved war photographer

Part III: A Conversion with Terance McKenna
Appendix: A Concise Index of Psychedelic Substances

Notes
Bibliography and Resources
Acknowledgments
Index

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“Provides the much needed ‘coming out of the closet’ that the psychedelic movement has lacked. These stories will captivate, inspire, caution, and educate. This courageous book exceeds expectations.” —Rich Doblin, President, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

A collection of transformational psychedelic experiences, and a guidebook for how to understand them
 
Flash back to a generation ago, when the world of psychedelics still coasted in the gritty, adventurous, do-it-yourself ethos of Sixties counterculture. Hang on for the bumpy thrill ride of the psychedelic experience before it was traded in for the white lab coat of pharmaceutical medicine. Read up on the early anecdotes and field reports that have made ketamine and MDMA the newest drugs in mental health treatment. In Tripping, journalist Charles Hayes compiles fifty narratives of psychedelic odysseys—from respectable Baby Boomers and young ravers to renowned Beat poet Anne Waldman and preeminent spokesperson Terence McKenna—to give readers a glimpse into this transgressive, experimental world of self-discovery. As he liberates psychedelics from their social stigma, Hayes explores ancient Greek rites and ecstasy-fueled raves, sacred indigenous plants and synthetic “smart drugs,” alien encounters and connections with nature, the terrifying and the sublime. A history, cultural timepiece, and resource guide all in one, Tripping is a compendium of forbidden memories whose otherworldly tales and expository advice will provide insight and inspiration to readers even—and especially—now, twenty years after its original publication.

Table of Contents

TrippingNote to the Reader
Preface

Part I: Introduction
The Psychedelic (in) Society: A Brief Cultural History of Tripping

Basic Features of the Psychedelic Experience

Methodology and Perspectives Used in the Making of This Book

Part II: The Narratives
Aaron: Trawling the ghost stream

Alice Dee: Highway to the sky: The road seen only by the dreamer

Anne Waldman: Point and Click: Icons in the window to the ancestral manse

Brendan: Pealing Faces

Bruce Eisner: Dazed in the desert at the end of time

Carl: The wat of the world

Charles Hayes: Eat the moment (and other stories)

Charlie: That's when I realized I was out of my senses

Clark Heinrich: Heaven (and another story)

Daniel: I realized I was dead

Dennis: They don't show you all this on the top of the mountain just to destroy you on your way down

Fiona: Unbridled

George: Saved by the belle (and other stories)

Gregory: Sinister toys and the Internet of souls

Henry Bass: Hallucinating the horror of sobriety

Herbie Greene: Ride the snake and break on through (or) Crashing the snake dance

Jack: The pinball machine I could play without feeding it coins

James: Hell's den and Pan's glen (and another story)

Jarl: An early absolution

Jason: The orgasm death dance (and other stories)

Jeremy: The schlomus: The price of a moment's doubt

John Perry Barlow: My first trip

Julian: An awakening from within

Kate Coleman: Then the emotions started happening

Keely Stahl: The menacing orgasm that almost melted me away

Keith: First communion with life

Kenny: How can I die if I'm not here? (and other stories)

Kevin: To either die or come

Lena: I've definitely been psychotic

Leonard Gibson: Portals of flame, petals of the lotus blossum

Leonard Mercado: Psychedelic terra firma

Malcolm: The Psychedelic is the Center

Marcel: Is this a trap or a welcome?

Mark: Sounding the black box of the subconscious

Mark Fischer: Over the spillway

Matthew S. Kent: Maha maya: The V in my path

Megan: A blink of rabbit fur

Paul Devereaux: Do I want to be seeing this?

Peter: Everything else was normal (and other stories)

Philip Cooper: The Cathedral of San Pedro the Divine

Reverend Marianne: The vision made it real (and other stories)

Robert Bell: I had a theory who I was (and another story)

Robert Charles Wilson: The Immigrant's landing

Ruth: The apostate's homecoming

Sarah: Our Lady of the Eastern Star

Stephen Kessler: The initiate

Steve Silberman: the organismic display monitor

Steven Martin Cohen: A thousand cruise missles pointed straight at my brain stem

Terry: Loosing the hounds of war

Tim Page: Memoirs of an acid-salved war photographer

Part III: A Conversion with Terance McKenna
Appendix: A Concise Index of Psychedelic Substances

Notes
Bibliography and Resources
Acknowledgments
Index