Expansions of Consciousness

Expand your mind on the 9th of July at October Gallery, London.

Join Ralph Metzner, an authority and key player in the birth and re-birth of psychedelics for a fascinating talk Expansions of Consciousness. On the same evening, this event will be followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary film, The Substance, Albert Hofmann’s LSD (93min), by Martin Witz.  
Both events can be booked separately or together.

Ralph is stopping at the gallery on his way to speak at Breaking Convention, a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness taking place at the University of Greenwich in London from Friday 12 July – Saturday 14 July 2013.  For those who have an interest we highly recommend checking out the programme.

Illustrated Talk:
Ralph Metzner
Entry £7 / £5 Concessions
Tuesday 9 July, 2013 – 2.30pm to 5pm
Metzner will discuss his more than 50 years of research with psychedelics in relation to expansions of consciousness in psychotherapy, healing and creativity. He will present insights from his research on MDMA experiences, described in Through the Gateway of the Heart; discuss the historical significance of alchemy and the cultural transformations of the 1960s, which he describes in his book The Expansion of Consciousness; and explore the applications and potentials of psychedelics in psychotherapy, healing and the understanding of consciousness, as discussed in his book MindSpace and Timestream.About Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.Metzner is a psychotherapist, workshop leader and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He collaborated with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in the Harvard University studies of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s, and co-authored The Psychedelic Experience. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology and, co-authored with Ram Dass, the recently published Birth of a Psychedelic Culture.
Purchase tickets for EXPANSIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS here

Film Screening:
Martin Witz / Ventura Film Production
Followed by a discussion between Ralph Metzner and David Luke
Entry £7 /£5 Concessions
Tuesday 9 July, 2013 – 6.30pm for 7pm
By coincidence rather than by design the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann makes a sensational discovery in the spring of 1943. He realizes that he is dealing with a powerful molecule that will have an impact not only on the scientific world, but also on the lives of millions of people around the world. THE SUBSTANCE is an investigation into our troubled relation with LSD, told from its beginnings until today. This intriguing film was nominated for the Swiss Film Prize “Quartz 2012” as Best Documentary, won the Audience Award at the 17th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival: the Audacity Prize at Pariscience 2012 and the Special Jury Prize, at 360˚ Contemporary Science Film Festival, Moscow. The film and wine will be available for sale.

PURCHASE tickets to see THE SUBSTANCE here

By Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller (Synergetic Press, 2013)
Only a few discoveries of the 20th century have had such crucial and meaningful influences on science, society and culture as LSD. This mysterious and extremely potent substance causes profound changes of consciousness in doses of millionths of a gram. Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first experienced its remarkable effects during a self-experiment with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide in 1943 at Sandoz Laboratory in Basel. It changed his life deeply, as it also has the lives of millions around the world. His bicycle ride during this first LSD trip became legendary.Authors Hagenbach and Werthmüller, close friends of Hofmann, take us on a journey through the 20th century from his mystical childhood experiences with nature; to his chemistry studies with Nobel Prize winner Paul Karrer in Zurich through his discoveries of both LSD and psilocybin at Sandoz; to his adventurous expeditions; to his many years of retirement devoted to philosophy of nature and a rich social life. The authors reveal the eventful history of LSD, which became the subject of numerous clinical studies opening the way for innovative forms of therapy. It fueled the youth movement of the sixties, influenced developments in computer technology and science and helped spawn a new science of consciousness. Albert Hofmann was voted “greatest living genius” in 2007 by the Daily Telegraph. He lived an active life to the age of 102.
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