After some weeks of editing and making sure all the included photographic images were properly formatted, the day has finally arrived- Psychedelic Spirituality is now available on Amazon!
This is my first full length foray into the world of psychedelia, prohibition and temperance, moralism versus hedonism, and similar topics, covering not merely (as many works do) a laundry list of substances and their effects, or otherwise merely a philosophical guide with no encyclopedic content, but rather a fusion of the two; I rushed out the release of the far shorter Spirits of the Garden as a sort of teaser for this work to come.
I decided it would be prudent here to merely include the chapter list and brief content description for each.
I. Ancient usage of some psychotropics
Substances used in ancient times, and why
II. The failure of prohibition and why it failed
Specifically, the function of the underground or suppressed free market, coupled with innate curiosity
III. Machine elves and vibrations
Some of the standard visions and theories on psychotropics currently extant
IV. Some common psychedelics
A more in depth description of some of the better known substances
V. Psychedelics as portals to other worlds
Quantum physics and philosophy
VI. My own experiences with some substances
Specifically morning glory and Amanita muscaria among others
VII. Prohibition encourages more harmful, synthetic alternatives
The rise of the synths and why we should be trying to stop it
VIII. Hedonism and Epicureanism applied to psychedelics
The threefold (technically fourfold) views of drugs- hedonism, moralism, asceticism, and epicureanism
IX. Fungus, caves, and other phenomena
Notes regarding some of the more prevalent archetypes of psychotropic mythology
X. Spiritual seeds: morning glory heaven
The benefits of some psychedelics, or lack of risk thereof usually associated with them by some cultures
XI. The Noble Savage mythology; how modernity views its own use and that of the so-called primitive man
An exposition on the use of drug or similar imagery in film and television and its extension of romanticism
A wrap-up of basic points formerly made
XIII. Psychedelic species of note
Brief descriptions of various species
The completion of”Psychedelic Spirituality” is now at most a couple of weeks away; but that’s not all that’s on my plate at the moment; thankfully the new laptop I’m using (which was crowdfunded by my youtube subscribers) is faster than before, and while formerly handling completed texts with large embedded images was a bit of a hassle- saving the files took a good thirty seconds towards the end and had to be done locally and on removable media- the new processing power I have at my disposal makes everything a literal breeze.
First, I must edit and complete art work for the book as well as complete the final section, which I added literally this morning and half completed when all other work was done; essentially a list of about forty of the most common psychotropic species, along with their scientific names, general habitat, and their noted effect upon the human brain and body. While this is my main work at hand for the immediate future I’ve already begun working on the introductory chapter of the long-awaited Sickness In Hell and a second Morbid Stories. I’ve got several other ideas for works to begin this year also, and hope to finalize at least two after Psychedelic Spirituality by December.
Additionally, I’ve decided to return to editing and releasing new versions of old, out-of-copyright occult works; I have only scratched the surface of popular grimoires from the Renaissance through the Victorian era, and those are selling like hot cakes because demand for black magic is at an all time high. With any such work, editing is the easy part, it’s the forward and artwork which takes some time; because I insist upon doing at least topical research on the subject, and the art needs to be of at least decent quality; which is all I can achieve with my own means and programs.
This is one of three planned works I have in mind for the topic of psychedelia; there’s already a possible fourth, though, that I may write; I’ll say no more as I do not want anyone else to preempt me on the particular subject I have in mind.