Psychedelic Safari Book Club

          Welcome to the Psychedelic Safari Book Club!

The book club started in January 2021 and already we have over 500 members.

The club was created for those who want to take a deeper dive into the story of psychedelics, their intriguing past, their role in ancient and contemporary cultures and their exciting future.

We have weekly zoom calls, interviews and workshops with authors and generally enjoy the collaborative aspect of connecting with others who are like-minded and eager to learn. 

 

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You can join the facebook group here:

And you can request to join the weekly zoom calls by emailing: diane.elliott@psychedelicsafari.org

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The Psychedelic Safari Book Club will resume in September 2021- See you then!

May 2021 Book: 

Noumenautics

Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes

Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind who specializes in the thought of Whitehead, Nietzsche, and Spinoza, and in fields pertaining to panpsychism and altered states of mind. He is the presenter of the TEDx presenter on ‘Psychedelics and Consciousness’ and was the inspiration for the inhuman philosopher Marvel Superhero, Karnak. Together with Prof. Christine Hauskeller, he runs the Philosophy of Psychedelics Exeter Research Group.

Sjöstedt-Hughes tells us: 

Noumenautics is from nous and naus, the Ancient Greek terms for mind and ship. The word noumenautics is born too from Ernst Jünger's term psychonaut in its connotation of psychedelic exploration, and from Immanuel Kant's term noumenon in its connotation of an unperceived reality. The psyche of psychonaut denotes more the soul whereas the nous of noumenaut denotes more the intellect, thus one might say that the noumenaut is a philosophical psychonaut - one who navigates through both the human harbor of ideas and out through to the inhuman ocean that is psychedelic consciousness. 

Consciousness and psychedelics  

Peter Sjostedt-H -  TEDxTruro

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 MARCH Book: Consciousness Medicine, Francoise Bourzat.

Begin: March 22. End: April 12

First zoom meeting (to discuss the first 100 pages:

Monday March 29th 7-9pm (UK)

Second Zoom meeting: Tuesday April 6th, 7-9pm

Third Zoom meeting: Monday April 12, 7-9pm

"Consciousness Medicine is an insightful and inspiring introduction to expanded states of consciousness. Françoise Bourzat combines an intimate personal account with the most comprehensive and practical guide I have seen to transpersonal experience and shamanic work, emphasizing the three cornerstones of preparation, journeying and--of essential importance--integration."

--Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

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The current book is the Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity, by Jerry Brown and Julie Brown.

DATES:  

Monday, March 1st 2021 -  Start book (Finish Date, March 16th 2021)

Monday March 1, 7-9pm - First zoom meeting

Tuesday March 9th 7-9pm - zoom meeting with author Jerry Brown 

Tuesday March 16th - zoom meeting with authors Jerry Brown and Julie Brown

All zoom call times are in UK time zone

To book a place on the zoom call, please email: diane.elliott@psychedelicsafari.org

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Previous book: The Immortality Key, Brian Muraresku

(For a breakdown chapter by chapter see here).

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

As seen on The Joe Rogan Experience!

A groundbreaking dive into the role psychedelics have played in the origins of Western civilization, and the real-life quest for the Holy Grail that could shake the Church to its foundations.

The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the best-kept secret in history. Did the Ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same, secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? 

There is zero archaeological evidence for the original Eucharist - the sacred wine said to guarantee life after death for those who drink the blood of Jesus. The Holy Grail and its miraculous contents have never been found. In the absence of any hard data, whatever happened at the Last Supper remains an article of faith for today's 2.5 billion Christians. In an unprecedented search for real answers, The Immortality Key examines the archaic roots of the ritual that is performed every Sunday for nearly one third of the planet. Religion and science converge to paint a radical picture of Christianity's founding event. And after centuries of debate, to solve history's greatest puzzle once and for all. 

Before the birth of Jesus, the Ancient Greeks found salvation in their own sacraments. Sacred beverages were routinely consumed as part of the so-called Ancient Mysteries - elaborate rites that led initiates to the brink of death. The best and brightest from Athens and Rome flocked to the spiritual capital of Eleusis, where a holy beer unleashed heavenly visions for two thousand years. Others drank the holy wine of Dionysus to become one with the god. In the 1970s, renegade scholars claimed this beer and wine - the original sacraments of Western civilization - were spiked with mind-altering drugs. In recent years, vindication for the disgraced theory has been quietly mounting in the laboratory. The constantly advancing fields of archaeobotany and archaeochemistry have hinted at the enduring use of hallucinogenic drinks in antiquity. And with a single dose of psilocybin, the psychopharmacologists at Johns Hopkins and NYU are now turning self-proclaimed atheists into instant believers. But the smoking gun remains elusive. 

If these sacraments survived for thousands of years in our remote prehistory, from the Stone Age to the Ancient Greeks, did they also survive into the age of Jesus? Was the Eucharist of the earliest Christians, in fact, a psychedelic Eucharist? 

With an unquenchable thirst for evidence, Muraresku takes the reader on his twelve-year global hunt for proof. He tours the ruins of Greece with its government archaeologists. He gains access to the hidden collections of the Louvre Museum to show the continuity from pagan to Christian wine. He unravels the Ancient Greek of the New Testament with the world's most controversial priest. He spelunks into the catacombs under the streets of Rome to decipher the lost symbols of Christianity's oldest monuments. He breaches the secret archives of the Vatican to unearth manuscripts never before translated into English. And with leads from the archaeological chemists at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he unveils the first scientific data for the ritual use of psychedelic drugs in classical antiquity. 

The Immortality Key reconstructs the suppressed history of women consecrating a forbidden, drugged Eucharist that was later banned by the Church Fathers. Women who were then targeted as witches during the Inquisition, when Europe's sacred pharmacology largely disappeared. If the scientists of today have resurrected this technology, then Christianity is in crisis. Unless it returns to its roots. 

Featuring a Foreword by Graham Hancock, the New York Times bestselling author of America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization.

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For a copy of our interview with Brian, please email: 

diane.elliott@psychedelicsafari.org