Understanding Death: Implications of Mystical States of Consciousness Occasioned by Entheogens – William A. Richards, Ph.D.


William Richards, PhD, reported clinical research that’s now underway at Johns Hopkins University. This revolutionary study is looking at the ways in which psilocybin is being used to help patients who are in a terminal phase of life. He described the ethical implications of this work as people explore what the dying process means to them within the framework of altered states of consciousness. One of the primary objectives of the study is to reduce a person’s anxiety and fear, brought on in part by a culture that does not explain or face death well.

A similar program involving assisted palliative care treatment for cancer related anxiety is underway at New York University. Jeffrey Guss, co-principle investigator and director of psychedelic psychotherapy training at NYU, shared details of the psychotherapeutic model his group is using and described how this cutting-edge work offers an uneasy bridge to the mainstream academic community.

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  1. Namaste Consulting Inc
    May 14, 2012 @ 21:20:59

    Reblogged this on Namaste Consulting Inc. and commented:
    Interesting post…

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