Poems & Epilogs


by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.


paperback / $15.00 / 978-1-58790-315-1 / 52 pages / 6ā€ x 9ā€




These poems were written over a period of about 30 years, in the course of the authors travels in America and Europe, teaching courses and workshops in consciousness expansion, meditation, psychedelics, shamanism, alchemy and emerging new worldviews.


Some of these poems were recorded on a spoken voice CD called Spirit Soundings with sonic and musical accompaniment by Kit Walker and friends.


The Song of the Pearl is my adaptation of a 5th century Gnostic hymn describing the soulā€™s journey from incarnation, through birth and growth, and to ultimate return to the origin.


 Epilog I: Gnostic Themes in The Song of the Pearl

 Epilog II: The Road to Language

 Epilog III: A Riddle with Six Answers




Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in studies of consciousness and its transformations. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. He collaborated with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in the studies of psychedelic drugs at Harvard in the 1960s, and co-authored The Psychedelic Experience. His books include Maps of Consciousness, The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self and Green Psychology; as well as two edited collections on the science and phenomenology of ayahuasca and the psilocybin mushrooms. He is founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation, an ecological educational organization, and teaches a training program in Alchemical Divination.


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