by Robert Masters, Ph.D.
and Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Brand new re-issue of the classic 1966 work.
If "The Doors Of Perception" was the most important
work on psychedelics because of its influence, this then is by
far the greatest because of its impeccable research, its far-ranging
implications and its clear, lucid and compelling putting together
of the evidence for the remarkable therapeutic and consciousness-illuminating
value of LSD and other psychedelics (principally peyote). They
don't, however, proselitize, and this is much to their credit.
In fact, they go to some lengths to inform the reader that an
active pro-drugs "for the sake of drugs" mindset is
fraught with peril, and do so in a way that is both impartial
They're at their best, however, in their extraordinary recounting
of the psychedelic experiences they conducted themselves as guides.
There are so many instances where the subject, usually a person
with a very intense psychological or emotional problem, arrived
at a life-changing breakthrough, that it lingers long in the mind.
But the book is most of all a primer for their very lucid theory
of the psychedelic experience and its various stages or levels.
It is, in fact, so well thought out and explained, that this reviewer
wonders why it had so little impact on the great body of psychedelic
research, even after all these years. To me, it is the only theory
that makes any sense and it's also the only one that could be
used in a therapeutic setting so that the chances of errors or
mistakes in guidance be effectively minimized.