Prof Christopher Bache – Diamonds from Heaven: A 20 Year Journey into the Mind of the Universe

In this talk Chris Bache will share some of the boundaries crossed and lessons learned in his 20 year psychedelic journey reported in Diamonds from Heaven. 73 high dose LSD sessions conducted between 1979-1999 became the philosophical adventure of a lifetime, but one he had to keep largely hidden from his university colleagues. As psychedelics return to legitimate scientific and academic discourse, he is now sharing his early experiment in doing philosophy in the psychedelic mode. Categories include: crossing the perinatal plain, the ocean of suffering, Deep Time and the soul, the Greater Real of archetypal reality, the birth of the Future Human, Diamond Luminosity, and integrating the Infinite.

CHRISTOPHER M. BACHE is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. An award winning teacher, Chris’ work explores the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states. Chris has written three books: Lifecycles – a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research; Dark Night, Early Dawn – a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness; and The Living Classroom, an exploration of teaching and collective fields of consciousness. He is currently completing his new book, Diamonds from Heaven: A 20 Year Journey into the Mind of the Universe. Since  his retirement from YSU in 2011, Chris is speaking and writing more openly about his psychedelic history, bringing this previously hidden side of his life forward.

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