Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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26 Apr 2014 - 10:00am

This study day will explore the claim that mind-altering substances, specifically psychedelics, can play an important role in triggering mystical and psi-conducive states of consciousness. Humanity has valued such substances throughout history but only in the last century have their effects been investigated scientifically and studies of the link with psychical research are even more recent. Five leading experts will come together to discuss the historical, anthropological, psychological and parapsychological aspects of the topic. There will be particular focus on the use of substances such as psilocybin, LSD and ayahuasca to occasion mystical and psychic experiences. Scientific studies in this area are currently restricted by legal constraints, so this problem will also be addressed. The day will end with a general discussion, including audience participation.

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The Infinite Mindfield: The Quest to Find the Gateway to Higher Consciousness, by Anthony Peake

From the publisher’s website: For thousands of years, voyagers of inner space—spiritual seekers, shamans and mystics—have returned from their inner travels reporting another level of reality that is more real than the one we inhabit in waking life. Others have claimed that under the influence of mysterious substances, known as entheogens, the everyday human mind can be given glimpses of this multidimensional realm of existence. Using information from the cutting edge of modern science, Peake presents a startling new hypothesis that these “inner worlds” are as real, or possibly even more real, than the “reality” we experience in waking life.

As his starting point, Peake examines the widespread historical belief that the mid-brain’s pine-cone shaped pineal gland activates the “third eye” described by mystics and seers. Through careful analysis of ancient religious texts and artifacts, he gives evidence that the spiritual properties of the pineal gland have been embedded in myths and cultures across the globe. Peake then shows that it is through this small organ that we experience lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, hypnagogic imagery, near-death experiences, astral travel and the kundalini experience.

The Infinite Mindfield. Watkins Publishing, September 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1780285719