LSD and the mind of the universe

Foreword to the Japanese translation

By Echan Deravy and kindly edited by Dr. Christopher Bache

“ It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this experience.”

Aldous Huxley, Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience

Over half a century ago in the swinging sixties the buzz word was ‘acid’. ‘Drop acid’ , ‘acid trips’ , ‘acid flashbacks’ ‘bad acid’ and ‘ heavy acid’ come to mind now. Acid is of course the nickname we young hippies gave to LSD. It had been synthesised by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman in 1938, and in 1943 he became the first person, albeit accidentally, to ‘trip out’ on its hallucinogenic properties. Millions of young people like me took it to party, to have weird and wonderful hallucinations.

Darker agendas for its use were also in existence as the US government secretly carried out mind control experiments with it in the 1950’s. 

By the time I started playing with it in 1969 it was an illegal drug, but that may soon change. In 2020 a referendum in Oregon determined that  LSD should be decriminalised. Hoffman himself always maintained that it posed no danger to society but that the swinging sixties had ruined its reputation. He continued its use himself and died at the ripe old age of 102! 

That being said, the explorations reported in this book were made possible by  a substance that is currently illegal in Japan. It is a forbidden fruit. Let the reader have no doubts about this. Unlike in the West, there is currently no research being done in Japan into LSD’s therapeutic potential for healing  psychological disorders. In this astonishing story of Chris Bache’s twenty years of secret experimentation, we must not forget that what he did was against the law in his native USA, a fact he took seriously and which forced  him to keep his experiences hidden for 40 years. But times change. They change because of people. People like professor Bache.

I am an independent researcher, writer and film maker. My central theme has always been this: How can consciousness exist? In other words how is it we think, dream, have visions and memories? You might be surprised to know that there is actually no scientific data that exists anywhere to explain ‘me’, that elusive creature who lurks behind every thought and memory, touches and is touched by every emotion and who never actually goes to sleep as any lucid dreamer knows. The more brain science progresses the farther away this magical entity we call consciousness recedes.

I have made it my life work to tackle this enigma from multiple angles including spiritual research and personal experience of course, coupled with the study of scientific research. Though I am not a scientist, in this age we can all do ‘scientific’ research if we have open and inquisitive minds. One of the best ways to learn about leading edge science is naturally to have dialogues with those who champion its advances. I thus made it my mission to meet and interview many scientists, philosophers, writers and thinkers from the early nineties onwards. 

In sharing their information with the Japanese people through my books and lectures I discovered a real hunger amongst them to learn about what is never taught in school and university. They too, like all human beings have an aching to know about that forbidden fruit that Eve made so famous. We are all of us essentially seekers after a deeper truth. We need to listen to those who have traveled farther and deeper if we are sincere in our seeking. I was very fortunate to find many and so I will share with you some of their insights. 

Christopher Bache comes from a long line of psychedelic pioneers stretching back to Aldous Huxley in our modern age. Huxley used psilocybin extracted from mushrooms to open the doors of his perception and left us a book of that title. I encourage you to read that classic of altered states of consciousness literature: The Doors of Perception. It broke new ground and did open the door for others to discuss these forbidden fruits that have been with human evolution possibly from its very beginning.

Kyoto 1992: I had given up all drug use by the time I arrived in Kyoto in 1974 to study Zen. At that time in my life I was far more inclined to study psychology and especially depth psychology. When I found out that the Transpersonal Psychology conference would be held at the Kyoto International Conference Centre, I immediately offered my services as a volunteer interpreter to help the visiting lecturers with their work. Soon I was face to face with one of its pioneers, Dr. Stanislav Grof. Grof is one of the greatest exponents of the deeply healing effects of LSD therapy. You will be reading more about him in this book because it was his research that changed the course of Dr. Bache’s life.

 Around the same time, I co-hosted Dr. John Lilly in Kyoto and spent a week with him at our base on Yoshida Yama. He too was a dedicated scientist who had invented the isolation tank and performed LSD experiments on himself while floating in its zero gravity environment. He shared many key insights with me especially about how our belief systems program our realities. He personally experienced many ‘altered’ states of consciousness in the tank using LSD while it was still legal. He remains one of the most powerful personalities I have met and was responsible for my swimming with wild dolphins to explore interspecies communication with them as he had. Those dolphins had been the trigger for him to develop the floatation tank. He needed to find out how such huge brains as they possessed were necessary just to swim and eat all day.

Within a year or two, I had also attended a lecture by Dr. Timothy Leary who earned a lot of bad press for how he had promoted LSD. As a Harvard psychologist he had been profoundly awakened by psychedelic experience and so held a vision for changing the world through its use. His slogan resounded across the world: Turn on (drop acid), Tune in (to other levels of consciousness), Drop Out (leave society). To give the reader some idea of how dangerous he appeared to the US government for promoting LSD,  he was sent to prison for a twenty year sentence,  all for the possession of two marijuana joints. He later escaped jail to continue his work. (Very strangely, the psychological test they gave him when entering prison was one that he had designed himself at Harvard!)

Huxley had believed that academics and professional people should be the first to use these forbidden fruits and then slowly bring them to the general public’s attention. Leary promoted the  opposite strategy. He believed that everybody should take LSD and wake up to an entirely different perception of the world. In retrospect, Huxley was clearly correct in his understanding of this issue. Now with a psychedelic renaissance underway in the West, more and more countries are decriminalising psychedelics and  creating research centres to study their beneficial effects on human psychology, brain functioning and general happiness. Massive leaps forward in neurochemical research have shown just how much the human brain can gain from psychedelics administered with proper supervision in clinical settings that promote the safety and  well-being of its subjects. Sadly Japan is currently lagging behind in this field of research.

In my studies I met, interviewed, and learned from many researchers over the  years, but the men I mentioned above all shared one common feature. They were academically disciplined individuals or persons well versed in critical inquiry. They were trained to be as objective as possible even while undergoing extremely  subjective experiences, such as those you are going to read about here. The experience of ego-death that you will find in the following pages is something we will all face sooner or later in physical death. Dr. Bache took the ego-death experience to levels seldom reported in any of the psychedelic literature or even in the spiritual literature of the world. The Sufis call it Fana. It means annihilation.

I interviewed Christopher Bache two days ago. As I had imagined he was a very youthful man in his early seventies full of deep compassion and humility. His two decades of exploring the mind of the universe with LSD was exactly that. For twenty years he had a running dialogue with the greatest mind in existence. It was never easy. In fact, it was full of suffering for him. Let that be a warning to all of us that this forbidden fruit was forbidden for a reason. But for those who can muster the courage and care to eat of this fruit responsibly, the rewards are simply beyond all expectations. 

Prior to each of his seventy three sessions, Bache told me that that he felt like a soldier going into  battle or a woman going into the pain of labour and delivery. Unlike we hippies and others who took LSD  for recreational purposes, Bache did it as a disciplined philosophical inquiry and under carefully controlled circumstances – isolated from the outside world, under the watchful supervision of a clinical psychologist sitter, protected from all interruptions, lying down, eyes closed, and listening to carefully selected music.  What he learned in these psychedelic journeys in my humble opinion, ranks with some of the greatest spiritual writings of all time. I am thus deeply honoured to be part of this profound book’s publication in Japan and congratulate the publisher Natural Spirit and the translator June Maemura for making it possible for you, dear reader, to find out what happens after you eat the forbidden fruit.

Esquimalt, Vancouver Island

British Columbia

January 15, 2021

The power of people

Or why we are still amazing but refuse to believe it

I have always enjoyed the adventure of meeting people with a purpose..especially people who have never heard of me. That was a double entendre by the way. I meant meeting people who have a clear mission or purpose to which they dedicate themselves. I also mean that I have had a clear purpose in meeting them too. That has inexorably led to the creation of Real Rover. To interview is to meet

Mikhail Gorbachev was the greatest example of that double entendre

I hope this short essay will give you the mind to go out and meet those people you may believe have no interest in you simply because they don’t know you. To think thus would have resulted in a greatly impoverished human race of course. And why? Well because the energy radiating from the mind, body and soul of another human is unlike anything else in the universe. To meet such a person is literally to get blessed i.e. touched at a deeper level than normally. I spent a few days in Gorbachev’s company by pure accident some would say. But I planned it somewhere so deeply in my heart that the universe of space and time had no alternative but to deliver him up to me. All I wanted you see, ALL I wanted was to bask in his presence. Not because I worshipped him, no but because I instinctively felt that he was a man who would or could really change the world. Decades later I watch a documentary called Meeting Gorbachev directed by the man I studied how to make films by, Werner Herzog. And I now realise my instinct was right. Gorbachev was born a peasant for Christ’s sake!

Such a growth of such uncategorised energy is an expression of real individuality. I daresay that is something we are in great danger of losing in a politically correct world of me-ness at all costs. Me must be free to be me you see. Et voila a life of selfies, FB likes and thingies to buy without apparent end or even thought of end. You know. Would you go out of your way to meet somebody like that?

In Istanbul I saw a Chinese tourist with an Iphone on a camera pole posing for herself right there on the cusp of those profoundly different worlds of Europe and Asia with the Bosporus down below. She had all the right gear on and knew exactly which spots to go visit to take more selfies at. She was blithely unaware of anybody else around, clearly. She could have come from anywhere but the Chinese I have seen so far do seem to fit the mould of ‘the modern human who has no meaning whatsoever’. Another double entendre. There is surely no evolutionary meaning to the endless production of humans who are here to take selfies and consume more and yes, such a human has no need for meaning in his or her life. Thingies will do just fine thanks..the more the merrier.

However the people who have dedicated themselves to their passion have grown another body in a sense. You cannot see it with your eyes because it is made of shimmering electromagnetic energy. It is made of a power that imagination has spawned and life experience has honed into a focused beam of intelligence. Not the Ivy League smart arse intelligence no. The intelligence of a human who has realised that life is not a material experience but a creative one. Or, life is the supreme adventure.

Looking back at how I developed this need to meet people completely out of my social and economic spheres of influence is harder to track. I grew up in a very working class Scottish environment where the people you meet go to the same pub and throw up on the same street corners, where your accent or lack of it either get you banned from certain circles or get the shit kicked out of you on a Saturday night. But I was very curious, another double entendre. I had an unusually high level of curiosity in my soul yes, but I was also really different from the others it seemed. Almost like a mutant. I read Dostoevsky and Henry Miller at sixteen and spent hours in the public libraries with enormous map books..dreaming of foreign lands. I still had not met anybody interesting though…but I would.

To be continued

Real Rover at one year

It was about this time last year that I decided to become a podcaster as I wrote on the last post here. Since then I have conducted 35 interviews that look like this in different formats

Now I use Whooshka. Here is the title page

From Sound Engine to Whooshka

It uploads all the interviews effortlessly to the Itunes platform for Real Rover. Looks like this:

I have utilized my Japanese Youtube channel to upload interviews that will in future include Real Rover interviews with subtitles.

I began with Dr. Jeff Mishlove’s In Presence series and soon it will be on his site. This is what the subtitles look like.

Hi I’m Jeffrey Mishlove

Upcoming guest will be one of the world’s foremost philosophers Dr. Bernardo Kastrup..stay tuned!

London Real and Real Rover

I had come to an impasse. Who doesn’t? But the years had flashed by and now I was 65. Here we go again. I must re-invent myself. But how? Can I pull one more off, really? Or will I just go live in the woods and be a hermit sadhu? Yeah, there was that option too. After all, in ancient India you had four lives and I was pretty much done with my third, Karma Yoga i.e. raising a family, doing business and paying my taxes.

I was in London when I took the first step towards London Real. Graham Hancock had kindly introduced me to Brian and suggested I be a guest. No response. It figures I surmised. After all nobody has heard of me in the West. I live in the East, really far East. As far as you can go actually. Japan.

So I decided to walk into his office and had a few hours before getting on that train South for a meeting. It turned out that when I left the hotel the streets were full of people looking at their cell phones. I mean thousands..

 

Another terrorist attack? Not today boys! I will have to bust into Brian Rose’s office and get his attention! This guy is an important man to meet. I have to physically get there and the tube should take about half an hour. It was the tube that had got untubed..a strike.
Lazy British buggers! Being British I know, believe me.

Taxi! Roads absolutely jammed. Buses at a standstill. So that was my first attempt to meet Brian Rose and get on his show…

What would I talk about? I would talk about living in Japan for over four decades and how important it is to get the message of London Real out there because the interest level is huge.

I knew this because I had delivered 223 80 minute lectures in Japanese over 3 years in Tokyo which went out live on Youtube. About what? Well let’s see. Medieval mysticism, leading edge science, alternative health and Japanthropology, ancient civilizations and the electric universe, giant conspiracies and the demise of spiritual discipline, about zen and the art of hitting the target actually..whilst not trying to..

Such a blabbermouth! But the Japanese listeners raved. Real information at last and the haters too of course. This old guy is f***ed in the head!

The channel went beyond Japan to Japanese living overseas and to folks who wanted to study Japanese and could not figure out how such words were coming out the mouth of an Irish Scotsman with such passion. People would stop me in the street and, like with Brian, tell me how their lives had changed. How they were now walking barefoot or doing cold showers or using mindmaps..

Then the impasse. I need to move on. Something has changed since the Iceland trek. I am not the same anymore. I quit the highly paid corporate adviser post. Enough bullet trains already! My wife was not amused.

” What the hell happened to you in Iceland?! ”

Meanwhile Brian has grown London Real way beyond the piddly wee podcast it had been. New office. New suit. I bet it was Dan Pena!

So there and then, just as one world ended a new meme dropped into my computer. It was yet another pitch for Broadcast You on Facebook and so this time I paid attention. I knew from Youtube experience that the future was not in seminar rooms, in writing books or getting on TV. I knew the future was in broadcasting your own message. But I had only done it in Japan. What was I, half a man? What about the English speaking world??

He knew something I needed to know..

The past eight weeks have passed in a flash. The course he offered in becoming a professional podcaster i.e. not hallucinating about it but actually stepping up to the plate, was well designed and solidly executed with the help of his team. We had our own teams withing the Broadcast You community of about 200 students plus or minus. I wonder, did anybody actually drop out? I think not..

I was on the road between Japan and Canada doing a live call via Zoom at the airport. No headphones so half of the South terminal at Vancouver International heard Brian rave on about the benefits of getting your values really straight and then offering the world your podcast based on people you interview who express those values.

Hey I did Napoleon Hill back before half the students were born..I know about programming the subconscious. I hung out out with people like Stuart Wilde who had some cool ideas about metaphysical success.

But then he was gone and there was no backup. Brian had overcome that problem by offering us all something really different. He offered us a tribe of support. That means you felt like we were all in this together, not just the students but his staff, his guests, all the folk who watch London Real. And then the clincher was the accountability doc. It looks like this today and yes I am proud of it. You had to do the work and prove it and to hell with your inner resistance. Just seeing that in action in your own life was worth the money.

So we all know what we have to do and what needs to get done but there is nothing new about that. Goal setting and time management are the life blood of any entrepreneur so I go back to the tribe. That was the genius stroke. And it is about to get a lot bigger because it was the tribe we have all lost. It is the tribe we mourn for. It is the connection we cut off ourselves. This Broadcast You was born from a tribe of committed people from all over the world. This matters..

Today I will interview a man who has interviewed all of the greatest movers and shakers in the New Paradigm. Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove is arguably the world’s number one provider of alternative information about reality than any other single person I know. His Thinking Allowed series ran on public television for close to two decades. And he is still at it! Who has he not interviewed?

Now 71 years old, just six short years older than me, he is better than ever and I have spent hours preparing for the interview. Would this have happened without Brian Rose?

I rest my case..

 

Go figure..