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Ralph Metzner
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Ralph Metzner
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Ralph Metzner
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Ralph Metzner
Ralph Metzner, who was born and spent his early years in Germany, explored altered states of consciousness for over fifty years. He earned his B.A. from Oxford University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard in 1962. In 1964 he co-authored The Psychedelic Experience with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass).

He served as the academic dean at the California Institute of Integral Studies from 1979 through 1988. He was then Professor Emeritus at CIIS, available for consultations as a psychotherapist, and taught private seminars on alchemical divination eco-psychology. He was co-founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation, an educational organization devoted to the healing and harmonizing of the relations between humanity and the planet. Dr. Metzner also composed and performed a music CD of visionary balads, titled Bardo Blues (see link below).

He died in March 2019 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.

Author of (Books)
  • Birth of a Psychedelic Culture (2009)
  • Mind Space and Time Stream (2009)
  • Alchemical Divination (2009)
  • The Roots of War and Domination (2008)
  • The Expansion of Consciousness (2008)
  • Invocations
  • Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca [reissue of Ayahuasca: Hallucinogens, Consciousness, and the Spirit of Nature] (2006)
  • Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanacatl (2004/2005)
  • Ayahuasca: Hallucinogens, Consciousness, and the Spirit of Nature [Reviewed] (1999)
  • Green Psychology (1999)
  • The Unfolding Self (1998)
  • The Well of Remembrance (1994)
  • Opening to Inner Light: The Transformation of Human Nature and Consciousness (1986)
  • Know Your Type: Maps of Identity (1979)
  • Maps of Consciousness (1971)
  • The Ecstatic Adventure (Editor, 1968)
  • The Psychedelic Experience, with T. Leary and R. Alpert (1964)
  • Author of (Articles)
  • "The Relation of Expectation and Mood to Psilocybin Reactions" (1966)
  • "The Pharmacology of Psychedelic Drugs" (1963)
  • Index of Articles by R. Metzner