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Richards WA (Robertson J pseud).
“Report on Experiment Five : Uncontainable Joy”.
The Ecstasic Adventure. 1968;p84-91.
Report on Experiment Five is a session report of a profound psilocybin experience Richards had while participating in research in Germany. Published at the time under a pseudonymn, it was included in Metzner's The Ecstatic Adventure, 1968, as chapter 8 "Uncontainable Joy".
Excerpt: I hesitate to attempt a summary of my fifth drug experience, as I am acutely aware of the inability of linguistic symbols to contain, or even accurately reflect, the dyamics of "mystic" consciousness. In the words of the Russian poet Tyutchev, I feel as though "a though that's spoken is a lie." To seek to condense any of my experience into words is to distort them, rendering them finite and impure. [...]
Now, four days after the experience itself, I continue to feel a deep sense of awe and reverence, and am simultaneously intoxicated with an ecstatic joy. This euphoric feeling is in no sense analogous to hebephronic giddiness; it includes elements of profound peace and steadfastness, surging like a spring from a depth of my being which has rarely, if ever, been tapped prior to the drug experience. [...]
|Notes # : Metzner R (ed). New York: Macmillan.
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