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A professor of religious studies meticulously documents his insights from 73 high-dose LSD sessions conducted over the course of 20 years

  • Chronicles, with unprecedented rigor, the author’s systematic journey into a unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence
  • Makes a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience and discusses the challenge of integrating these experiences into everyday life
  • Shows how psychedelic experience can take you beyond self-transformation into collective transformation and help birth the future of humanity 

On November 24, 1979, Christopher M. Bache took the first step on what would become a life-changing journey. Drawing from his training as a philosopher of religion, Bache set out to explore his mind and the mind of the universe as deeply and systematically as possible - with the help of the psychedelic drug LSD. Following protocols established by Stanislav Grof, Bache’s 73 high-dose LSD sessions over the course of 20 years drew him into a deepening communion with cosmic consciousness. 

Journey alongside professor Bache as he touches the living intelligence of our universe - an intelligence that both embraced and crushed him - and demonstrates how direct experience of the divine can change your perspective on core issues in philosophy and religion. Chronicling his 73 sessions, the author reveals the spiral of death and rebirth that took him through the collective unconscious into the creative intelligence of the universe. Making a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience, Bache shares his immersion in the fierce love and creative intent of the unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence. He describes the incalculable value of embracing the pain and suffering he encountered in his sessions and the challenges he faced integrating his experiences into his everyday life. His journey documents a shift from individual consciousness to collective consciousness, from archetypal reality to Divine Oneness and the Diamond Luminosity that lies outside cyclic existence. 

Pushing the boundaries of theory and practice, the author shows how psychedelic experience can take you beyond self-transformation into collective transformation, beyond the present into the future, revealing spirit and matter in perfect balance.

©2019 Christopher M. Bache, PhD All Rights Reserved. (P)2020 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Once or twice in a century a book appears that has the explosive force of a supernova, breaking through the limitations of religion, science, and culture. This is such a book-- a gripping account of an utterly unique and extraordinary hero’s journey that opens our minds and hearts to a new vision of our universe and ourselves. A deeply moving template of our evolutionary journey.” (Anne Baring, PhD, author of The Dream of the Cosmos)

“Chris Bache demonstrated tremendous courage to embark on the 73 highdose LSD sessions that form the core of this book. The insights and lessons he brought back are fascinating and profoundly relevant as we seek to answer fundamental questions of the meaning and purpose of our own lives. LSD and the Mind of the Universe: Diamonds from Heaven is a diamond from Chris!” (Rick Doblin, PhD, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychede) 

“Chris Bache is an intrepid psychonaut whose 20-year odyssey has yielded an extraordinary harvest of luminous insights into the deeper structure of reality and the underlying dynamics of human existence. Prepare to be amazed, energized, purged, shattered, illuminated, and reborn by penetrating to the heart of this stunning revelation for our times.” (David Lorimer, program director at the Scientific and Medical Network) 

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  • H. Linstead
  • 24-04-2020

Amazing, totally mindblowing

I'm so glad I stumbled across this book. I can tell you right now this was only the first of what will be multiple listens, the amount of insight contained in this just amazing. The author has really done something amazing here, and to hear this all read by him is a special treat as well.

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  • Curtis Barnhart
  • 20-03-2020

Profound! Stands Among the Best of All of Time

What I thought would be a strange tale about LSD sessions turned into something much deeper and more profound. Mr Bache has gone to places in the mind and soul of humanity that very, very few people over the ages have gone (or would have the courage to experience). What follows is an unfolding of personal, transpersonal and spiritual evolution/insight that would more likely occur over hundreds or even thousands of lifetimes, condensed into 73 LSD sessions over 20 years. I found his work to be intense, stretching the mind as he recounts his experiences, especially when you really consider what he is describing. Having past experience with psychedelics myself and deep interest in altered or non ordinary states I was drawn to this book based on the title and description alone but you do not necessarily need to be interested in LSD or altered states to read this book. This book unveils the rich landscape inside all of us on the deepest levels and the forces that shape us. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in the deeper levels of the human psyche and the soul and our place in the cosmic evolution. Mr. Bache should be commended for his work and more attention given to this powerful book.

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  • Tom Howlett
  • 01-08-2020

Deep and Wide

Trailblazing. Here's what the mystics of the past have known, in part. Rich gifts are here for our own journeys. The courage to face the darkness and suffering is breathtaking.

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  • Fred Kiias
  • 12-06-2020

A profound, beatiful and truly amaizing book.

This is a rare book in its honesty, humility and depth. A story of an exeptional personal journey through the human experience and beyond. An instant classic in psychedelic literature.

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  • Brennan
  • 21-02-2020

Beautifully insightful

This book gave a very exceptional and honest view of 73 high dose LSD journeys. The author shares his ever continuing adventure going deeper into pain, love, himself, god, and energy. I am grateful to have gone through this audiobook as it was healing.

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  • Mike Hartzog
  • 06-06-2020

An Extremely Important Contribution

What an unexpected and amazing piece of work! This is not your run of the mill book on psychedelics. What Christopher has accomplished here is of immeasurable importance for humanity in general, and is particularly helpful for those already exploring consciousness, as well as those who will embark on this path in the months and years ahead. Christopher's experiences and the understanding he has gained from them and has shared with all of us in this book can provide other explorers with important context and perspective which can help us move through the inherent difficulties encountered on this accelerated path of enlightenment. Thank You Christopher!

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  • Justin Hills
  • 05-04-2020

A gift to humanity

This book is a must read for any serious entheogenic practitioner and for serious spiritual practitioners. I believe it is of the very highest philosophical substance, and is derived from direct observation and experience. This is a book for generations yet to come. The relationship between purification and higher states of consciousness is the most lucid account I have ever heard on the very real challenges faced on the spiritual journey and the treasures beyond the fires of purification. The account feels so genuine and heartfelt that it triggers a resonant note in the heart of the initiated. This book is like a call for humanity to awaken and become conscious players in the evolution of the universe and create a heavenly realm here on earth. A book like this is truly a wonder and a great gift to humanity. during this time of upheaval uncertainty and global crisis, the release of this book could not have been timed more appropriately

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  • Craig Pinegar
  • 07-11-2020

Good Lessons Worth Sharing

Glad to have this book come out, not only to share what happened during each trip, but also decades following the journey in its totality.

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  • clay
  • 06-11-2020

life changing

after being confronted with dying in an LSD trip i will briefly describe as a nightmare trainwreck of a bad trip that completely blew me apart a couple years back my life has been very confusing and my experience was so hard to process as I really didn't have any proper knowledge of the possibilities and sureties of a high dose trip. after discovering this book my stress, anxiety and fear of what happened to me that night have been erased. I can't begin to delve into how much I appreciate the author for his work and explorations. Infinite thank yous, and infinite hugs!

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  • andrew
  • 29-10-2020

EPIC

the read was absolutely incredible. be ready to blast off into the cosmos with the knowledge he brings of the psyche, the self, the universe, and the ascension ⚡⚡⚡

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  • M E Riddle
  • 17-07-2020

Revealed Research

Studious suffering and explanation. When will academic advance to understand Bache's findings? Regardless of interpretation, something interesting is going on.

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  • Kevin Thomson
  • 25-11-2020

Didn't enjoy it

I usually love this type of book gave up on this one....vague, makes a sorts of assumptions and tries way too hard to be academic...

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