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Dr. Ralph Metzner

As a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects.

Meet Dr. Ralph Metzner

Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies.


He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern.


He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” He is now Professor Emeritus.


He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally.


His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl.

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Dr. Ralph Metzner, Consciousness expands and Contracts Naturally

 I was deeply honored to speak with Dr. Metzner.


"Who am I to tell anyone that they should expand their consciousness?  It would be more evocative, if someone gets curious and asks for hints."  It happens all the time each day anyway, whether we pay attention to it or not?