A Memorial Tribute to Ralph Metzner: Scholar, Teacher, Shaman

Ralph Metzner was a visionary alchemical explorer, rigorous academic scholar, and uniquely gifted shamanic teacher. His contributions to transpersonal psychology, consciousness research, and contemporary psychedelic studies are myriad. Throughout his life he engaged in deep study of mind, and he distilled his findings into words and practices he communicated to others through his many writings, teachings, and counsel. The study of consciousness, now an acceptable topic of investigation in mainstream science, will surely benefit as ideas he explored continue to penetrate into academic discourse. And the growing contemporary field of psychedelic science – currently undergoing a blossoming of clinical and neurobiological investigation – has been and will continue to be profoundly influenced by Ralph’s contributions over the last more than half-century.


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