The transpersonal psychedelic experience and change in ecological attitude and behaviour
Mapping the empirical territory between the growing research fields of ecopsychology and psychedelic therapy there is virtually no data on the relationship between the psychedelic experience and the apparent concomitant development of increased eco-consciousness, despite numerous anecdotal reports. In an anonymous online survey 150 psychedelic users reported on their use of psychedelics, their experiences in relation to Nature, and how their experience had changed their attitudes towards ecological issues. It was hypothesised that the majority of psychedelic substance users would report an increased connection with Nature and expanded eco-consciousness as a result of their experience, and that the use of psychedelics would generally increase rather than decrease eco-consciousness. It was also expected that specific types of substances would lead to specific types of transpersonal-type encounter experiences. The results were consistent with the hypotheses and are discussed in detail.
David is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Northampton, for the MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. He was President of the Parapsychological Association between 2009-2011 and has published more than 100 academic papers, including five books, at the intersection of transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics. He directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, and co-founded and co-directs Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.