Shortly after beginning his career as a professor of religious studies in Ohio, Dr. Chris Bache made a conscientious decision to begin a systematic regimen of psychedelic practice. Between 1979 and 1999, he did 73 therape utically structured high dose LSD sessions following Stan Grof’s protocol.
It was the philosophical adventure of a lifetime, an ever-deepening communion with the creative intelligence of the universe. It was also an ordea l that exacted a high price for every new level of reality entered. Only now after retiring from the university is he beginning to speak and write openly about this hidden side of his life. This conversation explores the ups and downs of his journey—the demands of cosmological initiation, the spiral of death and rebirth, strategies of retention and recall, experiential and conceptual breakthroughs, and the challenge of integrating psychedelic practice into daily life.
This goes beyond merely integrating individual experiences—it’s about integrating a sustained, systematic psychedelic inquiry—physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. The challenge of integration increases as we move into progressively deeper levels of consciousness. What do you do, for example, when your sessions transcend your personal history and become a vessel of collective healing? How do you manage the shockwaves that radiate through your social network from your practice? When Deep Time opens and the future reveals itself, how do you live with the knowledge gained?
Christopher M. Bache, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 38 years. He is also adjunct faculty at CIIS and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences where he was Director of Transformative Learning from 2000 to 2002. An award winning teacher, Chris’ work explores the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states. He has written three books: Lifecycles, a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research; Dark Night, Early Dawn, a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness; and The Living Classroom, an exploration of collective fields of consciousness and the transpersonal dimension of teaching. He is currently writing a book on his twenty year psychedelic odyssey – Stealing Diamonds from Heaven.
Sean Kelly is Professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era and Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness. Sean is also co-editor, with Donald Rothberg, of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers and co-translator, with Roger Lapointe, of French thinker Edgar Morin's book, Homeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium. Along with his academic work, Sean has trained intensively in the Chinese internal arts (taiji, bagua, and xingyi) and has been teaching taiji since 1990. Along with his abiding interest in the work of Jung, Hegel, and Morin, his current research areas include the evolution of consciousness, integral ecologies, globalization, and transpersonal and integral theory.