Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness
Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness
Three trips that changed the world forever

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An ecstatic voyage beyond the gates. Thanks for the trip.
— Tony Grisoni, Screenwriter 'FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS'
This film is a beautiful rendition of the eternal search by humans for a gateway to the great mystery.
— Tav Sparks, author of 'The Power Within'
This film is a tour de force. Recreating beautifully the intensity of those first psychedelic experiences coupled with commentaries by major current psychedelic researchers. The film was a series of revelations about where we started and how far we’ve come.
See it, you won’t forget it.
— James Fadiman, Author of 'The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide'
 

About the Film

Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness is a part-animated feature length documentary film by producer / director Rob Harper.

Take an animated trip into the depths of the human mind with three brave pioneers of the 1950’s/60’s Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Alan Watts. The film presents three psychedelic trips by these three world-famous authors that together changed them, and Western culture, forever.

Combining stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape, Journeys creates a unique cinematic spectacle, inviting you to relive the highs - and the lows - of the psychedelic experience from the edge of your seat.

Sixty years later we put these historic trips into a modern context, sitting down with twelve leading current thinkers to ask: "What can expanded states of mind teach us about ourselves, the world and our place in it?"

 
 

THE LEAD PLAYERS

 
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Timothy Leary 1920 - 1996

Timothy Leary was a psychology professor at Harvard University. After taking psilocybin mushrooms in Oaxaca Mexico he announced “I learned more about the human mind in 6 hours than I had in all my years as a Harvard psychologist”. After leaving Harvard, Leary became the self pronounced high priest of the counterculture movement in 1960’s America, encouraging young people to take LSD and “Turn on, tune in and drop out.” President Richard Nixon allegedly called him “The most dangerous man in America.”

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Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963

Aldous Huxley was a novelist and screenwriter, born in England and later living in Hollywood, California. Best known for his distopian novel Brave New World, in 1953 he took Mescaline with psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, and this experience radically changed the way he viewed himself and the world. The result was his essay ‘The Doors of Perception’ which influenced an entire generation of thinkers, artists, musicians and writers.

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Alan Watts 1915 - 1973

Alan Watts was born in England, later moving to the USA. He began his spiritual career as a christian priest, before moving to the West Coast of America to teach Zen Buddhism. Watts wrote over 20 books in his lifetime, and his work is credited for helping to popularize Eastern Philosophy in the West. His book The Joyous Cosmology built on Huxley’s earlier Doors of Perception, describing and reflecting on his various adventures with psychedelics.

Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness is an excellent historical consideration of psychedelics. It combines compelling animation to recreate the past with pertinent interviews of contemporary experts. Watch this film, and you will learn a lot while being entertained. First class!
— Jeremy Narby, Author of 'The Cosmic Serpent'
An entertaining and thought-provoking look into three of the most famous voyages in the history of psychedelic drugs. Blending beautiful animations and interviews with some of the foremost voices in the psychedelic renaissance happening today, Journeys to the Edge makes for a mind-expanding ride through the history, present, and future of psychedelic medicine and culture.
— Pat Barber, author of 'Psychedelic Revolutionaries'
Journeys is engaging on many levels. The animations of Leary, Huxley and Watts’ experiences are both fascinating and charming, and the interviews with leading thinkers in the consciousness and healing arenas give context and relevance to the personal accounts from these psychedelic pioneers.
— Cary Sparks, co-director of Grof Transpersonal Training