Ready to have an out of body experience? Reading The Psychedelic Experience might do just that. Psychedelic drugs served as a tool of awakening for Richard Alpert and fueled his eventual transformation into Ram Dass.
Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is a Buddhist text for navigating the experience of death, The Psychedelic Experience is a guide for navigating the ego death that often occurs under the influence of psychedelic substances such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. The book is the combined work of Ram Dass (back when he was still Richard Alpert), Timothy Leary, and Ralph Metzner, all of whom had previously taken part in research on the therapeutic value of psychedelic drugs.