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Pronounced "ah-qwul." Short for "all-quandrants, all-levels," which itself is short for "all-quandrants, all-levels, all-lines, all-states, and all-types." Developed by philosopher and author, Ken Wilber, AQAL appears to be the most comprehensive approach to reality to date. It is a supertheory or metatheory that attemps to explain how the most time-tested methodologies and the experiences they bring forth fit together in a coherent fashion. AQAL theory's pragmatic correlate is a series of social practices called Intergral Methodological Pluralism (IMP). The personal application of AQAL is called Integral Life Practice. "AQAL" is often used interchangeably with Integral Theory, the Integral approach, the Integral map, the Integral model, and Integral Operating System (IOS).
A Child's Garden of Grass  Written by Jack S. Margolis and Richard Clorfene in 1970.  Everything you need to know about marijuana from cleaning and preparing it to marijuana's history.


A Child's Garden of Verse  Written by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. His best known collection of children's poetry.


A Course In Miracles Originally published in 1976 by the Foundation for Inner Peace. "A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary." The course is arranged as a teaching device with 365 lessons, one for each day. 


Abbey Hoffman

 Abbott Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (November 30, 1936 in Worcester, MA – April 12, 1989) was a self identified anarchist, social and political activist in the United States, co-founder of the Youth International Party ("Yippies"), and later, a fugitive from the law, who lived under an alias following a conviction for dealing cocaine. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in protests that led to violent confrontations with police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, with other individuals in what became known as the Chicago seven. Hoffman came to prominence in the 1960s, but practiced most of his activism in the 1970s, and has remained a symbol of the youth rebellion and radical activism of that decade.


Abortion  An interruption during pregnancy that causes the expulsion of the products of conception before the embryo or fetus is viable.  Legally must be done before the 28th week of pregnancy.


Acid  Nickname for LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) an illegal, hallucinogenic drug used in the Hippie Era and still used today. See LSD.


Acid Flashback  Experiencing feelings or visions from a past acid trip while you are not under the influence LSD.


Acid Heads  A person whose mental functions are diminished by repeated use of LSD.


Actualizations  Stewart Emery's 1978 self-development book, Actualizations: You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself, and associated program.


Adolecia  In "HC Reunion" An affliction found in adults, especially parents, teachers, and other authority figures, in which their own adolescent memories are altered, distorted, denied, or deleted.  In addition to memory loss, the primary symptom is a chronic desire to control a child's behavior for the adult's convenience, rather than from a genuine concern for their well=being.  In extreme cases, parents may harbor the illusion that they own rather than are caretakers for their children.




Age of Aquarius An astrological era said to bring about the decline of religions and institutions. Also, will bring about enlightenment and self-awareness.



Agnostics  A person who feels it is impossible at this time to know the truth about God and the future life.


Airplane   Jefferson Airplane is one of the first Psychedelic rock groups formed in 1965. Breakthrough album "Surrealistic Pillow" led by Grace Slick. 


Akashic record  A theosophical term referring to a universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. The records are impressed on a subtle substance called akasha (or Soniferous Ether). 


Albert Hoffman  Dr. Albert Hofmann (born January 11, 1906) is a prominent Swiss scientist best known as the "father of LSD." He was born in Baden, Switzerland, and studied chemistry at the University of Zürich. His main interest was the chemistry of plants and animals, and he later conducted important research regarding the chemical structure of the common animal substance chitin, for which he received his doctorate. Hofmann joined the pharmaceutical-chemical department of Sandoz Laboratories (now Novartis), located in Basel, studying the medicinal plant squill and the fungus ergot as part of a program to purify and synthesize active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals.


Alduous Huxley  British psychologist who migrated to California in 1935.  In the 1950's Huxley became and advocate for psychedelics to use as a mind expander.  He wrote Doors to Perception (1954) and Heaven and Hell (1956).  These writings were important in the birth of the counterculture and hippie philosophy. 


Aliens A creature or being from outer space


Allen Ginsberg  Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926, in Newark, NJ – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet. Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem about the self-destruction of his friends of the Beat Generation and what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in United States at the time.  Ginsberg's willingness to talk about taboo subjects is what made him a controversial figure in the conservative 1950s and a significant figure in the 1960s. But Ginsberg continued to broach controversial subjects throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. When explaining how he approached controversial topics, he often pointed to Herbert Huncke: he said that when he first got to know Huncke in the 1940s, Ginsberg saw that he was sick from his heroin addiction. But at the time heroin was a taboo subject, and Huncke had nowhere to go for help.  Likewise, he continuously attempted to force the world into a dialogue about controversial subjects because he thought that no change could be made in a polite silence.


American Bandstand  American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. It is known not only for the emerging performers that it promoted (from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC) but the many dance styles it featured through the decades.


American Dream  First used by James Truslow Adams in his book the Epic of America, written in 1931. "...that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."


Andrew Cohen  Andrew Cohen (b.1955) is an American guru, spiritual teacher, magazine editor, author, and musician who has developed what he characterizes as a unique path of spiritual transformation, called "Evolutionary Enlightenment." He sees himself as working in conjunction with others to bring about a new stage of human consciousness and culture. Towards this end, Cohen and his students frequently engage with a variety of spiritual teachers, philosophers, activists, and cultural figures. Many of these encounters, as well as Cohen's writings, are featured in What Is Enlightenment? Magazine, which is published quarterly by the international organization he founded, EnlightenNext.


Andy Warhol  Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987) was an American artist associated with the definition of Pop Art. He was a painter, an avant-garde filmmaker, a commercial illustrator, music industry producer, writer and celebrity. He founded the magazine Interview.


Anna Freud  (December 3, 1895 - October 9, 1982) was the sixth and last child of Sigmund and Martha Freud.  Born in Vienna, she followed that path of her father and contributed to the newly born field of psychoanalysis.


Annunaki  The Anunnaki (also transcribed as: Anunnaku, Ananaki) are a group of Sumerian and Akkadian deities related to, and in some cases overlapping with, the Annuna (the 'Fifty Great Gods') and the Igigi (minor gods). The name is variously written "da-nuna", "da-nuna-ke4-ne", or "da-nun-na", meaning something to the effect of 'those of royal blood' or 'princely offspring'. According to later Babylonian myth, the Anunnaki were the children of Anu and Ki, brother and sister gods, themselves the children of Anshar and Kishar (Skypivot and Earthpivot, the Celestial poles). Anshar and Kishar were the children of Lahm and Lahmu ("the muddy ones"), names given to the gatekeepers of the Abzu temple at Eridu, the site at which the Creation was thought to have occurred.


Apollinian  Related to the Greek god Apollo, the god of light, day, music, poetry, medicine, and prophecy. Often contrasted with "Dionysian." 


Applejack   Brandy made by distilling hard cider or fermented apple pomace.
Art, Morals, & Science  The "Big 3" domains of action and discourse in the Western tradition, roughly corresponding to "I," "We," and "It."


Asana  Yoga postures aimed at opening and purifying the chakras (energy centers) and energy centers (NADIS).


Atman  In Hinduism, the essence of the individual soul or self.


Avatar  A modern self-development program based on the notion that your beliefs cause you to create or attract situations in your life. Also, the incarnation of a deity (usually Hindu).


Ayahuasca A potent South American psychedelic brew.

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