Dr. Randall Hansen does an incredible service for all of us, compiling amazing stories of people healing debilitating conditions and traumatic life experiences through intentional journeying with psychedelic medicines. This book demystifies and destigmatizes this still all too often misunderstood and underappreciated modality of healing, that promises to help so many who are trapped in anguish and suffering. I’m grateful that the power of these first-person accounts, along with Dr. Hansen’s insightful writing, will help people feel comfortable accessing what in many cases can be literally lifesaving medicine.
I had the honor of being asked to read an advance copy of Dr. Hansen’s book, Triumph over Trauma. As a member of the psychedelic’s industry (we supply naturally derived GMP psilocybin to researchers) I was keen to read it. Dr. Hansen has delivered a wondered primer for those new to the exciting promise provided by psychedelics. He covers the history, misconceptions, misinformation and outright lies that have caused so many patients to have been deprived access these wonderful plant-based compounds. He underscores the urgent need for alternative treatments in a world facing multiple crises: “a mental health crisis; a suicide crisis; an addiction crisis; a spiritual crisis; a wellness crisis; an abuse crisis; a pill-popping crisis; a HEALING crisis.” Through the in-depth history lesson and the sharing of intimate stories from people with actual psychedelic experiences, the book provides a comprehensive look into how psychedelics can address these crises. I have often said that as participants in psychedelic medicine, we are in the “industry of hope,” hope for a normal life, able to look forward to living your life. It is my opinion that traditional treatment of mental health patients is too often focused on making them easier to life with, not making their lives better. Psychedelics offer the promise of a normal life. I recommend this book whether you are new to psychedelics or if you have already been immersed in it.
Dr. Randall Hansen's book is exactly what modern society needs right now to guide our curiosity about psychedelics. The book provides a comprehensive collection of information about the various psychedelic medicines accessible to us, with their history, chemistry, research, and reports of profound healing. As humankind becomes more aware that the pharmaceutical companies we used to look to for the solutions are simply not able to reach the root causes of our afflictions, Dr. Hansen's book demonstrates that in many cases psychedelics and psychedelic therapies are proving to be more effective than pharmaceutical medications. No matter our race or heritage, our ancestors used psychedelic plant medicines for countless generations, and some cultures on Earth still do. This book is a reminder to all of us that our ancestral wisdom of psychedelic medicines was not primitive or inferior. If we want to restore harmony to our health, our communities, and our environment, the use of psychedelics may be the greatest step forward to achieving those goals. I'm so glad to know this book will accelerate the safe and beneficial use of psychedelics, and in turn accelerate the paradigm shift that is so direly needed in the world.
Dr. Randall Hansen beautifully leverages the power of stories to show how psychedelics can heal. He emphatically rejects the daily cocktail of pills and embraces the mind-expanding effects of psychedelics. In an ever more isolated world, Dr. Hansen offers a space for individual stories, with broadly applicable lessons.
By laying the foundation on the basics of psychedelic medicines, Triumph Over Trauma provides readers the opportunity to fully empathize with the personal, human stories shared in the case studies. In this way, the book stays true to form of what healing and transformational journeys consist of: knowledge gathering, preparation, experience, and integration. I am confident that by the end of this book, you will feel a personal connection and gratitude toward at least one of the people who have shared their story. Any book that can elicit those feelings is a book worth reading.
After decades of being buried, psychedelics are once again sprouting in the Western world and changing our views on mental health, nature, and community. This rediscovery is already bringing in a new era of research and understanding but, more importantly, will provide millions with new ways to heal and thrive. In his book, Triumph Over Trauma, Dr. Randall Hansen explores the history as well as the future implications of psychedelics in the Western world. Dr. Randall Hansen curates an expansive set of content to tell the reader exactly why this is a really big deal for each of us and our society at large. The first-person accounts also bring the book home and make it unique. At the end of the day, this is about people and how we all deserve the right to heal from our trauma and expand our self-understanding. Whether you are a person just entering space or have been working with psychedelics for years, this book has something for everyone. Now is a time to celebrate these substances and share our personal stories. Now is the time to bring in a new era of mental healing and community. Our veterans need access to these medicines now. Our society needs access to these medicines now.
In addition to providing the necessary base level education, this book presents an intimate look into the personal stories of transformation that accompany intentional psychedelic use. It’s rare to get such an honest and open look into what the personal healing process actually looks like. And Dr. Randall S. Hansen has managed to do this in such a way where the stories aren’t embellished or sensationalized. In fact, seeing the pain, the struggle, and the triumph is part of what makes this body of work so compelling. This is a must read for anyone considering a psychedelic journey of their own!
Dr. Randall Hansen has provided us with the right book, at the right time, for all the right reasons. Triumph Over Trauma will provide you with empowering personal stories and journeys that will educate and empower you about Entheogenic Medicines. Americans and Humanity are going through a turbulent and interesting paradigm shift these days coming out of a global pandemic and dynamic paradoxical political climates which have separated us. The plant medicines are working to bring us all back together as one. They are breaking through on a grand global scale even beyond our planet as research is being conducted on how plants are going to survive in space. Triumph Over Trauma is the right set and setting at the moment.
Dr. Hansen has compiled a compelling group of real-life stories of people who experienced healing through the use of psychedelics. For those who are psychedelic-curious or wanting to prepare for an upcoming ceremony, Triumph Over Trauma can help demystify the sacred medicines, and give you a glimpse into the types of experiences that await. Also included is a list of frequently asked questions and basic info on a variety of substances that make this a practical and useful exploration into the healing potential of psychedelics.
Triumph Over Trauma is an eye-opening read. The author starts from the basics, discussing the best psychedelic medicines for newbies, how to source them, positive effects, the different kinds of psychedelics, and even the dangers. Randall S. Hansen is candid in his writing and does not write about fantasies or unproven theories. This book is a great read and incredibly excellent for anyone dealing with trauma. Whether it is trauma from work, home, childhood, or any mental condition, Randall S. Hansen, in detail, writes about how psychedelics can help you.
My experience is if you ask 10 people about psychedelics you will get 11 different answers. However, there are those rare ones whose insights, experience, expertise, and timely articulation rise above the noise to become the Signal, which we call Thought Leaders. And Dr. Randall Hansen is the very personification of a genuine Thought Leader on the subject of Healing from Trauma. I read Triumph Over Trauma cover-to-cover without putting it down. I truly enjoyed the inspiring quotes which sets the reader’s frame of mind in the most open-minded manner designed to absorb the wise words that seem to just flow like a soothing mountain stream. Kudos indeed! The book is what I call pivotal work on a subject which time has finally come. I would put it on par with other pivotal works by authors in different fields including Peter Drucker’s voluminous work on management, Marshall Goldsmith’s What Got You Here Won’t Get you There, Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma, Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Cham, Jim Collins’ Good to Great, Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, Peter Thiel’s Zero to One and my early introduction into the world of ancient wisdom The Teachings of Don Juan, A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Dr. Carlos Castaneda. Great company indeed and well deserved, Imo! There are, of course, countless others but the aforementioned ones have withstood the test of time and scrutiny, which is why future generations will benefit beyond their current comprehension and appreciation. Triumph over Trauma is Dr. Hansen’s timeless gift to all who are suffering and want to heal and HEAL they will!!!