LAND OF THE NOCTURNAL BUTTERFLY
- AN INNER JOURNEY
By Jacob Moth
An extraordinary psychedelic travelogue about a young man’s stormy deep psychological and spiritual search for his inner authentic nature
Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly is a young psychonaut’s account of his inner journey using psychedelic substances such as LSD, Cannabis and Magic Mushrooms, as well as non-drug based techniques.
The book starts with the first teenage experimentation with the effect of cannabis on the author’s art and moves on to his shamanic initiatory crisis, which sprang from his first high-dosage LSD trip. After some years the author managed to practice psychedelic sessions combined with therapeutic techniques learned from a pioneering therapist using the technique and terminology of Stanislav Grof.
After 20 years of inner travel, the author entered his own Paradise in a state of unhindered energy flow.
Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly is a first-hand account that will be especially useful to aspiring psychonauts due to the fact that it excludes nothing: the author’s inclusion of all useful details in session reports, dreams, astrology and ”real life”, some of which would seem embarrassing to certain people, means that the aspiring psychonaut is led all the way, from beginning to end, and gets a view of all dimensions of reality which serve to illuminate each other. All phases are covered in the account, from a regular life over the initiatory crisis, Hell and Purgatory to the arrival in Paradise.
While many books describe excerpts of inner journeys, this is the first to describe all the aspects of a psychonaut’s journey for 20 years.
Through the healthy use of the fruits of the gods, Jacob Moth has achieved the integration of the sacred dimensions of reality into his everyday life and syncretised themes of diverse mythologies into a mythological symphony that is all his own.
Every page of this book is enriched by the author’s artwork illustrating the contents of sessions, dreams and spontaneous visions.
''In today’s world where hundreds of thousands of people are interested and involved in serious self-exploration, there is an urgent need for honest information and guidelines. Jacob Moth’s “Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly” is a treasure trove of information that is invaluable for this purpose. It is a remarkable travelogue describing the inner journey undertaken by a serious spiritual seeker with the help of powerful “technologies of the sacred” - psychedelic substances. The honesty with which the author reports all the promises and pitfalls encountered by the dedicated “psychonaut” makes this book a must for all those who have decided to undertake the adventure of self-discovery and to seek deep inner psychospiritual transformation. The author’s extraordinary illustrations help to convey the dimensions of his experience, which are difficult to describe in words.''
Dr. Stanislav Grof / Psychiatrist, M.D. Author of LSD Psychotherapy, Psychology of the Future, 6 The Cosmic Game and The Ultimate Journey
“Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly” is a fascinating epic. Jacob Moth related how his life path has been positively influenced by various mind-altering substances such as LSD and cannabis. Moth’s use of these substances for personal growth and development has not been frivolous; indeed, he walks the path with sincerity and serious intent. He has met with both triumphs and tragedies along the way, and described both with honesty and integrity. This book will appeal to other “psychonauts” and to others with spiritual and philosophical orientations. The reader will enjoy the drawings and illustrations, as well as the way that Moth has synthesized a very unique personal mythology.''
Stanley Krippner / Psychologist/ Ph.d. Author of Human Possibilities and Song Of The Siren
''In Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly, Jacob Moth takes us deep into his psychedelic odyssey in search of healing and wholeness. Written in a free flowing, almost stream of consciousness style, his narrative blends person memories, session reports, dreams, relationships, reflections, tripping insights, astrology, psychology, and much more. With remarkable candor and self-disclosure, Jacob documents both the pitfalls and blessings of his psychedelic journey, each page overflowing with his artistic creativity. Nocturnal Butterfly is the courageous story of a dedicated psychonaut, boldly told and sure to be remembered.''
Christopher Bache, Ph.D., author of LSD and the Mind of the Universe, Lifecycles , Dark Night, Early Dawn and professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University