Experience is now a FREE ebook!


Exp Front greenWhat is the meaning of our experience? You can read my answer in the 9 part essay on the PlaneTalk blog, or you can download it as a PDF and read it as a FREE EBOOK!


“I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN!” exclaims the famous 1970s song. If a pithy one-liner captures the essence of Experience, this is it.

Experience considers the ancient question of the nature of our experience.  Unlike most accounts, this one begins with the fact of altered states of consciousness.  The curtain is pulled back to reveal the infinity of dynamic patterns found under the surface mind: the desires, the unfulfilled urges, longings, and striving.  Under these are the mindless urges of life and the cosmos.  One and all they are but futile strivings to become what they never can be: the infinite. The mask of reality is ripped asunder to expose that all existence is but mirage, an endless, futile striving towards a goal that can never be realized.

It is always darkest before the sunrise. Similarly, the phantasmagoria of our seeming is ultimately a message of hope.  By peering into the infinite depths of the irrationality of appearances, we unlock the door to approach the Ultimate Reality behind all appearances.

This is the message of Experience.


Please note that there is an Introduction in the book versions that is not present in the blog posts.

[1] Lulu.com book version. This version is for people who like to read real books. The physical book costs $39.99. The reason for the high price is the book is in color. I wanted to retain the ambiance provided by the colored images. It is an exact duplicate of the free PDF file.

[2] Lulu.com Epub version. This is for Tablets, Kindles, IPads and other ebook readers. The epub version costs $6.99.

[3] WordPress.com blog. This is the original 9 part series posted here on WordPress.com.

[4] Free PDF ebook. This version costs nothing. The Please feel free to distribute this PDF far and wide on the internets.


Donald J. DeGracia, Ph.D. is Professor of Physiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, USA. He has been engaged in the study and practice of altered states of consciousness for over 30 years.  He is the author of Beyond the Physical: A Synthesis of Science and Occultism and DO-OBE: How to have lucid dreams, astral projections and out-of-body experiences and What Is Science? All of his writings are available for free on the internet at www.dondeg.com.

4 thoughts on “Experience is now a FREE ebook!

  1. kidXS

    Your download link to the pdf version is down and I’d love to check it out! At best it downloads a 0 byte file called Exp_2014_DeGracia_pdf.txt – I will check back everynow and then beccause I would love to check it out!

    Kind Regards,

  2. Dipesh Jain

    Hello Dr. DeGracia,

    I Want to start off by saying thank you for your books and brilliant explanations and elaborations on yogic texts. For a seeker and a practitioner they are a boon.

    If possible could you make the PDF version available (the link doesn’t seem to work). I have read your blog posts, finishing Yogic view of consciousness and would love to read Experience as well.

    Kind regards

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