Pioneering psychedelic therapist Claudio Naranjo, M.D., passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the age of 86. Naranjo was a Chilean psychiatrist and pioneer in the integration of psychotherapy, spirituality, and psychedelic experiences. Among his many accomplishments, he is well-respected for being a developer of the Enneagram of Personality, founder of the Seekers After Truth Institute (SAT), and author of The Healing Journey plus numerous books on psychotherapy, consciousness, personality, and education. We are thankful for Naranjo’s many accomplishments and contributions that supported the expansion of psychedelic therapy.
“Claudio Naranjo was a profound inspiration to me and to so many others. Claudio helped train MAPS’ first therapist team for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, for our study in Spain that began in 2000. Claudio’s talk was the highlight of the recent World Ayahuasca Conference. Despite his health challenges, in his final days he indicated an interest in being involved in MAPS’ psychedelic reconciliation project focused on Israelis and Palestinians who are taking ayahuasca and sometimes MDMA together. We honor Claudio’s memory by continuing to work to develop MDMA and other psychedelics into prescription medicines, and beyond.” —MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
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“Nothing is more hopeful in terms of social evolution than the collective furthering of individual wisdom, compassion, and freedom.” —Claudio Naranjo