February 23, 1961
Mr. Alan Watts
San Francisco, California
The APA Symposium is set for early September. It promises to be an exciting and well received affair.
We are recovering from a three day visit of Arthur Koestler. I've known him for some time and invited him here to try and convert him. Final score- a tie ball game. He despises mysticism-yet the mushrooms shook him up.
I'm looking forward to your visit in March. We hope you'll be available on Friday, March 31st for a colloquim. Expenses are guaranteed and if you'll be willing to spend the entire day I can arrange for a consulting fee. I'm hoping that you and Mary Jane will stay over the weekend.
There's a lot to talk over. We've given varying degrees of Satori to over 100 creative people and the results are rich - to say the very least.
Did I tell you that Dean Josiah Bartelett of the Stan King School for the Ministry was interested in having a couple of his divinity students try the mushrooms? I've written him a follow up on this. I wonder if you would be willing to act as curando- and run an afternoon session. It's best to talk to the person for an hour or so about the experience and then if the atmosphere feels right--i.e., if they make sense to you and vice versa-- then give them 5 and 5 (i.e. 10 mg. followed by 10 mg.)
If you are interested I'll ask Jo Bartlett to phone you. If we could get some Unitarians turned onto the mystical experience I think we would have accomplished a lot.
Lunch with Houston Smith today. He speaks of you with affection and respect. He had a memorable experience and remains a most fervent collaborator.
Looking foward to your arrival.