A Nation of Mystics – Book One: Intentions
Available October 6, 2015
In A Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté—its dedication to free speech, passion to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens.
Among those descending on the Haight-Ashbury is Christian Brooks, who, haunted by the loss of his chosen brother in a fiery riot in India, leaves the ministry for a new path to God. Kathleen Murray arrives seeking to change the world and exchanges picket lines for a more direct method of altering consciousness. Myles Corbet, brilliant young botany student, must choose between prison and betraying his oldest friend. Seeking knowledge through science, Jerry Putnam instead discovers the shamanic calling. Drug agent Dolph Bremer, threatened by counterculture ideas, works to crush the movement through any means necessary, while lawyer Lance Bormann carefully walks between worlds to defend his young clients.
Book I, Intentions, is the story of the communal family’s growing commitment to the creation of a new culture—to political action, expanded awareness, new insights into the nature of mind, and the courage to make change.
Although the story is set in the last century, A Nation of Mystics is strikingly relevant, addressing conflicts between idealistic youth and the old order, violent police overreach, and the beginning of America’s War on Drugs.
“A sprawling, epic novel of classic dimensions that vividly recreates the psychedelic sixties – the hopes, the fears, the naiveté, the knowing that was at the heart of those turbulent times.”
– Joel Selvin, culture and music columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; author, The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution
“In her exciting novel, Pamela Johnson has crafted a work of literature that sings with the sense of wonder and awe that inspired a generation to change the world – one atom and synapse at a time.”
– Nicholas Schou, author, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World
“Many thanks for giving me the privilege of reading this book…I never thought to see our original hope about such things be presented so openly because of the continued political backlash…A Nation of Mystics renewed my faith in our original dream of raising consciousness.”
– Jean Millay, filmmaker, “The Psychedelic Experience”, with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert; author, Multidimentional Mind: Remote Viewing in Hyperspace