Bert Kaplan, M.A. is a long time friend, ever since we met as graduate students at the University of Montana. In this interview, he talks about his early experiences with LSD and their life-changing consequences. Today, he gets his highs from meditation and from his work as an artist. He intimately describes a lifelong struggle with depression and low self-esteem and how a combination of psychotherapy and meditation have led to personal transformation. For related reading, Bert recommends Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein, A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine, and any of the many books by Ram Das. Click here to see some of Bert’s art.