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Everyone interested in hallucinogens. Portions of the book previously appeared in the Village Voice and Rolling Stonewhere Pinchbeck is a contributor. Don’t have a Kindle? The trip reports are a road map of spectacular neoshamanic successes, hair-raising failures and fritz-outs, and bizarre sightseeing along the way.

Taking the path of evolution, they banned firearms, took unauthorized cars off the playa, raised ticket prices, and imposed order on chaos.

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I fell into a spiritual crisis. While the analyst had earlier seemed a karmic curse, I now consid- ered her a good-luck charm.

They submit to being manipulated while enjoying their alienation from themselves and others. They describe God as a mighty Emperor. Later he was watching the preparations for burning down the Man — a fifty-two- thr sculpture that is filled with explosives and ignited.

He became increasingly certain that he was the Man — when they burned it down, they would be destroying him as well. This is a serious and illuminating journey.

BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

I retched and vomited green slime into my pail. Buy the selected items together This item: We arrived late at night. She had lived to be eighty-eight, dying only a year before my trip to Gabon. It journals a mans journey from that of a cynical hack to a new age neo shamanic enthusiast, via assignments to the jungles to take shamanic potions and also via the use of research chemicals.


I hoped to learn more about the Bwiti. Pinchbeck was lucky enough to be able to go to shamanic retreats and that sort of thing through his work but the majority of people brfaking have that luxury.

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Recommended if you’re interested in the exploration of consciousness. For many thousands of years, direct knowledge of the sacred was a natural and universal part of human existence, as it remains today in tribal cul- tures. Others played drums and rattles and horns in a weirdly humorous march.

Cut off from the archaic belief in nature-as-spirit, from the multi- valent spirits of nature, the modern mind increasingly fixated on its own solitary status.

He thoughtfully serveys the literature about psychedelic drugs, but the most exhilirating and illuminating sections are the descriptions of drug breakkng No deeper meaning, no abiding hope.

I do not advocate or suggest that anyone should violate any law, no matter how poorly conceived, antithetical to human nature and dignity, or excessively punitive that law might be. The least insulting thing I can say about this book is maybe that Pinchbeck was too young to write this when he did.


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Trivia About Breaking Open the I was unbalanced, confused. In my crisis, every facet of the contemporary world seemed part of a diabolical mechanism carefully designed to keep peo- ple from wondering about the real purpose of their endless frantic activity.

DeMille specta- cle of cloud formations and, at night, the moon and its unfurled ban- ner of stars breaoing over the wide-angle sky. Shamans often become sick when they are young.

Mar 09, Michael rated it liked it. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. With plenty of first and second hand breeaking of various entheogenic experiences, the book will satisfy hardcore psychonauts seeking validation or information, as well as wannabes seeking vicarious trip thrills. They put a bundle of leaves in my right hand and a whisk of dry thistles in my left and told me to keep shaking both yead time to the music.

It seems at times you are accompanying him through a book which focuses more on his memories and on his personal preferences rather than the separate unbiased perspective of the realms of psychedelic experience and shamanism.