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I felt like Daniel may have chosen to maintain his identity within this book to a degree that his personal experiences took center stage, I wouldn’t say it’s an egotistical piece of work but it feels like he is selling his own cultural, social and intellectual heritage as apposed to selling the shamanic journey. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

This is a serious and illuminating journey.

Teacher’s Too was the place where I met my first serious girl- friend, after I dropped out of college. The word Bwiti simply means the experience of the iboga plant, which is the essence of love. A few Burners never return to the mainstream.

Alain Dukaga, an English- speaking Gabonese with a limp, who acted as our translator, first told me: A glittery teenage Edie look-alike brekaing the Moontribe went around hugging everyone she met. Their jet-black skin was painted with white stripes and dots. What I recalled was the sensory glow — the expansion of colors, sounds, smells. Readers conversant with the literature of drugs can sometimes find themselves on well-trodden ground: Her spirit is hanging over you.

For Benjamin, this was the real significance of the First World War, “an attempt at a new and unprecedented commin- gling with pinchbecck cosmic powers. People came and went throughout the night.


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Oct 17, Brittaney Freiheit rated it it was amazing Shelves: The pallid scientific thesis – that they were simply self-generated by-products of an overstimulation of the neocortex – does not account for their organized precision. The forbidden substances can be a precision tech- nology for revealing the interstitial processes of thinking, the flickering candle sputters of emotion, the fine-tuned machinery of sense percep- tions.

The awesome sound filled the temple, pounding against the walls of my skull. Among these peo- ple, plants that induce visions are the center of spiritual life and tradi- tion.

When it had done its work, I threw up – the vomiting was like the beep at the end of a program. The day after the burn, he seemed calm and well-satisfied. I agree with another reviewer in that Daniel likely had some kind of political motivation with this book to perhaps get more cred in his own New York scene. I now think of the brain as distinct from the mind as a kind of radio. We will see it in the sun, in the moon, in the stars. Breaking Open the Head follows two tracks.

Daniel Pinchbeck is a voice that speaks to me more than any I’ve encountered along my self-developmental path.

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In a Fhe paper for the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Mash and her collaborators compiled the thee fects of a single ibogaine dose, followed by posttreatment therapy, on twenty-seven addicts. Heroin and cocaine were easily available on any number of street cor- ners, but psychedelics required serious effort and research. They burned his papers, destroyed all traces of him. The word can be found in any good dictionary: Ibogaine, like the Amazonian psychedelic ayahuasca, contains a natural MAO inhibitor.

Jan 11, Entheogenetic rated it it was ok. The beckoning female figures, he said, indicated what paths to take.


The ibogaine molecule is an extremely complex alkaloid the intimidating chemical name is 3-methylethylpyridine. Among the Bwiti, I felt absurdly self-conscious: Discoveries in archaeology and anthropology clarified this after Eliade published his book — a few years later, Gordon and Valentina Wasson found the mushroom cult among the Mazatecs. My parents were part of the Beat and Abstract Expressionist up- surge of the fifties and sixties.

It is a series of awakenings into deeper and more profound levels of awareness, or falterings into deeper states of hypnosis and trance. Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck’s personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.

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I have read many accounts of datura trips, and they are remarkably consistent. That energy was the self — and the self’s tremendous capacity for transfor- mation. James Fernandez, an dnaiel who studied the sect at length, ended his book Bwiti: