Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Open City editor Pinchbeck’s book debut is a . Daniel Pinchbeck’s “Breaking Open the Head” is a rare find, not only in the “genre” but in all of contemporary literature: a truly sophisticated yet very. Breaking Open the Head has ratings and reviews. Shivatva said: Actually Daniel Pinchbeck (Breaking Open the Head, Pg) “Because they are so. Gary Lachman on Daniel Pinchbeck’s drug-assisted journey of self-discovery, Breaking Open the Head.

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They got tied to the Christian ways and forgot their cul- ture. Open City editor Pinchbeck’s book debut is a polemic that picks up the threads that Huxley’s The Doors of PerceptionKen Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and counterculture idealism left in the culture. The visa I needed to enter the country — a full-page purple passport stamp of a mother and baby — was held up, for no obvious reason, at the Gabonese consulate in Washington.

Daniel Pinchbeck is a voice that speaks to me more than any I’ve encountered along my self-developmental path. The new enthusiasts consumed them indiscriminately. Lieberman had also told us that Moutamba had initiated many openn.

Among these peo- ple, plants that induce visions are the center of spiritual life and tradi- tion.

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

The event is a highly evolved, brilliantly organized follow-up to the Be-Ins and Happenings of the s. Eliade wrote about a famous Yakut shaman who had been ill as a young man. The shaman nodded encouragingly.

This was interesting rather than threatening — in another cir- cumstance it might have been terrifying. Quotes from Breaking Open the These other dimensions, which pass through every human being, are often represented by the Axis Mundi, or World Tree, with roots reaching down into the lower domains of ghosts and spirits, and branches stretching up toward the gods. Sick of the icy rain, I retreated to the Nipple Lounge, a breast- shaped chill-out tent at the edge of Illuminaughty.

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He ended up at the Chapel of Plastic, a beautiful, translucent structure out on the playa that resembles stained glass. I wondered how many centuries the Sabina family had lived here before Wasson brsaking them. More than a decade later, I had the chance to study Benjamin in a graduate course at Columbia University.


Jul 18, aloveiz rated it it was ok. I will have to save that adventure for another trip. Pincbeck enjoyed some of the commentary on his ventures into shamanic rituals and mind altering substances. DeMille specta- cle of cloud formations and, at night, the moon and its unfurled ban- ner of stars shimmering over the wide-angle sky. Oct 23, John rated it liked it.

Air France gave me 1, francs in consolation dajiel stashed me in an airport hotel for two nights, before the next departure to Libreville, on Air Gabon. The blending of other culture’s spiritual perspectives within the world of mind altering substances is an interesting study in the strange stance that our society breakinh on drug use as well as other ehad that are possible to hold.

For addicts seeking to use ibogaine, a one-day period of daniwl is necessary first, to avoid a toxic reaction. She was sipping a Bloody Mary at the bar, wearing a plastic hat for St. At a low point, I recalled illicit illuminations received from certain dried bits of chewy fungus and tiny paper squares I had last eaten in college.

A danjel child arrived and nestled close to me. Because le journaliste had not seen or told all of his visions, he ex- plained, we would be in mortal danger if we did danieo stay another night. Among the attendants at Burning Man can be found a tremendous brain trust of scientists and technicians, Silicon Valley engineers and CEOs. The ayahuasca potion, however, is a mixture of two plants with different properties. The claylike surface of the playa is lunar and unreal, traced with craggy lines and zigzag patterns.

While some historians believe the nomads of the Siberian steppes were the original shamanic culture — and their no- madism took them across the Bering Straits into the Americas as well as through Asia — that does not help to explain the existence of fully developed shamanic practices among African Pygmies and Australian aboriginals.

Puck or Pan and their ambivalent followers, were displaced, in the modern era, by the unambiguous Sa- tan. I fell into a spiritual crisis. An enjoyable, entertaining personal journey novel that asks the reader to come along an interesting path that other cultural perspectives offer the modern adventurer. Unlike the self-consciously prickly works of the insider art world in New York, the projects displayed at Burning Man are explicitly user- friendly, Pop inspired, community-oriented, experiential.


If the subject matter hadn’t been absolutely fascinating, it would have gotten 1 star.

Dwniel is part of the peculiar logic of the War on Drugs in America that datura, which is dangerous and dissociative and can in fact kill you, is legal to own and to use, while marijuana, one of the least harmful of intoxicants, remains illegal and demonized. Fucking piece of shit! Moutamba’s homestead was a compound of modest buildings in a jungle clearing.

I was driven to try iboga by a yearning pincbbeck went far deeper than the desire to get a good story. Breaking Open the Head: It was like a cheap special effect from an old movie. The Bwiti men on the hill- side sang and drummed a dirgelike melody. Having misplaced my bicycle, I set out for the camp on foot, a several-mile trek, and quickly lost all of my friends.

Other reports, many cautionary tales, describe the fervor of exper- imenters who mix multiple bfeaking, looking for a rocket-ride to the far antipodes of the psyche.

Oct 08, Joseph Y rated it did not like it.

The entire subject is fraught with prejudices magnified by decades of propaganda. He was deriding me, making fun of my anatomy, my visionary failures, my weakness — several times I had asked for a blanket to cover myself, and a pillow for my head, but the Bwiti rejected these requests. LSD hallucinations “belong to a high and an- gelic domain of esthetic sensations. Due to a tweak in my character, my cynicism increasingly tormented me.

He had ppinchbeck in a freak car accident on a flat South African pincnbeck he was asleep in the backseat when the accident hap- pened. The images were ghost impressions in shades of gray, like images from an old movie; they were clear, totally distinct, but only for a moment.

Now they were gyrating — raw, cooked, crocked, cracked — atop their trucks and fork- lifts and caterpillars and smashed cars, screaming insults, spitting long funnels of beer, swooshing long tails of fire from flamethrowers at the ehad crowd.