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Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

The letters of the restaurant sign peeled off one by one in small squares, as though they were pieces from a board game. I enjoyed some of the commentary on his ventures into shamanic rituals and mind altering substances.

An unhappy nineteen-year-old, I kept tying braeking into deeper psychological and intellectual knots. I am the Chief of the World, I am the essential point!

The Bwiti tribesmen started drumming and singing. Most of the people now are like lacking roots. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

Who was I to try to enter the African spirit world? One wintry day my friend Alex — she was several years older than me, an art student — brought me to her house and gave me some mushrooms.

So faint — so quick — they melted away. Jul 20, Greg rated it really liked it.

Then this naked freak named Mustard Seed said, ‘I want to tie you to a whipping post, you cute little boy. Because of its oil deposits, Gabon, a small West African country on the equator, is richer, more secure, than other countries in the region. The sensation of hghtning arcs hitting your body is very cerebral. He played a tape of the twangy, unsettling Bwiti music over and over again on his tape recorder as we drove.


De- spite his revelations among the Mazatecs, he became convinced that the essential entheogen of the ancient world was Soma — Amanita mus- caria, which contains the psychoactive agent muscarine rather than psilocybin.

Archaic Tech- niques of Ecstasy that ingestion of visionary flora, whether smoked, eaten, drunk, or snuffed a. Those descriptions are a touch navel gazing but better th This was a refreshing book to read when it came out and the fact that it seems a bit dated now is an indication of how much has happened since then, in terms of use of research chemicals and the expansion of festivals, than a reflection of the book.

Under optimum conditions, iboga can grow into a tree that rises forty feet high. A first chapter on a particular substance will be historical, anthropological and reference information. Breaking Open the Head: Species of the mushrooms now grow plentifully in Oregon and Washington State and other areas where they were not known before.

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Shamanic initiation often takes the form of a sickness — the cure is the discovery of the vocation. Researching lin- guistic clues and folklore, they found an “aura of the supernatural in which all the fungi seem to be bathed. But her presence on my journey heav like some carefully orchestrated karmic punishment. Across the road from us was the Erowid dome. Harvey’s current plot is replicating Burning Mans across the globe, and his staff is actively networking their expertise to localized, small-scale versions of the festival.


To ask other readers questions about Breaking Open the Headplease sign up. How could eating a bitter bark take me on such a profound and carefully structured journey through my past, into my future?

They never spoke of him again. Syrian Rue has an ancient history of breaaking use in the Near East. Could Jung — and the Bwiti — be right? In Andrew Man told the judges at Aberdeen that he had paid homage to the Queen of the Elves and to the devil, who had appeared to him in the guise of a stag, emerging from the snow on a summer’s day during the harvest.

I arrived early for a lunch date, and started to chat with the restaurant’s cute hostess.

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Lee Fukui Designed by. If we don’t find some means of correcting this imbalance, we may face the most dire consequences. The images were ghost impressions in shades of gray, like images from an old movie; they were clear, dabiel distinct, but only for a moment. Chapter ‘ The King raised up the plantain with two hands. Pinchbeck,s ego just screams out from almost every page. Unlike ayahuasca or mushrooms or LSD, datura is the real horror-film hallucinogen – those who ingest the plant find themselves in unreal worlds of psychosis that seem totally convincing.