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"A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience.
While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe.
"Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival.
"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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
The author’s journey to becoming a Bushman shaman and healer and how this tradition relates to shamanic practices around the world
Shamanism begins as a personal revelation and inner healing, then evolves into a striving for balance and healing into the Earth itself.
San Pedro, the legendary cactus of vision, has been used by the shamans of Peru for at least 3,500 years.
Focuses on the master healers of Southern Africa, the individuals chosen by the ancestors to receive a spiritual calling.
In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens.
Chamalu tells the story of a young woman's initiation into Andean wisdom traditions under the guidance of Chamalu, a Quechua shaman. The sacred way of the heart, he tells her, is a spiritual journey that must be undergone by anyone who aspires to be a Wanderer--a person who transcends illusion and embraces primal reality, unmediated by religious doctrine or intellectual constructs. The woman asks him to show her how to release herself from the emotional pain that paralyzes her, and gradually, over a series of meetings, Chamau reveals to her the secret of reconnecting with the spirits of the ancestors and of Pachamama, Mother Earth.
Presented as a series of conversations, Chamalu encompasses teachings that can be lived and experienced by anyone who truly desires to learn.
Simply told in language that appeals directly to the heart, Chamalu allows the reader to experience Andean shamanic teachings based on the ancient Inca heritage of wisdom, inner power, simplicity, and joy.
Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong is an advanced form of Qigong from one of China's esoteric traditions. Never before written about in the West, this form offers great cumulative benefits from regular daily practice.
Mongolian shamaness Sarangerel provides a hands-on guide for serious students of the shamanic path. * Includes complete directions for traditional Siberian rituals, meditations, and divination techniques never before published. * Shows how to recognize and acknowledge a call from the spirits. * Offers traditional wisdom for nurturing a working relationship with personal spirit helpers to promote healing and balance in a community.