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His book can be a “breaking open the head” kind of experience for anyone who approaches it with an open mind and a willingness to “test all things. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Oct 23, John rated it liked it. He seemed younger, less professional, more ill at ease than I had expected.

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But how could ibogaine help break addiction? By Saturday morning, the entire desert was a mud pile that formed a squishing seven-layer cake under my sneakers at every step. This destruction was part of the process that Karl Marx described as the alienation of all of our physical and intellectual senses into one sense: The analyst was telling her visions, which seemed to be pouring into her. This last group includes women who know they are witches, who are in touch with secret currents of the night, such as Jenny Greenteeth, her name swiped from a fairy tale, who described how, while tripping on an obscure substance, a yin-yang symbol once shot across her room into her Third Eye, sending her into meditative samadhi.

This mechanical gesture would help to steady me throughout the visions. They never hhead of him again. Pinchebck dawn, the Bwiti led us outside to watch the sunrise. He said he had visited the shaman before. It was like a cheap special effect from an old movie. Heaf least it reads like that.


Finally it was bgeaking that the initiation would proceed even though we had cheated them. You tried them a bunch of times, had some freaky trips, then moved on to the adult lubricators of social interaction — booze, coke, Valium, pot, heroin.

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She said he should move to New York and take out some per- sonal ads. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Eliade wrote about a famous Yakut shaman who had been ill as a young man. She seemed utterly fixed, trapped inside herself. I am the Chief of the World, I am the essential point! A scholar of threshold experiences, states of intoxication, and failed philosophies, he is brilliant on the subject of drugs: For the aborigi- nal, the ancient act of naming, of storytelling, literally invents, initiates, the world.

He also spends time discussing some of the history of well-known writers and icons of the field. Read more Read less. As one of the tribal elders, he ate iboga throughout the ceremony.

For six hours we followed beeaking narrow road — the only road to Huauda — winding around high cliffs with numerous blind spots and no guard rail, passing litde shrines for those who had plummeted off the edge. For me it was one of those books that sort of changes your whole perspective on things, or better put, it brings you back to ways of thinking and feeling that you’ve experienced before but get lost as you ride the waves of everyday life. That re- mains the situation today.

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There was something insane yet unnervingly pow- erful in the way she denied herself all pleasure, all possibility. When it had done its work, I threw up – the vomiting was like the beep at the end of a program. He died before he could begin a projected book on drugs. The Dutchman lost his nerve before the initiation, swallowed a fistful of tranquilizers, and did not eat any iboga. The book’s tone then settles back into the journalistic retelling of his various adventures and chemicals that shamanic tribes have used which once again I found interesting.


For the aboriginals, the natural and supernatural aspects of reality breakimg inseparable. For a few hours I was granted a pow- erful lens through which I could see my life — that complex assemblage of habits, moods, past events, and relationships — like a constellation viewed through a telescope.

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How could it be when none of the major religions of the world are shamanic in the classic sense? Before drinking, we were given Adult Depends diapers to wear, and plastic buckets for vomiting.

Our teacher was a chic presence, a twenty-eight-year-old Scottish woman who wore antique gowns and resembled Bette Davis, chain-smoked during class, and drank herself to death a few years later. 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.

His arrogance and unskeptical embrace of any and all spiritual practices got tiring, though. One after another, the Bwiti men let out long, whooping cries in their language, and helped me to imitate them.

Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress. Then I appeared younger, my fea- tures smoothing out, impacting into the scrunched face of a baby.