Seeing all the raving reviews about it, I wanted to read it even more. Sadly, I didn't love it as much as I expected I would and most others do. There is also quite a lot about both the author's trips and those of study subjects, and reading about them made me incredibly anxious. Because just imagining having my brain do that was enough to disturb my control freak brain!
Why anyone would willingly take something to hallucinate and be out of control of one's brain is beyond me and yet people do it all the time. So perhaps I'm just weird or maybe what I need is a good trip to loosen up my need for control? The one chapter I absolutely loved was "Neuroscience". Learning how psychedelics work on the brain at least as far as we know so far was incredibly interesting. If the book had only been about that, I'd give it 5 stars. Sadly, the rest of the book was only 2 and 3 stars for me.
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I love the way Michael Pollan writes but this just wasn't the book for me. Paula Kalin Love the pic! Dec 15, I love that pic too Jun 04, Sarah Jane rated it it was ok. I thought the writing was great but the more I read, the less interested I became in this topic. Aug 22, Morgan Blackledge rated it it was amazing.
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What a wonderful, interesting, informative and even transformative read. I loved it, not because of the novelty of the subject, but because of the absolutely appropriate caution, charming naivety and utter lack of pretense with which the author Michael Pollan handles the subject. So needless to say, far far far far too much of my What a great book. So needless to say, far far far far too much of my youth was spent listening to baby boomers ballyhoo endlessly about psychedelics, leftist politics and new age spirituality.
I have quite a bit of personal experience with each of those endeavors, including many of the magic molecules that are the protagonists of this text. But all of my youthful excursions occurred in the opaque cognitive and cultural shadow cast by said boomer evangelists, and consequently, many of the conclusions I came to regarding the meaning and value of these experiences were heavily influenced by that particular set and setting.
So he takes to the psychedelic venture rather late in life, with a fully developed critical facility, coupled with a beginners mind refreshingly free from the aforementioned hippy hyperbole. Pollan somehow manages to render the quintessentially ineffable psychedelic experience into something rather sensible and perhaps even effable Harris, My previously mentioned personal experiences were a wonder to be sure. Absolutely enriching without a doubt. But I have labored as an adult to put their lasting value into precise language. My sense was that these were immensely valuable and formative introductions to the expanded mind, but beyond that, the experiences remain rather implicit, as opposed to explicitly understood and usefully integrated.
In yet another autobiographical example of youth wasted on the young, I was more enamored with the splashy perceptual effects of the drugs than the subtle lessons they can facilitate regarding self transcendence. But my interest in introspection was sparked, and this ultimately led me to meditation.
Like many of my boomer predecessors, I began my serious meditation practice working in a Hindu tradition, with the psychedelic experience as my most proximal frame of reference. The catharsis was valuable, but again, not explicitly or clearly useful in any practical sense. My later life meditation practice occurred in the Buddhist context, and this is when all of the introspective practice really took hold and provided traction in life. I entered the field of psychotherapy in order to share this fantastically liberating way of being with anyone who cared.
Maybe people just need a little thunder and lighting in order for the rain to come and soften the ground for new growth. This book helped me realize how helpful those early psychedelic experiences were. They captured my youthful imagination, and slaked my thirst for the numinous, while concurrently providing the foundation for more subtle work later on.
Plus they we just plain giggly wiggly fun. At this stage of life, my fundamental concerns are: My current relative rigidity was something I developed, rather late in life, out of sheer necessity. But if someone is languishing in a state of icy, turgid, spiritual paralysis many many good examples come to mind , than I can absolutely see how a little molecular magic, in the proper set and setting, could defrost and ignite the engine of enlightenment. This book really helped me warm up to this exciting frontier of therapy.
Thank you Michael Pollan: Aug 23, Liza Fireman rated it liked it Shelves: This is probably the most boring book of someone telling about his experience of smoking toads and using psychedelics in general. It got a little bit better towards the end, and it was interesting to read about psychedelics therapy, but I can't say that I would be reading it again or that it was a revelation. There was a lot of history in the book, and actually not enough science. The main thing is that were some stories, that I am sure could be told in a more engaging way. I also felt that it w This is probably the most boring book of someone telling about his experience of smoking toads and using psychedelics in general.
I also felt that it was very repetitive and the two words that I remember the most is psychedelics and Aldous Huxley.
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I did like the spotlight vs lantern consciousness allegory, which is actually not a Pollan thing, but that's the first time I encounter that. The first mode gives adults the ability to narrowly focus attention on a goal. In the second mode—lantern consciousness—attention is more widely diffused, allowing the child to take in information from virtually anywhere in her field of awareness, which is quite wide, wider than that of most adults. By this measure, children are more conscious than adults, rather than less.
So overall, too much anecdotal 'evidence', and not enough engagement on my side. They can wipe out carpenter ant colonies, clean up pollution and industrial waste, and act as agents to fight bioterrorism. I came of age after LSD was banned by the government thanks in no small part to Timothy Leary so my knowledge of it was primarily negative and I was definitely too scared to try it despite hanging out with people who used it freely. Come to think of it, they are probably why I was scared to try it.
All these decades later there is renewed scientific and personal interest. What if we could: I have nothing but praise and respect for his efforts. Fabulously researched, fascinating, and worth my reading time—and convincing? My mind has definitely been opened and changed and all I did was read the book. You might be curious how many tabs I used writing this review—a lot let me tell you! Would I like to sign up for a session? View all 5 comments. Libby Fab review Cathrine! Jun 04, Elizabeth Theiss rated it it was amazing. Prepare to change your mind about the role of psychedelic drugs in western culture.
Or, if you have experience as a psychonaut, get ready for a broad, expansive review of history, research, and the possibilities for public policy. When LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and other psychedelic drugs first became known in the s and s, academic and medical researchers explored their potential for relieving depression, addiction, and other mental problems.
The promising research results were abandone Prepare to change your mind about the role of psychedelic drugs in western culture. In the late s, research on psilocybin and other mind-expanding drugs resumed and the results are rather stunning. The vast majority of subjects reported experiencing ego-shattering, transcendent trips that resulted in a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of themselves with the universe and a new openness to experience.
Guided psychedelic experiences lead subjects to deep insights. For example, in a tobacco cessation program, participants describe feeling a deep realization of the destructive nature of tobacco and a powerful connection to the universe. Why would one disturb the life force that empowers them with the destructive force of tobacco?
In research on the impact of LSD on existential anxiety in cancer patients was especially impressive. It allowed subjects to let go of narrow conceptions of materialistic death and embrace a more holistic sense of death as a transition to another state of being. I am a child of the 60s who experimented with mescaline and LSD. I count these experiences as among the most formative of my life.
I am a more creative, happy person because of them. I learned that humans are entirely intertwined among ourselves and every other animal, plant, and mineral on the earth. Everything counts and yet nothing really matters in the context of the millennia. The potential of psychedelic drugs to change the world for people suffering from depression, existential anxiety attendant to life-threatening disease, and addiction seems settled.
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What stands in the way is Nixon-era prejudice and fear. The scientific community seems to have developed some consensus that psychedelics can play an important role in healing several resistant diseases of western civilization. Where public policy goes from here will depend on the policy community paying more attention to data and less to prejudice. Jul 11, Jason Pettus added it Shelves: To make my biases clear right away, back in my early twenties I did LSD in college a handful of times, mostly in a mindful and deliberate way although admittedly a couple of times at raves for fun too , thus making it natural that I would be interested in what Pollan had to say; and he essentially takes this mindful, medicine-type approach too, presenting not just an exhaustive history of the subject as it first became known in the US in the s and '30s, blooming into national mainstream popularity and then just as quickly burning out in the s, but also concentrating just as much on the quiet, more sober research that's being done in our current age, where contemporary doctors and scientists are looking at the ways that LSD and psychedelic mushrooms might in fact be a "magic cure" of sorts for such mental conditions as depression, anxiety and addiction.
It all boils down to a term that's suddenly been gaining a lot of mainstream traction recently, called the "Default Mode Network;" as we're learning with more and more certainty, this is the part of the brain that essentially acts as the "CEO" or "orchestra leader" of all the other parts of your brain, the section of the brain that's most active precisely when you're doing nothing particular at all, and the section that allows you to think about the past, to anticipate the future, to project a sense of "self" to yourself, and basically all the other activities that we've typically associated over the centuries with what is conveniently called the human "soul.
And since it's the default mode network that directly causes mental disorders like depression obsessive worrying about the past and anxiety obsessive worrying about the future , research is showing more and more that psychedelic drugs can act as essentially a way to "reformat a corrupted hard drive," and to let people with unhealthy behaviors towards the past and future basically reset and permanently change their behaviors. And, incidentally, it turns out that this is the same exact process the brain goes through during mindfulness-based meditation, which is why it's no coincidence that Buddhism and psychedelic drugs are so closely associated with each other in our society, and why Buddhist-style meditation has been shown in recent years to work even better than anti-anxiety drugs on PTSD-suffering veteran soldiers.
Pollan's book is about all kinds of other things too, including his own first-person forays into psychedelics and what exactly occurred to him during his "trips;" and as always, it's written in his engaging if not often opinionated conversational style, which I love but I learned during The Omnivore's Dilemma drives other people crazy, so be warned.
An illuminating and fascinating book that will here we go again permanently change the way you think about psychedelic drugs, meditation, and mental illness, it is so far the one book in that I most recommend general audience members picking up. Destined to make my top-ten list at the end of the year, if not come in at the number-one spot altogether. Nov 26, Michael Perkins rated it it was ok.
On the path to the Murti-Bing Pollan was born the same year I was, which makes us what I call mid-Boomers. But I had two older siblings who were on the front end of the Boomer generation and experienced it all. I paid close attention to what happened to their cohort. My older brother was destroyed by drugs, including psychedelics, and died at age There's a kind of evangelistic fervor in th On the path to the Murti-Bing There's a kind of evangelistic fervor in this book that I found rather slanted.
Instead of taking a realistic look at the 60's, for example, he hammers Timothy Leary page after page. Oddly, the author's hero is one Al Hubbard, a huckster who dresses in military fatigues and packs a sidearm. To me, these rants against Leary prove nothing and are pretty weird. But this seems to be the author's way of dismissing what actually happened back then, which can't be ignored.
Meanwhile, Hubbard ended up broke, living in a trailer park in the Arizona desert. I feel I have read some version of this book several times before written by different people. As people in my Boomer generation moved away from, or out and out rejected, traditional religious structures they began searching for alternatives that continued into the 70's.
This New Age quest led to distorted versions of Eastern religion and even cults. Now that Boomers are older, and staring death in the face, it's not surprising that they're returning to these questions no matter how successful or wealthy they've become. The author is a self-described "scientific materialist," looking for more, including a kind of safe passage to death under the influence of psychedelics. In my experience, flexible intelligence, openness to change, willingness to take risks, and to forgive others, do not require mind-bending drugs, but humility and an open heart.
View all 3 comments. May 26, Benjamin Siegel rated it really liked it. I feel lucky to live in a world where Michael Pollan has now written, sometimes quite beautifully, about tripping. Oct 12, Charles rated it liked it. Similarly, I have never had any type of mystical experience whatsoever, though I am certainly open to such a thing and have total confidence that many other people have. But here, as in many matters, others go where I have not tread. Pollan, famous mostly for books on food, decided to explore drug-induced alterations of consciousness, and this book is the measured result of his spelunking in the caverns of the mind.
I suppose that psychedelics might be interesting for me. So all this is abstract to me, and will remain so. In other words, Pollan is not an evangelist or proselytizer for drug use; his advice is thoughtful, rather than enthusiastic. The first two hundred pages are history. In any case, Pollan starts by talking about recent revived interest in using psychedelics, primarily psilocybin, derived from mushrooms, to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety among terminal cancer patients, as well as more mundane problems like nicotine addiction.
Then we are taken backward, to the original synthesis of LSD and its use, and misuse, over subsequent decades, as well as the history of other psychedelics. The focus is on psychedelics as a class, not on the many varieties thereof, few of which are specifically delineated. Pollan mostly talks to various figures, ranging from scientists now carefully studying psychedelics in accordance with strict regulations, to elderly hippies and their younger disciples still flogging LSD as a miracle that will bring mankind together. He took, at separate times, three drugs: He details the run-up to each use in excruciating detail, and also narrates the actual experiences, which are pretty disappointing, both to the reader and, for the most part, to Pollan.
He did not have any earthshattering mystical experiences, and the Toad was terrifying. He did have various experiences revolving around dissolution of the ego, the most common characteristic of all psychedelics, something that he, a mostly no-nonsense, goal-oriented person, found quite interesting and valuable.
He saw and interacted with dead relatives. But all in all, this is pretty pedestrian, and most of what is interesting about drug trip descriptions in this book comes from quotes from people other than Pollan. Certainly, if I suffered from untreatable depression, or someone close to me did, I would consider psychedelic therapies. Still, we can pick out of this several interesting facts, or at least facts I found interesting. Adults develop useful mental shortcuts that cut out the sense of open-ended wonder, and the drugs seem to, in some instances, restore it, or a facsimile of it.
There is also a side-mention, not explored further, that Europeans have far fewer mystical experiences under the influence of psychedelics than do Americans, which seems like it would bear further exploring, but the topic never recurs. More broadly, all the discussion in the book offers an obvious question—what does the use of psychedelics, and what they appear reveal to the user, say about the nature of reality and of consciousness? Despite the desperate flailing of materialists like Steven Pinker, there is no evidence whatsoever that consciousness is the product of the brain, rather than an external phenomenon mediated by the brain, as Henri Bergson, among others, would have it.
Of course, there is little evidence of the latter, either. Pollan, certainly, is sympathetic to the idea that psychedelics reveal evidence for the latter, though he is very cautious in his approach. On the other hand, I think that one single fact, that neither Pollan nor anyone else that I know of discusses, strongly suggests that all psychedelic experiences are merely internal manifestations of the mind.
This is that no new substantive knowledge is ever gained. If the individual consciousness were actually being exposed to, or subsumed into, or enfolded with, some universal or greater consciousness, some set of until-then unknown truths would seem certain to emerge. That could be anything—a scientific fact, the existence of aliens with specific verifiable facts about themselves, or merely exposure to another consciousness merging with yours as exposed to the interactions with internally generated avatars of others that seem common, separately from the merging phenomenon, which Pollan himself experienced , or some kind of telepathy.
But not once is such a thing ever mentioned, which strongly suggests that psychedelic experiences are purely internal, though I suppose they might be revealing underlying structural truths, even if they do not reveal identifiable higher level or new knowledge. The most interesting elements of the book, though, concern the intersection of religious belief and what is perceived under the influence of these drugs. This is probably why the Orthodox, in repetitious prayer regimens, strongly caution against the untutored engaging simultaneously in the breathing exercises sometimes done by monks.
The question is, what does that mean, or show? We have to clear out some underbrush first. Pollan, a genial atheist, seems completely unaware, no doubt because everyone who touched this book before publication was equally unaware, that many of the supposedly novel thoughts that come to him under the influence of psychedelics are commonplaces about reality in Christian theology. Rather than being necessarily the case, this now seemed quite the miracle. What I wanted to hear was if anyone under the influence of psychedelics ever had direct, specifically Christian revelation, such as regarding the Trinity, or Christ saying something not banal, or even an inkling of the Communion of Saints.
I suspect not, or we would have heard of it. Which, again, suggests all this is internal, or at least it suggests that to a Christian. No, on balance, these are things to be avoided. To me, opening the possibility of a broader reality in this gray, de-magicked age is a feature, not a bug, regardless of whether there is any underlying reality to what drug users are shown under the influence. Now that I'm using audible. And, he also completely won me over with this book.
There was a time when psychedelics were a serious medicine under serious study, especially for alcoholics. Then Timothy Leary came Now that I'm using audible. Then Timothy Leary came in, decided everybody needed to experience these drugs, acted as if he had discovered the whole field and promoted them in such an attention-grabbing way to where everyone knows something about LSD Of course, Leary got his message across and these drugs saw wide illegal usage especially in the 's LSD is a powerful drug, but, in a surprise at least to me, it turns out it creates no health issues.
The only danger with LSD is what someone might do while they are using it like Charles Mason's group, maybe. But it doesn't have any impact on anything in our body except for it's temporary impact on the brain. And it's non-addictive, maybe anti-addictive. But it does have surprising benefits when used the right way. To frame this kind of the way Pollan does, research in NYU on terminally ill patients found spectacular results with patients using a psychedelic. Many said they had mystical experiences, and many lost their fear of the coming deaths and made peace with it.
In some examples, people had the best parts of their lives, terminally ill, after their experience with psychedelics. It didn't work for everyone, of course.
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So, what's going on? This is where the book gets especially fascinating. Recent study of brain activity has determined what is our default node network - that is, your brain activity when you're not doing anything. You're just day dreaming and filling in time. This activity is actually a big deal, it's your basic thought process, your default mindset. And you can't really change it very easily.
Pollan uses a ski slope as an example. Imagine your brain as slope with a fresh cover of snow. Someone skis down and leaves tracks. As more people ski down, some tracks harden, and soon everyone has to ski down the same track, you can't get out of it. That's your brain, and track is the default node netwark - all your thoughts funnel down the well worn path.
This is actually an issue with everyone. Our brain tries to make things easier on us, and it forms these networks so we can focus on other things, but we lose some touch with reality, if you like. Instead of seeing things as they actually are, our brains make all sort of assumptions and we accept these as real without really knowing. We lose that childhood sense of exploring everything because everything is new. This breaks down when, say, we travel to a new country and all these assumptions start to fail. But, it becomes a serious problem for certain states of mind.
Our brain has a structuring and the more structured we are, the most separated we from reality and more prone we are to various obsessive problems, like addiction of course, and OCD, but also depression and anxiety and other things. Essentially the brain becomes too rigid. So, the big thing with psychedelics is that they shut down our default node network, our background brain, or ego.
In the ski slope analogy, they provide, for short period, a fresh coat of new snow. Our brains are freed up to re-investigate the world around us with new eyes, like a child. And, the connections in our brain are free to follow new paths, and new connections, leading to some strange stuff, but also, apparently, to a completely new view of consciousness, or maybe even other consciousnesses. And, with the drugs, you don't lose the experience, but you remember everything. And anything you learn stays with you.
I know I'm getting wordy and maybe it's better to just read the book then read my review with all its oversimplifications, but this stuff has got me thinking so much. So, I'll add here that Pollan points out the experience doesn't work for everyone, that it's very dependent on the mindset and setting you are in when you take the drug, and whose around to guide you and help you if you get into trouble.
And the affect wears off. And while the terminally ill tended to have inspirational life changing experiences, and nicotine and alcohol addicts had good rates of positive results much better than, say, with AA , there were also those oddball experiences.
There was the smoker who had such a powerful important insight, she made the guide with her write it down. When she came out of the high and checked on the message, it was Nov 15 - Dec 6 rating: View all 6 comments. The history of research up to Leary was too long for my taste.
His own controlled experiments were interesting, partic I felt it was all over the map. His own controlled experiments were interesting, particularly the variety of personalities he discovered when selecting a guide. I wasn't sure about how trustworthy or valuable his own memories of the "trips" were. I loved the section when he went out with the eccentric sunroom hunter. That was my favorite part after the neuroscience. His own controlled experiments were Ms.
His own controlled experiments were interesting, particularly the variety of personalities he discover I thought Pollan must have struggled with the structure, there are some oddities in it. May 23, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Michael Pollan is a phenomenal writer, and he shines once again with his newest book.
He takes a deep dive into the history and science of psychedelics, all while weaving in his own personal narrative. It is an engaging and fascinating read; one that propels the reader on a journey through the re-emergence of this scientific field. For anyone at all interested in the topic, this is probably a must-read. Oct 05, Ms. Albert Hoffman, discoverer of LSD wrote those words in He had unintentionally absorbed some of the synthesized substance through his skin.
There is no direct evidence of a Kubrick-LSD connection.
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In fact, Kubrick denied he had ever taken LSD. However, Pollan cites a source claiming Kubrick, like many prominent Hollywood celebrities, underwent a regimen of LSD enhanced psychoanalysis in the 60's Acid Dreams: Lee and Bruce Schlain. Film maker and researcher Michael Benson states that Fred Ordway, a scientific consultant on Kubrick's film, contacted Dr. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece. Was Kubrick being truthful about never taking LSD or was he distancing himself from a bit of baggage contradicting the artistic breakthrough he envisioned in this film?
In any case, the contrast reflects the prodigious turn of events that transpired in a mere decade. In LSD was at the forefront of an edgy new frontier. By it was illegal. Pollan matches the experiences of researchers, meditation and spiritual pedagogues, and his own assisted triptamine experiments with these profound cultural shifts.
He opens with a historical compendium, working both backwards and forwards from the year In the same year, Dr. Roland Griffiths, a neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins, published a study of psilocybin's effects; it was praised for the scientific rigor of its design. Pollan traces a trajectory beginning with comparisons between psychedelic effects and those of mental illnesses like schizophrenia the psychomimetic model. Further examination indicated that the psychedelic experience only superficially resembled mental illness. The model was replaced by interest in psychedelics applied to expediting conventional psychoanalysis the psycholytic path.
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This research, however, was overshadowed by a single figure, Timothy Leary. Leary gave psilocybin to the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, a man who needed no chemical inducement to play the role of visionary prophet The Controlled Substances Act was passed in Sandoz had already curtailed its distribution of LSD. And researchers came to be viewed either dismissively or with fear by the general public. Pollan is therefore surprised and encouraged by a renaissance in psychedelic research.
The names of dozens of researchers appear in the chapters on history. The most interesting section was Chapter 2: He meets Paul Stamets, an eccentric but dedicated mycologist who guides him on a field trip to collect psychedelic mushrooms. Stamets lives a comfortable life off the income of several patents, including a hybridized Cordyceps species of mushroom with the lurid property of causing fire ants to ingest them and explode their heads. The psychedelic compound of interest to Pollan is psilocybes. However, Pollan wonders why the substance is concentrated in the fruit and not the underground connective network known as mycelium, which would be the logical focus if the substance evolved to protect the organism.
He hypothesizes that perhaps the substance encouraged the fungi's dissemination by appealing to a variety of animals, including humans. No wonder Paul Stamets is convinced of their intelligence. In brief, the theory supposes that the drugs erase familiar neural pathways forcing the creation of novel paths, provoking the synesthesia evidenced by many subjects' experiences. The basis for this thinking is studies of neuro-imaging patterns. By generalizing this broadly, Pollan is able to transition easily into his account of clinical applications in the areas of depression and addiction.
Pollan concludes that his research has led him to an epiphany about his own life. I wish I could say the same about mine after spending the week on this book. Interview where Kubrick denies ever having taken LSD. Once again I seem to be in the minority. Oh well, I'm used to that. I had fairly high expectations for this book. Three are three sections to the book: A very brief history of psychedelics' use through time and a Once again I seem to be in the minority. A very brief history of psychedelics' use through time and a less brief history of research on psychedelics mostly LSD and psilocybin, less on MDMA and others.
I thought this was the most interesting and best organized part of the book, but it was still fairly bare bones. And for someone who claimed they weren't going to spend a lot of time talking about Timothy Leary, he spends a hell of a lot of space on Timothy Leary. Descriptions of Pollan's experiments with LSD, mushrooms, and toad venom. The actual descriptions are fairly brief. Most of the time is spend with him freaking out about preparations and worry about not being able to control every aspect of the experience, then later lamenting how it was all so much less than he expected.
This was my least favorite part of the book. I want it all, I want it now, and I don't want to have to put in any time or effort to get it. OK, I get it. He's a content atheist. But the constant snark about all things religious or with what he felt had any religious-spiritual trappings got old fast. The more he snarked, the more peevish and arrogant he seemed. Current research on use of psychedelics to treat addiction and depression, also to treat anxiety in end-of-life.
He said he was going to talk about the neuroscience in this section, but there's very little of that. Most of it is anecdotes, which get repetitive quickly. This section had the most potential given our society's near-epidemic of opioid addiction and long-term use of anti-depressants. Unfortunately, it didn't really deliver much hard information. I suspect he has subscribed to the Gladwellian formula of "keep the science light and shove in a lot of anecdotes that that support your pet points.
Pollan is clearly a fan of the stuff. And that's fine except it puts the book squarely in the "preaching to the choir" club. Those inclined to agree with him will praise it. That thing we take for granted known as the military--how does anyone, with unbiased forethought, truly wrap their mind around the fact that such a thing exists; or the notion that weaponry and armed forces equate to anything resembling safety; or that it's anything but the lowest, vilest level of egomania?
The very creation of weapons of destruction makes their deployrment inevitable. Ah, but even if one can begin to glimpse the imbalances, savagery, and mindlessness of our global culture and its ideologies, Seth, unlike this rant, imparts a depth of wisdom with love, kindness and a greatness of heart that you must read to begin to appreciate; and reading these wonderful volumes is to experience a uniting of both our logical and holistic processes. It is a path to the ineffable where the greatest wisdom lies.
After reading volume 1, I was really looking forward to volume 2 bringing it all home. This was probably one of the toughest books to pick up and read every day because it never really gave me that soul connection I seek when I dive into a book. In all fairness to the book, I want to credit the work and extension that Jane and Rob have to project as accurately as possible the full experience of Seth as he is manifesting through Jane.
Robert is passionately detailed in giving as accurate an account as he possibly can to make sure the reader gets the full effect of Jane's experience. I have to offer my appreciation to Jane for exposing her incredible gifts to the world I so appreciate her gift and sharing with all of us readers who are ready to explore all of the possibilities of spirituality and God given gifts. I appreciate Rob for his contribution and unwavering support for Jane. He really is an amazing individual to stand by Jane's side and allow her to grow and develop all of her talents.
They are an amazing couple! There, if you believe in demons, you will see them -- without ever realizing that they are a part of the environment of your psyche, formed by your beliefs, and thrown out as mirages over a very real environment that you do not perceive. You are where you are because your consciousness formed that kind of reality. Your whole physical situation will be geared to it, and your neurological structure will follow the habitual pattern. As you learn to throw aside old concepts you will begin to experience the evidence for other levels of reality, and become aware of other 'messages' that you have previously blocked.
My frustration began in my readings of Rob giving a very detailed account of Jane's experience before, during and after her encounters with Seth. So, so much of the book is Rob sharing information that I find completely boring and non-applicable to my life. I don't care how Jane is feeling at any given moment no disrespect. I don't relate to her internal experiences and how she is perceiving her awareness. Perhaps if I experience some of the things that she does, it would be more easy for me to identify with her. Rob has added notes at the end of each chapter that will refer the reader back to previous chapters or previous books.
He certainly invites the reader to do their research if one really wants to understand the sentence in "Quote".
At the end of the book, there are "Appendixes" from the previous chapters that will describe in more detail even more boring information. Then those "Appendixes" have even more notes that drags out the misery even longer. A great portion of the book is devoted to these musings, pages to be exact. Truthfully, I'm more interested in hearing what Seth has to say that I can use to apply to my life.
I'm interested in hearing stories that I can identify with. This book took a total side-step away from that, that I found diffused all of the nuggets so at the end of the book, I was left feeling frustrated. I suspect if you're a fan of Jane Roberts because you possess the level of awareness and gifts that she does, then this book may speak volumes to you. If not, then read it for the nuggets and be aware of all of the "Extra" garbo. A genuinely life-changing book - the same goes for all the books in the series, but this one more than others.
If Jane Roberts was a fraud - she'd still have my respect for coming up with something so intelligent and imaginative. But reading her books, it's hard to conceive of anyone inventing answers of this scope and depth. The content and ramifications of the texts leaves every other new age book in the dust and finally provides detailed, original and highly intelligent and surprising explanations regarding an alternate definition of what we perceive as our reality. Without any of the fluff and woo-woo I personally find so bothersome in literature of this genre, this is the real deal and after years of reading this genre, I can conclude that I could have dispensed with all of it and just read Jane Roberts for the real answers.
Not an easy read, btw, which is fine because you won't want this book to end. All of Seth's books are great, providing a glimpse into a non-religious, beyond science explanation for what we are and how all things interact as part of each other. Great stuff I've been reading since the first Seth book. I've nearly read them all, and I've read several more than once.
It's not hocus pocus or supernatural silliness or even a cult of any sort. Seth's books have changed my life in many ways, always for the better. See all 64 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? A Seth Book Paperback. The Eternal Validity of the Soul Paperback. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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