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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INFORMATIVE AND POIGNANT READ, 10 Sep 2003
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (Paperback)
This volume brings together selections from Huxley’s Brave New World, Doors Of Perception, Heaven And Hell and Island, as well as magazine articles, letters, lectures and scientific papers. It also includes writings by Timothy Leary, Laura Huxley and Dr. Humphry Osmond. Leary’s interesting account of a 1960 meeting with Huxley at Cambridge is titled Mushrooms For Lunch, whilst the same year’s Harvard Sessions is a report of a psylocybin session where Huxley took part in a group experiment. Other very thought provoking chapters include Dr. Humphry Osmond’s May Morning In Hollywood and Huxley’s own Disregarded In The Darkness, Doors, Mescalin, Heaven And Hell and Brave New World Revisited. But the highlights of the book are Laura Huxley’s 1962 account of her husband in a psychedelic state and especially her moving account of his illness and death, titled Nobly Born. The appendix is titled Instruments For Use During A Psychedelic Experience and the book concludes with an index. This is a brilliant collection of this refined author’s best work and an insightful investigation into the use of entheogenic substances for the expansion of consciousness. I also recommend Huston Smith’s Cleansing The Doors Of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogentic Plants and Chemicals, William James’ Varieties Of Religious Experience the title Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness by Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and work of a great man, 28 July 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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Moksha includes selections from Huxley's Brave New World, Doors Of Perception, Heaven And Hell and Island, plus a variety of magazine articles, letters, lectures and scientific papers. It also includes writings by Timothy Leary, Laura Huxley and Dr. Humphry Osmond. Leary's interesting account of a 1960 meeting with Huxley at Cambridge is titled Mushrooms For Lunch, whilst the same year's Harvard Sessions is a report of a psylocybin session where Huxley took part in a group experiment.
Other very thought provoking chapters include Dr. Humphry Osmond's May Morning In Hollywood and Huxley's own Disregarded In The Darkness, Doors, Mescalin, Heaven And Hell and Brave New World Revisited. But the highlights of the book are Laura Huxley's 1962 account of her husband in a psychedelic state and especially the essay Nobly Born, her moving account of his illness and death.
The appendix is titled Instruments For Use During A Psychedelic Experience and the book concludes with an index. This is a brilliant collection of this refined author's best work and an insightful investigation into the use of entheogenic substances for the expansion of consciousness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant read, 5 Feb 2007
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This volume brings together selections from Huxley's Brave New World, Doors Of Perception, Heaven And Hell and Island, as well as magazine articles, letters, lectures and scientific papers. It also includes writings by Timothy Leary, Laura Huxley and Dr. Humphry Osmond. Leary's interesting account of a 1960 meeting with Huxley at Cambridge is titled Mushrooms For Lunch, whilst the same year's Harvard Sessions is a report of a psylocybin session where Huxley took part in a group experiment.

Other very thought provoking chapters include Dr. Humphry Osmond's May Morning In Hollywood and Huxley's own Disregarded In The Darkness, Doors, Mescalin, Heaven And Hell and Brave New World Revisited. But the highlights of the book are Laura Huxley's 1962 account of her husband in a psychedelic state and especially her moving account of his illness and death, titled Nobly Born. The appendix is titled Instruments For Use During A Psychedelic Experience and the book concludes with an index.

This is a brilliant collection of this refined author's best work and an insightful investigation into the use of entheogenic substances for the expansion of consciousness. I also recommend Huston Smith's Cleansing The Doors Of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogentic Plants and Chemicals, William James' Varieties Of Religious Experience the title Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness by Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleansing the Doors, 10 Jun 2010
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An absolutely excellent book. Don't buy it if what you are looking for are lurid tales of wild, drug-induced riotous living. This is a sober account of Huxley's experiments with mescalin, LSD and psylocybin, and, much more, reflections on the spiritual and philosophical insights gained. The letters to scientists and academics add context and the book is exceptionally clearly written, as would be expected from Huxley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting writings by & about Huxley, 22 Feb 2009
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This volume brings together selections from Huxley's Brave New World, Doors Of Perception, Heaven And Hell and Island, as well as magazine articles, letters, lectures and scientific papers. It includes writings by Timothy Leary, Laura Huxley and Dr. Humphry Osmond. Leary's interesting account of a 1960 meeting with Huxley at Cambridge is titled Mushrooms for Lunch, whilst the same year's Harvard Sessions is a report on a psylocybin session where Huxley took part in a group experiment.

Other thought-provoking chapters include Dr. Humphry Osmond's May Morning in Hollywood and Huxley's own Disregarded in the Darkness, Doors, Mescalin, Heaven And Hell and Brave New World Revisited. But the highlights of the book are Laura Huxley's 1962 account of her husband in a psychedelic state and Nobly Born, her moving account of Huxley's illness and death. The appendix is titled Instruments for use During A Psychedelic Experience; the book concludes with an index.

This is a brilliant collection of this refined author's best work and an insightful investigation into the use of entheogenic substances for the expansion of consciousness. Informative books on related aspects of this field of research include Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind by Graham Hancock, Plants of the Gods by Richard Schultes & DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman. I also recommend Huston Smith's Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals.
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of one of Englands most thoughtful gentlemen., 11 Dec 2000
This review is from: Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (Paperback)
Aldous Huxley suffered poor vision and his dream of becoming a sciencetist, Doctor was shatered. So he became a Poet and Author. He was always interested in Medicine and belived that Psychadelics were the way forward. This book is a monument to his lifes work, and shows his thoughts and also some of his creative genius. If you have had problems with drugs you will find this worth reading.
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