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‘As mind-expanding as the chemicals it chronicles, “Breaking Open the Head” is the most artful and provocative investigation of psychedelia since Aldous Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception”.’ Stephen Johnson, author of ‘Emergence’
‘I much admire “Breaking Open the Head” for being the account of an authentic quest for enlightenment in jungles, up rivers, in deserts, and hardest of all to access, the human mind and heart via the one of the oldest thoroughfares on earth, mind-expanding drugs. This is a serious and illuminating journey.’ Paul Theroux
‘By the end of this highly readable report, Pinchbeck’s head has been broken into so often – by ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, DMT and other drugs – that you might expect him to install hinges. Yet there is a seriousness behind his self-experiments and while the drug tales are gripping, and funny, he is at pains to put them in the context of his search for meaning.’ Guardian
‘A modern Odyssey, a search for spiritual revelations, a success.’ Independent
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This is a brave book. Brave because it accepts, as matters of fact, realities that cannot co-exist peacefully with the standard American Myth. That the discussion of these issues avoids both New Age glitter-speak and standard psychedelic hoo-ha makes it all the more provocative. It is also brave for its unflinching willingness to bare the less expanded parts of the authors psyche. And it is brave, as it is always brave, to attempt to speak clearly of that which cant be spoken. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Thankfully it isn't, and instead, contains stories of meetings with remarkable people from both from the ancient world and the modern west. Pinchbeck ties this together with some real insights about the role of shamanism and how it can rescue us from our destructive lifestyles.
Everyone I know that has read this book has been changed by it. I myself have started taking what I dream very seriously.
Now I must be honest from the moment the place filled up my concerns started. I am neither a stranger to mind altering chemicals or to supernatural events, and have much experience of those linked to either and indeed both. It quickly became apparent that the bulk of the audience were quite simply what I would call 'druggies' and burnt out hippy rejects, not the etheogenic shamans of which the book was relating to. Unkind perhaps but you had to be there to see it, such as the self proclaimed 'buddhist' who started glowing red and swearing, or the rude judgemental comments aimed at those who dared ask questions. This left me wondering what to expect from our speaker, and indeed his book.
However I found him to be both articulate and down to Earth, which was a good start. What left me concerned, as someone heavily involved in self development and an experiencer of many mystical events, was that I could hear little about real positive benefits from his experiments with chemicals or any of the peculiar happenings. There was no talk of moral and spiritual advancement, it was all just a great adventure, nothing wrong with that however, adventures are fun to hear about after all, but I was glad to realise this before reading the book as I think some may have been expecting rather 'higher' information than was on offer.
He did however mention a subject that I am very involved with, 2012 and the Mayan calendar. On this he showed a deeper side, and seemed more engaged with refined spiritual thought, revealing this side I was able to get a better view of him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shouldn't the title of the is book be: 'Breaking Open The Deadhead'.
He's another phony, like Mckenna who actually admitted to working for the FBI. Read more
Excellent value, excellent product. Well packaged and prompt delivery. Thank you.Published 5 months ago by Angela
Good read if you are interested in altered states / shamanism etc. Bit pricey i thought but interesting writerPublished 5 months ago by E13
I find this an interesting subject, but I found the author unlikable and felt that the book descended into intellectual nonsense. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr M.
A good read a bit heavy intellecually in parts, enjoyed reading about his experience with Iboga in particular. He's a brave guy to do what he did.Published 18 months ago by Ronan
If I could give this book 11 stars, I would. The mind - blowing, life - changing impact this book had on me in my late teens and to every single person I've lent a copy to (never... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2014 by butterflykaia
A great journey and very well written knowledge for the curious adventurer. take s you there , wherever there is :-)Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by Spider G
A few months ago I ended up having this book reccomended to me by three seperate and completely independent sources within the space of about a week. Read morePublished on 4 May 2011 by Jydd
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