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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579510361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579510367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very well written and filled with great research and intelligence.
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This book gives a beautifull perspective on working with the Plant Teachers on a sacred level with intent to learn.
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This book is a must for anyone considering following the arduous spiritual path of working with Plant Allies.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J Irvin on September 26, 2008
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Mushroom Wisdom: How Shamans Cultivate Spiritual Consciousness, by Martin Ball, Ph.D., 2006

This is a simple and much needed guidebook on the how-tos of entheogenic (Psilocybe) mushroom use, and entheogen use in general, and how to navigate through the experiences. It's a great guide for beginners, as well as a strong tool for remembering some of the basics for even the most hardened psychonauts. I will certainly be referencing this book in the future for my own explorations.

Ball explains in simple language what you can expect on many levels of the mushroom experience, including how to deal with "bad trips," which are not really bad by the way, they're self reflective, and should be looked at and studied as such to help us learn and grow, something I myself have long argued. He also argues against always going after only good trips as well as the perfect set and setting, because the user will not learn near as much about him or herself if they avoid looking into the mirror of themselves or experience these substances in various environments. As Ball states in Ch. 5:

"The advice is that "trippers" should be aware of their mindset when entering into the experience. Is the person depressed, happy, overly concerned about something, having pressing issues on his or her mind? Secondly, is the setting conducive to a good experience? Is the person comfortable with the other trippers? Is the person in a safe and secure environment so as to not feel endangered or exposed?

These are certainly important considerations and one would be foolish to ignore them. However, this is really just advice for having a "good" trip and avoiding a "bad" one. It is not advice for using mushrooms as a spiritual tool." pg. 60

"On the other side is the "bad" trip.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MysticJaguar VINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
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Finally, we have post baby-boom author with the authority and integrity of McKenna to talk about altered concsciousness. This material is more of a general orientation into modes of thought, consciousness, and perspectives used by mystics, shamans, knowers, etc. This is not a technical book. But there is enough here on insight and orientation alone to make it an almost required resource for anyone researching mystical experiences. If you are new to the spiritual path or mystical studies then there is much more than a pinch[beck] of good information here. Much of the authors music is also good expecially Shaman's Path.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darmony91 on June 16, 2007
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I remember a Terrance McKenna comment that went something like-- "If you want to work with psychedelics, the first place you should go is a library." Unfortunately, back in the 60's there was nothing to speak of in any library. So psychedelics exploded into the spiritual vacuum of social club Christianity, creating a backlash of fear and loathing. Bit by bit, this situation is being rectified with books like Mushroom Wisdom. This book is a must for anyone considering following the arduous spiritual path of working with Plant Allies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By 3rd Hybrid on January 5, 2007
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reccommended for anybody intrested in modern shamanism, consciousness, awareness, spirituality, positive world change. very good book, very well written
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Kaihewalu on December 14, 2006
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i am still currently reading this book and loving it.well thought out and very interesting.not your typical book on magic mushrooms.it goes well beyond the realms of explaining the spiritual use of our little fungus buddies.not a how to grow guide which makes it extra special.this book is a spiritual guide.another thing i will point out is the art work contained within is exceptional.i recommend this book to anyone interested in self spirituality and guidance.great job martin.peace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Carter on November 25, 2009
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I have never come across a book like this before. This is a very direct explanation of what can happen when interacting with psychedelic mushrooms. The author takes a spiritual and scholarly approach, prefering to suggest helpful scenarios with the mushroom than glorify them as some sort of mind-game drug. I appreciate that he does not leave his predecessors (Leary, Metzner, McKenna, etc) in the dust AND that is book is not just a synthesis of their writings. He does mention things like "set & setting" and "novelty", but sparingly and respectfully. You can tell some work had to go in to this and he chose to let this book reflect his work and vision.

Chapters on understanding the procession of potential experiences and working with potentially difficult experiences are laid out in a logical fashion. He also makes a very respectable go at helping the reader to understand the difference between a Shaman and someone who uses shamanic practices/tools.

I whole heartedly reccomend this book to anyone who has decided to engage any entheogens in a mindful way. Some of the techniques in here would obviously apply to DMT, Aya, LSD, and some other experiences; however, the main focus and intent is the mushroom experience.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Aislesix on January 4, 2007
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Great book. the author guides the spiritual seeker in a precise way through the journey of discovery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zimmer on June 10, 2012
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If typos and repetition bother you, then move on and come back later after the author has a chance to fix the long, long list of typos.
If typos and repetition bother you, then move on and come back later after the author has a chance to fix the long, long list of typos.

Yup, repetition gets old quick. Seriously, the number of typos in this manuscript is beyond ridiculous.

Other than the typos around every page corner, I found the content satisfying and worth the price for those seeking some entheogen context in their spiritual journey.
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