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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438165
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jim DeKorne expertly weaves together diverse threads…into a coherent vision of the challenges and potential that inhabit our modern psyche.”
—Erowid

“The collection of sources, woven together by DeKorne’s keen intellect, becomes, not so much eclectic, as a multifaceted view of a numinous path unfolding in a common language of the Perennial Philosophy. This is a good book, intellectually stimulating, with diverse and always relevant quotations.”
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"This is an interesting philosophical exploration of two opposing views of the world- materialist vs. perennial. One holds that what you see is what you get, the other that there is more to life than meets the eye and that we are all a part of the divine being… If you are interested in philosophy and spirituality, you will find it a fascinating read." My Spirit Radio

About the Author

Jim DeKorne is a former epidemiologist and college English professor. He participated actively in civil rights and antiwar protests in the 1960s, the back-to-the-land and appropriate technology movements of the 1970s, and the psychedelic renaissance of the 1980s. He lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Glassman on February 24, 2010
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Jim DeKorne has written a book that is a must read for any serious searcher who has ever asked the age-old questions: "Who am I?", "Why am I here?", "Where do I come from?", "Where am I going?" His answers take the reader on the journey he has taken himself as a true seeker of wisdom. It follows up on his earlier book, Psychedelic Shamanism, but goes much further because of Jim's more recent experiences and conclusions.

The chapters, each labeled in descending order of the Sephirot from the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, have more to do with the Perennial Philosophy itself than anything science has mustered up, but he does a good job of tying the mystical and the scientific together to make his arguments convincing. My favorites are Chapter Two: The Structure of Reality Is the Structure of Mind; Chapter Four: Bodies Are Vessels of Consciousness; Chapter Seven: Inner Guidance; Chapter Nine: Archons Are Archetypes Are Us; and, of course, the final Eleventh Chapter which gives the book its title: The Cracking Tower.

While the subject of what will happen in the year 2012 is, to my mind, not the emphasis nor the real value of DeKorne's work, his explanations do put whatever will take place at that time in their proper perspective. This book covers the conclusions of a man who has striven to put together many traditions, from Taoism to Alchemy to Gnosticism to Kabbalah to Theosophy to Tibetan Buddhism to Yoga and reconciled them with Hermeticism, Carl Jung's teaching, Quantum Physics, psychedelics, and the I Ching. The narrative is a ride not for the simply curious and casual seeker; it is serious stuff, but expressed in a manner that is very easy to read.

I suspect many readers will have some of the works referenced in DeKorne's bibliography in their own libraries.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul Blakey on November 27, 2009
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This book doesn't really have much to say about 2012, the author says as much in the first few chapters and you can almost hear him sigh when he says it, because the one thing that comes across loud and clear is his reluctance to jump on the 2012 bandwagon, or any other wagon for that matter. DeKorne is definitely not a jumper-on of wagons.

Which is what makes the book a refreshing change from all of the drum-beaters and flag wavers of apocalypse. Basically his advice for surviving 2012 is to use it as an energy source for your own personal revival. Not a bad idea.

He is bemused by Leary and Kesey, enthralled by Lilly and disappointed by McKenna.

In the end he turns to the I Ching, but fails to give examples for the reader to grasp why the Chinese oracle should be given such weight. I was a bit frustrated by this.

Definitely worth reading and re-reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Copperhead on June 23, 2011
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When I first saw the title of this book, I passed it up. I am 46 years old, so several apocalypse dates have come and gone during my lifetime already. I was not about to join in with the 2012 hysteria. Yes, the world is going to "Hell in a hand basket", but it has been doing that since the beginning of recorded history (Jim Dekorne does a great job in telling us why that is!).

After reading Jim's website, and his post on reality sandwich, I decided that the book might be more than its title and I was right. I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced Samadhi, or anyone who is "searching for enlightenment". For me, this book puts a lot of things into perspective. The author has managed to put insights that have come to me over the years that I have been afraid to discuss with anyone, down on paper.

He writes with a sense of humor, but he is very practical, down to earth, and easy to read. He also simplifies things by adopting Perennial Philosophy; looking at the common threads within many belief systems, and discarding all the extraneous B.S.

To those who have read Psychedelic Shamanism, this book is not about drugs. It is instead about getting into the "meat and potatoes" of the psychedelic experience. This is probably a good prequel to reading Stanislav Grof material; it explains why you would want to put yourself through all that. Unfortunately, you will have to do "the work" that DeKorne talks about yourself. The book will not do it for you! (A bit disappointing, I was really hoping that this book would be The One! :-D). It does give you some hints, and a general map to navigate the long road though. Ever seen those county maps that they give you for free at those highway info centers? Well, at least it's something!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Frank Aeschliman on December 7, 2011
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THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY WELL WORTH READING! THE AUTHOR INTEGRATES PSYCHEDELIC AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE ON ALL LEVELS.
HE DRAWS FORTH INSIGHTS GLEANED FROM A LIFETIME OF STUDY AND SCHOLARSHIP TO PRESENT A REAL JEWEL. THIS GLEAMING JEWEL
SHINES WITH AN ETERNAL LIGHT.
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Thsi book takes you on a powerful Inner Journey of discovering vastly different 'landscapes' compared to what you will have been told our 'reality' is, according to religions, science and society. If you want to view life from a different perspective - this book will do it! Highly recommended
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