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Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0991943503
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991943500
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches
- Publisher : SoulsLantern Publishing; 1st edition (June 13, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #176,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Again, I thank the author for taking on such a task, sincerely hoping his future writings will be more seasoned and that he will not come off as an evangelist. I feel it is a book for a younger crowd and that there are better works available on the subject that approach the subject with less dogmatism.
The first part of the book covers his personal experiences with psychedelics, including a strong focus on the relationship that he has developed with psilocybin mushrooms. Jesso then goes into an brief explanation of magic mushrooms and a concise history of psychedelics, covering topics like Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, the Good Friday Experiment, Ram Dass, and the psychedelic sixties. The middle section of the book is titled A Conceptual Framework, and it attempts to build a vocabulary of terms that can be used to define various aspects of the psychedelic experience. This section is definitely valuable, but it was a bit too academically-oriented for me and didn't hold my interest the same way a truly captivating piece of writing does. However, I did find it to be helpful for understanding various parts of a psychedelic experience and may incorporate some of the defined terms into my own psychedelic language. Ultimately, this particular section just felt a bit too textbook-like to me. The last few sections of the book focus on obtaining value from one's experiences and miscellaneous commentary about psychedelic-related topics, including an intriguing analogy between the psychedelic experience and the Dagobah scene from Empire Strikes Back that I quite enjoyed.
So—should you read this book? If you're interested in learning new terms to describe your psychedelic experiences, the history of psychedelics, spiritual work, or the formative psychedelic experiences that the author had, then the answer is yes. However, if you're not into any of those things then you may not get much out of this one. Ultimately, I found it to be a really well-written book and I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the author's works.
Ok read if you have read most of the other books on the psychedelic experience and want to add one more to your list but would recommend many of the other books on the subject before this one.
This book is not just about mushrooms but about the overall cultural conditioning we are all subjected to in our given context. Regardless of your opinion on psychedelics, it points out excellent broad truths about our pre conceived notions and gives us a macroscopic perspective from which we can find our own truths..without the cultural brainwashing.
Although not stated in the book, these ideas can be applied to any aspect of our lives such as relationships, and the cultural programming associated with them.
I've read this book carefully and I commend the author for his braveness and audacity to tackle such controversial subject matter. In a way, the book itself is decomposing our cultural shadow, forcing us to look at our world with enlightened, clear eyes.
Bravo Mr. Jesso!
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The book is honest and upfront and details the authors highs and lows of his specific journey there is timeless words of wisdom in these pages and it is written in a way that is easy to understand and very relatable
The book is a must read for anyone who is thinking of trying this plant medicine as it gives a realistic sense of what to expect, how to make sense and understand why and when certain things may happen, a sensible and spiritual way to implement it and the information needed to make an informed and educated decision
There are also great nuggets of info and history for others many aha moments the Star Wars parable is genius and the book does a great job of helping to put it all into perspective as much as one can
All in all there is something here for everyone and James has done a fantastic job of what he set out to do and in passing down the teachings that his teachers have passed down to him