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The Natural Mind: A New Way of Looking at Drugs and the Higher Consciousness Paperback – July 23, 1998
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The Natural Mind by Andrew Weil is not so much concerned with drugs per se as it is with the nature of consciousness. Having obviously experienced profound mystical states of being, Weil outlines his 'conceptual model' of a world in which the 'limitless' powers of the mind have been freed from the restraints of non-intuitive, 'straight' thinking reponsible for virtually all our social problems and allowed, via 'non-ordinary', or 'stoned' thinking, to restore sanity, balance and health to our Western world.
It is vital to stress the overwhelming nature of attaining the highest levels of consciousness, through such methods as meditation. It is difficult to understand where the more visionary aspects of Weil's beliefs come from if we are unable to accept the self-authenticating validity of these experiences. They leave us - at least initially - with virtually no doubts as to the perfect rightness of the spiritual and psychological insights gained.
To my mind, the most valuable of these insights is emotional detachment from personal prejudices and biased thinking. The experience of highest consciousness permits us to look at social, personal and medical problems with a fresh perspective and find effective solutions, rather than continue using methods that have patently failed and too often only exacerbated them.
Weil shows how the problem of drugs has been so mismanaged that instead of facts (alcohol and tobacco, our two most damaging and addictive drugs, are considered safer than relatively harmless ones such as cocaine, and especially marijuana), we prefer to hear only the 'evidence' of 'experts' who pander to our fears and prejudices.Read more ›
A must have read for anyone who seeks to understand their relationship with the mind and the psychedelic experience.
Not a plain argument for or against drug use, but an impartial look at how drugs and other forms of altered consciousness affect out reality.
I bought again because it's been over a decade since I've read it.
Dr Andrew Weil is a brilliant author.
The most impressive quality about Dr. Weil's writing is his objectivity--he takes apart the notion of bias and shows the reader how to look at the world with new eyes. One of best books I have ever read.
First of all, forgot what you know about the lovable "grizzly bear" advocate of natural health and foods; that guy came later. This book was written in 1972, when Weil was a young doctor and medical researcher doing "serious" studies of marijuana, mescaline, and other drugs. (Yes, he did partake.) He explained in the first chapter, "This book is an exposition of a theory that can help us... it is the germ of a new way of thinking about drugs and consciousness... The growing presence in our midst of chemicals that seem to alter consciousness raises questions of the utmost importance for us as individuals and as social beings... All of us are working on the problem of consciousness on some level, and the conclusions we come to determine what we think about ourselves and the universe, how we live, and how we act... I am not ignoring or minimizing the very real problems associated with drugs.. [But] I propose to find solutions to them by looking to the positive aspects of drug experience rather than look to the negative ones." (Pg.Read more ›
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A classic that has held up in a world that has rapidly expanded.Published on September 22, 2014 by Randy Mack
well done book. Dr. Weil talks about a taboo subject objectively and cleary. He is a Harvard student and knows what he is talking about from his own and others experience.Published on October 24, 2013 by Matthew
Andrew Thomas Weil (born 1942) has a medical degree from harvard, and is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Steven H Propp
I first saw Andrew Weil on a PBS station years ago, and was impressed by his calm demeanor and healthy living ideas. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by R. Miller
Andrew Weil is THE essential writer on health and wellness - a trained physician who calls into question much or most of how we handle health care in America today (not so much the... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Henry on Hillside
I read Weil's book back in the 1970s and found it offered a liberating view of what drug use and practices are (can be) about. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Jean-Marie Clarke
Excellent information from a learned man who has personally experienced what he is writing about.Published on July 9, 2010 by Claudia Harden
This book is not really about drugs at all, but about ways of thinking. Andrew Weil gives an important and an alternative insight into a new way of being conscious through the drug... Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by Tommy