Embracing Our Selves

  The Voice Dialogue Manual, Novato, CA: New World Library, 1989. The Voice Dialogue Manual was my companion in the two years I practiced dialoguing with my inner selves. Let us first clarify what voice dialogue actually is all about? It’s a synonym for the inner dialogue with all our inner selves. The Voice Dialogue Manual… Continue reading Embracing Our Selves

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The Invisible Landscape

  Mind Hallucinogens and the I Ching, New York: HarperCollins, 1993. The Invisible Landscape is the most esoteric of the three Terence McKenna books reviewed here. Many of the topics he treats in his other books, he treats here as well, but he presents them under a slightly different light, or in more subtle language. His… Continue reading The Invisible Landscape

Food of the Gods

  The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers, 1993. Food of the Gods of perhaps the best book Terence McKenna has written, and I have read it with an enthusiastic participation that I have rarely experienced in my literary life. It was… Continue reading Food of the Gods

The Archaic Revival

  Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFO’s, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1992. In The Archaic Revival, Terence McKenna lays the groundwork for something like a psychedelic culture, a society based on new values. In the etiology of the group alienation that… Continue reading The Archaic Revival

Pleasure

  A Creative Approach to Life, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press, 1970/2004. In Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, Alexander Lowen (1910-2008) explains why pleasure is of the utmost importance for a sane and balanced life, and for both mental and physical health and wellbeing. We are living in another era than Dr. Lowen did. The control… Continue reading Pleasure

The Power of Myth

  With Bill Moyers, ed. by Sue Flowers, New York: Anchor Books, 1988. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is an extraordinary book because it’s not a book. It’s a typescript of radio dialogues, which makes for the liveliness of the content. I recommend it to everyone who lacks time to read more of the great… Continue reading The Power of Myth

Oriental Mythology

  New York: Penguin Arkana, 1991, Originally published in 1962. When we want to learn what the difference is between our culture and its patriarchal roots, so well described by Joseph Campbell in Occidental Mythology, then we are on a path of synthesis, and of unification. Campbell expresses it in Oriental Mythology in the terms ‘The… Continue reading Oriental Mythology