Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants
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Psychedelic Shamanism, Updated Edition: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

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Psychedelic Shamanism presents the spiritual and shamanic properties of psychotropic plants and discusses how they can be used to understand the structure of human consciousness. Author Jim DeKorne offers authoritative information about the cultivation, processing, and correct dosages for various psychotropic plant substances including the belladonna alkaloids, d-lysergic...more
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Published July 26th 2011 by North Atlantic Books (first published 1994)
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I appreciated the author´s clear explanations of alternate dimensions and his postulations on what kinds of entities inhabit them. His descriptions of how they make contact with us, and how this could have led to many of the world´s religions, are good cautionary tales for any psychedelic explorer.

For descriptions of the plants, I found Peter H´s work more useful and well-written. The chapter here on ayahuasca is entirely off, actually fearful, which clashes with his reverance for the plants in...more
Brendon Kearns
Humorous and intriguing to read even if you don't agree or buy into whole hog his ideas on archons, imaginal realms, etc.; also a great snapshot of psychonaut thinking circa '94 for those of us of later generations; I found this as good background reading to David Pinchbeck's Breaking Open the Head and in the end gave it five stars for the authors openness and honesty with his readership- I'd say it's a fine starting point for anyone seriously interested in the subject
Well the beginning was sort of slow, I thought he might have been just a crazy druggie who also happened to be superstitious yet thought it okay to shoot neighbour's horses and a hawk. Once you get to the second chapter though he explains what shamanism is in a way for rational, scientific thinkers can understand and even appreciate - a very convincing explanation of the fourth, and subsequent dimensions. Then in the second part DeKorme gives a brief introduction to shamanistic/ psychedelic plan...more
I thought this book was well-written and the references to popular culture were good, and the plant info was mostly new information for me. It referenced the updates from the 1st edition of the same name, and I have not read that version, although I wish that I had, so I could see how he judges his own work. Overall, a valuable reference, but likely only a starting point for serious pursuit of shamanism or psychedelia.
Elaine Asrai
Most of this book is pretty good, but I think he loses it with the archon stuff. If you can skip past that bit you will continue on to some good information.
May 28, 2008 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: heads
No-nonsense book for those who prefer praxis to theory. Techniques presented here are valid for a variety of endeavors and offer sage advice to the psychonaut.
Pleasantly informative. I wouldn't make friends with the author, though.
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