Salvia Divinorum: Doorway to Thought-Free Awareness
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Salvia Divinorum: Doorway to Thought-Free Awareness

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“For those interested in experiencing Salvia divinorum, this is an honest, detailed, and caring account of the territory you will encounter.”
—Stephen Buhner, author of The Secret Teaching of Plants and Sacred Plant Medicine

“We are fortunate to have J. D. Arthur’s thoughtful, reasoned accounts of ‘thoughtless’ passages. I agree with J. D. Arth

ebook, 144 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Park Street Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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This book is less of a fact-based or historical account of Salvia as a plant, and more of a detailed "dream journal" under the influence of Salvia. The author himself states in the prologue, "I chose not to include information concerning salvia's history, botany, and so forth because this information is readily available from other, more knowledgeable sources." At first, this seemed like a trivial approach, being completely focused on the subjective. However, unlike reading through experience re...more
I admire this book for the exploration that it is. The world of Salvia is something that most users just dip their toes into, but Arthur goes pretty deep and his discoveries are very interesting. Also, I was excited to learn that some of my own experiences were identical to what Arthur encounters. One of the most notable things described is the connection of the salvaiac world to the spirits of the dead. When I have used Salvia, the beings I encountered were about as alien as they could be, and...more
Paul Turner
I enjoyed this book. I had used Salvia ritually a few times and really enjoyed the experience. My first experience I felt the presence of a female on my right while I lay on my bed in the semi darkened room. It did not feel creepy in the slightest. To be honest I didn't even question her presence, as if it was normal for her to be there. I felt she was observing me and keeping me safe. She knew I loved it. I verbally said so. I wanted to sit up and go and tell my partner. The female presence sai...more
A light and slim volume, more a memoir than any kind of study, but in detailing various facets of the Salvia experience, Arthur both fired my desire to go back to the divine herb, and clarified various disparate ideas I have had on the subject. I did find some of his commentary on his experiences funny, due to being really quite naive, but I have to say he captured much of the more important aspects of the quite different experiences I have had myself.

Yeah, I definitely need to go back...
This is the same book as "Peopled Darkness," so I am guessing that Arthur wanted to sell a book with a less creepy name on it. It's very good, but not as inspiring perhaps as the chapter on Salvia in Dale Pendell's PharmakoPoeia, which is now available free at :
This was originally published under the title Peopled Darkness: Perceptual Transformation Through Salvia Divinorum.
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