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Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad

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A journey from Burning Man to the Akashic Field that suggest how 5-MeO-DMT triggers the human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field

• Examines Bufo alvarius toad venom, which contains the potent natural psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT, and explores its entheogenic use

• Proposes a new connection between the findings of modern physics and th
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2009 by Park Street Press
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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Tryptamine Palace tries to accomplish too much and ends up being all over the place. It's a fun read with some wild 'trip reports' on Oroc's candidate for the 'spirit molecule', 5-MeO-DMT, and even wilder theories on 'Life, Universe and Everything' based on a combination of quantum physics and Eastern mysticism. Oroc just isn't a great writer, period. He does a decent job of copy-pasting and quote collecting, so if you're looking for something more in-depth on any of the subjects he covers, it's ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Greg Humphreys
Recommended to Marc by: Jp
I liked this book a bit but not enough for 3 stars. The author sounds sincere about his experiences and gets 2 stars for this and the extensive resource list he provides for those who would want to follow up on his research. I may do but I don't intend to try and duplicate his experience with Tryptamines. He admits near the end of the text that the chances are very poor that you can expect to have a similar experience. Therein lies my knock on the thesis of this book and premise of the author.

Johanna Hilla
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In opposition to reviews claiming that the author is deluded by megalomanic thinking, I think this book deserves an applauding review! The first couple hundred pages flew by, the parts about physics and descriptions of 5-MeO-DMT were a fascinating read and well-described, but most enjoyable I found reading about authors personal stories. On one hand Oroc's unwillingness to take a proper stance behind the science he is integrating to the toad experience to is frustrating, on the other his vulnera ...more
Ronan Conroy
May 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Quite a lot of ego for someone who is coming back from the "ground of all being" with Big Enlightenment.
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Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! This book really took me by surprise. I thought it would just be some bloke getting off his head smoking toad venom, which it is. But it's also so much more than that. The author seems highly educated and has really done his homework. He almost has me (a hard line atheist) believing in the possibility of a God but not in the sense that is commonly thought of. It's worth mentioning that the author was also a hard line atheist before trying 5-MeO-DMT. I guess the only way to truly find out wo ...more
Roger Hearn
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great story. Brave guy. Intelligent analysis. A very creative thinker. I am looking forward to his next thought provoking treatise.
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