[Ibogaine] Daniel Pinchbeck's new book in NY Times

Nick Sandberg nick227 at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Jun 28 14:38:04 EDT 2006

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Preston Peet [mailto:ptpeet at nyc.rr.com]
> Sent: 27 June 2006 20:42
> To: ibogaine at mindvox.com
> Subject: Re: Re: [Ibogaine] Daniel Pinchbeck's new book in NY Times
> >What is it about psychedelics and narcissism that go hand in hand...is it
> the living in ones own self created reality i.e fantasy...that
> becomes 'mind
> manifested' or 'turned inside out' ...after all is'nt that what breaking
> open the head is?...letting the contents out...only to find eventually
> through much knashing of teeth that they're delusion. Hey, this
> is a journey
> after all.<
> Don't know about the "delusions" bit, but as I've seen attributed
> to George
> Bernard Shaw:
> "The man who writes agbout himself and his own time is the only man who
> write about all people ane all time."
> I've also seen it heard it said that one should write what one knows.
> >One of the reasons. limited coverage is given to the psychedelic
> position
> >is
> that, it often is significant for the writers inability to seperate self
> from experience and as a result it becomes a blur...like the
> persons mind. I
> think this is why indeed the accompanying recomendation with such
> work is to
> continue with a therapist...a person who one pays to contain and keep this
> material on the straight and narrow. The problem with delusion and the
> significant [problem it is for a person is that only on the outside is it
> recognised...thats why its deluded.<
> Speaking personally (ironically enough conisdering this post's subject
> matter), for me to try to seperate myself from the experience seems a bit
> strange. In your case (I'm guessing), you experienced some sort of blur
> after taking whatever psychedelic and now you benefit from therapy. I
> realized I didn't want to pay someone else to listen to me tell
> myself what
> I needed to be doing and how to do it. Again, I'm really only
> speaking for
> myself.
> Just some thoughts.
> Peace, love and respect,
> Preston Peet

Hi Preston and others,

I think what you say is true, but also, for me, Ed is more talking about the
tendency of some who have used psychoactives to get so totally identified
with their own experience that they can talk or write about pretty much
nothing else. It's like this whole experience they have had seems to take
them over and they become completely lost in it. I recall doing just this
myself for a while! It's OK, for a bit, but I think it's good to try and
nudge people along. I mean, if I hang out with a lot people into
psychoactives, I find it can get to be like either endless navel-gazing or a
"Who's had the most major drug experience" competition. Maybe that's just
me, but that's the energy I often feel around that scene. If you take a drug
to teach you something about yourself, to get a change in your life, I think
you should actually have the decency to change.


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