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Honest, thought provoking and clearly written from the heart, James Jesso s second book illuminates a much needed alternative way for writing on the psychedelic experience As the previous reviewer mentions, there is an increasing body of work regarding the psychotherapeutic uses and potentials of psychedelics There is also a rich history of writing on the connection between entheogens and religious spiritual experience and practice Jesso manages to straddle these two established strands, addi Honest, thought provoking and clearly written from the heart, James Jesso s second book illuminates a much needed alternative way for writing on the psychedelic experience As the previous reviewer mentions, there is an increasing body of work regarding the psychotherapeutic uses and potentials of psychedelics There is also a rich history of writing on the connection between entheogens and religious spiritual experience and practice Jesso manages to straddle these two established strands, adding an accessible voice to what can sometimes be quite inaccessible academic debates, while also asserting the validity of experience of those who, like himself, are creating their own frameworks of interaction with these substances The demarcation between legitimate medical psychotherapeutic and religious sacramental use on the one hand, and illegitimate , recreational and in most cases illegal use on the other, though ostensibly in the interests of harm prevention and reduction, can also be read an insidious justification of the denial of the individual s right to explore their own consciousness Books like this perform a vital function in revealing the profound limits this denial places on the positive development of humankind and the systems with which it lives in symbiosis, and in offering hope and intellectual drive towards the healing of the individual and the collective I sought this book after reading the author s other book Decomposing the Shadow , which I also enjoyed The True Light or Darkness hasof what I was looking for anecdotes, which I can t enough of, I spent countless hours reading trip reports on Erowid, as well the psycho spiritual travelogue of these experiences Jesso does a great balancing act of discussing the psychedelic experience in ways that speak to the paradoxical relationship between the material psychological rational and et I sought this book after reading the author s other book Decomposing the Shadow , which I also enjoyed The True Light or Darkness hasof what I was looking for anecdotes, which I can t enough of, I spent countless hours reading trip reports on Erowid, as well the psycho spiritual travelogue of these experiences Jesso does a great balancing act of discussing the psychedelic experience in ways that speak to the paradoxical relationship between the material psychological rational and ethereal New Age psychedelic This is a must read for anyone who had enjoyed The Psychedelic Explorer s Guide, or anyone who wants to take a body, mind, and soul tour of psychedelically driven destinations Won this Through Goodreads First Read.Found this book quite interesting Was able to relate to some of the emotions and situations I think it is a good look at the darker side to psychedelic mushrooms Glad I got the chance to read it. Accessible modern shamanism, I would love to meet this guy I identified a lot with what he was talking about, and what he seemed to be going through IMHO this is worth reading a few times. Wow What an amazing read James W Jesse is truly a genius with his words This book really captured me If you are Interested in psykedelic journeys told in a storytelling way you will not be disappointed Got the pleasure to meet James a few weeks back and I can just say that this guy is the new Terence McKenna They he has with words is out of this world Thank you for this book. |Free ♖ The True Light of Darkness ⚔ Storytelling and visionary medicines are fundamental aspects of the human experience The latter takes us to places beyond ourselves, into realms of the mind unplumbed, unfathomable, and often unpleasant The former allows us to share such experiences with each other It unlocks personal experiences from the individuated shell and releases them into the collective, whereby we can learn from them together From the author of Decomposing The Shadow Lessons From The Psilocybin Mushroom, icomes a captivating and vulnerable expos into the dark recesses of the human psyche This book follows James W Jesso as he recounts in three of his most turbulent and dark experiences with visionary mushrooms Through story, he takes us along as he travels through depression, self loathing, inadequacy and feeling unable to love, and out the other side into confidence, courage, and inspiration From daytime trips with friends gone sour, beyond a night rife with psychotic breaks, and into the watery confines of facing depression in a sensory deprivation tank, The True Light Of Darkness is a vehicle of insight on what it means to ask to be broken in the hopes of finding wholeness