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"How to Change your Mind" A Renaissance for Psychedelics
I came across Michael Pollan´s word through a series of unrelated sources, which spiked my curiosity to find out more about him as an Author and his latest book "How To Change Your Mind" on Psychedelics and what surrounds them.
I started paying closer attention to the subject after listening to a phenomenal conversation between Aubrey Marcus and Paul Chek in Marcus´s Podcast (Full episode here). In that conversation they spoke about pretty much all the things I find great and interesting and worth, I highly recommend it.
Not long after that, most of the Channels and Podcasts I follow started interviewing Michael Pollan, and I must confess that after hearing a couple of them I thought (mistakenly) I pretty much had figured out the essence of the book which discouraged me (mistakenly again) from reading the book.
It was until a trip to NYC a couple months ago that I found the book on the Airport and bought it. Good choice
For the most part it was a very informative, entertaining, interesting and enlightening read. There were a couple of pages I didn't enjoy as much but nothing to do with the writing nor the book itself. The way its written is easy to comprehend and the historical section of the book greatly researched and beautifully delivered.
There were more than a few take aways from this book and overall it left me with a hopeful feeling for the future of psychedelics; if the social constructs embrace an attitude of openness through scientific research then the true potential of these substances could really prove to be hugely beneficial for the individual thus society as a whole.
As a closing thought and due to my own personal recounts I´ve come to know that the psychedelic experiences are of greater value when they're done in such a way that brings a sense of purpose or; as repeatedly mention on the book "intention" than merely doing them recreationally.
I don't have an argument against it either I just know that there's a great chance of reducing the value of the experience without the proper prior understanding; call it self knowledge, a meditative practice, an intention or plain research.
Kindly, Milan P.