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  1. says:

    As a compilation of essays, the content varies within, ranging from quite radical and unsubstantiated rants to some quite mind expanding and zeitgeist altering propositions Much of the content is so radical that it cannot be accepted without further investigation, but so potentially life altering that it shouldn t be dismissed without further consideration.


  2. says:

    An uplifting book on the subject of altered states of consciousness The essay by Rak Razam is especially interesting and thought provoking In a world where the expansion of consciousness is now taboo and considered deviant, it is nice when a book like this comes along and reminds those brave few that they are not alone in their quest for knowledge and higher understanding of this journey we call life and the true essence behind it.


  3. says:

    Fantastic collection of essays from authors writing from a wide range of perspectives artists, scientists, explorers. So much information packed into these pages A few highlights to give a sense of the scope Luis Luna on geometric patterns and their significance in Shipibo art Dennis McKeena s experience traveling as a water molecule in the roots of the Banisterioposis tree The Hawaiian concept of the soul as aumakua, a supreme, immortal aspect of soul utterly trustworthy ancestral spir Fantastic collection of essays from authors writing from a wide range of perspectives artists, scientists, explorers. So much information packed into these pages A few highlights to give a sense of the scope Luis Luna on geometric patterns and their significance in Shipibo art Dennis McKeena s experience traveling as a water molecule in the roots of the Banisterioposis tree The Hawaiian concept of the soul as aumakua, a supreme, immortal aspect of soul utterly trustworthy ancestral spirit, or the spirit that hovers over me DMT dimethyltryptamine vs how DMT is mediated by the other plants used in combination with ayahuasca


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    Meh The admirable reader really has to put in effort to believe in and internally motivate what these gentlemen discuss here, provided they have an inkling of interest in actual science and care to look up facts It s not that I think all of it is beyond any credibility, it is simply rather poorly argued from that point of view What I suspect here, however, is that Hancock et al are busy preaching to the choir, not trying to win over any sceptics as is the case in Hancock s Supernatural, a mu Meh The admirable reader really has to put in effort to believe in and internally motivate what these gentlemen discuss here, provided they have an inkling of interest in actual science and care to look up facts It s not that I think all of it is beyond any credibility, it is simply rather poorly argued from that point of view What I suspect here, however, is that Hancock et al are busy preaching to the choir, not trying to win over any sceptics as is the case in Hancock s Supernatural, a much better book in my opinion The contributors essays are of varying quality The collection is a tad too pro drugs for my taste, Hancock makes it sound like the entire matter is nothing a grownup can t handle despite being effectively addicted to marijuana for the past three decades or so only being released from its shackles through one transcendental ayahuasca experience One would think that would be enough to at least issue a small word of caution against drugs perceived innocence in addtion to the talk about exaggerated danger Come to think of it I saw him facebook advocating voting blank during the presidential campaign 16 due to the candidates autrocious ignorance of the same issue clearly the right to get stoned in peace is right up there with health care, equality, education and job security for Hancock Interesting priorities, seeing as people are obviously not doing pot like their lives depended on it regardless.In Divine Spark s defense, it is a rather stimulating read that allows for some excellent exercisesin mind opening If you are not overly scientifically inclined the perspective of the book is surely deeply profound, emotionally and spiritually speaking I appreciate that they dare to look contemporary scientific dogma in the eye The discussion must be muchnuanced than it is today, and their exploration of the necessarily naive world of the inner self, whatever it is and what it entails is very intriguing


  5. says:

    SO GOOD Some of the articles were a little dense, but that s mainly because I m fairly new to the subject All of Hancock s chapters were super interesting I need to readof his work for sure.


  6. says:

    It is a Great informative book to find out the divine of our consciousnesses and unconsciousness.


  7. says:

    Brilliant and insightful book psychedelic plants are our teachers.


  8. says:

    Relatively interesting collection of articles written from different people including Graham on the nature of consciousness, psychedelics, nature of reality All of the writings contain personal views of the authors gathered from different sources Some of them are very scientific, some with a new age vibe.My personal best article was the one in the beginning when the holographic nature of reality is explained through the Planck constant The Planck constant is the smallest possible size measu Relatively interesting collection of articles written from different people including Graham on the nature of consciousness, psychedelics, nature of reality All of the writings contain personal views of the authors gathered from different sources Some of them are very scientific, some with a new age vibe.My personal best article was the one in the beginning when the holographic nature of reality is explained through the Planck constant The Planck constant is the smallest possible size measurement aka my penis size When calculating the weight density or the vacuum energy that is contained within one plank measurement it turned out to be 10 93 grams cubic centimeter That is the astonishing large weight which approximates the weight of the whole universe, and it s contained in the smallest possible measurement It seems that the infinitely small contains the infinitely large The weirdest part is that this unorthodox estimation has not been disproved, but rather physicist simply used renormalizations to account for the infinity This is true even today.This was my first Graham Hancock book, but I think I need to readof him to understand him better.Some quotes I liked What if matter were only the result of a discrete boundary condition of the space itself, like the feedback iterations that produced the divisions of a fractal Was the world space experiencing itself If it turns out that the brain is not a generator but a transceiver of consciousness, then we must consider some little known scientific research that points to a seemingly outlandish possibility, namely that a particular category of illegal drugs, the hallucinogens such as LSD, DMT, and psilocybin, may alter the receiver wavelength of the brain and allow us to gain contact with intelligent nonmaterial entities, light beings, spirits, machine elves as Terence McKenna called them perhaps even the inhabitants of other dimensions If consciousness isn t simply created from the hardware of the brain itself, the inverse possibility is that it is received and filtered through the quantum neuronal interface Everything is in the hand of heaven except the awe of heaven The fundamental task required for an optimal psychedelic experience is somewhat paradoxical it consists of actively establishing the direction in which we decide to let go We consciously choose the cliff from which we will jump and with what attitude we make that leap This is especially the case in high dose sessions during which we hope to encounter the most radical and unusual experiences Ayahuasca is a means of transport and transformation, a means of reconnecting with invisible layers of the cosmos, as well as a way of making present the world and stories told in myth through imaginary experience Osmani, one of her informants, told her, You have to remember a myth before you drink the brew If you concentrate well on the story, the story and its beings will appear to you in vision and you will understand the meaning this story has for your own life and experiences You will feel the story You will live it Ibid p 33 I do not have the notes to sing and play the beauty of HER I do not have the words to praise the utter devotion I feel toward HER I live for HER, and SHE has told me many times that I am HER child as we all are , HER student, HER collaborator when it comes to making a contribution to the growth of consciousness and conscientiousness on this planet I took mushrooms when I was eighteen and saw a universe of transcendent, shape shifting, mutant space art that no one will ever be able to explain to me with conventional thought when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil


  9. says:

    Personal musings, opinions and reflections insufficient objective knowledge.


  10. says:

    i was excited to read this but i felt each essay very repetitive


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The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader Psychedelics And The Pursuit Of Consciousness I Suspect The Real Breakthroughs In Our Understanding Of Consciousness Are Going To Come From An Entirely Different Direction That Direction, Controversially, Has To Do With Psychedelics Which, As Many Of The Contributors To The Divine Spark Argue, Offer Spectacular Potential For The Investigation Of The Hard Problem Of Consciousness From The Introduction By Graham HancockPsychedelics Medicinal Vital In Interspecies Communication Or Communion With The Sacred Are You Reaching Enlightenment Or Damaging Your Brain In This Anthology, Edited By Bestselling Author Graham Hancock, Writers Discuss Psychedelics And Their Myriad Connections To Consciousness Travel To South America, The American Southwest, Outer Space, Inner Space, And Back In Time To Revisit Pahnke S The Good Friday Experiment, And Explore The Effects Of Ayahuasca And LSDIlluminating The Topic Like Never Before Mike Alivernia Russell Brand David Jay Brown Paul Devereux Rick Doblin Ede Frecska Alex Grey Nassim Haramein Martina Hoffmann Don Lattin Luis Eduardo Luna Dennis McKenna Thad McKraken Rak Razam Gabriel Roberts Thomas B Roberts Gregory Sams Robert Schoch Mark Seelig Rick Strassman Robert Tindall

  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader
  • Graham Hancock
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 1938875117

About the Author: Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist His books include Lords of Poverty, The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis released in the US as Message of the Sphinx , The Mars Mystery, Heaven s Mirror with wife Santha Faiia , Underworld The Mysterious Origins of Civilization, Talisman Sacred Cities, Secret Faith with co author Robert Bauval , Supernatural Meeting with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind and Magicians of the Gods He also wrote and presented the Channel 4 documentaries Underworld Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age and Quest for the Lost Civilisation His first novel, Entangled, was published in 2010.