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By Eliezer Sobel

Suffused with a different model of irreverent humor, this account remembers the autobiographical explorations of the main major substitute groups, ashrams, professionals, shamans, and consciousness-raising seminars of the earlier forty years. Serving as a human guinea pig for lots of of the most well-liked state-of-the-art, New Age, human-potential, and religious experiments, Eliezer Sobel recounts intercontinental adventures in India, Israel, Brazil, and Haiti. From Primal treatment to the Dalai Lama, this perceptively witty research comprises brushes with cults, wild experiments with intercourse and psychedelics, and encounters with visionary experts and modern madmen.

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189 Chapter thirteen: Forty-Day Solo Retreat & Paxil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Chapter 14:  India, the Burning Ghats, Nepal & the Dalai Lama. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Chapter 15: Brazil & “The Vine of the Soul” . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 Chapter sixteen: McChaplain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Chapter 17: making a song at Auschwitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 Chapter 18:  Return to India: Christopher Titmuss & Andrew Cohen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289 Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309 Jean Cocteau was requested, “If your place used to be on fireplace, what will be the something you will retailer? ” “The fire,” he answered. Prologue T right here used to be a recognized inhabitants of eastern monkeys—the irrepressible Macaca fuscata—living at the island of Koshima in 1952; by the way, the yr i used to be born. Scientists supplied the monkeys with candy potatoes dropped within the sand, and saw that they typically appeared to take pleasure in the hot deal with inspite of a undeniable disagreeable grittiness. at some point an enterprising younger primate named Imo came across that if she took her potato right down to the water’s part, she may perhaps rinse off the entire airborne dirt and dust and luxuriate in a miles tastier meal. Imo taught her mom and playmates the trick, and progressively, over the process six years, one monkey after one other followed the perform. Then in 1958, a impressive occasion happened: the variety of potato-washing monkeys reached what's referred to as a “critical mass”— ninety nine, say—and whilst the subsequent potato used to be washed, it prompted a tipping aspect, and without notice, not just did the complete monkey inhabitants on Koshima Island begin acting the recent method, yet all the monkey populations on neighboring islands spontaneously started washing their potatoes besides. “The one hundredth Monkey” grew to become the identify New Agers and futurists used for this strange phenomenon, and so they extrapolated from monkey adventure to teach that this is often additionally the way in which the human group makes dramatic, collective paradigm shifts into new methods of pondering, being, and behaving. as soon as a severe mass of individuals have remodeled their primarily materialist worldview to a religious one, for instance, the total inhabitants of the planet will spontaneously decide to come alongside for the trip. The soiled candy potato of being a self-centered, acquisitive, power-hungry creature, blindly bent at the destruction of existence as we all know it, might be 10 The 99th Monkey lightly washed within the move of loving-kindness, peacefulness, and the will to serve God and humanity, ushering in a golden age of peace and prosperity for every body. fats probability. now not with the likes of me round. i'm the 99th Monkey. in case you don’t get me, you don’t get your serious mass, and it screws up the total works. I appear to be single-handedly protecting again the nice Paradigm Shift of the Golden Age easily via my carrying on with to be a resistant little putz. (If it makes you're feeling any larger, i lately discovered that this complete tale concerning the monkeys and the potatoes isn't exact, that it didn’t fairly occur that manner in any respect.

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