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Old 02-27-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Since I seem to get crucified for commercialism and shameless hucksterism no matter what I do, I might as well go for it.

After five years of underpaid agony, my new book, "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl" is coming out in May from Tarcher/Penguin. In fact, the book can be pre-ordered right now from Amazon, and I think most people on this board will be excited by the results. It is a much longer and more far-reaching tome than Breaking Open the Head, and is geared to help people (including myself) understand the current and upcoming transition.

Below, I will post my attempt at a press release, describing the book's contents.

I am now setting up a tour for this spring and early summer, so if any of you would like me to come to a book store or auditorium near you, you can help me by proposing venues. I will probably be on the West Coast from June 1 - 15, and can otherwise make quick trips around the East Coast.

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2012 : The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, May 2006)

A generation ago, pursuing “mind expansion” through altered states of consciousness was hip as well as culturally relevant. Celebrities and intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix became outspoken avatars of a psychedelic vision that transformed the culture. By the end of the 1960s, not only were psychedelic drugs outlawed, but our society had rejected the idea that it was valuable to open the “doors of perception” at all. For more than three decades, the mainstream has not allowed any serious inquiry into these areas, which once seemed to point toward a new consciousness.

Today, almost forty years after the age of Happenings and the Summer of Love, an extraordinary new book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, argues for the legitimacy of these long-dormant currents – not just psychedelic substances, but the deeper spiritual and intellectual legacy of the 1960s, represented by figures ranging from Herbert Marcuse to Carlos Castaneda.

2012 author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep personal roots in the New York counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s. His father was an abstract painter, and his mother, Joyce Johnson, was a member of the Beat Generation, who dated Jack Kerouac as On the Road hit the bestseller lists in 1957. A respected author and book editor, Johnson published Abbie Hoffman’s first book, as well as seminal texts of the Feminist and Black Power movement, and the children’s classic, Free to Be You and Me. Pinchbeck was a founder of the 1990s literary magazine Open City, with fellow writers Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham (a scion of the Bingham newspaper dynasty who died of a heroin overdose in 2000). He wrote features for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. In 1994, he was chosen by The New York Times Magazine as one of “Thirty Under Thirty,” along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Moby, destined to change the culture.

A profound spiritual crisis in his late twenties led Pinchbeck into the study of shamanism, and the exploration of those repressed and ridiculed compounds (called “toys of the hippie generation” by The New York Times) that had propelled the generational quest of the 1960s for self-knowledge and personal liberation. His first book, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002), recounted his personal initiations into the Bwiti tribe of Gabon, in West Africa, and the indigenous Secoya culture of the Ecuadorean Amazon, as well as visits to the Burning Man festival in Nevada and the Mazatec Indians in Mexico, who use “magic mushrooms” in healing rituals. Booklist called the book “a classic of the literature of ecstasy,” and it was reviewed on the cover of The Washington Post Book World. “Challenging and disturbing, Breaking Open the Head is at once a spiritual autobiography and an ambitious commentary, drawing on writers from Shakespeare to Timothy Leary, on the modern world’s slow alienation from the holy,” wrote Salon executive editor Gary Kamiya in The New York Times Book Review.

Through the experiences chronicled in Breaking Open the Head, Pinchbeck became convinced of the legitimacy of the shamanic and mystical worldview held by indigenous cultures around the world. He had direct encounters with occult realities and “spirits” of the deceased – things that he had never believed to be possible. He was forced to question, and ultimately renounce, the materialist worldview in which he had been raised. But this brought up troubling questions: If the modern West, in its pursuit of rational science and materialism, had rejected crucially important aspects of reality, what did this say about our society, and its immediate future?

To answer these questions, Pinchbeck embarked on an exploration of prophecy, especially the vision of the Classical Mayan culture of the Yucatan, which vanished mysteriously over a thousand years ago. The Mayans were obsessed with time and calendars, seeming to possess a vision of time that radically diverges from our modern understanding of it as a simple linear progression. According to the Mayan’s Sacred Calendar, the year 2012 is the end of a “Great Cycle” of over 5,000 years, and the climax of larger patterns that appear to go back 16 billion years. Pinchbeck discovered the work of a number of theorists, working outside the mainstream of archaeology, who make a compelling argument that 2012 could represent a transformation in the nature of human consciousness that leads us into a new realization of time and space and being – as well as, potentially, a unified and harmonic global civilization.

As with Breaking Open the Head, 2012 follows parallel tracks. On the one hand, Pinchbeck recounts his own personal experiences as he follows the traces of prophetic and occult knowledge. He visits Southern England to investigate the crop circles, hundreds of geometric patterns that appear in English agricultural lands every summer. He goes to the Brazilian Amazon to study Santo Daime, a religion that uses the psychedelic drink ayahuasca as its sacrament and promotes a doctrine of an imminent “Second Coming” of Christ, not as an individual but as a collective movement to a heart-centered level of consciousness. He also explores the worldwide phenomenon of alien abductions, and comes up with a new theory to explain these unsettling episodes. On the other hand, Pinchbeck meshes the ideas of a large number of writers, philosophers, and physicists to create a new cultural context for understanding the many aspects of being that have been ignored and vigorously suppressed by mainstream culture and the academy.

Most unsettling of all, Pinchbeck finds himself pulled into the prophetic framework he is seeking to understand as a journalist and thinker. A number of occult events, odd clues, and synchronicities culminate in a personal transfiguration that begins during an ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon. The Mayan avatar and “god-form” Quetzalcoatl, the “Plumed Serpent” of MesoAmerican legend, begins to speak to him directly, dictating a text that unites the end-time eschatologies of South America and the Judeo-Christian tradition of the Western world. Unsure whether he is receiving a legitimate transmission or falling prey to self-delusion, he is told that he is a “vehicle” for this mythological entity, designated to unite ancient wisdom with the rational knowledge of our post-modern world, at a time of global crisis and ecological collapse.

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl is a book that is sure to spark deep debate and controversy. Lucidly written and carefully argued, it presents a vision of reality, and our possible future, that is radically antithetical to the one upheld by the literary and cultural establishment of our time. Like Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathrusra or Kerouac’s On the Road, it offers an incandescent revisioning of our world, challenging our preconceptions and asking us, as individuals, if we have the courage to step beyond the parameters of what we think we know to be true.

Pinchbeck lives in New York’s East Village, where he is currently launching Evolver (www.evolverproject.com), a new media and membership organization, with offices in Manhattan and on the West Coast.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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Congratulations Daniel!

It is definitely on my to-read-list.

Is there a way us BOTHers could order signed copies?

Just a thought.

I hope it does amazingly well.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:04 AM   #3
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You too have my congratulations for completing your book; I look forward to reading it.

As for you being crucified, I ran out of nails and they are back ordered.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:26 AM   #4
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What an engaging description! I do look forward to reading it. This book has been bumped right to the top of my reading list along with Graham Hancock's Supernatural, whenever that book gets a U.S. publisher.

Also, I suppose the discussion going on elswhere about the structure of this forum is quite timely as I imagine that quite a few new visitors will find their ways here once the 2012 book is released.
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Old 03-03-2006, 01:49 AM   #5
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Despite all the cold hearted and nasty things I have said about Daniel, I must admit that I'm going to buy this book and I'm going to love every minute reading it. ...and then fiercely deny it. HAHAHA!!!!

Isn't life absurd?
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Old 03-03-2006, 04:29 AM   #6
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Always Look On The Bright Side of Life
from
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say.
Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle!
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
And...
the music fades into the song

...always look on the bright side of life!
whistle

Always look on the bright side of life...
If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten!
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing,

When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps,
Just purse your lips and whistle -- that's the thing!
And... always look on the bright side of life...

whistle
Come on!

other start to join in
Always look on the bright side of life...
whistle

For life is quite absurd,
And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow!
Forget about your sin -- give the audience a grin,
Enjoy it -- it's the last chance anyhow!

So always look on the bright side of death!
Just before you draw your terminal breath.
Life's a piece of sh*t,
When you look at it.

Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true,
You'll see it's all a show,
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!

And always look on the bright side of life...
whistle
Always look on the bright side of life
whistle

Transcribed by Mark Johnson
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:43 AM   #7
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I've had the opportunity to read some of the book and I can say that it's a fascinating read, especially for people on this board who want to trace the threads of Daniel's thought.

I think all the BOTH members will be interested to see how Daniel's thought process has been influenced by the discussions that we've had here.

As for the intellectual rigor of the book--it's fair to say that this is a "tour de force" of the psychedelic literature, placed in a very contemporary context with discussion of the current political landscape/ecological crisis situation, etc.
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:41 AM   #8
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Good news! I'd wondered if the book was stalled...but now here it comes. I'll definitely be digging out my book stealing coat for this one.

Only joking, I'll swap money for it.

Tarcher is good - Tarchers teach too?

It'll be interesting to see the mainstream reaction - the book should get reviews in national papers, so in a way it'll be a bit of a dowsing rod - will it be fairly evaluated?

Congratulations Daniel.

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Old 03-06-2006, 05:02 PM   #9
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congrats on the new book Daniel. Can't wait to read it.
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Old 03-10-2006, 03:16 AM   #10
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well done. i still need to read breaking the head yet. i think i'll order and read this one first though.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:46 PM   #11
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Though I disagree with practically everything Daniel believes, especially regarding Quetzalcoatl and spiritual truth, I will probably buy the book. It sounds interesting, and I need to stay informed.

What is the "source" for the Fibonacci pattern on the cover of the book? Is it from astronomy, biology, chemistry, fauna?
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:05 PM   #12
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From the OP:
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To answer these questions, Pinchbeck embarked on an exploration of prophecy, especially the vision of the Classical Mayan culture of the Yucatan, which vanished mysteriously over a thousand years ago. The Mayans were obsessed with time and calendars, seeming to possess a vision of time that radically diverges from our modern understanding of it as a simple linear progression. According to the Mayan’s Sacred Calendar, the year 2012 is the end of a “Great Cycle” of over 5,000 years, and the climax of larger patterns that appear to go back 16 billion years. Pinchbeck discovered the work of a number of theorists, working outside the mainstream of archaeology, who make a compelling argument that 2012 could represent a transformation in the nature of human consciousness that leads us into a new realization of time and space and being – as well as, potentially, a unified and harmonic global civilization.
I don't know why I'd not seen this connection before, but in my Biblical studies, there very well could be a direct implication for the year 2012 (or just prior). What I have found are two mathematical equations (seriously) which (if a particular astronomical equation is correct, valid, and accurate) would "identify" a date in February of 2008 as being somehow significant. Starting from that potential date, and assuming it to be the beginning of the 7-year period prophesied in the Bible (though more likely it would relate to the Rapture, which itself is related to the 7-year period, probably preceding the latter by a few days to a few months), one finds that the beginning of the "Great Tribulation" prophesied in the Bible would then begin in early September, 2011. (The "Great Tribulation" lasts for 1260 days, by the way.) Perhaps a coincidence with the Mayan expectation regarding the year 2012, though perhaps not, especially if the February, 2008 date is related to the Rapture, and if the 7-year period begins a few months after the Rapture.

I have never noticed this connection before, and it struck me just a few minutes before beginning this post. I am quite stirred by this, and feel there is something to it (though I have been wrong before, darn it).

The two equations I mentioned show the uniqueness of Jesus and His life, and that God exists and controls the Earth, Sun and stars. They reflect the Gospel, in that Jesus lived, died, and rose again. (Again, seriously.)

I need to do some more research, but many Christians believe we are near the End, and this coincidence might be a strong indication of just how close the End actually is. I am really amazed, honestly. (I just hope I'm not wrong in my understanding and assumptions.)
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:08 AM   #13
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1260 days.There it is again,that number 26.Surrounded by the alpha and the omega.
And please don't try to use the same trick the modern church uses to seperate us from our possesions and buy our way into "heaven.
The man mentioned in John 14:26,15:26,16:13,is a real life breathing suffering man,not your super-ego as many bible thumping hucksters want us to think.John6:26.
Not Mohammed as Islam wants us to believe.
A man,"whose name"right now,"is known only by himself",according to Revelation.
You see Douglas Revelation was written not only to enlighten the Romans about Jesus but is used by the Lord to "reawaken" hirself.
Jesus gave us his name if you have the ears to hear.
Have you seen Robert Silver's Portrait of Christ,made from pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
You know Douglas,Christ has a cleft in his chin by looking at the Shroud of Turin.

I used to have a very dear friend who worshiped Oral Roberts and who had alot of money.
She owned several thousands acres,hundreds of it on the shores of Lake Eufaula.
She moved a house out to what is probably the nicest piece of property on the lake surrounded by nothing but hundreds of acres of forests,plains and water and told Oral to make himself to home,use it as he see fit,and he did.

The house and acerage are for sale now.
This could be the place that Oral saw the 700 ft Jesus or where God told him to come up with 7 million dollars or he would kill him.He came up with eight.
This maybe it Douglas.For the right group of people to take advantage of the solitude and remotness just an hour south of Tulsa on a big LAKE.

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Old 03-31-2006, 02:17 PM   #14
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Isaiah,

Oral Roberts is a materialistic fraud and charlatan, a "wolf in sheep's clothing". But this isn't the forum/thread to address that. This thread is about Daniel's book, and my post was about a particular aspect of his book, a particular possible connection.
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Old 04-12-2006, 03:07 AM   #15
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I posted this in another topic --

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Back to the book about to come out -- if it comes out at the right moment and articulates a message that is crawling around in the groupmind's subconscious, looking for a way to break through -- in other words, if this is a message that is "meant" to happen at this time, it will happen. Maybe it will get mainstream visibility, or maybe it will just be read by certain people, but it will play the role that it needs to play at this time.
And a little more specifically, if the spirit of Quetzalcoatl has been working within the groupmind, and they recognize that voice in the book and it is articulating things that resonate within the groupmind, then the success of the book will in effect be a gauge of that.
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Old 04-12-2006, 03:51 AM   #16
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.......
Hey Daniel-
Get the book to Mel Gibson!!!
With his Apocalypso due soon,
the tie-in could really work wonders.....
seeya
r o b
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Just placed my order @Amazon!
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i'm very much looking forward to reading this book. regarding your book tour, do you plan on coming throgh austin, tx? if so, BOOKPEOPLE is your obvious choice. about a year ago i noticed they had "BOTH" prominently displayed.

also, are you still writing for arthur?
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I just wanted to congratulate Daniel on overcoming his bout of writer's block to produce a book that is certainly bound to fuel conversations and blogs for some time to come! I don't know whether any serious professional Maya or Mesoamerican scholars (besides me) will even look at it, but I do think that we must give serious consideration to how changing conceptions of Precolumbian cultures play out in the world at large.

I'm curious to see how this book will be received by Mexican descendants of the original devotees of Quetzalcoatl, and by Maya descendants of the original authors of the calendar that predicts 2012. Many of them will be gathering around the U.S. on May 1 to demonstrate how they have become an intimate part of the fabric of American life in the face of new legislation controlling immigration and the employment of transnational workers.

I've pre-ordered a copy of the book and am looking forward to reading it!
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Old 04-29-2006, 04:00 PM   #20
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Here is a review that was posted at FutureHi a while back:

http://www.futurehi.net/archives/000813.html#more

The new masterwork by Daniel Pinchbeck, coming to a bookstore near you May 4, 2006.

This literary and metaphysical epic unifies the cosmological phenomena of our time - from crop circles to quantum mechanics to the worldwide resurgence of shamanism - in support of the Mayan prophecy that the year 2012 portends an unprecedented global shift.

Cross Umberto Eco, Aldous Huxley, and Carlos Castaneda and you get the voice of Daniel Pinchbeck. And yet nothing quite prepares you for the lucidity, rationality, and informed audacity of this seeker, skeptic, and cartographer of hidden realms.

In tracing the meaning of the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012, and the imminent transition from one world to another prophesied by the Hopi Indians of Arizona, Pinchbeck synthesizes indigenous cosmology, alien abductions, shamanic revivalism, crop circles, psychedelic visions, the current ecological crisis and the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse into a new vision for our time. The result is an unprecedented and riveting inquiry into where humanity is immediately headed - and its strange and startling congruence with the ideas of the mysterious civilization of the Classical Maya.

Throughout the 1990s, Pinchbeck had been a member of New York's literary select. He wrote for publications like ArtForum, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine. Critics acclaimed his first book, Breaking Open the Head, as the most significant contribution to psychedelic literature since the work of Terence McKenna.

But the unexpected occurred: Pinchbeck found himself increasingly pulled into the shamanic and metaphysical realms he was reporting on as a journalist. As his mind opened to new and sometimes threatening experiences, disparate threads and synchronicities made new sense: Humanity, every sign suggested, faces an imminent decision between greater self-potential and environmental ruin. The Mayan "birth date" of 2012 could herald the close of one way of existence and the beginning of another, symbolized by the prophesied return of the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl, the mysterious "Plumed Serpent" of ancient myth. In just the nick of time, the skeptical modern mind can reclaim the suppressed psychic, intuitive, and mystical dimensions of being, and institute a new planetary culture. But it is only - and by no means assuredly - possible if we confront the environmental catastrophe staring us in the face.

Something is in the air: many, if not most, of us feel that real change - for good or ill - is afoot. Pinchbeck's journey - a metaphysical opus that takes the reader from the endangered rain forests of the Amazon, to the stone megaliths of the English plains, to the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada - tells the tale of a single man in whose trials we ultimately recognize our own secret thoughts and unease over modern life. And a redemptive vision of where we are heading.
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Congratulations on the book's long-anticipated release! I hope that your hard work brings you happiness and prosperity. The elves have found a new way to say hooray.

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According to Amazon's tracking information, my copy will be arriving at any time. I was afraid they wouldn't ship it until today. I'm so excited! It's been a long time since I've awaited a book's release with such anticipation.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:28 AM   #23
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Daniel,
My name is Ken Crampton, I recently finished your book 2012... Thank you so very much, I am an Oracle who has had many visions throughout my life, I was in the book store after being invited to join an off shoot from the Shriners called the Q. It was only a week after the invitation that I saw your book and bought it. Bravo, this book has meant allot to me!
I also teach at a place in Penn. called Four Quarters, at a festival called Drum and Splash, and I recently learned you were there for Gian Mind, I wish that I had heard you were scheduled to speak. Could you please keep me informed when you might be in the D.C. area or in Virginia, I would love to meet and hear you speak.
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i happened to be in barnes and nobles the other day and was looking at skate mags and then decided to go find my mom when i stumbled upon your book. im pretty interested in the whole 2012 thing and so i was reading the back of it and noticed you were the author. i had read an article about you in rollingstone so i bought it. Ive never taken any psychedelics before, but i have been trying to for over 2 years now (my town sucks) but anyways so far it's an amazing book and im glad i stumbled upon it the way i did.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #25
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This book was sent to me by a friend, and it was a fantastic reading experience. Almost every theme struck a personal chord. The depth of your research is humbling. Your self probing, humility, and healthy skepticism are aspects of what I call "Urban Shaminism", which means, taking the role of mediator between two world views, or vertical levels of conscious awareness, between the common, or rational, or scientific worldview and the super natural, or metaphysical, or mystical, or alchemical worldview. The urban shaman adopts tentative explanations, and a healthy degree of doubt, in order to maintain balance between differing world views, thereby avoiding bad friction when contradictions arise. The "other world" can appear as contradictory to logic. For example, I had a huge shamanic flight to galactic center and the Plieides, in May 2005. I dropped through the center of the earth and came out the other side in Xi Balba Be, my trajectory was still going down, but I was emerging from the sea which feels like a rising motion. I could see what lay beyond the surface of the water, it appeared as though I was coming down from the sky, I saw a step pyramid directly beneath me. These contradictions are aspects of the other world, they are dream-like,or dream-time, sensory perceptions. The urban shaman can avoid imbalances arising from a concretizing of imaginal stuff, by using doubt, or the tao; thereby not getting stuck in the head. Daniel's exploration of Quetzalcoatl 2012 straddled the two worlds like a meridian, so that the reader is learning how to keep a balanced perspective in the dangerous territory of shamanic magic and initiation.
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Very nicely worded.
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:55 AM   #27
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It left my eyes dry. There was little new information for the occult reader, it was like reading a comic book but not writen by a comic. If I was a barber I would cut my own hair and let the dead bury the dead..

This book left allot to be desired. I know it payed well for the author giving people what they want rather than what they mite actually need.

If I was to rate this book I would have to create a new system of rating. I did read the entire text but always hoping to learn something other than the authors ego mania. I cant understand a Mayan god that wears glass's and writes in pros as sheppard piper leading sheep to the slauther house.

I know this wasnt a self help book because it will help no one but the author and his market co-ops.

A man with a beard? Coming to save us from our self? How oringinal.


Whats next for Mr. Pinchbeck? He gonna liberate us from more money with more titles and attractive book covers and put more paranoia into our society with Jesuit type propaganda.

I know we dont need another King to mediate us with the the almighty, one
pope is enough. Today we have so many wanna be saviors in this world we cant see the trees from the forest. All I wanted is a single apple of truth. This book hides the apple and when you do find it, it has rottend and is as common as the rest of the fruit fallen on the ground. Cant we get a fresh pick.

I hope an actual shift happens for us on/before 2012 so we can have follow up books to seperate the wheat from the chaff with this shit. My guess is Mr. Pinchbecks manifesto of Messiahship will be chaff on the threashing floor.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:31 AM   #28
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Thumbs down A Response to Trade Mark's disgruntled view

Well, Trade Mark,
Everyone has their opinion which we weigh on its merit. I get the feeling you missed the part about Quetzalcoatl being a vast spiritual entity that used Daniel as a messenger boy, to deliver a common though equally important message about this experience we call life. I seem to recall another bearded guy declaring it was the Father who did the works. I.e.- a vast spiritual source working through a mere mortal who is basically the well groomed (prepared, done the homework, studied and practiced) messenger/son. I really think you've thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Daniel's research is broad and fascinating, his scholarship is astonishing. It looked to me like Daniel was apologetic and humorously tentative about the channeling experience of Quetzalcoatl; yet, you seem to be caught by an assumption he's self-aggrandizing. I think you are very much mistaken on that...I didn't find any of that in the writing. On the contrary, it was humble, tentative, self probing, and humorous, with healthy skepticism, not at all like so much New Age material.. A stroke of good cricket I'd say. Your critique makes me think you skimmed quickly, or perhaps you expected something so different that you got disgruntled.
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:27 AM   #29
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Not. I read it word for word , front to back and just finished it yesterday. I have read thousands of non-fiction books. Perhaps it is you who have a limited range along with Mr. Pinchbeck in the non-fiction category. In fact it was a fiction book for the most part. I would say go to page 370 of the paper back and read carefully. There is no doubt he tries to shuffle around in the chapters to keep the reader reading. Yes the next chapter he does say it could be this or that with out retracting from the pryer pages.


I cant remember laughing one time. I have done many trips on variouse types of drugs and I find him to be a neophite attemping to rehash other authors works while barely doing any reaserch. Cashing in on the trends no doubt. Traveling the main path he failed to make himself a new path. This boot is more like a fictionalised auto biography

His association with the burning man is telling. Anarchists capitalizing on Anarchism and I am sure he uses such events and other travels as a marketing tool to meet like minded capitalists, capitalizing on the idea of a arcain revival and to fill his journalistic pockets.

Anarchy for sale, get your anarchy...step right up...only twent six bucks a copy.

Ever hear the term "Trust fund anarchist"? Except he has a job too to supplement his trust fund.

He rights like Sylvia Brown or cat in the hat trying to get folks to eat green eggs and ham.

Well I wont eatem. "I can not and I will not eat green eggs and ham" Unfortunatly most people will.

Following Mr. Pinchbecks teaching will lead to his bank account, a pit desined for readers to fall into.
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:49 PM   #30
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Cool Why the vitriolic stance?

Well Trade Mark,
It was nice to get a response to my post, but I sense some hostility towards Daniel, and I doubt it is deserved. Why are you begrudging a writer for making a living at his craft? Is it because the book involves a spiritual theme, and does that imply something anathema to profiteering for you? You seem to assume a superior position, but you offer nothing to support this posturing; on the contrary, you appear rancorous and taking offense with a piece of literature that I, for one, et al, found very entertaining and illuminating at points. I certainly don't consider myself a scholar, but I'm not entirely ignorant; and I am, quite frankly, baffled by your vitriole, which I deem undeserving by either the book or the author.
I respect your freedom to voice your opinions. However, I encourage you to employ constructive criticism, so that someone like myself might benefit from your arguments.
I thought Daniel did a great job at presenting the various theories by physicists whose experiments suggest the physical world is inseparable from consciousness; that consciousness has been demonstrated through experimentation to have quantum effects on events; and that power plants might indeed be a technology for accessing levels of consciousness that synchronicities unfold from. I also thought he did a splendid job at remaining skeptical and tentative in the midst of a potentially overwhelming metampsychosis.
Trade Mark claims to have taken various trips on a variety of drugs, but he doesn't demonstrate the humility that comes from breaking open the head. The reciprocal nature of consciousness may demand the use of tact, when one "I" has something to share with the other "I".
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