Review: The Book of Highs: 255 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness without Drugs


The Book Of Highs summarises over 200 different ways of achieving a high-level of consciousness without the use of drugs.

WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?
Contrarians. Also, people seeking to quit drug habit might find a bit of use out of this.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
The book itself has a bit of information on many of the methods here in case the reader wants to do some research. Also, the information provided about how to get high has a bit of common sense to it. Most importantly, there is a lot of diversity as to the methods - from sensory awareness, to prayer, to spinning, to fasting and extra-sensory perception... there is something for everyone here.

MEMORABLE PASSAGE
"Drugs reinforce the illusion that highs come from external chemicals when, in fact, they come from the human nervous system. The practical consequence of this illusion-making tendency is that users find it hard to maintain their highs: one always has to come down after a drug high, and the down can be as intense as the up. The user who does not understand this may become dependent on drugs because the easiest way to get out of a low following a high seems to be to take another dose of the drug. I make no distinction between legal and illegal drugs here.

"Coffee, an innocent “beverage” in the eyes of many persons, is as dependence-producing as any illegal drug in just this way. The stimulation it provides is offset later by lethargy and mental clouding, usually in the morning. In full-blown coffee addiction a person cannot get going in the morning without his drug, and the more that’s consumed, the more the need increases."
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The Book of Highs: 255 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness without Drugs by Edward Rosenfeld is available to buy on all major online bookstores. Many thanks to Workman Publishing Company for review copy.

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