High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in by Mike Jay

By Mike Jay

Mike Jay's ebook deals an excellently researched account of the altering interface of drug use, social values, overseas alternate and trade, and cultural conditioning. It makes for a desirable learn for these drawn to our lengthy and sundry courting with psychoactive fabrics and our quest for novelty."— (Tom Soloway Pinkson, Ph.D., writer of The Shamanic knowledge of the Huichol: drugs Teachings for contemporary occasions)

"The attention-grabbing heritage of mind-altering elements is given an articulate and clever therapy in Mike Jay's exciting narrative. this can be something yet a dry recounting. The intertwined impacts of tradition, politics, and finance at the heritage and belief of drug use are chronicled during this well-written and engrossing study."—(J. D. Arthur, writer of Salvia Divinorum: Doorway to Thought-Free expertise)

Every society is a excessive society. on a daily basis humans drink espresso on eu terraces and kava in Pacific villages; bite betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy capsules within the golf equipment of Amsterdam and opium drugs within the deserts of Rajastan; smoke cannabis in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in each state in the world. Exploring the spectrum of drug use all through history—from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in dressmaker neurochemicals—High Society paints bright photos of the jobs medications play in several cultures as drugs, spiritual sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted exchange items.

From the botanicals of the classical international during the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the bogus molecules that experience remodeled our figuring out of the mind, Mike Jay finds how medicinal drugs akin to tobacco, tea, and opium drove the worldwide alternate and cultural alternate that created the trendy global and examines the forces that ended in the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century in the past and the "war on drugs" that rages at the present time. MIKE JAY is a number one professional within the research of gear throughout background and cultures.

The writer of man-made Paradises, Emperors of goals, and the ambience of Heaven, his severe writing on medicinal drugs has seemed in lots of courses, together with The parent, The Telegraph, and The overseas magazine of Drug coverage. He sits at the editorial board of the dependancy magazine medicines and Alcohol this day and at the board of the rework Drug coverage beginning. He lives in England.

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L'ancienne coutume chinoise consistant à bander les pieds des petites filles pour qu'ils restent petits et pratiquement inutiles illustre la relation 82 Le langage du corps entre les pieds et le standing ou la position sociale. Cette coutume avait deux raisons. Les petits pieds étaient un signe de la supériorité du rang social ; toutes les femmes nobles de Chine avaient de petits pieds. Cela signifiait qu'elles n'avaient pas à exécuter de durs travaux, ni à marcher très loin; elles se faisaient transporter en palanquin.

Il y a enfin l'expression « garder le menton haut » qui signifie faire face à l'adversité. Laisser tomber le menton est le mouvement initial pour permettre de pleurer. On l'observe facilement chez les bébés: leur menton s'affaisse et se met à trembler juste avant qu'ils se mettent à pleurer. Au cours d'une thérapie bioénergétique, il est parfois nécessaire de pousser un patient à affaisser le menton avant qu'il puisse se laisser aller a pleurer. i . La voix humaine est le moyen de communication le plus expressif de l'homme.

Et nous avons, à l'heure actuel­ le, institué des cours réguliers d'exercices bioénergétiques pour nos patients ou d' autres personnes s'intéressant à la vie de leur corps. Comme l'intérêt que l'on porte à son corps dure toute la vie, nous espé­ rons q ue la pratique de ces exercices durera tout autant. Le désenchantement dû à l'attitude « anti-vie » de la culture occi­ dentale a conduit beaucoup de gens à s'intéresser aux disciplines, philo­ sophies et religions orientales . La plupart d'entre elles reconnaissent l'importance d'un programme d'exercices physiques, essentiel pour le développement spirituel.

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