“The Far-Off Land” philosophically evaluates the hallucinogenic drug-experience and
intends to collect the perspectives of philosophy for better understanding of the human
consciousness, improve the cure to mental illness
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By Rik Imundo
Feb 12, 2014
A preachy, literate monograph from the earliest days of the psychedelic movement, which would make an excellent selection in a more comprehensive collection. In many ways similar to the reportage of Thompson (less expressionistic,) this slightly dated work deserves to be put in context with Doctors Leary and Wasson and is a fine counter-point to Huxley or Kesey. Spiritually, it's on a par with Watts without being as fantastic as Castenada. THE FAR-OFF LAND is Seaich's word for the realm of paradise, as visionaries have described for centuries, awaiting us just beyond the veil that becomes translucent with a few milligrams of LSD tempered with thorazine. His trip reports are good and Dr Seaich's ability to draw parallel from the large library of world poetry is stimulating. He certainly succeeds at beautifying the revelatory power of psychedelics. Sometimes this book reads like an adolescent power ballad, imposing a subjective understanding upon all of mankind and deriding our... More > ignorance and presumption. An old-school multi-degreed scholar at the forefront of conventional academia, Seaich has no compassion for the recreational user. He disdains common sense for linguistic analysis and I was sometimes puzzled by his assumption of definitions. He spends more pages framing his descriptions than in the describings as if we need to know the code before reading what's wrote. His POV is classical realism. Presenting his argument in purely intellectual terms, Seaich has dissected out all personal experience and sensate relationships. Never attaining ego-death, Seaich feels hallucinogens are best when they give us a greater appreciation for discovering this wondrous world. Back in the day, Dr Seaich might have been termed an "ivory tower intellectual." Getting beyond this headspace was precisely why Kesey created the "Acid Tests." I'm a graduate from the successive generation. Most of today's readers are 2 or 3 generations removed, having gone beyond the veil many times in many diverging directions. For most of us this book is a very interesting look back, something that broadens and strengthens our base understanding. For the young and inexperienced this book would be an excellent place to start exploring. Answering such questions as: "How would you describe... ?" or "Do you think I should try... ?" To that end I would recommend giving THE FAR-OFF LAND the more honest subtitle: "An intellectual primer encouraging the study of the psychedelic experience."< Less
This book must be extremely rare to find a physical copy so if you are interested in reading it I suggest you look online (I read it at [...]). This book gives a complete understanding the research LSD-25 as well its effects on society at the time, its uses, and even his correspondence with various writers and other enthusaists (I bet you didn't know that he frequently met up with Aldous Huxley). A quote in his introduction describes what he intends to write about: "It is my desire in this book to give a comprehensive picture of LSD, its origin, its effects, and its dangers, in order to guard against increasing abuse of this extraordinary drug... I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this book could become a best seller" The beginning parts on his initial work with egrot alkaloids and his synthesis of LSD is probably only... More > of interest to a chemist, but it isn't hopelessly complicated (I enjoyed that section even with my minimal understanding of chemistry). It wasn't until years after its initial founding that he was drawn back to it and discovered its psychedelic qualities. It goes on to discuss the thrill/fear of his first accidental trip and his awe of its capabilities. This book is more than just an account of events and history. Unlike typical scientific writings, it often discusses his feelings and beliefs about LSD and even his travels to other countries for personal psychedelic research. The last chapter especially deals with spirituality and the use of psychedelics. One great quality of this book is that it is highly objective and although it includes some of Seaichs beliefs it carefully gives both sides of the story. It basically recommends LSD only for medical or careful psychological use under professional guidance, but gives enough information and insight as to the nature of the drug, that you are free to form your own opinion. I highly reccommend this book since it so carefully covers all aspects of LSD and other psychedelics. This may be of interest to those with or without a firm understanding of chemistry< Less
I bought this book both in hard cover for my wife and on Kindle for a friend as a result of listening to a Seaich interview on the radio. Eugene Seaich is articulate, intelligent, and not at all the wacked out acid head idiot that I had believed all users of LSD are from the propaganda. I knew he was a reliable source of information because of his affiliation with the Institute of Noetic Science. My husband and I were both blown away by the amount of serious research that had been so promising before the government made LSD a Schedule I substance. I highly recommend that everyone read this book so they can hold informed opinions about this very strange and much maligned substance. And, no, I have never used any of these exotic drugs. I only want to know the truth about them and I believe I heard the truth from Seaich.
Provocative and Enlightening Book Dissects the Human Consciousness “The Far-Off Land” philosophically evaluates the hallucinogenic drug-experience and intends to collect the perspectives of philosophy for better understanding of the human consciousness, improve the cure to mental illness RIVERTON, Utah – (Release Date TBD) – A credible resource classifies hallucinogens as psychoactive drugs that could cause subjective changes in human perception, thought, emotion, and consciousness—inducing experiences qualitatively different from those of ordinary consciousness. To gain a deeper understanding about this perennially interesting subject, author Eugene Seaich attempts to dissect the human consciousness to provoke and enlighten the readers’ mind in The Far-Off Land, a revealing book that presents a philosophical evaluation of the hallucinogenic drug-experience. This book is a cerebral piece of literature that attempts to discover the broader realities that lie behind psychogenic... More > phenomena and seek a pattern that will explain the longing of human being for the Beyond, for the otherworldly substance of their intuition. Seaich will take readers on a trip through millennia, offer them glimpses of the forthcoming and explore deeper his own psyche—and experiences with LSD and mescaline—in order for them to discover a more profound and broader understanding of the mind and human consciousness. Guided by a cardinal principle, Seaich captures the philosophical prospects and covers a great background of other relevant fields of study that promote psychotropic knowledge to better understand human consciousness— and to ultimately improve humanity’s cure to mental illness and even solve life’s mysteries. Filled with tremendous meaning and insight, revelations and wisdom, historical facts and quotes from the world’s greatest minds and literature, The Far-Off Land is an intelligent and poetic prose that will inform readers about human consciousness and inspire them about life, including its complexities, a journey full of realizations and value. Stanley Krippner, PH.D. Co-author DEMESTIFING SHAMANS AND THEIR WORLD Now available An attempt at a philosophical evaluation of the hallucinogenic drug experience. By PH.D. Eugene Seaich< Less
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