This second book in the The Labyrinth Trilogy is the classic work on new-shamanism. E.J. Gold penetrates the secrets of traditional esoteric practice, particularly alchemy and shamanism, and presents techniques for expanded perception and attention that work in everyday contemporary life.
A SERIOUS WARNING TO THE READER
Should we put references in the text to see appendix? If this were a university text, I might consider it; a course of abstract study and abstract interest... but this book is for serious voyagers, those who rea11y do intend to use these ideas, who aren't going to read a paragraph or two, nod thoughtfully, wander off to some coffeehouse and tear it apart along with Kant and Hegel for a few hours, then wander back home in time for the late night movie.
Further, I don't consider it my responsibility to rectify the failures of whatever education system you might have had the misfortune to endure in your forrnative years as a young, upcoming primate.
Having spent two miserable semesters teaching remedia1 third grade elementary leve1 English to adult university students who should have been exploring the mysteries of Beowulf in the origina1 text, singing the Song of Roland, softly chanting the Canterbury Tales, arguing first folio and second quarto alterations in Hamlet and following the intricacies of Philip Jose Farmer, Ezra Pound and Dorothy Parker, I feel that I've more than paid my debt to society, and you're welcome to it.
I am by laws much higher than any primate law, constrained to introduce these ideas to those who come to me in genuine necessity, but nothing in the rule-book says it has to be spoon-fed in monosyllabic, monocultura1 and mono-fonous truck-driver language... so it isn't.
In studying these ideas as presented here, you would be wise to be armed with a dictionary and a healthy education, although nothing in this material is beyond second-year college level English, and the few literary, mythological and philosophical referents – which were intentionally kept to a minimum except where necessary to the sense, germane to the concept or alexipharmic to the destruction of an elegant pun – are well within the grasp of the average high school graduate. If they aren't, perhaps you ought to consider returning to the high school from whence you came, and registering a complaint or enrolling in a night course, whichever seems most a propos... that's borrowed French for copacetic.
Admittedly, this text is a formidable prospect for those with an unsure grasp of the English language, for who the idea of a athalete with a perculator whose on his way irregardless to a realitor because he want's to avoid nucular conflict is a whole nother thing.
If you found the previous paragraph disturbing, this book is probably for you; if it looked a11 right, maybe you should consider curling up with a good Harlequin novel... if one can be found.