Michael Pollan’s New Book Will Open Your Mind

My Review of “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence”

The counterculture’s fantasy of introducing psychedelics into the nation’s water supply was never a good idea. But if I could, I’d buy a million copies of Michael Pollan’s new book “How to Change Your Mind” to distribute widely across the country, starting with making it mandatory reading for the politicians in DC. Instead, my family’s company, Dr. Bronner’s, has purchased 1,000 copies, that we are offering for free to people who sign up to Dr. Bronner’s and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) newsletters. See below for more info on how to get your copy.

We are living through a great cultural inflection point related to psychedelics and their reintegration into American and global culture. These powerful medicines have historically been used in diverse cultures to treat maladies of body, mind and soul, and hold great promise to elucidate and cure depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and other modern psychiatric disorders. But their history in America is convoluted and bound up in the hysteria of the culture wars of the 1960’s, when the “moral panic” that ensued shut down the incredibly promising and widespread research of the preceding decade.

Now, as hysteria fades and recent well-controlled FDA studies demonstrate their remarkable healing potential, psychedelics will revolutionize psychiatric medicine for the ill as well as for “the betterment of well people.” Pollan chronicles their story and the diverse cast of characters devoted to their cultural integration, and explains how “ego transcendent” awareness and experience have therapeutic as well as spiritual value. In a truly ripping and gripping read, he shows how medicines like psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) can help us live in a more connected way to each other and the miraculous world we are part of, and die with greater peace and ease.

I couldn’t be more excited by the bright light of truth Michael’s book shines on such a crucial but poorly understood and wrongly demonized subject.  “How to Change Your Mind” holds tremendous potential to change millions of minds and make a significant cultural impact in how we as a society understand psychedelics. As Bob Jesse (convener of the Council on Spiritual Practices), Rick Doblin (founder of MAPS), and the many other heroes profiled in the book know, just like we do at Dr. Bronner’s, direct mystical or spiritual experience, mediated by psychedelics or otherwise, is an antidote to  xenophobic nationalism and fundamentalism—and a primary gateway to healing generational trauma and world peace.  All-One!

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David Bronner

David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soap maker. He is a dedicated vegan and enjoys surfing and dancing late into the night.

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  • Justin

    The Pharmacratic Inquisition must come to its grand denouement as the hijacking of the human spirit, both mentally and physically, has gone on for long enough… Hopefully this book will play a pivotal role in our advanced retreat into cosmic surrender and waking up to our shared state of enlightenment. May the divine force be with us all.

  • John Boy

    Thank you Bronners for furthering this discussion and looking forward to Pollan’s book

  • Joyous

    Brilliant!! Thank you !!

  • kirien

    Hi – if I win – am in oz – dr bronners user since um – you first arrived
    in Australia – yes I was young! I will pay postage – thank you Kxxxx

  • deb binder

    LOVE Dr Bronners!

  • Cynthia Winter

    Just heard an interview with Michael Pollan on NPR yesterday. Some interesting stuff. By the way, I have used Dr. Bronner for 30 years. Peppermint is always in my shower. ❤️

  • tgtrotter

    I for sure changed my mind in the summer of ’75. I thought I had freaked out and gone bananas thanks to the demonizing by our Governmental Agencies of those who experience true transcendation from our perceived realities. Fact of the matter there were many ” flight Captains ” amongst us who generously shared their experience and knowledge to the truths I was experiencing. My life totally changed at that moment as I stepped into a better frame of mind. Thank God for Michael Pollen and his book. Not new news but I hope it is current release proves to be great timing for our spaceship earth and it’s inhabitants

    Tim T.

  • Hi David, aloha. Thanks for starting my day with a smile and a kind offer.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aed06853017d666d5ff7109a8577395256bd20a343faf9aef8b8d620422ea573.jpg And thanks for helping my wife and I with our religious freedom for Cannabis case.
    May unexpected blessings keep coming to you … and from you.
    With brotherly love and respect,
    Roger and Share

    http://www.thc-ministry.org
    http://www.the-last-marijuana-trial.com
    http://www.peacefulsky.com

  • Susan

    I love Dr. Bronner’s for my grand babies bath time. Teaching them the importance of buying and using products w/ a conscience. Grateful for your company & your offer , Peace and Veggies, Susan

  • Joel Lippert

    See you at the Expo this year?

  • DragonTat2

    A friend who owns Tree Frog Farm on Lummi Island (she’s a Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner) gave me the MAPS book some years ago. Changed my life. Thank you for speaking out on this subject.

  • Eileen M. Connor

    Hi David! I love Dr. Bronner’s Coconut oil! Also enjoyed the movie Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.

  • Matthew Monsoor

    It’s interesting, and I need to read the book first, that what they are discovering is what was first researched and realized with the same conclusions as Timothy Leary and his research team did back in the early 60s! Basically because of Nixon and our legislators we have lost 50 years of research. I’m hoping the book talks about the textbook and lab manual which Leary published as guides for sessions. The one I kept coming back to to use, the lab manual was psychedelic prayers. It’s to be read during the experience. Having lost a source for pure LSD some 40 years ago there’s hope for having access in the near future.

    Been using Dr. Bonner’s since the very early 70s.

  • MSgt Natural

    We were explorers.

  • tgtrotter

    I for sure changed my mind in the summer of ’75. I thought I had freaked out and gone bananas thanks to the demonizing by our Governmental Agencies of those who experience true transcendation from our perceived realities. Fact of the matter there were many ” flight Captains ” amongst us who generously shared their experience and knowledge to the truths I was experiencing. My life totally changed at that moment as I stepped into a better frame of mind. Thank God then for Author Carlos Casteneda Tales of Power, Harry Nillson Me and My Arrow and my brother Tom. I hope Michael Pollans current release proves to be great timing for our spaceship earth and it’s inhabitants

    Tim T.

  • The_Dawning

    Plan to read this.

  • brittpowers

    Awesome to see how awareness is globally increasing. I guess my own awareness is increasing and the world is a reflection of it 😉 I am very interested in this book! Dr Bronner rocks and i wish it to stay sucessful as it already is, forever, for they do great things with the money i spend on them. Power to the people!

  • Walter Kemble

    The page for the book does not accept zip/postal codes from Canada. Just letting you know….and to save others some frustration …trying to figure out what “error” they made. xoxo 🙂