BOOK REVIEW: “Psychedelic Marine” by Alex Seymour

 

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The Psychedelic Marine by Alex Seymour (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Psychedelic Marine
  • Author: Alex Seymour (Amazon Author Bio)
  • Publication: Park Street Press *part of Inner Traditions & Bear* (Aug. 22, 2016)
  • Genre: General Non-Fiction, New Age Spirituality/Metaphysical
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Psychedelic Marine offers readers a vibrant journey of the self. Alex Seymour finally captured the true essence of life he searched for after his mystical adventures in the Amazon jungle. At first, Seymour believed he would find it during his service as a Royal Marine, but he was only dragged into the dark world of military warfare. Stationed in Afghanistan, he had to trek through the merciless Afghan heat daily, constantly lookout for enemy attacks, and stay alert on guard duty after three hours of sleep. Not quite the profound experience Seymour was looking for! He left his comfortable life in England for this? There had to be something more.

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An ayahuasca vine (Singing to the Plants)

Taking  DMT (dimethyltryptamine) awakened Seymour’s curiosity of life beyond normality. This psychedelic compound can be found in small traces in certain plants, animals, and even the human brain (an argued theory). Seymour attended several ayahuasca ceremonies in South America after his rough tour in Afghanistan. Ayahuasca is a tropical vine with psychedelic properties local Amazon shamans use for spiritual purposes. The purpose of an ayahuasca
ceremony is to heal the soul from trauma, fear, and other negative vibes. Shamans offer ayahuasca to ritual participants as a brew. Seymour describes its taste as bitter. Buckets are laid out during the ceremonies just in case somebody needed to puke. Vomiting was considered a step of the soul cleansing process.

 

Seymour has had some amazing visions during his ayahuasca trips. He describes seeing kaleidoscopic dimensions and reptilian creatures. Despite what he has witnessed, he has become a deeply insightful man. The greatest journey is the journey searched within.

It’s tragic whenever I hear suicidal soldiers’ stories (Seymour is alive and well, mind you). These men and women return from war not only physically damaged but mental as well. Alex Seymour is the first former soldier I’ve read about who decided to ingest a hallucinogenic plant to recover from his intense military experience. Why is ayahuasca banned in the United States and the United Kingdom?  I’ll find my answers in other book.

Overall, I felt like I was actively participating in Seymour’s journey reading the Psychedelic Marine. I feared what he was going through in Afghanistan daily. I felt the anxiety creeping up on me every time his target enemies were nearby. During his time down at the Amazon, I saw in my mind’s eye the images Seymour witnessed while he was under the ayahuasca’s spell. This book is appropriate for those who are curious or at least familiar with the psychedelic world.  The Psychedelic Marine is a journey of the physical, mental, and spiritual senses.

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“Misterio Profundo”-Many of the wonderful ayahuasca vision paintings from Pablo Amaringo (art book)

 

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