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Being Infinite

An Entheogenic Odyssey into the Limitless Eternal: A Memoir from Ayahuasca to Zen
Sprecher: Martin W. Ball
Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 58 Min.
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In this very revealing memoir, entheogenic researcher, Dr. Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., details his quest for self-discovery, transformation, and liberation into authentic being. His journey takes him through struggles as a graduate student in Religious Studies, an unhappy marriage, explorations of numerous spiritual traditions, and deep into the mysterious realm of entheogens. The tale told here follows Dr. Ball through his practice of Zen meditation, his initiation into Mescalero Apache medicine traditions, use of peyote in the Native American church, ayahuasca and Santo Daime, and the explosive and life-altering event of experiencing five-MeO-DMT with the temple of awakening divinity and his first encounter with the true nature of being as God and universal consciousness.

A pivotal moment comes for Dr. Ball in 2007 at Burning Man, where he finally admits to himself that he is profoundly unhappy. In order to be true to himself and his heart, he must make radical changes in his life and dive headfirst into his quest for self-discovery. What unfolds is a profound and shattering process of uncovering the infinite nature of authentic being and his struggle to accept the reality that there is only God - that all of reality is one universal being of pure energy, love, and absolute awareness.

Dr. Ball has told his story before in bits and pieces, but this is the first time it has all been articulated in one place in an intimate and comprehensive format. Provocative, challenging, and radical, Being Infinite articulates Dr. Ball’s nondual perspective that developed from his entheogenic experiences and the profound transformations they made within his sense of self and understanding of the nature of reality and being. There are many psychedelic memoirs available, but there is nothing else quite like this work that listeners are sure to find engrossing, challenging, and maybe even liberating. It is a story that is both personal and universal, and has profound implications for anyone seeking after deeper self-awareness and authentic being, and lays the inspirational groundwork for anyone who is ready to move beyond being spiritual to simply being true, right here, right now. It is a tale of truth, and a tale of freedom from all self-created limitations and the very important role that entheogens, particularly five-MeO-DMT, have in this profound process.

Anyone who is interested in cultivating self-awareness, exploring entheogens, and moving beyond superficial spirituality will surely find this to be a radical edition to their reading list, and just might open a few eyes and hearts in the process. In the end, there is only One, and the task of each person is to discover this eternal truth for him or herself. It cannot be taught. It cannot be learned. It can only be discovered in the core of each individual’s heart.

©2014 Martin W. Ball (P)2019 Martin W. Ball

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The title made me believe something different

it is just a memoir, nothing else, of someone speaking even about his sexual relations and things that have not much to do with whatever it is supposed to be the theme of the book. At the beginning he says that for us to know how he reached the point he wanted to talk about, he would talk "a little" about his life. But it went on and on until the end, when he said then, that it became a narrative and didn´t manage to get into the point, and then he will leave that for his next book.

I don´t know how to say it without sounding too bad, but he is a complete narcissist full of ego. He said, even the Buddha and Buddhism is wrong (even the way they sit to meditate is wrong). Every teaching of every spiritual person, is wrong, but he is right. Everybody, except him, is wrong. He even said that he doesn´t read or listen to any "spiritual, transcendental, or whatever book" because they are all crap. But he writes books about that subject, and he is the only one saying the truth. What truth? His truth. Obviously, he didn´t understand anything.
And still, he reads his own memoir and when talking about certain people and what happened with them, one can hear his anger. Anger? Even still after so many years? Again, he didn´t learn anything.
He criticizes absolutely everybody and also says things like "they are not open to accept the ideas of others" (the truth, as he believes he has the Truth of Life), but he is the first one that doesn´t accept the way of thinking of all the others.

I don´t think all that stuff that he took made him as he is, in the way of full of ego and believing he is so special (he said he is God, and in a short sentence once he also said we are all the same, but he kept in talking about him being God and that small sentence just got to be forgotten because the other one became as a mantra), because most probably he was already like that before he started (as we can hear in this book) and all that hallucinogenics that he took, only increased his neurosis.

Nop, not recommendable. A complete waste of money and time. Unless you want to listen to somebody in an egotrip. Then you have the perfect book for you.

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Great book about personal development

I haven’t found any other author who talks with so much expertise un the use of psychedelic for personal development. Great book!