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 Psychedelics & Religious Experience

Do Drugs Have Religious Import?


 en·theo·gen [god within; god- or spirit-facilitating] a psychoactive sacramental; a plant or chemical substance taken to occasion primary religious experience. Example: peyote cactus as used in the Native American Church.

Entheogens don't come with a manual, and everyone could use a little advice. Are there valuable lessons to be found by using a plant or chemical? We've put together a few articles that may help or inspire you on your quest towards enlightenment.


The Psychedelics & Religion
by Walter Huston Clark
"...a six-month follow-up showed much evidence that the subjects felt they had experienced an enlivening of their religious lives, resulting in an increased involvement with the problems of living and the service of others"

The New Alchemy
by Alan Watts
"States akin to mystical experience arise only in certain individuals and then often depend upon considerable concentration and effort to use the change of consciousness in certain ways"

Molecular Mysticism: The Role of Psychoactive Substances
  in the Transformation of Consciousness

by Ralph Metzner
"Thus, it seems to me that the lessons we are to learn from these consciousness-expanding plants and drugs have to do not only with the recognition of other dimensions of the human psyche, but with a radically different world-view; a world-view that has been maintained in the beliefs, practices, and rituals of shamanic cultures, and almost totally forgotten or suppressed by twentieth century materialistic culture."

The LSD Experience: Fact or Fantasy?
by Alan Watts
"Subjects experienced religious exaltation, and some described sensations of being one with God,"

Perception and Knowledge:  Reflections on Psychological and Spiritual Learning in the Psychedelic Experience
by Frances E. Vaughn
As the illusory, changeable nature of ordinary reality became increasingly clear, I also realized how a normally constricted perceptual framework permits one to see only a fraction of reality, inevitably distorted to suit personal projections and presuppositions."

The Application of Yoga Meditation Techniques to the Use of Psychedelic Sacraments
By Sri Brahmarishi Narad
The fact that psychedelic drugs induce a greater sensitivity to subtle spiritual and psychic energies, and speed up the influx of impressions from deeper levels of consciousness, raises the immediate question of how these energies can be properly understood and handled."

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