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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

Aldous Huxley: Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963).

Horowitz, Michael, and Palmer, Cynthia. (Editors). (1977).
New York: Stonehill.

ISBN: 0-88373-042-1

Description: First edition, xxii + 314 pages. A Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library Edition.

Contents: Acknowledgments, introductions by Albert Hofmann and Alexander Shulgin, editors' note, 40 chapters divided into 2 parts: I. Psychedelic and Visionary Experience, 4 appendices: A. Visionary Experience (MIT), B. Instructions for Use During a Psychedelic Session , C. Tributes from The Psychedelic Review, D. Coda (from Orion), source notes, index.

Excerpt(s): The publication of MOKSHA presents for the first time an authoritative collection of the prophetic and visionary papers of Aldous Huxley-his writings on mind-altering drugs, psychology, education, politics, the collective unconscious and the future of mankind. (dust jacket)

Let us use a geographical metaphor and liken the personal life of the ego to the Old World. We leave the Old World, cross a dividing ocean, and find ourselves in the world of the personal subconscious, with its flora and fauna of repressions, conflicts, traumatic memories and the like. Traveling further, we reach a kind of Far West, inhabited by Jungian archetypes and the raw materials of human mythology. Beyond this region lies a broad Pacific. Wafted across it on the wings of mescaline or lysergic acid diethylamide, we reach what may be called the Antipodes of the mind. In this psychological equivalent of Australia we discover the equivalents of kangaroos, wallabies, and duck-billed platypuses-a whole host of extremely improbable animals, which nevertheless exist and can be observed. (page 62)

This brings me to a very interesting and, I believe, significant point. The visionary experience, whether spontaneous or induced by drugs, hypnosis, or any other means, bears a striking resemblance to "the Other World," as we find it described in the various traditions of religion and folklore. In every culture the abode of the gods and of in bliss is a country of surpassing beauty, glowing with color, bathed in intense light. ... One is reminded, as one reads these descriptions of the mescaline experience, of what is said of the next world in the various religious literatures of the world. Ezekiel speaks of "the stones of fire," which are found in Eden. In the Book of Revelation, the New Jerusalem is a city of precious stones and of a substance which must have seemed to our ancestors almost as wonderful as gemstones-glass. (page 65)

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