Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Counseling, Peak Experiences and the Human Encounter With Death:
An Empirical Study of the Efficacy of DPT-Assisted Counseling
in Enhancing the Quality of Life of Persons with Terminal Cancer
and Their Closest Family Members
Richards, William Alan. (1975).
Washington, DC: Catholic University of America.
Description: xiv + 291
pages, dissertation, paperback published on demand available from
Xerox University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106.
Contents: List of tables,
list of illustrations, 10 chapters divided into 3 sections, I.
Introduction, II. Methods and Procedures, III. Results and Conclusions,
4 appendices: A. Coefficients of Inter-Rater Reliability, B. Guidelines
for Independent Raters, C. Emotional
Condition Rating Scale, D. Peak
Experience Items of the Psychedelic Experience Questionnaire,
E. Psychedelic Experience
Remarks \ Although many words could be written, two quotations
summarize the essence that the author of this dissertation wishes
to communicate. Henri Bergson observed that,
"Mankind lies groaning, half crushed beneath the weight of
his own progress." Paul Tillich formulated
"the question our century puts before us" as follows:
"Is it possible to regain the lost dimension, the encounter
with the Holy, the dimension which cuts through the world of subjectivity
and objectivity and goes down to that which is not world but the
mystery of the Ground of Being?"
The approach to death and increased acceptance of
its enigmas through the death education movement, especially in
terms of guidance and counseling, may prove to be a significant
step in the direction of regaining the "lost dimension."
The particular approach to counseling studied in this dissertation,
promising as it appears, may well be one of several modes of counseling
that merit further study and research. It may be of significance
to note that, contrary to popular expectations, those who choose
to teach, counsel or pursue research in the area of death and
dying may well be encountering much more light than darkness.
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