Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Dimensions of Dying and Rebirth.
Grof, Stanislav; Cayce, Hugh
Lynn; and Johnson, Raynor C.
Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press [Association
for Research and Enlightenment].
vi + 74 pages.
by Charles Thomas Cayce, 3 chapters-1
by each coauthor, panel discussion by Ruth
LeNoir, Glays Davis Turner, Hugh Lynn
Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce.
Note: Lectures from the
1976 Easter Conference at the Association for Research and Enlightenment.
LSD is presented as a tool for exploring the mind, a magnifier
of unconscious processes.
Excerpt(s): I would like
to emphasize one important point before I continue: according
to my experience-and I think many researchers in this field are
coming to the same conclusion-psychedelic drugs are not chemicals
that produce states unrelated to how the mind functions under
normal circumstances. They are, rather, tools for exploring the
human mind, open it up, and bring the unconscious material to
the surface. Therefore, whatever is happening in a psychedelic
session is actually an externalization of the subject's
unconscious and represents a journey into one's own mind. Thus,
what I will be discussing here is not a chemical cartography,
a mapping of psychedelic states; the true subject of this talk
is the cartography of the unconscious. I believe that I will be
saying things that have general significance for the understanding
of the human mind. LSD was merely the tool that made this investigation
My research has led me to recognize four major types
of LSD-induced experiences: 1) abstract, or aesthetic; 2) biographical,
or psychodynamic; 3) perinatal, characterized by a profound encounter
with birth and death; and 4) transpersonal. (page 2)
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