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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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Dimensions of Dying and Rebirth.

Grof, Stanislav; Cayce, Hugh Lynn; and Johnson, Raynor C. (1977).
Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press [Association for Research and Enlightenment].

ISBN: 87604-099-7

Description: Wrappers, vi + 74 pages.

Contents: Introduction 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 possible.

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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