Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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The Discovery of Love: A Psychedelic Experience with LSD-25.
Bishop, Malden Grange. (1963).
New York: Dodd,
Mead & Co. (distributor).
Description: First edition,
176 pages. A Torquil Book.
Contents: Foreword by
Humphry Osmond, author's note, 5 chapters,
Note: An interesting
early account of an LSD session by a middle-aged
writer, engineer, and consultant on technical publications.
Excerpt(s): Still there
was the disconcerting fact that all my family were urging me to
take LSD. Since they did not specifically say they believed I
needed it, I choose to assume that they only wanted me to join
them in something they were doing. And since it was obvious the
experiment was already of great benefit to them, I could not refuse
to go along. (page 24)
Last week I had the most profound experience of
my life. I took LSD-25, one of the newest psychedelic drugs. From
this single experience, which lasted about ten to twelve hours,
the whole scope, depth, and direction of my life have changed
miraculously. Indeed, a miracle has happened to
Psychedelic is a very
descriptive word for the drug and the action it has. It is from
the Greek and means literally soul revealing, or images
of the soul. This is exactly what LSD does, when used as it
was with me. It reveals the soul.
My own experience under LSD was the revelation of
my soul to me. There can be no deeper experience, no more profound
When I tried to describe the experience to one person
he said, "Oh, you learned faith."
"No, that is not it," I told him.
What I learned under LSD was not faith at all. Faith
is the acceptance of something which you cannot otherwise prove.
Faith has to do with believing. What I experienced under LSD required
no faith then or now. It required only the acceptance of a positive
knowledge. I did not have to believe anything. I had only to open
my eyes to see, to know. I do not have to have faith that what
I saw was true. I simply know that it was.
My experience was so deep, so moving, so meaningful
that I shall be able to tell but a fragment of it. Trying to explain
an LSD experience is like trying to explain love, or the experience
of being in love. What I really discovered under LSD is love.
Some call it God, and I like this term too. It is God; it is love.
In the best Christian terminology they are also one and the same.
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