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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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The Discovery of Love: A Psychedelic Experience with LSD-25.

Bishop, Malden Grange. (1963).
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. (distributor).

ISBN: None

Description: First edition, 176 pages. A Torquil Book.

Contents: Foreword by Humphry Osmond, author's note, 5 chapters, appendix.

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 me. ...

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 revelation.

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. (pages 13-14)

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