Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Ecstasy: The MDMA Story.
Eisner, Bruce. (1989).
Berkeley, CA: Ronin Publishing.
viii + 228 pages.
Contents: Foreword by
Stanley Krippner, introduction by Peter
Stafford, preface, 6 chapters, appendices:
Family Tree: Chemistry & Physiological Effects, 2. Risk
Assessment: The FDA & MDMA Research, 3. An Annotated
Bibliography of the Scientific Literature References to MDMA by
of this "gratuitous grace." The chance to give in
via MDMA to one's "underlying mysticism," sense of wonder,
and feelings of love for a fellow human and/or one's "fate"
is frequently overwhelming-so much so that some users may try
to deny the validity of the evoked experience ... when later back
in their usual states of mind and their everyday routines. It
may seem "unfair," for an instance, that such a level
of exultation could have been achieved via mind molecules without
exertions and deprivations that accompany traditional methods
for "enlightenment." This attitude may arise especially
among those imbued with the "Protestant ethic," and/or
various religious notions of an essential sinful condition
predestined for humans.
Alternative views opened up by MDMA can thus be
troublesome to the individual user, as well as society. It appears
now, at the end of the '80s, that an eventual integration will
come about only after a considerable amount of conflict. To express
a factor in this briefly, the idea of a "free lunch"
is not all that easily accepted-even when it comes as first-hand
experience. (Peter Stafford, Introduction, page xxi)
Having made the distinction between the interpersonal
and intrapersonal modes of experience, we should note that
the two aspects are intimately linked. When a person feels better
about others, he or she also feels better about himself or herself.
Feeling better about ourselves is the inward side, and feeling
better about others the outward side, of the same experience.
I noted this relationship in the last chapter when
discussing what could be called a feeling of "the all-rightness
of the universe." There was a concomitant experience in the
interpersonal domain-"unconditional love." Here "all-rightness
of the universe" and "unconditional love" are like
mirror images of each other. (page 51)
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