Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Ecstatic Adventure.
Metzner, Ralph. (Editor). (1968).
New York: The Macmillan Co.
Description: First printing, xiv + 306 pages.
Contributors: John Blofeld, Henrick Bull, George Castayne, Walter H. Clark, Eric Clough, David Crosby, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Green, Mary Hart, Karin Harvey, Ronald Harvey, Joseph Havens, Gray Henry, Stanley Krippner, Timothy Leary, Peter Matthiessen, Ralph Metzner, John Robertson, Zalman H. Schachter, Huston Smith, Linda Sontag, Charles Soames, Elsa von Eckartsberg, Rolf von Eckartsberg, Sugar Wagner, Alan Watts, Arnold West, Irwin Wunderman
Contents: Foreword by Alan Watts, introduction, 25 chapters divided into 6 unnumbered
parts: I. Experiences Described in the Language of Psychology; II. Experiences Described in the Language of Religion, Psychedelic Poetry; III. Experiences of Therapeutic Self-Confrontation; IV. Experiences Programmed for Creative Problem-Solving; V. Experiences of Parents and Children; VI. Experiences of New Dimensions.
Excerpt(s): In The Ecstatic Adventure, thirty-eight people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs tell what it was like for them by describing their own experiences with hallucinogenic drugs-mescaline, LSD, peyote, psilocybin. Some of the trips are hell, others ecstasy. ... (cover)
Experiences Described in the Language of Religion
CH. 5. Empirical Metaphysics
by Huston Smith, in which an eminent religious scholar and MIT
professor tells how mescaline showed him directly what he had
only thought (and written) about before.
CH. 6. Shaking
to the Foundations by Walter H. Clark, in which a distinguished
teacher of religion gives a biblical commentary on his ecstatic
experience with LSD.
CH. 7. The Oneness
in God, the Visions of Christ, The Crucifixion by the Reverend
Mary Hart, in which a lady Protestant minister
descends into an inferno of madness and sin, makes the final act
of faith and is restored to radiance.
CH. 8. Uncontainable Joy
by John Robertson, in which a student of theology
and mysticism ceases to exist and becomes immersed in the ground
CH. 9. The Point
is that Life is a Gesture by Alan Watts, in which the friendly
word-magician discovers once again that life is purposeless and
there isn't any problem.
CH. 10. The Conscious
Ascent of the Soul by Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter, in which a Hasidic
rabbi dances at midnight in the shrine with all his bones and
struggles to pray in the garden at dawn with all
his hand and mind tied by the holy ribbon to the hand and mind
of a goy.
CH. 11. Consciousness,
Energy, Bliss by John Blofeld, in which a Buddhist scholar describes
a high yogic experience with mescaline in the language of the
"diamond-thunderbolt" school of Buddhism. (page vii)
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