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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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Emerging Woman: A Decade of Midlife Transitions.

Rogers, Natalie. (1980).
Santa Rosa, CA: Personal Press-The Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute.

ISBN: 0-9605634-0-7

Description: Paperback, second edition, 201 pages.

Contents: Introduction to the first edition-1980, Introduction to Second Edition, 6 chapters [Chapters 1, 4 and 6 have two parts.], acknowledgments.

Note: The author is daughter of psychologist Carl Rogers and is co-founder and Creative Director of The Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute in Santa Rosa, CA.

Excerpt(s): Two years later, after much thought, consideration, and waiting for the right time, I tried windowpane acid. I had listened to the tales of a psychiatrist friend who had found LSD an exhilarating, opening experience. He did not treat such trips lightly. Nor did I. I waited for a time when I felt an inner stability and when I was not responsible for anyone else. My worst fear was that I would go into some insane space and not be able to return. A few days after this trip I sat at the typewriter and wrote. The experience had been profound. I was embarrassed by some of what I had felt, wondering if anyone else would understand. (page 143)

The greatest impact this acid trip had on me was to entirely alter my view of death. This has affected the way I live. I grew up adamantly agnostic, pragmatic, a skeptic about anything religious or spiritual, with a down-to-earth orientation. I scorned notions of god, of life after death. I dismissed the possibility of psychic phenomena and denied that dreams might be an important part of life. In college the only spiritual philosophy I ever accepted was Emerson's view of the Over-Soul. If I had been asked to draw a picture of death I would have drawn a black box; that is all. Now I have tried drawing pictures of death in which I am fusing into the horizon, feeling ecstasy. My sense was, and is, that the strong beam of light from the setting sun on the ocean horizon will pull me into its orange warmth, and I will sink into a "beyond." (page 148)

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