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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index


The Enemies of Anarchy: A Gestalt Approach to Change.

Hunter, Robert. (1970).
New York: Viking.

ISBN: (SBN) 670-29497-7


Description: Hardcover, x + 253 pages.


Contents: Preface, 21 chapters divided into 4 parts: 1. Introduction, 2. Organized Anarchy, 3. Large-scale Integration, 4. Convergence, bibliography, index.


Excerpt(s): ... it is a striking feature of all descriptions of hallucinogenic drug experiences-from marijuana to LSD-that the user reports that the awareness of interrelationships is greatly heightened. It is primarily for this reason that drug-taking and an absorbing interest in Eastern mysticism come to be closely associated. The concept of Tao, or the "oneness of the universe," is in near-perfect harmony with drug-induced levels of consciousness.

Descriptions of the LSD experience-and here I am referring to "pure" LSD-tend to converge on this one point: the sensation of being in infinity, of being a part of the universal whole. ... the experience of "being reborn" is a characteristic of all therapeutically valid LSD trips. And in the process of being reborn, one's sense of self has first to dissolve back into infinity before it can be reassembled. Even among marijuana users, the sensation of being aware of interrelationships is common. They tend to see "connections" where no relationship is apparent to perception. Visions of unity-in earlier times limited only to seers and saints-now become commonplace experiences among the users of psychedelic drugs. (pages 175-176)


I have already suggested that a consciousness of interrelationships is one of the central characteristics of the age which we are now approaching. The growing awareness of ecology is an example. The ecumenical movement in Western religions is another. The interdependence-now tacitly agreed upon-of modern corporations is yet another. The evolution of other-directed social character reinforces-and to a great degree stimulates-this same kind of awareness. Technoplanning is primarily concerned with spotting organization interrelationships. Electronic media stimulate in-depth involvement, which definitely results in an awareness of interrelationships. Computers and the whole field of cybernetics are based on the dynamics of interrelationships. As Allen Newell put it in The Chess Machine, so far as the use of computers is concerned, "the relevant information is inexhaustible"-which is to say, the interrelatedness of the factors in any given situation is limitless. Group-therapy is, of course, based on the dynamics of interrelationships. All these amount to forms of large-scale integration. And the effects of drugs are basically similar in that they too stimulate this kind of awareness. Such use cannot be dismissed as a mere aberration or perversion. Drug use is in complete harmony with all these other developments-complementing them, stimulating them, and vibrating, like a metronome, in sympathy with them. (page 177)



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