Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Existencial Through Psychodisleptics.
Roquet, Salvador; Favreau, Pierre L.; Ruiz de Valasco, Marcela. (1976).
No place: Albert Schweitzer Association, Psychosinthesis Institute.
heavy wrapper over stapled pages, viii + 65 pages. Presented at
"Humanistic Psychology in the Americas," Association
for Humanistic Psychology Sixth International Conference, Cuernavaca,
Mexico, Dec. 19-21, 1975.
Contents: 6 chapters.
refer to all medicaments which provoke mental dissociation at
the diencephalic level, such as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, etc.
It is the term most commonly used for these substances in France
and in Mexico. In the United States the more commonly used terms
for the same are hallucinogens and psychedelics. (page vii)
The group session primarily takes on the outlines
and distinguishing characteristics of the patient's relationship
to the external world. The outlines and distinguishing characteristics
of the individual sessions are meant to give the patient
the experience of relationships with his internal world. Having
the opportunity for both these types of experience affords the
patient the greatest opportunity of experiencing love toward the
external world and toward himself, and the consequence of this
love, the relationship of man with his fellow beings and with
Another benefit gained through the individual experience
is the achievement of transpersonal experiences and, therefore,
in most cases with God. (page 39)
A woman patient tells us: "I felt that my arms
were stiff, that I couldn't use them as I would like to. They
were paralysed for a moment. After a while, they began to soften;
I felt some sort of electric energy moving my arms very softly,
following the concert's beat. Energy began to have a consistency;
it became like a ball that I had in my hands in the moment that
I discovered with the most immense surprise of my life that all
of me was love. You asked me what was the matter. I stood up,
a force reaching me from above similar to the force I had in my
hands only much stronger, started to pull me. The only thing I
saw was light, and the only thing I felt was an irresistible attraction.
God was calling me. He called me. I bent my head because I felt
unworthy, insignificant. I asked God many times if he were sure
it was me he called in spite of my being so insignificant. The
force became more intense and I could not resist. I went; I went
with him and he enveloped me. I cannot describe what I felt. The
words that might approach this are happiness, totality, eternity,
and I don't know what any of these mean. I only felt them at that
moment." (page 59)
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