Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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Exploring Inner Space: Personal Experiences Under LSD-25.
Dunlap, Jane. (1961).
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.
Description: First edition,
A Psychologist Explains by Robert S.
Davidson, Ph.D., 13 chapters, appendix by Robert S. Davidson.
Note: Jane Dunlap is
a pseudonym for Adelle Davis who is better
known for her books on natural foods and nutrition.
Excerpt(s): The author
of this book volunteered to be the subject of [a medically supervised
study] employing lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD-25. Her duty
was to record in detail her visions while under the drug. ...
Exploring Inner Space is highly individual-unlike any book
ever published. It is impossible to predict its effect upon the
reader. Some may find it merely an intriguing account of a mind
roving dramatically free; others may react to its emotional range-from
sheer terror to utter bliss; still others may find here the spiritual
response they have never been able to articulate for themselves.
I have heard it argued that one obtains from LSD
whatever he is looking for, and that a person not interested in
religion would have no mystical experiences. This point of view
I disagree with heartily, thinking particularly of a report written
by a man who stated that he had been an atheist before taking
the drug but that he could never be again. Certainly this man
was not looking for a religious experience. A rather large percent
of persons given LSD have religious experiences, and peyote and
certain mushrooms whose effects are similar have been used in
religious ceremonies for hundreds of years. It seems to me that
in this day when spiritual hungers and longings are both widespread
and acute, LSD has a great potential in the field of religious
development alone. (page 206)
The most lasting value of the drug experiences for
me appears to be a number of convictions, most of them religious
in nature, which are so strong that it makes not one iota of difference
whether anyone agrees with me or not. I cannot shake them even
though some are inconsistent with logical thinking. For example,
time becomes real indeed each morning as the school bus nears
our corner, although my LSD conviction is that there is no time
except timelessness. Yet can anyone measure an activity by a trillionth
of eternity? Can you measure even in light-years the length of
immortality? These convictions have served to formulate and strengthen
a new faith in God, a faith so satisfying and rewarding that my
lasting gratitude goes to the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Laboratories
which not only discovered and produced LSD-25 but are spending
millions of dollars on its research. I feel they have given me
a magnificent gift of a mirror in whose lovely depth one sees
the refection of all humanity. (page 207)
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