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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

Forgotten Truth: The Primordial Tradition.

Smith, Huston. (1977).
New York: Harper & Row.

ISBN: 0-06-090576-X

Description: Harper Colophon paperback edition, x + 182 pages,

Contents: Preface, 7 chapters, appendix: "The Psychedelic Evidence," index.

Excerpt(s): If the only thing to say about psychedelics was that they seem on occasion to offer direct disclosures of the psychic and celestial planes as well as (in rare instances) the Infinite itself, we would hold our peace. For though such experiences may be veridical in ways, the goal, it cannot be stressed too often, is not religious experiences; it is the religious life. And with respect to the latter, psychedelic "theophanies" can abort a quest as readily as, perhaps more readily than, they can further it. (appendix, page 155)

In contradistinction to writings on the psychedelics which are occupied with experiences the mind can have, the concern here is with evidence they afford as to what the mind is. ... judged both by quantity of data encompassed and by the explanatory power of the hypotheses that make up this data, it is the most formidable evidence the psychedelics have thus far produced. The evidence to which we refer is that which has emerged through the work of Stanislav Grof. (appendix, page 156)

The novelty of Grof's work lies in the precision with which the levels of the mind it brings to view correspond with the levels of selfhood the primordial tradition describes. (appendix, page 158)

The paradigm of the self that was sketched in Chapter 4 showed it to be composed of four parts: body, mind, soul, and Spirit. Working with spacial imagery, we can visualize LSD as a seeing-eye probe that penetrates progressively toward the core of the subject's being. (appendix, page 167)

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