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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

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mysticism and the Mystery Religions.

Ferguson, John. (1976).
London: Thames and Hudson.

ISBN: None

Description: Hardcover, 228 pages.

Contents: Foreword, alphabetical entries, bibliography.

Excerpt(s): LSD Short for lysergic acid diethylamide, a drug which overstimulates a section of the brain and so distorts responses. The result may be that familiar objects become of extreme beauty and colours appear of rare brilliance, some of the effects being close to those of mystical religion. Time sense is affected, and past, present and future become one. The senses interact and music, for example, may produce visual experiences or bodily vibrations; there is synaesthesia. Logical categories fall away, and opposites unite. One experimenter records a flash of illumination in which he saw himself as a `minute and miserable microcosm, containing but the barest hint of the infinitely more complex and enormously vast macrocosmic Mind of God'. He was filled with awe and touched by God's presence. Dr Leary also emphasizes its capacity to produce an expanded sexual consciousness and expanded sexual energy. But also it can produce fear and horror, or again an illusion of impregnability, and it has been known to lead to insanity, suicide and attempted murder. (pages 109-110)

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