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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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The Life and Loves of Cary Grant.

Guthrie, Lee. (1977).
New York: Drake Publishers.

ISBN: 0-8473-1613-0

Description: hardcover, 239 pages.

Contents: prologue, 14 chapters, filmography, index.

Excerpt(s): At about the same time that Betsy and Cary decided to live apart for awhile, Cary began psychotherapy with Dr. Mortimer Hartman. But this wasn't your garden-variety fifty-minues-on-the- couch psychotherapy. Cary was one of 112 Californians who participated in a study of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). What is not generally known is that Betsy was one of the 112 guinea pigs along with her husband. In fact the project was probably her idea. Betsy was the one who was perennially fascinated by the stuyd of the human mind and psyche.

"It may have been the little tablets of LSD that made Betsy decide that they ought to separate. Up to then their marriage had been lived entirely on Cary's terms." (page 162)

Cary's more than seventy LSD sessions usually took place on Saturday afternoons. They lasted for four or five hours and left him either shaken to the core or in a state of almost rhapsodic euphoria.

Grant's psychotherapist, Dr. Mortimer Hartman, speaking in the late Fifties, described LSD as a spychic energizer which empites the subconscious and intensifies emotion and memory a hundred times. this flood of information about his own mind and subconscious hit Cary Grant, age fifty-four, with the massive and unstoppable force of a tidal wave.

"I know that, all my life, I've been going around in a fog. You're just a bunch of molecules until you know who you are. You spend all your time getting to be a big Hollywood actor, Grant said, But then what? Youve reached a comfortable plateau, and you want to stay on it; you resist change. One day, after many weeks of LSD, my last defense crumbled. To my delight, I found I had a tough inner core of strength. In my youth, I was very dependent on on older men and women. Now people come to me for help!" (page 163)

He also believes that during one of the sessions he relived, in every way but physically, his birth. ...

"I've been born again. I have just been through a psychiatric experience that has completely changed me. It was horrendous. I had to face things about myself which I never admitted, which I didn't know were there. Now I know that I hurt every woman I loved. I was an utter fake, a self-opinionated boor, a know-all who knew very little.

I was hiding behind all kinds of defenses, hypocracies and vanities. I had to get rid of them layer by layer. That moment when your conscious meets your subconscious is a helluva wrench. You feel the whole top of your head is lifting off. (pages 163-164)

All the sadness and vanities were torn away. I was pleased with the hard core of the strength I found inside of me. I think I've always been a pretty fair actor. Now I know I'm going to be the best actor there is.

I've had my ego stripped away. A man is a better actor without ego, because he has truth in him. Now I cannot behave untruthfully toward anyone and certainly not to myself." (pages 164-165)

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