Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs.
Miller, Richard Alan. (1993).
Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.
Description: paperback, viii + 120 pages.
Contents: Introduction, 4 parts: 1) Stimulants -- Damiana, Passionflower, Betel Nut, Mormon Tea, Guarana, Kola Nut, 2) Depressants -- Lobelia, Scullcap, Valarian Root, 3) Narcotics -- Wild Lettuce, Wormwood, 4) Hallucinogens -- Calamus, Galangal Root, Kava Kava, Yohimbe, Fly Agaric, Morning Glory Seed, Psilocybe Mushroom, Thorn Apple; Quick Reference Chart, bibliography, Botanics/Organics Index, general index.
Note: Original copyright 1983.
Excerpt(s): A biochemist, physicist, and herbalist by profession, Richard Alan Miller combines his knowledge of both science and ritual in the exploration and practice of herbal magic. His book describes the historical use, chemical structure, preparation for consumption, and magical rituals of nineteen narcotic, hallucinogenic, stimulant, and depressant herbs... The chemistry of each herb is examined to determine how it affects the conscious perception of reality, and corresponding rituals are recommended to heighten both physical and psychological awareness. Detailing the plants' uses in other cultures and religious traditions, while providing necessary precautions, the author explains how these natural substances can be used by individuals for the enhancement of sexuality, muscle relaxation and massage, initiation rites, astral projection, and spiritual growth. (back cover)
To provide the explorer with concise information on various legal psychoactive botanicals currently available.
To provide ritual use of mind-altering sacramental herbs.
Ritual is the outward manifestation of the need in man to break the barriers of the ego in order to become a part of something greater. It is the visible form of an inward or spiritual grace. Rites are calculated to arouse the sentiments that support a given goal.(page 1)
Ceremonies and rituals are the means provided by society for periodically drawing up the energy attached to symbols. As symbols sink back into the unconscious, ritual serves as a technique to bring them back into a more common awareness.(page 2)
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