Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Binder, Virginia; Binder, Arnold; and Rimland, Bernard. (1976).
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
ISBN: 0-13-599001-7 hardcover
x 230 pages.
Contents: Preface, 14
chapters in 5 parts: 1. Introduction, 2. Therapies
Emphasizing Cognitive and Emotional Processes, 3. Therapies
Emphasizing Activity and Behavioral Processes, 4. Therapies
Emphasizing Biological Processes, 5. Conclusion, index.
Contributors: Arnold Binder, Virginia Binder, Sidney Cohen, Sherwin B Cotler. Harold
H. Bloomfield, William Glasser, Thomas A. Harris, Joseph Hart, Werner Karle, Bernard Rimland, Alexander Runciman, Lowell H. Storms, Lee Woldenberg, Gary M. Yontef.
Note: Chapter 12 "The
Use of Psychedelics as Adjuncts to Psychotherapy ,"
by Sidney Cohen will be of most interest to readers of this guide.
Excerpt(s): It is in
the area of the superego that the more important alterations of
functioning occur while the patient is under the influence of
LSD. These are the changes that I believe are the primary sources
of behavior change when it occurs. (page 188)
Obviously one's value system undergoes great transformations .
Many of the cultural and provincial taboos and personal
aspirations recede. Values assume a more eternal and cosmic quality.
Indeed, at the height of the reaction, strong feelings of omnipotence
and omniscience can develop, and these require therapeutic assistance.
At any rate, day-to-day and pedestrian troubles and problems seem
insignificant in the midst of the transcendent experience. This
temporary altered perspective may be helpful for those who are
overwhelmed by the magnitude of their ordinary problems. If the
old superego constraints were much too rigid and too demanding,
they might remain relaxed after a transient exposure to the new
frame of reference with its more cosmic values.
It can be inferred from what has been said that
drastic changes in one's attitude toward one's personal death
would occur. The life-death dichotomy disappears. Some patients
report an absolute inability to distinguish between existence
and nonexistence during the high-dose state. Ordinary fears of
one's obliteration are set aside. The dissolution of ego boundaries
can be considered a form of psychic death, with the rebirth occurring
as the boundaries re-establish themselves. This psychological
death can be conceptualized as a discontinuity of experience that
may permit a new beginning unburdened by many of the old difficulties.
From what has been said, it is evident that some
high-dose LSD states can produce a condition similar to the spontaneously
occurring transcendental experience. Such qualities as ineffability,
feelings of mystical union, perceptual brilliance, elation, and
awe are mentioned by more than half of those who are given the
drug under conditions conducive to a peak or religious experience.
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