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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


My Psychedelic Religion: The Kingdom of God Is Within You.

Yonson, Jan. (1994).
San Francisco: Council on Spiritual Practices.


ISBN: None


Description: Velo bound in plastic wrappers, 14 numbered leaves each containing two pages on one side with the verso blank.


Contents: 1 essay with references and footnotes.


Excerpt(s): One of the nastiest lies promulgated by Antidrug Warriors is that there are only two kinds of drug use: medical is legitimate; all nonmedical is recreational, therefore illegitimate. I do not consider religion as "recreation." I resent their implying so. (page 6)


Most psychedelicists believe that the human mind includes a spiritual part, level, or proclivity. If one explores one's mind far enough, one can reach this part, which is most characterized by a sense of sacredness. ... Mind exploration is not merely psychology or psychotherapy; it can also be spiritual development. In addition to their uses in creativity, scholarship and psychotherapy, LSD and other entheogens are especially helpful in activating the spiritual aspects of one's mind; they are sacraments when used for this purpose. (page 6)


Fourth, existing religious texts and rituals take on deepened meaning and significance when viewed from a sacred state of consciousness. ... two-dimensional ideas which suddenly become three-dimensional in meaning are:

The Kingdom of God is within you.

We are all children of God.

Be still and know that I am God.

You must die and be born again

to enter the Kingdom of heavenHeaven.

The inner light ... (page 7)


The Second (Psychedelic) Reformation / During the Protestant Reformation many clergy feared that the printing press and movable type would make the Bible available to the common person. The untutored and unwashed might criticize the church and clergy or even set up their own churches. ... Today's psychedelic reformation carries religious democracy a second step-to experience. No longer is the experience of god limited to a few saints and holy persons. Each person can and should (is spiritually and morally obligated) have his or her own direct experience of god. Just as common ownership of the Bible was at one time suppressed by church and state, now psychedelics are suppressed. Just as protestants, reformers, and puritans were seen as the heretics and traitors of their times, we Psychedelicists are misperceived as religious heretics and political traitors of our times. Reading is to the First Reformation as psychedelics are to the Second Reformation.

Today psychedelics take reformation one step further. ... Psychedelicists claim that the direct experience of god, (undistorted by church, belief or revealed word) gives the purest knowledge of the divine.

Should the American government take sides in this theological dispute? (page 8)



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