Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Natural Depth in Man.
Van Dusen, Wilson. (1972).
New York: Harper & Row.
viii + 197 pages.
Contents: 12 chapters,
appendix: The Life of Emanuel Swedenborg,
Excerpt(s): The next
level of enlightenment is ushered in by an even greater degree
of loss of ego-awareness. The ordinary individual who stumbles
into this realm may well find himself terrified. He may feel like
he is dying or completely losing his mind. The result is a horrible,
half-born satori. I prefer the Japanese term satori to the more
Western enlightenment. Enlightenment we apply to anything a little
better than the average; a cigarette ad can be enlightened. Satori
is an uncommon but normal experience. Awareness of one's self
as an individual temporarily disappears and there follows a spontaneous
blossoming of awareness of the real nature of creation. The gate
to satori is through the death of self ( John 3:3).
We stumbled into a whole new area of human experience.
Selfhood was palpably an obstacle to the mystical experience.
Some foundered on this border to enlightenment, producing a terrifying
experience later described by illegal drug users as a "bad
trip." It was critical that the guide spot the hang-up and
be able to guide the individual around it. Examples will illustrate
Under LSD one woman was feeling everything move.
Inwardly she hung on with fear and began to feel sick. She was
encouraged to go with the movement. In moments she broke into
a world of beautiful religious images. Another man was on the
edge of losing personal identity. With a worried look he said
over and over, "Who is so-and-so?"-his own name. It
wasn't until the issue of name\identity became inconsequential
that he got beyond this. Another young woman fought the gradual
loss of identity. She felt she was undergoing slow surgery that
was cutting off pieces of herself. In the final cutting apart
of her heart she died and suddenly awoke joyfully to the One life.
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