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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

A Path with Heart:
A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.

Kornfield, Jack. (1993).
New York: Bantam.

ISBN: 0-553-37211-4

Description: Paperback, xii + 353 pages.

Contents: Acknowledgments, 23 chapters divided into 4 parts: I. A Path with Heart: The Fundamentals, II. Promises and Perils, III. Widening Our Circle, IV. Spiritual Maturity, Appendix: Insight Meditation Teachers Code of Ethics, A Treasury of Books, glossary.


Meditation: Reflecting On Your Attitude Toward Altered States

What is your relationship to unusual and altered states in meditation? As you read about these experiences, notice which ones touch you, notice where you are attracted or what reminds you of past experiences. How do you meet such experiences when they arise? Are you attached and proud of them? Do you keep trying to repeat them as a mark of your progress or success? Have you gotten stuck trying to make them return over and over again? How much wisdom have you brought to them? Are they a source of entanglement or a source of freedom for you? Do you sense them as beneficial and healing, or are they frightening? Just as you can misuse these states through attachment, you can also misuse them by avoiding them and trying to stop them. If this is the case, how could your meditation deepen if you opened to them? Let yourself sense the gifts they can bring, gifts of inspiration, new perspectives, insight, healing, or extraordinary faith. Be aware of what perspective and teaching you follow, for guidance in these matters. If you feel a wise perspective is lacking, where could you find it? How could you best honor these realms and use them for your benefit? (page 134)

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