Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Flattery, David S., and Pierce, J. M. (1965).
Berkeley: The Berkeley Press.
Monograph Series No. 1., stapled in wrappers, 63 pages.
Contents: 8 chapters.
Excerpt(s): Central to
this whole phenomenon there seems to be one feature common to
all useful drug experiences. The quality involves the introduction
of a new perspective to feelings that one has always experienced
or to thoughts that are well understood intellectually. Around
certain guilt feelings, for example, the patient
may have long known that he has continually magnified his role
to a point in which he appears responsible for an entire series
of misfortunes to others. Under the drug such a premise may seem
for the first time, to be as ludicrous as it would appear to the
outsider. In this way there is introduced an element of objectivity
that cannot often be exercised toward oneself. Intellectual truths
are thus transmuted into experiential and feeling truths in such
a way as to allow action upon them. This is often just the operation
which conventional therapy is unable to execute. (page 58)
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