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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Benefits of Marijuana.

Bello, Joan M. (ca. 1994).
Susquehanna, PA: Author.

ISBN: None

Description: Photocopied, printed on recto only, spiral bound in heavy paper wraps, xiv + 60 pages.

Contents: Introduction, A Brief History of Marijuana, 4 chapters, references cited, other works of interest.

Note: Available from the author at 1250 1/2 Graafschapt Road, Holland, MI, 49423, for $12.95 + $2.00 postage.

Excerpt(s): [When] we address the benefits of marijuana upon the inner fabric of humanness, we begin to tread on thin ice. Since this inner world cannot be seen or measured, the materialistic perspective tends to ignore its existence. ...

In the area of private values, marijuana may offer benefits beyond the personal ego, which reach the dimension referred to by mystics and saints as the ever-present "now." The experience addresses states of consciousness not common to the common man, and resembles Maslow's "peak experience." (page 42)

To ascend the ladder of consciousness, human beings need as much help as they can get. States of consciousness above the concerns of personal survival and power are neither necessary for human life, nor even visible from ordinary states of mind. (Because these states of consciousness threaten the power structure, all means to them are often outlaw ed.) If we are not taught by some older, wiser person that deep and timeless perceptions really exist (or unless we ourselves fortuitously catch a glimpse of these subjective realities), we remain ignorant of their existence, and thus are easily molded into the lower social goals of materialism, competition, and power. But deep within each of us, an essential need for a higher meaning of life awaits to be awakened. Because of its ability to unlock this yearning and allow us a glimpse of the deeper reality, marijuana is both feared by the establishment and loved by the user. (page 43)

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