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