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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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Psychedelic Shamanism:
The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants.

DeKorne, Jim. (1994).
Port Townsend, WA: Loompanics Unlimited.

ISBN: 1-55950-110-3

Contents: Acknowledgments, foreword, 15 chapters divided into 2 parts: 1. The Shamanic Hypothesis, 2. Psychedelic Catalysts, afterword, bibliography, index.

Description: Paperback original, vii + 155 pages.

Excerpt(s): I am today a psychologically and spiritually

enriched person because of psychedelic drug-experiences I had decades ago, yet I'd be the last person to proselytize the use of such materials as a path for everyone. These substances are powerful catalysts for personal insight, yet when absorbed into the metabolism of those who are not ready for them, they have proven to be both individually and socially disruptive. Of course, this is not a characteristic of the drugs, but of the consciousnesses of those who ingest them, and our reactionary laws against psychedelics may be seen as an index of how far we have to go as a culture to attain even minimum levels of psychological sophistication in these matters.

Suffice it to say that I and countless other individuals have had deeply meaningful experiences with hallucinogens which almost certainly would never have occurred without them. I have learned that human awareness plays itself out between the poles of unity and multiplicity, and that within this multiplicity reside intelligences capable of becoming allies to human endeavor. What is most important it seems to me, is that such occurrences are not particularly unusual: others have received similar insights both with and without the use of a chemical catalyst. Mystical writings the world over reveal comparable ideas, and data collected from researchers in depth psychology suggest that these perceptions may actually constitute the hidden substructure of consciousness itself! To prohibit legitimate access through rigid, fear-based legislation may be one of the most egregious errors of our contemporary culture, nothing less than a denial of our essence as human beings. (page iv)

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