Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Storming of the Mind.
Hunter, Robert. (1971).
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co.
edition, 233 pages.
19 chapters, appendix, references.
Excerpt(s): It is worth
noting, as several writers have pointed out, that what is existentially
astonishing about the LSD experience is the "discovery"
that, mentally, most of us have been operating within the confines
of a quite narrow and sharply restricted level of consciousness.
limited way of viewing things, is "real" only along
the avenues of this one wavelength of consciousness. It is the
Oneness of the universe which becomes apparent once the dualistic
image to which the reticular system is harnessed has been dissolved
or broken down. Again, this discovery can be made through less
potent (and dangerous) drugs. It can also be made without recourse
to drugs at all. For the consciousness which the drug experience
offers is not unique; it is not "new"; it is not unnatural;
there is nothing "freaky" or "far-out" or
weird about it all, except in the context of contemporary society.
The fact that such a holistic consciousness should be seen as
being irrational reveals nothing except the degree to which Western
civilization itself has become unnatural and freaky. (page 87)
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