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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index


Through the Gateway of the Heart:
Accounts of Experiences with MDMA and other Empathogenic Substances.

Adamson, Sophia. (Editor). (1985).
San Francisco: Four Trees Publications.


ISBN: 0-936329-00-9


Description: First edition, paperback, viii + 197 + iv pages.


Contents: Foreword by Ralph Metzner, 57 reports divided into 3 parts: I. Individual Experiences-Women, II. Individual Experiences-Men, III. Guidelines for the Sacramental Use of Empathogenic Substances.


Contributors: Contributors are anonymous. They are identified thus: "35 year-old female, graduate student " and "53 year-old male, minister."


Excerpt(s): This book is a collection of personal accounts of these kinds [MDMA] of substance-induced states of heightened awareness, which are remarkable for the uniformity with which people affirm their positive value, and for the diversity and range of individual differences. The experiences here all occurred within a context of either psychotherapy, or serious self-exploration, or relationship communication, or spiritual practice. (Foreword by Ralph Metzner, page 1)


Then came a flood of connections. I felt connected with some master plan. Everything seemed to have a purpose and a plan, a reason why, and I felt caught up in it and was thrilled. Life seemed to have been conspiring to get me here to this moment, to this place of love, beauty, goodness, and truth. There was no uncertainty about any of this. "Only the fool, fixed in his folly, thinks that he turns the wheel on which he turns." The greatest freedom is to have no freedom but to go where we long to be. I had been migrating for fifty-three years in order to be home at last. I knew that I had done something as great as the birds and fish [in their migrations]. (page 99)


Sitting at night under the stars and distant lightning I knew that I had come into an awareness as unique as life and into the promise of scripture, "I have come that you may have life-and have it more abundantly." ( Peace with Great Energy, Tangible, Expansive, by 53 year-old minister, page 101)


The following guidelines have been compiled from the collective experience of about twenty or thirty therapists who have used these substances in their work, and who have based their methods on observation of hundreds of individual sessions. While there is by no means uniformity of approach among the different practitioners, the guidelines offered here do represent a kind of distillation of methods that have proven their efficacy. ...

The approach will be described under the headings of Preparation and Set, Alchemical Catalysts, Setting and Context, Process and Method in Individual Sessions, Ritual Structure in Group Sessions, and Re-entry and Follow-up Factors. (page 181)



This compilation by Thomas B. Roberts & Paula Jo Hruby, © 1995-2003 CSP

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