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Spiritual Growth with Entheogens

Psychoactive Sacramentals and Human Transformation
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Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
March, 2012
ISBN:
9781594774393
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Modern organized religion is based predominantly on secondary religious experience—we read about others’ extraordinary direct spiritual encounters in the distant past and have faith that God is out there. Yet what if powerful sacraments existed to help us directly experience the sacred? What if there were ways to seek out the meaning of being human and our place in the universe, to see the sacred in the world that surrounds us?

In Spiritual Growth with Entheogens, more than 25 spiritual leaders, scientists, and psychedelic visionaries examine how we can return to the primary spiritual encounters at the basis of all religions through the guided use of entheogens.

With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, Rick Doblin, Myron Stolaroff, and many others, this book explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics, the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change, psychoactive sacraments in the Bible, myths surrounding the use of LSD, and the transformative ayahuasca rituals of Santo Daime.

It also includes personal accounts of Walter Pahnke’s Good Friday Experiment as well as a 25-year follow-up with its participants. Dispelling fears of inauthentic spirituality, addiction, and ill-prepared encounters with the holy, this book reveals the potential of entheogens as catalysts for spiritual development and the beginning of a new religious era based on personal spiritual experience.

Previously published in 2000 as Psychoactive Sacramentals, this book includes an introduction by Brother David Steindl-Rast, where he writes:

In whatever form we dare to approach the holy, we must always do so with fear and trembling. We must do everything we can to prepare ourselves... At this moment in history, nothing could be more dangerous for the future entrusted to us than a closed mind. If we don't dare to live with our minds wide open, they close up and shrink... The future depends on stretching our consciousness far enough soon enough. In view of this supreme challenge, this is truly a timely book.

Thomas Roberts is also the coeditor of Psychedelic Medicine.

Publisher’s Description: 

Reveals entheogens as catalysts for spiritual development and direct encounters with the sacred

With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander Sasha Shulgin, Frances Vaughan, and many others

Includes personal accounts of Walter Pahnkes Good Friday Experiment as well as a 25-year follow-up with its participants

Explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics and the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change

Modern organized religion is based predominantly on secondary religious experience--we read about others extraordinary direct spiritual encounters in the distant past and have faith that God is out there. Yet what if powerful sacraments existed to help us directly experience the sacred? What if there were ways to seek out the meaning of being human and our place in the universe, to see the sacred in the world that surrounds us?

In this book, more than 25 spiritual leaders, scientists, and psychedelic visionaries examine how we can return to the primary spiritual encounters at the basis of all religions through the guided use of entheogens. With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander Sasha Shulgin, Frances Vaughan, Myron Stolaroff, and many others, this book explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics, the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change, psychoactive sacraments in the Bible, myths surrounding the use of LSD, and the transformative ayahuasca rituals of Santo Daime. It also includes personal accounts of Walter Pahnkes Good Friday Experiment as well as a 25-year follow-up with its participants. Dispelling fears of inauthentic spirituality, addiction, and ill-prepared encounters with the holy, this book reveals the potential of entheogens as catalysts for spiritual development, a path through which faith can directly encounter Gods power, and the beginning of a new religious era based on personal spiritual experience.Reveals entheogens as catalysts for spiritual development and direct encounters with the sacred

With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander Sasha Shulgin, Frances Vaughan, and many others

Includes personal accounts of Walter Pahnkes Good Friday Experiment as well as a 25-year follow-up with its participants

Explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics and the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change

Modern organized religion is based predominantly on secondary religious experience--we read about others extraordinary direct spiritual encounters in the distant past and have faith that God is out there. Yet what if powerful sacraments existed to help us directly experience the sacred? What if there were ways to seek out the meaning of being human and our place in the universe, to see the sacred in the world that surrounds us?

In this book, more than 25 spiritual leaders, scientists, and psychedelic visionaries examine how we can return to the primary spiritual encounters at the basis of all religions through the guided use of entheogens. With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander Sasha Shulgin, Frances Vaughan, Myron Stolaroff, and many others, this book explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics, the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change, psychoactive sacraments in the Bible, myths surrounding the use of LSD, and the transformative ayahuasca rituals of Santo Daime. It also includes personal accounts of Walter Pahnkes Good Friday Experiment as well as a 25-year follow-up with its participants. Dispelling fears of inauthentic spirituality, addiction, and ill-prepared encounters with the holy, this book reveals the potential of entheogens as catalysts for spiritual development, a path through which faith can directly encounter Gods power, and the beginning of a new religious era based on personal spiritual experience.

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