[god within; god- or spirit-facilitating] a psychoactive
sacramental; a plant or chemical substance taken to occasion primary
religious experience. Example: peyote cactus as used in the
Native American Church.
Entheogens don't come with a manual, and
everyone could use a little advice. Are there valuable lessons to be
found by using a plant or chemical? We've put together a few articles that may
help or inspire you on your quest towards enlightenment.
Psychedelics & Religion
by Walter Huston Clark
"...a six-month follow-up showed much evidence that the
subjects felt they had experienced an enlivening of their religious
lives, resulting in an increased involvement with the problems of
living and the service of others"
by Alan Watts
"States akin to mystical
experience arise only in certain individuals and then often depend
upon considerable concentration and effort to use the change of
consciousness in certain ways"
Mysticism: The Role of Psychoactive Substances
in the Transformation of Consciousness
by Ralph Metzner
"Thus, it seems to me that
the lessons we are to learn from these consciousness-expanding
plants and drugs have to do not only with the recognition of other
dimensions of the human psyche, but with a radically different
world-view; a world-view that has been maintained in the beliefs,
practices, and rituals of shamanic cultures, and almost totally
forgotten or suppressed by twentieth century materialistic culture."
LSD Experience: Fact or Fantasy?
by Alan Watts
religious exaltation, and some described sensations of being one
and Knowledge: Reflections on Psychological and Spiritual
Learning in the Psychedelic Experience
Frances E. Vaughn
"As the illusory, changeable nature of
ordinary reality became increasingly clear, I also realized how a
normally constricted perceptual framework permits one to see only a
fraction of reality, inevitably distorted to suit personal
projections and presuppositions."
Application of Yoga Meditation Techniques to the Use of Psychedelic
"The fact that psychedelic drugs
induce a greater sensitivity to subtle spiritual and psychic
energies, and speed up the influx of impressions from deeper levels
of consciousness, raises the immediate question of how these
energies can be properly understood and handled."