The 'subject of entheogens
actually feels dangerous to write about, and yet there is enormous irony in this: just as neuroscience is telling us that our sense of self is extremely malleable, even an illusion, society is fighting harder than ever to make sure that people are not free to play with themselves.
A prominent value of incorporating an entheogen
into a psychotherapeutic regimen is that by accessing and processing conscious and unconscious material from a different angle (the perspective offered by the substance), radical and effective solutions may occur to the individual.
Psychoactive substances, especially ones that engender ecstatic or terrifying, death-like experiences, were used in all aspects of the traditions from medicine to stimulant, sedative, entheogen
for meditation, initiation ordeals and perhaps, (as discussed below), to aid in martial arts combat.
The following is a profile for those groups most likely to prevail when suing for an exemption to use a entheogen
This virtual haven has many names, one of which is the entheosphere: a mind-space concerned with entheogens
, psychedelic drugs that are ingested with a view to consciousness expansion and spiritual enlightenment (Ott 1995: 88).
It is clear that the ancients made a very thorough investigation of all vegetation they encountered as a potential food source, medicine, entheogen
, weapon, or even fuel source, such as the use of Peganum harmala in hard Iranian winters (Flattery & Schwartz 1989).
Perhaps more accurately, Stan Krippner (2006) terms them "potential entheogens
," for they do not automatically induce mystical or spiritual experiences, but may do so for some people when both the "set" and the "setting" are conducive to it, that is, when the person is in the right frame of mind and the right environment, as in the recent experiments with psilocybin and mystical experience at Johns Hopkins University (Griffiths, Richards, McCann, & Jesse, 2006).
Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens
for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development" explores the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in a medical situation.
Psychedelics are treated as sacred medicines and are often referred to as entheogens
("that which generates the experience of God within") or simply as "medicine.
Both The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey are published by Inner Traditions Bear & Company, which publishes "books for the mind, body, and spirit"; their Park Street Press imprint is dedicated to "travel, psychology, entheogens
, consumer and environmental issues, archeology, women's and men's studies, and fine art.
Spiritual Science explores and answers these and many more questions covering a wide-range of topics including quantum physics, consciousness, synchronicity, the holographic universe, morphic fields, the human energy body, psychoneuroimmunology, life force energy, the chakra and meridian systems, acupuncture, qigong, pranayama, the power of prayer, auras, psi science, telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance, remote viewing, precognition, out of body experiences, near death experiences, entheogens
, death, ghosts, reincarnation, God, Oneness and much more.
An extraordinary and informative work, "Magic Mushroom Explorer: Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth" is highly recommended and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Spirituality & Entheogens