Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic
Plants and Chemicals.
Closer to our time, the well-known American visionary and entheogenic
artist Mex Grey described how during an LSD trip with his wife-to-be they both seemed to visit the "same transpersonal space .
171) The entheogenic
use of marijuana has ancient origins.
As Americans took stock of their feelings of alienation and anxiety and sought altered states of consciousness through experimentation with entheogenic
substances and even street drugs, Eastern teachers stepped in and showed a whole generation that there was a better way to experience the divine.
Some were entheogenic
, some were medicinal, all were universally prized in an era when the water could kill you.
To try to get a better grasp of Smith's thinking, I consulted his previous book, published in 2000, entitled Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic
["God-containing" or "enabling"] Plants and Chemicals.
In an essay on the globalization of ayahuasca, which is an entheogenic
plant-based medicine from the Amazon basin that, like cannabis, has a long history of traditional use, Tupper (2007:5) suggests that:
Transpersonal and paranormal experiences with entheogenic
substances: A parapsychological first-person perspective.
This was done by expanding the list of keywords to: entheogenic
, psychedelic, hallucinogen, drug, psychoactive and substance.
Drugs, Their Plant Sources and History.
Notably, these young adults do not report entheogenic
effects--that is to say they do not utilize salvia for religious or spiritual purposes.
But somehow, for some strange reason, Capital appears unable or unwilling to absorb the entheogenic
dimension" (Bey 1999/2000: 37).