She drank a tea, "spiritual medicine," made by a shaman or healer from the entheogenic
("generating the divine within") ayahuasca plant that has psychoactive properties.
9) Mooney and Oklevueha described their religion as "peyotism" and called peyote "the significant sacrament," (10) but they "honor[ed] and embrac[ed] all entheogenic
naturally occurring substances.
The Ayahuasca Reader crackles with stored energy; cultivators of cosmic perspectives, herbal practitioners, students of world spiritualities, and newcomers to the entheogenic
experience alike will find themselves immersed in this dense collection.
The testimony, meanwhile, of entheogenic
experience puts this familiar leftist-atheist standpoint in question.
This state is now commonly described among today's entheogenic
community as God consciousness".
The first volume covers histories and practices from such perspectives as Aristophanes' parody of Socrates as a pothead and the Spartan cult of the wolf, the formation of hippie spirituality, and evolutionary views of entheogenic
But the drugs which cause addiction are themselves the shadow side of the naturally produced entheogenic
agents of the shaman.
Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic
Plants and Chemicals.
Even today, it is within this paradoxical semantic space that sacramental use of a psychoactive substance such as peyote has been legitimated by the United States government, which deems the entheogenic
practices of the Native American Church as "non-drug use" of the otherwise illegal drug peyote (Parker, 2001).
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.