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Seeking the Sacred With Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God; 2 volume set.

9781440830877

Seeking the Sacred With Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God; 2 volume set

Edited by J. Harold Ellens

Praeger

2014

830 pages

$131.00

Hardcover

Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality

BL65

Medical, psycho-social, and religio-spiritual researchers from a range of cultures report their own findings and those of others concerning the use of psychoactive substances for religious and spiritual purposes. 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 consciousness. The second volume explores insights, arguments, and controversies. Among them are the shamanic induction of altered states for spiritual inspiration, chemically facilitated mysticism and the question of veridicality, and reflections on the mystery of death and rebirth in LSD therapy. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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