Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Politics of Ecstasy.
Leary, Timothy. (1968).
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Contents: 22 chapters.
Excerpt(s): When the
individual's behavior and consciousness get hooked to a routine
sequence of external actions, he is a dead robot, and it is time
for him to die and be reborn. Time to "drop out," "turn
on," and "tune in." This period of robotization
is called the Kali Yuga, the Age of Strife and Empire, the peak
of so-called civilization, the Johnson
Administration, etc. This relentless law of death,
life, change is the rhythm of the galaxies and the seasons, the
rhythm of the seed. It never stops. (page 223)
Any action that is not a conscious expression of
the drop-out-turn-on-tune-in-drop-out rhythm is the dead posturing
of robot actors on the fake-prop TV studio set that is called
Actions which are conscious expressions of the turn-on,
tune-in, drop-out rhythm are religious.
The wise person devotes his life exclusively to
the religious search-for therein is found the only ecstasy, the
Anything else is a competitive quarrel over (or
Hollywood-love sharing of) television studio props.
How to Turn On
To turn on is to detach from the rigid addictive
focus on the fake-prop TV studio set and to focus on the natural
ener gies within the body. (pages 223-224)
You are a spiritual voyager furthering the most
ancient, noble quest of man. When you turn on, you shed the fake-prop
TV studio and costume and join the holy dance of the visionaries.
You leave LBJ and Bob Lao-tse,
Christ, Blake. Never underestimate the sacred
meaning of the turn-on.
To turn on, you need a sacrament. A sacrament is
a visible external thing which turns the key to inner doors. A
sacrament must bring about bodily changes. A sacrament flips you
out of the TV-studio game and harnesses you to the 2-billion-year-old
A sacrament which works is dangerous to the establishment
which runs the fake-prop TV studio-and to that part of your mind
which is hooked to the studio game.
Each TV-prop society produces exactly that body-changing
sacrament which will flip out the mind of the society.
Today the sacrament is LSD. New sacraments are coming
Sacraments wear out. They become part of the social
TV-studio game. Treasure LSD while it still works. In fifteen
years it will be tame, socialized, and routine. (page 225)
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