Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Transformation: A Guide to the Inevitable Changes in Humankind
Leonard, George B. (1972).
New York: Dell Publishing Co.
Description: Paperback, xiv + 258 pages.
Contents: 13 chapters in 2 parts: 1. Given, 2 Becoming, chapter notes, index.
Excerpt(s): Even now, in this world-between-worlds, we might expect something better at age sixty-five than the society sees fit to grant us. Why shouldn't we be sanctioned to become the glorious clowns of our communities? Why shouldn't we experiment with sexual variations, if that is our long-suppressed desire? Why shouldn't we, after being stuck for all these years in a single, alienating consciousness, engage in meditation and yoga and every manner of consciousness-changing activity? If there is a legitimate use for the psychedelic drugs, it is surely for the very old, so that even after a lifetime of brainwashing each of us may at last glimpse the infinite worlds that lie just outside the prison compound. (pages 191-192)
Psychedelics present a special case. Occasional use of the mild psychedelic marijuana often appears to enhance perception, which is one reason the established order fears it. Continued heavy use, however, has the same dulling, deadening effect noted in the other drugs. The more powerful psychedelics—LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, and the like—could conceivably find a limited place in a transformed culture. As in some primitive cultures, these agents might be administered during certain significant ceremonies, rites of passage, to help shake up the perceptions. Such ceremonies would be sanctioned and participated in by family, friends, and other respected members of the community. This obviously would bear no resemblance to most current drug usage. ...
The initial, dazzling insights triggered by the psychedelics undoubtedly helped many people envisage alternatives to civilized consciousness. But the continued, careless use of the psychedelics, no less than other drugs, can only delay the Transformation. Without some larger human vision, LSD soon becomes as empty as competitive corporate striving. Actually, a transformed consciousness requires no drug whatever. ...
A reduction in drug usage as we now know it may well be one of the signposts on the way towards Transformation. The drug problem will probably fade along with Civilization. But it will not fade because of friendly warnings and dire punishments by the established order. (pages 193-194)
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