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The Native American Church

In 1891, an anthropologist named James Mooney encountered the followers of Peyote Road. After spending time with its members, Mooney encouraged the group to establish itself as an official religious organization. The followers of Peyote Road were eventually incorporated as the Native American Church (NAC) in Oklahoma City in 1918. The members of this organization used peyote during religious ceremonies to broaden their spirituality and get to know and understand God. They even believed that peyote is the body of Christ, much the way Catholics believe that bread at communion is the body of Christ. As Comanche Chief Quanah Parker stated, The white man goes into his church and talks about Christ the Indian goes into his teepee and talks to Christ.

The church of prohibition

Peter Cohen has written about the 'drug prohibition church' describing how prohibition has co-opted the tone and language of religious discourse, its basic tenets becoming articles of faith, beyond questioning (see box opposite). Whatever the origin of the UN Drug Treaties, and whatever the official rhetoric about their functions, the best way to look at them now is as religious texts. They have acquired a patina of intrinsic and unquestioned value and they have attracted a clique of true believers and proselytes to promote them. They pursue a version of Humankind for whom abstinence from certain drugs is dogma in the same way as other religious texts might prohibit certain foods or activities. The UN drug treaties thus form the basis of the International Drug Prohibition Church. Belonging to that Church has become an independent source of security, and fighting the Church's enemies has become an automatic source of virtue. Peter Cohen, 2003, 'The drug prohibition church and the...

Church State Aristocracy

By the early Middle Ages, at the beginning of the 11th Century C.E., virtually all powers were placed in the hands of the Church and Pope first, by Germanic conquerors, and later by powerful Spanish and French Kings and powerful Italian merchants and nobles (the Borgias, Medicis, and other megalomaniacs) probably to protect their trade secrets, alliances, and sources of wealth. All European people were forced to adhere to the Holy Roman Empire policy Zero tolerance by a fundamentalist church police-state with blind faith in one, unquestioned version of how to worship God and the Pope's infallibility. Political rulers aided and abetted the Church in this fraud, as their power now rested only on their new Christian dogma, the patriarchal Divine right to rule. * Webster's dictionary defines Her-e-sy (her'e se) as 1 a religious belief that is opposed to church dogma. 2 any opinion (in philosophy, politics, etc.) opposed to official or established views or doctrines. 3 the holding of any...

LSD and Religious Experience

In this discussion a survey will first be made of the various kinds of psychedelic experiences with an especial examination of the mystical type, and possible reasons for this variety will be mentioned. Then we shall look at some of the evidence that psychedelic mystical experiences occur at all and discuss whether or not they can be considered religious. The LSD churches that have grown out of the evangelistic enthusiasm associated with LSD will also be examined along with their possible impact on individuals and society. Finally, the future prospects for the investigation and use of psychedelic drugs will be discussed.

Errors in Causal Reasoning

Suppose data revealed that the crime rate in a city rises as the number of churches increases. This association might lead some cynic to hypothesize that churches cause crime. Data may suggest that the churches are built prior to the increases in crime, further supporting the theory. Both the association between cause and effect and the precedence of the cause appear. Nevertheless, these two facts alone do not establish that churches cause crime. An alternative explanation remains. As cities grow larger, both crime and the number of churches increase. The size of the population accounts for both of these increases. One need not cause the other. Another example concerns shoe size and vocabulary. Data reveal that people who know more words also have larger shoes. One might hypothesize that memory for words is stored in the feet. Obviously, age can account for this relationship. As children grow older their feet grow and they learn more words. Although these examples appear absurd, data...

No we all cant just get along

It comes as little surprise that those who wear their religion on their sleeve have a problem with science. This has been an unfortunate reality from at least the time of Copernicus and Galileo, whose books on celestial observations were placed on the Roman Catholic Church's List of Forbidden Texts. Galileo was actually imprisoned for endorsing Copernicus' theory that the Earth rotated around the Sun. It only took the Church until 1998 to apologize for their treatment of him. I'm sure his family feels much better now.

Introduction Of Peyote Into The United States

European settlers suppressed the beliefs, customs, and religious practices of Native Americans, even on their reservations. In an attempt to maintain some semblance of an independent culture, several religious movements were formed to promote Native American unification and inspire hope for the future. One of these religious movements was called peyotism. It was founded on the belief that the experience induced by peyote brought people to a higher spiritual state of enlightenment. The Indians believed that the European oppressors could not take this enlightenment away from them. Peyotism taught nonviolence, introspection (examining the self) and meditation, and acceptance of (or at least conciliation with) the European culture that had been forced upon Native Americans. Peyotism also focused on the healing powers of peyote. Many Native Americans accepted peyotism as their new religion, but it was not without opposition from European settlers as well as from some other Native American...

Conventionalunconventional Can Personality Predict Drug

Researchers created a scale of conventionality-unconventionality in an attempt to categorize the personality differences between adolescent drug users and non-users. The basic personality traits of young adolescents were identified prior to their use of any drugs. Based on these personality traits, the adolescents were put into one of two groups conventional and unconventional. In contrast to the conventional students, the unconventional students showed greater concern for personal independence, a lack of interest in the goals of institutions such as school or church, and a jaundiced view of the larger society around them. Predictions were then made on who would use drugs (unconventional personality) and who would not (conventional personality).

Contemporary Contexts

During the twentieth century the use of ayahuasca has been incorporated into the ritual practices of organized syncretic churches in Brazil. The first such ayahuasca church, the Santo Daime, began in the 1930s in the Brazilian Amazon region of Acre (Groisman and Sell 1995). Founded originally among mixed race caboclos and rubber tappers, the Santo Daime subsequently spread among middle-class populations throughout Brazil and ultimately abroad. The primary centers of Santo Daime activity included the founding of several self-sustain communities in isolated regions of the Amazonian rain forest. knowledge of this powerful sacramental plant preparation while working as a rubber tapper in the rain forests of Bolivia. Returning to his native Brazil, Mestre Gabriel, as he came to be called by his disciples, founded the Centro Espirita Beneficente Uni o do Vegetal (UDV). Spreading primarily to urban areas, the UDV became the largest and most organized of the ayahuasca churches, ultimately...

LTsT Goodman and A Gilman The Pharmacological Baaia of Therapeutics New York Macmillan 1955 p 1701

The pre-drug questionnaire was designed by the experimenter to assess personal religious background, training, and experience in a predominantly open-ended way. Questions included church affiliation, theological position, conversion experience, mystical or other religious experience, and devotional life. During the following week, each volunteer participated in a two-hour interview with the experimenter. During this time the medical history was reviewed

Siegel Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences New Yorki McGrow Hill 1956 pp 213223

The first main division of categories was religious background. The formal religious commitment and activities of the parents were scored 5 if they were in full-time Christian service such aa ministers or missionaries, 4 if they wera very active in the lifa of the church as well aa in attendance, 3 if they were faithful in attendance at services but did not participate in many other activities, 2 if they were interested enough to be irregular attencers, and 1 if they were only interested enough to send their children to Sunday school or church. Religious atmosphere, influence, and training in the home were scored 5 if there were regular and meaningful family worship, prayers, grace, and religious discussions 4 if only some of these activities were regularly practiced but in a meaningful way 3H if they were irregular and partial, but meaningful 2 if they were irregular, partial, and generally unmeaningful and 1 if they were only occasional. Participation in the life of the church...

Proverb interpretation 6 Negative14 oitive

The decision to take ministerial training was a gradual one which was made during college after much consideration of vocational possibilities. It was done with serious commitment although at present the exact type of ministry was not certain. T.t seme point there had been a sudden conversion which was prompted by the kind of religious service which stressed a personal decision for Christ in order to be saved . The theology behind the experience had been rethought and modified, but the experience was regarded as important 'in the religious development of the person. His theological position was neo-orthodox. He was generally unfamiliar with the characteristics of mystical experience either through experience or reading. The elements which were present were only of low intensity and completeness. Prayer was regarded as important and some kind of private devotional life was practiced in addition to public worship, which was usually moderately meaningful....

Route of Exposure

Peyote buttons are typically ingested. Although the dried button of the cactus is the usual form of eating peyote, it is also ground into powders or made into tea. It can be smoked, but this is unusual. Peyote has a nauseating, bitter taste that makes most first time users vomit. The Native Americans who use peyote in their religious ceremonies typically fast before eating it for this reason. Some members of the Native American Church say that when used repeatedly over time during religious services, the nausea and vomiting from peyote eventually subside.

Drugs as Causes of Harm Primitive and Modern Views

The primitive view of drugs (still evident in many cultures and policies) is that a drug itself has the ability to act on people apart from consumption, a view understandably held by those without a scientific understanding of physical properties and effects on human physiology. For instance, traditional sorcery relied on claims about the innate powers of certain substances to act at a distance drugs could be worn in an amulet, offered to a deity, or laid on the doorstep of an enemy to work their magic. Many cultures viewed drugs themselves as moral agents worthy of blame, much as ancient Greek and medieval Christian cultures are said to have assigned moral responsibility to inanimate objects and animals. Even today, for example, members of the Native American Church believe that peyote

High Court Rejects Religious Pot

Although these decisions set legal precedent, it is impossible to foresee how they will be interpreted, since the justices rejected both petitions without accepting legal briefs or oral argument and without explaining their reasoning in a written opinion. They may preclude any use of the religious defense, or they may be held to apply only to the Church of Plenty. It is possible these rulings may even affect sacramental use of peyote by native Americans, which was protected by a 1964 decision of the California Supreme CourL

The Holy Roman Empire

The ambitious Constantine saw that while underground, the church had developed into an intolerant, tightly-knit hierarchy a well organized network second in influence only to his own. By combining church and state, each was able to double its power and seek out the crimes sins of all its political rivals and enemies with the full support blessing of the other. Constantine soon converted to Christianity and declared one mandatory, monistic, state-empowered religion the Roman Catholic Church (R.C.Ch.) literally, the Roman Universal Church ( catholic is Latin for universal ). This was now the absolute and official religion of the empire. In one sweep, all secret societies were outlawed which might have threatened his (and

Ayahuasca In Contemporary Usage

Of the contemporary groups, much variation is readily apparent. The Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), the largest unified ayahuasca church, sit throughout their sessions, while members of the Santo Daime and Barquinia typically dance. The Santo Daime dance an intricate two-step, where men and women are ordered into discrete configurations, while followers of Barquinia ambulate in a snaking line. The UDV structure is essentially democratic, while the Santo Daime remains a paternal hierarchy, and the Barquinia are led by a charismatic Black woman. These are broad generalizations to illustrate the cultural variety that can exist within the usage of ayahuasca. The quest for this particular effect, and the fact that it is imparted by known chemical entities, is highlighted by the following example. An ayahuasca church decided that a responsible practice would be the cultivation of their own B. caapi and P. viridis, rather than constantly returning to the forest to harvest the raw material. After...

Economics The Very Model of a Modern Inquisition

For cannabis-related knowledge, or hundreds of other sins Owning a devil's tool (dinner fork), reading a sorcerer's book or speaking in tongues (foreign language), having a different faith, having a witch's habit (taking a bath or falling into a river), etc.From 10 to as many as 50 of the people in Western Europe were tortured or put to death without trial during the medieval Roman Catholic Church's 500-year Inquisition (12th to 17th Centuries).

Cannabis Drug Use in 19th Century America

Although by 1839, cannabis hemp products for fiber, paper, nautical use, lamp oil, food, etc., were possibly the largest agricultural and industrial business in the world and America, the hundreds of medical uses of cannabis (known for thousands of years in the Orient and Middle East) were almost entirely unknown in Western Europe and America because of the earlier Medieval Catholic Church's suppression.

The Psychological Significance Of The Soma Ritual

What it means, psychologically, to drink the soma and allow the inner voice of the daemon to speak within and take over the control for a space, Jung has discussed in his essay on the Becoming of the Personality. To dare to listen to that inspiration from within which voices the ultimate reality of one's own being requires an act of faith which is rare indeed. When the conviction is borne in upon one that anything which is put together, or made up, has no ultimate reality and so is certain to disintegrate, one turns to one's own final reality in the faith that it and it alone can have any virtue or any value. Jung has used the Greek word pistis to express the kind of faith in, or devotion to, the Tightness, the wisdom of that inner spark which speaks and functions of itself, quite apart from our conscious control. This wisdom was called the Divine Sophia. The Greek word sophos means wisdom and Sophia is a personification of wisdom, the Lady Wisdom, or the Goddess Wisdom. She is the...

Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys

Reports of the study have also been distributed by the hierarchy of drug rehabilitation professionals as part of their rationalization for wanting to get kids off pot, based on supposed scientific studies. It is used to terrorize parent groups, church organizations, etc., who redistribute it still further.

Conventionalunconventional Can Personality Predict Drug Use37

Researchers created a scale of conventionality-unconvention-ality in an attempt to categorize the personality differences between adolescent drug users and nonusers. The basic personality traits of young adolescents were identified prior to their use of any drugs. Based on these personality traits, the adolescents were put into one of two groups unconventional and conventional. In contrast to the conventional students, the unconventional students showed greater concern for personal independence, a lack of interest in the goals of institutions such as school or church, and a jaundiced view of the larger society around them. Predictions were then made on who would use drugs (unconventional personality) and who would not (conventional personality).

Treating Marijuana Dependence

How does a teen get referred to a drug rehabilitation program A teen can self-refer on his or her own behalf or enter a program through intervention by a school, social service agency, temple or church, substance abuse or health care provider, or the criminal justice system. Data collected from TEDS (the Treatment Episode Data Set) indicate that the criminal justice system refers the greatest number of people to substance abuse treatment facilities. Justice system referrals, as defined by TEDS, include any referral from a police official, judge, prosecutor, probation officer, or other person affiliated with the judicial system. They also include court referrals for driving under the influence of drugs as well as referrals to treatment in place of prosecution of a drug offense.

Purportedly Moral Arguments against Prohibition

Arguments in support of religious rights related to drug consumption appear particularly complicated. The quest for freedom of religion drove many Europeans across the Atlantic in the first place. At least two religions have formal histories of using marijuana as a sacrament the Brahmakrishna sect of Hinduism and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church. Both have a long tradition of cannabis rituals. Moralists against prohibition argue that members of these churches should continue their practices as part of the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment. Most draw parallels between cannabis rituals and the religious use of wine by American Jews and Christians. These supporters obviously view the benefits of religious freedom as more important than the costs of marijuana consumption. The U.S. courts do not support these religious arguments against prohibition (Leary v. U.S., 1967 Olsen v. D.E.A., 1989). Prohibitionists emphasize that wine is not consumed to the point of intoxication...

The Futures of chedelic Research

Indigenous cultures continue using psychedelic plants much as they have done for thousands of years. Members of African churches in Gabon take ibogaine to contact their ancestors in Latin America, the DMT-containing brew ayahuasca provides the soul access to other worlds and in North America, peyote opens spiritual realms for healing and guidance. Modern Western use of psychedelics in non-research settings continues to grow. Many people take psychedelics, by themselves or in intimate group settings. In these cases of popular use, psychedelics might be used to gain different perspectives on the self, our relationships, or the natural world. Some use them at large communal gatherings, indoors or outdoors, with or without music and dazzling light shows. A small number of psychedelic therapists administer these drugs in individual or group therapy. Pockets of religious use also exist for example, ayahuasca-using churches are spreading to North America and Europe. In all these cases, the...

Halcion 0125 Triazolam

Among the most prevalent of these are d-lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD-25, which originally was derived from ergot Claviceps purpurea, a fungus on rye and wheat mescaline, the active principle of the peyote cactus Lophophora williamsii, which grows in the southwestern United States and Mexico and psilocybine and psilocine, which come from certain mushrooms (notably two Mexican species, Psilocybe mexicana and Stropharia cubensis). Other drugs of this group include bufotenine, originally isolated from the skin of toads harmine, from the seed coats of a plant of the Middle East and Mediterranean region and the synthetic compounds methylenedi-oxyamfetamine (MDA), ecstasy (MDMA), and phencyclidine (PCP). Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient of cannabis, or marijuana, obtained from the leaves and tops of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, is also sometimes classified as a hallucinogen. The hallucinogenic mushrooms of Mexico were considered sacred and called god's flesh by the...

Factory of Alkaloids

Although the Church did not hesitate to employ the harshest measures to banish peyote from native use as the diabolic root, at one point going so far as to equate its consumption with cannibalism ( ), the cult of the sacred cactus survived Colonial repression the supernatural and therapeutic powers anciently attributed to it remained intact. One reason certainly was the physical isolation of some of the groups that most esteemed peyote. The Huichols and their close cousins the Coras, for example, continued to enjoy relative freedom from Spanish overlordship even after their rugged territory in the western Sierra Madre was nominally brought under Colonial military and ecclesiastical sway about 1722. Missions were established but the Indians successfully resisted conversion. There was some acculturation, but ideologically and physically the Huichols continued to be relatively autonomous, a condition that became even more pronounced after Mexican independence. It is this isolation from...

Letter from President Washington

Even though the Roman Catholic Church banned medical marijuana during the Dark Ages because users acted irreverently toward authority (a side effect I happen to enjoy), medical marijuana was rediscovered by scientists during the Enlightenment and became a mainstay of European medicine by the 1800s. In the mid-1800s, the father of French psychop-harmacology, Dr. Jean-Jacques Moreau de Tours, got remarkable results prescribing medical marijuana for insanity and depression.

Cactus Of The Four Winds

Cacti and as it is very strong, after they drink it they remain without judgment and deprived of their senses, a.io they see visions that the devil represents to them As with Peyote in Mexico, the loman Church fought against the S n Pedro cactus This is the plant with which the devil deceived the Indians m their paganism, using it for their lies and superstitions . . . those who drink lose consciousness and remain as if dead and it has even been seen that some have died because of the great frigidity to the bram Transported by the -ink, the Indians dreamed a thousand absurdities and believed them as if they were true

Current Legal Status Of Peyote And Mescaline

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (also called the Controlled Substances Act) made peyote and mescaline illegal by classifying them as Schedule I controlled substances. Schedule I substances are deemed to have no medical value (see Appendix 1 for further description of controlled substance classifications). This law, however, made the NAC exempt from its restrictions, allowing the use of peyote and mescaline for religious purposes. Specifically, the law allowed use of peyote in bona fide religious ceremonies of the Native American Church. exempts from prosecution members of the Peyote Way Church of God and the Peyote Foundation in addition to members of the NAC. Minnesota exempts the American Indian Church, in addition to the NAC. Currently, there are 14 states with their own laws concerning peyote.

Case 6 Religious Drugs Peyote and Beyond

Red Eagle, a Native American, and John, of European ancestry, are members of the Native American Church and the Peyote Way Church of God, respectively, and both use peyote as a religious practice. Diego is from Brazil he is a member of the Uniao do Vegetal Church, and uses ayahuasca as a religious practice. Isaac is a recent immigrant to the United States from West Africa he is a follower of the Bwiti religion, which uses iboga root as a sacrament. Mustafa is an immigrant from the opposite coast of Africa, Somalia, and he chews khat while reciting Islamic prayers and reading sacred texts although khat-chewing enhances his religious practice, he says, it is not part of his religion in itself. Maurice considers himself a Rastafarian and smokes marijuana as a religious rite, while his roommate, Thomas, rejects organized religion but uses marijuana as a way to connect with his inner spirituality. Case 6 Two of these individuals are acting within current U.S. law the other five are not. At...

Paracelsus A Grandfather of Forensic Toxicology

The ancient era of alchemy ended as the Roman Empire faded and Christianity rose. The church was hostile to science what it perceived as paganism and particularly to alchemy and its magical connotations. Several centuries passed before interest in science reawakened. Of most interest here are developments that coincided with the beginnings of the Renaissance. In the Western world a key figure during this period was a man named Paracelsus (1493-1541). He played an important role in the evolution of medicine to include more chemically derived medicines to supplement the plant-based ones that had predominated treatments from ancient times. His beliefs also were rooted in alchemy, particularly those practices related to the purification of metals. This interest set the stage for chemical separations, primitive analytical chemistry, the linkage of medicine to chemistry, and the emergence of chemistry as a recognized natural science. Some authors today credit Paracelsus with being the...

Druggist 1 A pharmacist 2 One who sells drugs

Original title Yoidore Tenshi. Director Akira Kurosawa.Takashi Shimura plays an alcoholic doctor, running a fleabitten clinic in the slums of Tokyo. Shimura tries to pull himself together long enough to save the life of young hoodlum Toshiro Mifune.The doctor feels that, by saving Mifune, he is retrieving a portion of his own lost youth and idealism. Drunking Colloquial term for gross intake of alcohol for the purpose of getting drunk. Drunks Film released in 1995. Director Peter Cohen. An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting provides the framework of this slice-of-life drama. The meeting is seen from start to finish as it takes place in the dingy basement of a church. The plot is adapted from screenwriter Gary Lennon's play Blackout. As each member of the group gets up to tell his or her story (and many of them are wrenching) it is plain to see that alcoholism affects many different kinds of people regardless of cultural background or social standing. At...

Sole Heirs Of The Universe

Perfume Tabasheers

Yippies and an infamous band of marauders called the Family. Art Kleps's Neo-American Church, John and Louisa Aiken's Church of the Awakening, Leary's Ixague for Spiritual Discovery and Jefferson Fuck Poland's Psychedelic j Venus Church all unsuccessfully brought legal action to gain for their sacraments the free status that the Native American Church was granted for peyote. As the Seventies dawned, a new native American cult, figure was born don Juan, the mysterious Yaqui sorceror of Casta neda's books, for whom peyotc ( mescalito ) is a teacher and protector and the magic mushroom an ally. Don Juan teaches the use of certain plant. . hallucinogens to suspend conditioned imprints and beliefs and allow supernatural realms to become accessible and useful to a warrior or a man of knowledge. The techniques of this Indian shaman living in the remote countryside of Sonora are remarkably similar to methods of self-1neiaprograming in the human hiocomputer worked out by scientist John Lilly...

Medical And Psychological Applications Of Ayahuasca

On the psychological level also, there is intriguing evidence of positive therapeutic changes being induced by the ritualistic ingestion of ayahuasca. The research by Grob, McKenna, Callaway, and their associates with the Brazilian hoasca church known as UDV showed that there were significant differences on several personality trait measures between the long-term users of hoasca and a nonusing control group. Psychiatric interviews also confirmed these differences in that the subjects reported making positive changes in their behavior (less drinking and drug use, more responsibility and confidence) as a result of their participation in the hoasca ceremonies. As the researchers emphasize, this was not a before-and-after evaluation, following the subjects over time, so the findings are not definitive, but suggestive. The differences could also be due primarily to the psychosocial effect of belonging to the church community, with its rules and discipline. This combination of physical and...

An Ancient Mushroom Ceremony

Hippies Passing Joint

Magazines like High Times carry ads for lettuce opium, magic mushroom spores, aphrodisiac yohimbine smoking mix, cosmic think-drink (Gotu kola). Legal grass contains Korean ginseng leaves, damiana, high-grade lobelia herb, yohimbine bark and hops. A combination of yohimbine bark and kavakava root is described as feeling like mellow acid. Kola nut and chia seeds are combined in organic speed. Sales of pamphlets on legal highs and herbal aphrodisiacs and numerous magic-mushroom field guides testify to the mania for organic highs. Far more species of psychoactive plants exist than have been declared illegal, and new ones await discovery. The Ch urch of the Tree of Life and other Neo-American religious groups have followed the example of the peyote using Native American Church in declaring as their sacrament plant hallucinogens that are presently legal

Can Peyote Treat Alcoholism

Members of the Native American Church regularly use peyote to treat people with alcoholism or other types of drug addiction. They recommend that it be taken every day for a few weeks or months, with hopes that the person will be cured of their addiction. Despite anecdotal reports that peyote can be used to cure someone of alcoholism, scientific research suggests that psychedelic drugs, when given in a hospital or laboratory setting, rarely produce any changes in motivation or attitude that might lead a person to give up drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Rather, it is thought that the combination of an influential tribal leader, a close-knit group of followers and supporters, and the deep self-awareness brought on by the peyote experience may lead a person to change his or her beliefs and attitudes toward substance abuse.5 Thus, to anyone outside the Native American culture, peyote is probably of limited use in treating any type of addiction.

Deatf and Rebirtl in Santo Daime

Santo Daime

It is June 24th, the day of St, John the Baptist. Although the community practices a religion where ayahuasca is consumed ceremonially, the traditions of the powerful South American Catholic Church remain strong. For the night of St. John the Baptist, a special outdoors ayahuasca session is planned. I sit adjacent to R., in a reclining chair. I settle back and close my eyes. Visions come to me, beautiful, enchanting, soft, subtle reds, blues, and greens. My body starts to gently vibrate. In my reverie, I see R. and I slowly begin to elevate out of our chairs, rising, until we are suspended above the congregation, bathed in beautiful and shimmering lights of divine hue. In this celestial palace, among the union of the assembled faithful, R. and I are being joined, married. I am enraptured, overwhelmed with ecstasy. But, from the distant periphery of my consciousness, comes a sound, a question, quiet at first, then rapidly building in intensity. I listen intently and finally decipher...

Chapter One Initiation into Infinity

As to your reference to Catholic doctor, I think this is an excellent idea.I am perfectly aware that most of our people with their little personal God do now know my God of the Galaxies, and there is such a vast chasm between their God and my God that in most cases it would be impossible to bridge. The small group of mystics in our church who know what I am talking about and within whose authority I operate, are not very many compared with the five hundred million members. Then I saw a white church and spire against a mauve background, and this reminded me of a cardboard cover for a record - again, a defense against the pure music itself. I fought throughout the session to understand and associate to these symbols. The little white church with the high steeple at times had a woman standing beside it. She was all bundled up in warm clothes - mauve with a white trim - and it was cold. The woman became in turn a madonna, a snow maiden, a snowman, and a gingerbread man Sometimes the...

Brief History Of Psychedelics

Female Stimulation Guide

Psychedelic plants are much more abundant in the New World and to this day play a part in the religions of the Native Americans. When the Spanish invaded what is now known as Mexico and South America they executed psychedelic-using natives, and the religions and healing practices were forced underground. A strong shamanic tradition persisted for centuries. In the United States, only the Native American Church of North America retained legal permission to continue religious use of its psychedelic sacrament, Peyote. reinforced through newspapers, television, government, religions, schools, and the hierarchical structure of society. All of these organizations are dominated by people with neophobic mindsets. Most also possess the Judaeo-Christian concepts that humans are evil, sex is evil, we are beneath Gods, we will be eternally punished if we disobey the rules of the church, or, heaven forbid, take a psychedelic and try to experience an ecstatic state of happiness.

Longterm Psychological Effects

Edward Munch

Repeated use of many psychoactive drugs is thought to cause damage to nerve cells in the brain, resulting in specific psychological or cognitive impairments for example, repeated use of ecstasy, marijuana, or LSD has been linked to memory loss, emotional problems, and impulsivity. Since Native Americans take peyote many times a year, and often begin taking peyote during childhood as part of religious ceremonies, it raises the question of whether long-term use of this substance leads to any psychological problems. In a recent study addressing this, medical researchers from Harvard University surveyed members of the Navajo Nation, a religious organization within the Navajo tribe (which has over 250,000 members, more than a third of them members of the Native American Church).11 These researchers studied 97 peyote users (either with or without a history of alcoholism), using a variety of psychological tools, including memory and vocabulary tests, cognitive ability tests, and intelligence...

Ride through the Sierra Mazateca

The ruins of a large church from colonial times, which must have once been very beautiful, rose almost ghostlike in the direction of an ascending slope at the side of the village square. Now I could also see women looking out of their huts, venturing to examine the strangers. In their long, white dresses, adorned with red borders, and with their long braids of blue-black hair, they offered a picturesque sight. Our next stop was in San Jos Tenango, a settlement lying deep in a valley, in the midst of tropical vegetation with orange and lemon trees and banana plantations. Here again was the typical village picture in the center, a marketplace with a half-ruined church from the colonial period, with two or three stands, a general store, and shelters for horses and mules. We found lodging in a corrugated iron barracks, with the special luxury of a cement floor, on which we could spread out our sleeping bags.

The Mystery Explodes Into Life

It is here, in the personal impact of the psilocybin experience upon one's perceptions of reality, that the importance of Wasson's work resides, for he was able to verbalise his psychedelic encounters in a way that captured their compelling and alluring character. Wasson had evidently shown how sacred realms of experience were not to be found in churches or in the blessings of popes and priests, but could be accessed through the consumption of entheogenic fungi. Wasson had effectively lain such a natural option at the feet of the modern world.

Investigating The Earths Alchemical Skin

In South America aboriginal Amazonians still prepare a highly effective psychedelic concoction called ayahuasca made principally from an indigenous species of Banisteriopsis jungle vine along with various other plant ingredients. This same potion is also taken as a sacramental tea by members of the Uniao Do Vegetal, an officially sanctioned church found throughout Brazil. The active principles in these potions are the substances harmine and dimethyltryptamine (DMT for short), the latter being a close structural relative of psilocybin. Shamans claim that ayahuasca facilitates communion both with mythological beings and the souls of their ancestors. Similarly, species of Virola tree - the resin of which also contains DMT - are used to prepare hallucinogenic snuffs in Amazonian Colombia which are taken in order to free the soul so that it may travel in the spiritual dimension.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

Native American Church Religious cult of Navaho indians in USA, blending Christian fundamentalism with peyotism, a Native American religion that began (c. 1890) and honored peyote as a sacramental food. Pe-yotists of many tribes founded the Native American Church in 1918. The Navaho Tribal Council banned it in 1940 as a threat to both native Navaho culture and Christianized Na-vahos, but the cult flourished covertly until the council relented in 1967. Up to 80 of the Navahos in the South Western USA are practicing members. By the 1970s some states had changed their laws to allow the religious use of peyote.

Studies That Found Few Marijuana Related Deficits

Several other studies also failed to find cannabis-linked cognitive changes, but each had potential weaknesses. One project tested 10 members of a church that views marijuana as a sacrament. These users smoked 2 to 4 ounces of a mixture of marijuana and tobacco each day for an average of 7.4 years. They showed no below-average scores on over a dozen tests of intelligence and neuropsychological functioning (Schaeffer, et al., 1981). The small sample size may preclude finding any meaningful differences. Given the absence of a control group and measures of functioning prior to cannabis consumption, the study cannot reveal if these people may have scored higher if they had not used the drug. Another study revealed no differences between 10 users and 10 nonusers on over two dozen tests related to intelligence and motor performance (Carlin & Trupin, 1977). Use was extensive participants had smoked daily for an average of 5 years. Nevertheless, the tests were not particularly sensitive and...

Snowball Media Derived and Convenience Samples in Self Change Studies

Several studies have focused on age as an important sample selection variable. For example, a study using a very small sample size of 5 younger males and 7 females was reported by Finfgeld and Lewis (2002), but the results are difficult to interpret. However, Vik, Cellucci, and Ivers (2003) studied 91 college students and found that 22 reduced their heavy drinking without treatment. In these analyses, marital status and church attendance were both important predictors.

Syncretic Folk Religious Ceremonies Involving Ayahuasca

The distinction I have drawn between entheogen-based shamanic rituals and folk religious ceremonies involving plant entheogens is in some ways arbitrary. There is a continuum of ritual forms and practices. The emphasis in shamanic practices is healing and divination, and they are usually conducted in small groups of about a dozen participants, or sometimes just with one or two afflicted individuals and shaman apprentices. The folk religious ceremonies, such as those of the Native American Church or the African Bwiti cult, usually involve fairly large groups of twenty to forty participants, or in the case of the Brazilian ayahuasca churches up to several hundred. In such ceremonies the intentional focus is not so much on healing and visioning, but on group worship and celebration with singing and prayer. Instead of a shaman or healer there are priests and officiants. There is very little or no discussion or sharing of visions or insights, as there would be in the context of a shamanic...

Psilocybin And The

Because of the afore mentioned ignorance of our lawmakers it is difficult to determine how the use of certain hallucinogenic substances would be treated in the courts. Possession of psilocybin and psilocin (misspelled in the U.S. Code as psilocyn) is a felony under Title 21, Section I, (C) of the United States Code (1970 Edition). Psilocybe Mexicana is also illegal. There was sufficient ignorance on the part of the lawmakers not to include the many other mushroom species containing psilocybin and psilocin. Theoretically the possession of any psilocybin bearing mushroom would be the same as possessing the alkoloid itself. But when it comes to prosecution it does not necessarily work like that. Lysergic acid amides, which occur in morning glory seeds, stems, and leaves are also illegal, but there is no way to prevent gardeners from raising this ornamental flower. It is also illegal for anyone in the USA to possess mescaline. Peyote, which contains mescaline, is legal for bonafide...

Toad Mother and Culture Heroes

* It is interesting that in central Europe, in particular, the toad is identified with the womb or uterus, and toad effigies of metal and other materials are placed in churches as votive offerings to help women to conceive or get them through a difficult pregnancy. These beliefs of course predate the introduction of Christianity.

Peyote Sacred Medicine or Dangerous Narcotic

Without necessarily advocating unrestricted availability of every hallucinogen less demonstrably risky to health than S. secundiflora or Datura, one would hope that lessons would soon be drawn from the abundant cultural and psychopharmacological data available to us for most of the botanical hallucinogens that have played a major role in the context of magicoreligious rites and curing practices, particularly among American Indians. Peyote, to mention only one, has a proven cultural history of more than 2,000 years in Mesoamerica, and is likely to be far older still than its first botanically recognizable representation in archaeological tomb art dating to the period from 100 BC to AD 100. More than 10,000 Huichols and many other Mexican Indians continue to deem peyote sacred and charged with great therapeutic powers for body and mind. For nearly a quarter-million North American Indians, their own efforts and those of their allies among anthropologists and civil libertarians over the...

The Age of Enlightenment

The 18th Century ushered in a new era of human thought and civilization Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness declared the colonists in America. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity replied their French cousins. The concepts of modern constitutional government, which guaranteed human rights and separation of church and state, were unified into a policy designed to protect citizens from intolerant and arbitrary laws.

The Case Of Timothy Leary

'The laws are now turning half the people on our campuses and a good portion of our leading citizens into criminals and law breakers. It is like, Prohibition when the laws had nothing to do with the practices and beliefs of the people.' (Rev. Howard R. Moody of Judson Memorial Church, Village Voice, March 31, 1966.)

Memorandum from the Maranatha Community in association with the Council for Health and Wholeness

The Maranatha Community is a Christian movement with many thousands of members throughout the country active in all the main churches. Its membership includes a substantial number of people involved in the health and caring professions and in a wide range of voluntary work. Since its formation 25 years ago, it has been deeply involved in work amongst those with drug and alcohol problems, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. It has taken the initiative in a broad range of projects directly contributing to the health of the nation and it also has extensive international experience. The Council is a multi-disciplinary body embracing doctors drawn from a variety of specialist disciplines, nurses and various medical auxiliaries, counsellors, chaplains and others. It has close links with the healing ministry of the Christian church and is involved in a broad range of research projects. 4.4 In November 2001, the Maranatha Community published a booklet Cannabis a warning . This...

Mescaline And Friends

Mescaline and related alkaloids are found in varying amounts in cacti of the genera Lophophora, Gymnacalycium, Stensonia, Mammillaria, Ariocarpus, Opuntia, Trichocereus, Pelecyphora, and probably others. Members of the Native American Church do quite well with the dried cactus, but extraction of mescaline is desirable since the pure compound seems to produce fewer unpleasant side effects (e.g., nausea). For an excellent review on the occurrence and chemistry of the mescaline type compounds, see JPS 59,1699(1970) (cf. JPS 60,655(1971)). Various species of these cacti occur in southwestern U.S. as well as Central and South America and have been used by the Aztecs and others for millennia. For a good review of peyote see Lloydia 36,1-58(1973).

A history of drug use in sport Sports medicine and morality in Britain

The 'moral implications' were those related to 'sportsmanship' and 'fair competition' but interestingly the reason why drugs would undermine these is because they would not be available to all the competitors. Porritt suggested education coming from the medical profession and regulations by sports authorities. Finally, he acknowledged 'the religious aspects' as 'it is a moral problem in which the leaders of various churches could help the medical profession and all social workers very greatly. So far this primary field has been virtually neglected' (1969 108). This may be the only effort to explicitly link doping, morality and religion even though the subtle, implicit and perhaps subconscious ways in which religion informed anti-doping are much more frequent. In other writings, Porritt's ideological constructs were informed by a dichotomous sense of morality and paternalistic responsibility, 'Doping is an evil - it is morally wrong, physically dangerous, socially degenerate and...

Correspondence with the Poet Physician Walter Vogt

Now I have already read your lay sermon three times, the description and interpretation of your Sinai Trip. Walter Vogt Mein Sinai Trip. Eine Laienpredigt My Sinai trip A lay sermon (Verlag der Arche, Zurich, 1972). This publication contains the text of a lay sermon that Walter Vogt gave on 14 November 1971 on the invitation of Parson Christoph Mohl, in the Protestant church of Vaduz (Lichtenstein), in the course of a series of sermons by writers, and in addition contains an afterword by the author and by the inviting parson. It involves the description and interpretation of an ecstatic-religious experience evoked by LSD, that the author is able to place in a distant, if you will superficial, analogy to the great Sinai Trip of Moses. It is not only the patriarchal atmosphere that is to be traced out of these descriptions, that constitutes this analogy there are deeper references, which are more to be read between the lines of this text. Was it really an LSD trip It was a courageous...

Important

My wife has to work as well, as the mortgage is so expensive on the house, so we have to scrape enough pennies together to pay for child care so that there is someone to look after the kids when they get home from school. Hopefully they will all go to university and get good jobs with better pay than I get, then they can look after us in our old age At the weekends we go out on family trips in the car, and we always go to church on a sunday It was in understanding something similar that set me off on my own journey, which has enabled me to write this book. Something along the lines of, Hey, if people eat fast food, they drop lots of litter, where does that litter go, and anyway, why do they need fast food Ahh, because they work in jobs that take them miles from home, and who are the companies they work for miles from home Certainly not companies that are serving the local community, and why do the job anyway Ah ha To get money to pay for a house and pay off the credit cards you have...

Fiber Pulp Paper

The other reason that Oriental knowledge and science sustained superiority to that of the West for 1,400 years was that the Roman Catholic Church forbade reading and writing for 95 of Europe's people in addition, they burned, hunted down, or prohibited all foreign or domestic books - including their own Bible - for over 1,200 years under the penalty and often-used

Society W

Church of the Holy Gimme My Grass, or whatever you want to call it If this is the approach we are going to use to gain our legal freedom, I'm afraid we're all doomed. I understand that calling yourself a church or religion can give you some legal protection in the USA, but in the end I think its just shooting yourself in the foot. Nobody with half a thought can take these people seriously, I certainly can't. Its embarrassing to be put in the same classification as them. If these are the people we present as our community examples and representatives, we defiantly won't have the support of most smokers.

Peyote And Mescaline

In 1918, Native Americans organized what was formerly known as a peyote cult into a legally recognized religious group called the Native American Church of North America. Native American Church services usually begin after dark in tipis (teepees), take place around a fire, and last all night. These meetings include singing, chanting, and praying, as well as elements of Christian religious rituals. Peyote is eaten throughout the night, and participants pray to the spirit of the cactus. This Native American man holds a peyote button the top of a peyote cactus which is hallucinogenic. Members of the Native American Church of North America believe that eating peyote in their religious practices gives them a greater awareness of God. The Church's participants believe that eating the peyote will gain them a closer communion with God. In 1922, the Native American Church had 13,000 members today, there are over 250,000 members in the United States and Canada. Native Americans who live far...

The Prostitute

Subject to ceaseless harassment by blue laws, church groups, chambers of commerce, etc., prostitutes nevertheless continue to trade with the public. The value of their service is proven by the fact that people continue to seek them out, despite legal and civic opposition.

Ch2ch2ch3 Gh2ch2ch3

(with 80 mg, intramuscularly) I feel light and nervous. I'm way off in a big castle with beautiful colors and scenery. I'm back with the girl who accused me of fathering her child. It's peaceful. She had everything she wanted. My aunt made sure we went to church on Sunday. I see the devil in front of my face. Everything is going fast. Too fast. It's not pleasant. Things are going zig-zag. Feels like I'm tired. I feel like an old man in a rocking chair sitting in front of a phonograph. Everything is so mixed up. I'm trying to get myself together. I have a vibrating feeling. It makes mc feel as though I'm not here. There is a rather remarkable religious group known as the Temple of the True Inner Light, in New York City, which has embraced as its Eucharist DPT, which they refer to as a powerful Angel of the Host. Their communion is confirmed by either the smoking or the drinking of the sacrament, and they have been totally unbothered by any agency of the Federal Government, as far as I...

Becoming an Ex

In a process of change akin to Baumeister's crystallization of discontent, Ebaugh (1988) describes the change process as a role exit that includes developing a perception that a current role is not what individuals desired when they began the role. He refers to this as Becoming an Ex. A good example of Ebaugh's role exiting involves nuns who, after taking their vows and entering the church, over time start to see things they strongly disagree with about the institution's policies. As their disenfranchisement builds, their commitment in the face of negative consequences (i.e., disagreement with church policy, defrocking) decreases and as the consequences build, dissonance increases between what they personally value and what their role entails. The point where individuals finally decide to exit a role and become motivated to do something different is seen as a focal point where persons have finally crystallized

Prologue

On the busy junction facing St. George's Church, off Bridgewater Way, there is a newly erected structure designed for billboard display. It was one of many that greeted visitors to the city centre in the month of July and the year of the Commonwealth Games 2002. The cover-page photo of this dissertation shows one of

Addict

Author Biographical Sketch Ed Coet is a retired US Army officer, a professional educator, and a widely published freelance writer and poet. Ed has had numerous articles published on a variety of topics. Ed's short stories, David's Angel, Big Bertha, and Simon and Papa John were published in the popular ezine Bewildering Stories. They also appear in the Author's Den along with several of Ed's other articles and poems. Ed Coet's poems have been published in or accepted for publication in Purple Dream Ezine, Solder Works magazine, Children, Churches & Daddies Magazine, Scars publication, Steller Showcase Journal, Both Sides Now Journal, Because We Write Magazine, Cynic Magazine, Fullosia Press, Author's Den Ezine, and Muscadine Lines, A Southern Journal.

Methodology Ii

In a dark age such as our own, it is difficult to find the true poison path difficult to find the living tradition, difficult to find a living teacher. Several religious groups practice in traditional ways the Native American Church, the Santo Daime in Brazil, and the Uniao do Vegetal,, also in Brazil, are three examples that come to mind. Visit them if you have an opportunity. But otherwise, opportunities are scarce. And going native, except for certain true misfits, is more often a diversion than a way to harmonic power. Thus we seek for roots and models in the Royal Art itself at the fringe of things, even in its heyday. The very origins of the alchemical tradition lie in syncretism Greek religion, Egyptian technology, Jewish Kabbalah. Heterodoxy is its nature, and thus it suits our purposes well.

What Is Ayahausca

DMT is actively absorbed, passes the blood-brain barrier, and exerts powerful hallucinogenic effects on the central nervous system. How the native peoples of the Amazon discovered this sophisticated synergistic plant biochemistry is unknown, although the reductionistic explanation asserts that through generations, even centuries, of trial and error sampling of the abundant and diverse tropical flora, the aboriginal inhabitants of the region happened upon this unusual combination. Asking the native peoples themselves, however, yields a very different response. Virtually all of the ayahuasca-using tribes of the Amazon Basin, as well as the modern syncretic churches, who use this plant hallucinogen concoction as a legal psychoactive ritual sacrament, attribute the discovery of ayahuasca, along with the mythological origins of their own idiosyncratic religious belief systems, to a form of divine intervention. However human beings happened to come upon or were directed to this unique...

Marriage

I got married in 2003, to a woman I loved very much. We were married in england in a registry office, not the church. Both of us were not really interested in getting married although we were in love and wanted to be together. The thing was, our visas for our respective countries (australia and britain) were running out, and soon we wouldn't be able to be together in the same country - so we came up with the only solution we could. Their parents were overjoyed, and a lavish wedding ceremony was arranged costing several thousand australian dollars. Guests were invited from new zealand. The reception was organised. The church was booked. The band was hired. The menu was discussed. The caterers arranged. The dress was made. Suits were hired. The photographer was booked. Hairstyles were discussed. Everything was organised. Bridesmaids were selected. The best man was nominated. The wedding cake was made. Flowers were arranged. To understand this mindset we have to think of the role the...

Sources

Peyote is illegal for all but members of the Native American Church, and it is seldom seen in the psychedelic underground. Apparently there is even becoming a shortage for the Native American population, since the cactus grows at a very slow rate. A typical 2 diameter Peyote button may require 20 years to reach that size, and it has been harvested much faster than it can grow for many years.

The Hoasca Project

Biochemical (Callaway et al. 1994), pharmacological (Callaway et al. 1996), physiological (Callaway et al. 1999), and psychiatric (Grob et al. 1996) perspectives. The primary objective of these investigations was to establish a core of qualitative and quantitative data on the psychophar-macology of ayahuasca, which could establish relative safety profiles for human consumption as well as provide the foundation for future studies (McKenna et al. 1998). Given the legally protected status of ayahuasca in Brazil, a unique environment for the sanctioned investigation of hoasca (the Portuguese transliteration of ayahuasca) was available. Conducted with the full cooperation of the syncretic religious church, Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), the Hoasca Project has established a model and precedent for the biomedical investigation of ayahuasca in its natural setting. Diagnostic and life-story interviews identified appreciable past psychiatric and substance abuse histories in the UDV subjects prior to...

Conclusions

The study of ayahuasca represents a challenge to mainstream culture through the phenomenon of new and novel forms of religious practice, exemplified by the ayahuasca churches of Brazil that have lately spread to North America and Europe. As with the case of other plant hallucinogens employed as religious sacraments, in particular the use of peyote by the Native American Church, vital questions regarding freedom of religious practice will have to be addressed. The health professions of modernity will also need to confront the challenges of responding to the potential salutary effects of this ancient plant medicine traditionally utilized within the context of healing paradigms long regarded as alien and inconsequential. Tentative evidence of ayahuasca's capacity to facilitate healing and recuperative responses in

Music is the Drug

This sense, it develops new meanings, becoming almost like a confessional booth in a church - a place of sanctuary. The commercialisation of this scene has spread across all forms of popular music. Ten years ago, the British dance scene was estimated to be worth up to 2 billion a year, similar to the book or newspaper industry. 76 Traditionally black forms of music such as hip-hop and rap embraced drug culture and extolled its virtues in lyrics and on music videos. For popular consumption, these are often censored, which simply increases their popularity since they need to be purchased in order to enjoy the complete versions. The kinetic energy and basslines from dance music have been incorporated into much of the pop music that is aimed at the teen and even pre-teen audience. The videos, featuring unprecedented technology and budgets, increasingly depict an adult world, and of course sex is always inferred. It is always party time and more often than not, the setting is within the...

Spirituality

Several cultures view psychoactive substances as an important part of spirituality. For example, the Native American Church uses peyote as a sacrament. The Coptic and Rastafarian Churches smoke cannabis as part of their religious practice, too. Certain sects of Buddhism in Nepal use marijuana as a sacrament (Clarke, 1998). Thus, spiritual aspects of cannabis have inspired some investigation.

Prevention efforts

Communities can also help stop drug abuse before it starts, through programs designed to encourage teens to avoid drugs. Sponsored by schools, churches, and community groups such as the Young Men's Christian Association, these prevention programs aim to reduce or eliminate known risk factors for drug abuse and enhance factors that diminish the potential for drug use. Included in the list of these factors might be

Religion

But the people in charge of the religions kind of like it. In fact, they are almost the same as the political leaders, and in fact in some countries, east and west, the head of the church and the head of the government are the very same person, which makes some of the decisions they make all the more questionable. How many people who have nothing still give to the church How many of them donate their money so that powerful men can coat their temples in gold leaf, as an offering just in case the gods get angry So what if they get angry, we are all going to die soon anyway. We will all return to the earth, and the earth is just another part of the whole. Have they blown their chances by not going to church every day, nor fasting at lent, nor reading from texts Does god really stand judging everyone at the gate Is he (there we go with that he again) a creator of all things, yet still has the human frailty of judging everyone he meets Is he not compassion Is he not love Is he not the...

Spiritual

Concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church 2. Concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul 3. Lacking material body or form or substance But it isn't projected like that by those in charge (religious organisations). This afterlife thing is projected as a very serious affair indeed, as we can see by the huge churches, temples, and mosques they erect, and by the obedience they demand in return for eternal salvation. If you don't obey then you can expect no less than eternal damnation in hell So we must look closely at this together, because the religions rely on fear to get you to conform to their way of thinking. We must break through this, and try to find out the truth of it.

Playing Roles

Ron declares my arrival Suddenly, in a blaze of light, a large metal obelisk crashes through the floor of the stage. Smoke and sparks fly everywhere. The obelisk opens to reveai And there I am. After I excuse away my arrival as a space-surfing accident - which no one believes - Russel, who plays a corporate businessman, invites everyone over to the Bacchic temple, a religious organization and megacorpora-tion, to join the revelry already in progress. When we go there, Russei proceeds to seduce the young dancer (whose show I interrupted) with the promise of career advancement. As he takes her to his bedroom, I wander around the castlelike church. I hope to steal Russel's prize possession a flying dragon. Rolls of the dice decide my fate. The other players, especially Russel, watch on in horror, powerless his character is in bed with the dancer and can't hear or see me even though the real Russel can. Other players worry for me - they know things about Russel's immense powers that I...

The Litterer

The litterer today will find few defenders. He is beset on all sides, bearing the brunt of the barbs of do-gooder groups. Radio and television stations beam anti-litter messages as a public service, neighborhood and parent-teacher associations, church groups, and civic organizations are in agreement on the issue of littering. The film industry, which must pass over many topics as too controversial, is united in its hatred for litter. Litter is a great unifier.

The New Colonialism

Bob is an art-studio assistant at the state university farther up the highway. He was motivated to take action against billboarding on his long drives down to the diner to pick Kali up from work each evening. There's more and more billboards every week. There was a law passed to limit the number of billboards, but every time we pass a good law like that, the opposite thing happens in reality. Taking his pseudonym Bob from the 'savior' of the Church of the Subgenius, a satirical cyberian cult, the young man has a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward his monkey-wrenching and delights in the efficiency of his visual wit.

High Tech Repression

The computer, that great boon to humankind, will ironically allow the police to finish, today, the job the Roman Catholic Church's Inquisition started (see Chapter 10 Dark Ages) because the church could not stand the commoners laughing at them, or knowing the secrets of, among other things, hygiene, astronomy, and hemp. Using computers, the pot police can peer into an individual's family background, his or her sales receipts, income taxes, and so forth to enable them to blackmail and or bribe Americans as well as detroy their politicians, judges, and other VIPs by exposing issues like their private sex lives or personal drug use.

Worship

This topic is going to be a hard one for me to write because I don't think I worship anything I don't go to church, or a mosque I don't go belong to a religious institution I don't have images of christ or vishnu on my walls I have no statue of the buddha, and I have no altar, but that's ok, because you probably do. So maybe you can help me understand why you worship a painting or a statue Did you ever choose to pray, or go to church Perhaps, when you needed support, but generally, worshipping god starts at a young age, adults make sure of it, and anyone who doesn't go is an unbeliever, a follower of satan, a moral bankrupt, and other pointless terms used to describe someone who doesn't conform. But god doesn't want you to do this. God didn't come and ask you to do this. God, who cannot be described, did not threaten you, or make you afraid - Man himself did that.

Nagenwurz Calamus

Narcomania Latin for drug dependence. NARCONON Organisation founded of William Benites in USA. It has many treatment institutions worldwide mainly working with ex-addicts as staff. The organisation is controversial because of its links to the Church of Scientology. Narconon is using training methods from L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Narcophedrin Oxycodone hydrochloride. Narcopon Opium, mixed alkaloids of. Narcoren Pentobarbital sodium. Narcos Colloquial term for a drug police agent.

Miscellaneous Plants

Gothic arches rising from a head of leaves, a head with foliage growing from its mouth and eyes, ivy and oak, or acanthus. At Exeter there are twenty carvings of the Green Man on the interior of the cathedral. Two of them sprout Artemisia, beautifully intricate wormwood leaves that wrap up and around the column. Hedera helix As stated earlier, ivy was the plant most commonly associated with Dionysus and later with Bacchus. An early Council of the Church forbade the use of ivy wreaths because of its pagan associations. What Dionysus was doing with the ivy is not certain. Ruck (Wasson et al. 1986) suggests that it was the wild nature of ivy that was represented, ivy being the wild vine while the grape was the domesticated vine. Grieve (1971) thinks that the ivy wreath came from the custom of binding ivy around the head to prevent drunkenness. Romanesque Green Man Hrabanus Maurus (784 856) identified the leaf with sexual sin. Carvings of the Great Goddess appear...

Perfect For Outdoor

Difference Between Weed And

So the day arrives and there's a fair crowd congregating at the church. It's weird cos there are a number of women there bawling their eyes out even though it's an unspoken thing that Dobbo was a bit of a pest and that he probably never got laid in his entire life. So we're all in the church, and it's standing room only. The Holy Guy gets up and starts on about what a sound guy Dobbo was (I'm wondering if I'm at the right funeral) and then launches into a story about some musician from

The Powers Of Peyote

Lsd Spider Web

Man, each with explicit duties and ritual paraphernalia. Like the mushroom ceremony, the night-long peyote meeting ends with a communal meal at dawn. In comparison with wild dancing of the Tarahumaras (described by Western observers from Lumholtz. to Artaud) and the brightly-colored yarn paintings depicting the peyote mythology of the Huichols, the Native American Church peyote ceremony is solemn and relies on prayer and meditation. Fronk Tokes Gun-former president of the Notive A men con Church Fronk Tokes Gun-former president of the Notive A men con Church

Neopagan Technology

The actual witch-hunts came in like waves of hysteria just like drug stories in the press do now. You know, every so often along comes a story about witches in their midst so let's burn a few. So it came in waves. Another thing that came in waves is the plague. The black death. I can tell that Fraser wants me to draw the parallel myself. Deep down, this man is a teacher. His theory (which has been espoused elsewhere in pagan literature) is that the sudden rises in black death can always be traced to a surge in witch killing and cat killing. The church would reward people who killed cats because they were associated with witches. The rat population would be free to increase, and more plague would spread. As he puts it, Flysteria caused the plague. Meanwhile, our current and potential plagues - AIDS, pollution, nuclear war - are seen to be caused by similar repression of the pagan spirit, which he seeks to revitalize in the youth culture of England, in any way possible.

Evolving controversy

Briefly put, intelligent design states that the world is too complex to be explained by natural phenomena and that there must therefore be a supernatural force guiding the creation of humans, the Earth and all life forms. Their main target is to attack the teaching of evolution, where the great diversity of life forms occurred as a result of gradual mutation and adaptation. The best part is that they rarely mention the words 'creationism' or 'God', just some mysterious force acting to make everything just so (wink wink). This departure is an outright recognition that teaching theology will have to be done by stealth. It is common not even to use the word 'evolution,' but instead to refer to Darwinian theory as part of a greater conspiracy of science to explain the natural world that they call 'materialism.' It is a carefully orchestrated public relations campaign that is doing serious damage, not to science, but to the public education system, subjugating serious students and teachers...

Litter

If your peer group contains car thieves, then stealing cars becomes acceptable to you, although it's not accepted in wider society. If your peer group contains church going people you will most likely think that it is acceptable to go to church. For smokers, theirs is a large peer group one that contains, smokers And, if they see many smokers throwing cigarettes out the window it becomes acceptable behaviour for them as well.

School Performance

Marijuana probably does not cause poor school performance. Instead, the regular consumption of cannabis in high school serves as part of a general pattern of deviance. Heavy users appear more unconventional in general. They are more critical of society, less involved in church and school, and more involved in delinquent acts. They often behaved this way before they ever discovered cannabis (Donovan, 1996). Because these young people showed these qualities before using marijuana, the drug seems an unlikely cause of amotivational syndrome in high school students. Thus, depressed, unmotivated, unconventional adolescents may choose to smoke marijuana, but the drug does not appear to create their deviance. Despite this evidence, concerns about drug use in adolescents inspired the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to recommend that only adults consume cannabis (NORML, 1996a).

Psychosis or Gnosis

* In the mid-1940s Lord Buckley founded a mescaline club called The Church of the Living Swing. A practitioner of yoga who often appeared in public wearing a tuxedo with tennis sneakers, a big white moustache, and a safari hat, Buckley rented a yacht and threw mescaline parties in the San Francisco Bay with live jazz by Ben Webster and Johnny Puleo and the Harmonicats. + While the passing of time and the destruction of documentary evidence by the church has concealed the full scope of the ritual use of hallucinogens in Europe, scattered references suggest that a widespread psychedelic underground existed during the Middle Ages. Walter Map, a twelfth-century ecclesiastic, told of certain heretical sects that offered innocent people a heavenly food proclaiming, Often you will see angelic visions, in which sustained by their consolation, you can visit whatsoever place you wish without delay or difficulties.

From 1000 to 1500

During this period, the use of hops (dried leaves of the hop plant used to give beer its distinctive bitter taste), which enhanced both the flavor and durability of beer, was introduced. In Italy and France, wine became even more popular, both in the diet and in commerce. Distillation had been known to the Arabs since about 800, but among Europeans, a small group of clergy, physicians, and alchemists monopolized that technology until about 1200, producing spirits as beverages for a limited luxury market and for broader use as a medicine. Gradual overpopulation was halted by the Black Death (a pandemic of bubonic plague), and schisms in the Catholic Church resulted in unrest and political struggles later in this period.

The Building Blocks

Phenethylamine Pill

The depth and breadth of psychedelic plant use by New World residents surprised and alarmed European settlers. Their reaction may have been due to the relative lack of psychedelic plants and mushrooms in Europe. Just as important was the association of mind-altering substances with witchcraft. The Church effectively suppressed information about the use of those materials in both the Old and New Worlds and persecuted bearers and practitioners of that knowledge. It is only in the last fifty years that we have realized that Mexican Indian use of magic mushrooms did not entirely die out in the sixteenth century.

Cocaine

By the time of the Spanish invasion of Peru in a.d. 1533, the power of the ruling class had weakened greatly and coca was no longer a symbol of political or social status. The conquest of the Incas brought Spanish culture and the Roman Catholic Church to South America. Priests who wanted to convert the Indians to Catholicism opposed coca because they associated it with Incan culture and religion. In 1551, the bishop of Cuzco banned its use and called it an evil agent of the Devil. Anyone using or possessing coca could be burned at the stake. As coca plantations were cut down, the coca leaf business went underground. For many South American Indians, using coca became a way of defying Spanish authority.

Religious Use Drugs

A mold growing on rye and other grains now known to contain LSD. Early Christian churches used alcohol in their ceremonies, the sacramental wine representing the blood of Christ, and this practice continues in many modern churches. Numerous other religious practices employed mind-altering substances to facilitate a spiritual state, including coca and peyote. The phenomenon is so widespread that scholars have coined a term for the drugs used in a specifically religious context or otherwise to achieve a transcendent state entheogens, a neologism meaning to contact the God within. Many of these substances are illegal or at least heavily regulated in the United States, presenting a potential conflict between drug laws, often applicable to all citizens, and the religious practices of impacted groups. The tension raises questions not only of public policy, but also of civil liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and in state and federal statutes designed to...