Mysticism and lnnex experience have been stressed much more by Eastern religions than by Western Perhaps Western

Direction with its manipulation of the external world as exemplified by the emphasis on material wealth, control of nature, and admiration of science. Mysticism has been accused of fostering escapism from the problems of society, indifference to social conditions, and disinterest in social change. While the possibility of such excesses must always be remembered, our study has suggested the beneficial potential of mystical experience in stimulating the ability to feel and experience deeply and...

Snford M Unger Mescaline LSD Pailocybin and Paraonality Change A Review to ba publiahed in Pavchiatrv Vol Xxvi No 2 1963

Shown how the possibility of rapid and positive personality change in contrast to the production of model psychosis began to be explored by some researchers who emphasized the importcnce of extra-drug variables in determining the type of reaction experienced by experimental subjects. These extra-drug factors included preparation and personality of the subject, a trust-filled setting in which the subject felt secure, and the expectation of both the subject and the experimenter. Unger has...

Alcohol Vol XIX 1959 p 293

Nature.39 Sherwood et aJL., using a similar method of preparation and administration, in their preliminary report, have described the results of these Canadian workers. Experiences which both the researchers and their subjects regarded as religious were encountered and also tended to be the most beneficial in terms of lasting therapeutic results. These experimenters classified such experiences in the stage of immediate perception. The nature of the religious and philosophical insights ireporteu...

Ti This category is for any persisting changes positive or

Negative, in attitude and or behavior which are a result of the experience. These changes are divided into sub-categories according to type of change, whether positive or negative. Phenomena occurring during the actual experience are not included, only their continuing effects in the life of the experiencer. V7atch for changes occurring during the experience, or by the time of the initial writeup, and see if they are still present six months later. The positive changes are divided into 4 main...

Lack of significant difference between experimental and

Controls on each individual item which measured these phenomena. We conclude that although the subcategory as a whole showed a significant difference between experiment is and controls, the difference was due to the unusually intense joy which was part of the psilocybin experience. Because all the data were not consistent in measuring this Joy at the highest intensity, we conclude that the experience of the experiment is was not the most complete example of the joy described by our typology for...

Hofmann Chemical Pharmacological and Medical Aspects of Psychotomimetic J Exper Med Sci Vol V No 2 September 1961 pp

Wasson has proposed the hypothesis that the use of such plants was an important factor in the origin of religious ideas among primitive peoples.- No one knows when mescal buttons, the spineless heads of the small, gray-green cactus, Lophophora Williamsii, first began to be used by the Indians of Mexico. But when the Conquistadores arrived, they found that the Aztecs regarded peyote as a sacred plant and used it for ritual dances and curing ceremonies. Some sources indicate that peyote was known...