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Entheogens as a bridge between paranormal and religious experience

Entheogens as a bridge between paranormal and religious experience

Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 (2008) Entheogens as a bridge between paranormal and religious experience. In: IV Encontro Psi: Parapsicologia & Psicologia - 4th Psi Meeting: Parapsychology & Psychology, 10-13th July 2008, Curitiba, Brasil. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The term "entheogen" (Ruck et al., 1979), meaning "bringing forth the divine within", has been given as the generic name for any psychoactive substance that is used in a religious or shamanic context, i.e., as a sacramental, and this includes such substances as ayahuasca, peyote, teonancatl (psilocybin-containing mushrooms) and pituri. The term was introduced to offer a more spiritually-rooted alternative to the word "psychedelic", which developed negative connotations in the 1960s. Krippner (2006) notes that these substances might be more correctly termed "potential entheogens" as they do not automatically produce such experiences, nevertheless, entheogens have been noted as an efficient and effectively reliable means of inducing spiritual experiences, in the right circumstances, through an altered state of consciousness. Similarly such substances are equally capable of inducing paranormal experiences and the link between the two is here explored.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper presented at the 4th Psi Meeting: Parapsychology & Psychology, held 10-13 July 2008, Curitiba, Brazil. [2] Presented as part of a roundtable:M3 - Parapsicologia, Estados Modificados de Consciência e experiências religiosas - Parapsychology ASCs and religious experiences
Uncontrolled Keywords: entheogens, religious experience, paranormal experience
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3900

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