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Religious Experience

Sometimes we encounter an experience that feels so profound and unexpected that it defies our expectations of the rational, physical world. Different religious traditions offer varying frameworks for interpreting these experiences, but all agree that these experiences seem to connect us with an expanded consciousness, higher power, or a fundamental truth about existence. They can feel like a moment where previous mysteries are clarified, and deep existential questions are answered with firmness and simplicity. They frequently seem to come “out of nowhere,” or are at least beyond our control or expectation, and rarely last very long. What—if anything—can cause or stimulate these experiences is of great interest to seekers and scientists alike. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

Sacred Knowledge is the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences. Based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers, William A.

Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy

Changing Our Minds is an experiential tour through a social, spiritual and scientific revolution that is redefining our culture’s often-confusing relationship with psychoactive substances.

Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics

Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century psychedelics have rumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture, titillating the media, fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging politicians, and intriguing...

The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values

Exploring the bright future of psychedelics, Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D., reveals how new uses for entheogens will enrich individuals as well as society as a whole. With contributions from Charles Grob, M.D., and Roger N. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.

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