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Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals

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This book takes a serious look at the use of psychedelic drugs as a means to achieve mystical union with the divine.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 12th 2003 by Sentient Publications (first published 2000)
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Elfie
Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it
One would not expect Huston Smith to write about this subject, but he does and does it well and responsibly - I appreciate that he replaced 'psychedelic' by 'entheogenic'. Interesting chapters on 'soma' and LSD.
Important statement: Although the mind-altering substances he talks about can induce religious experiences that are indistinguishable from spontaneous theophanies or those induced by other means (fasting, dancing, etc.), they may also completely lack any religious feature - this depends o
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Sarah
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Huston Smith is just a very dry, didactic writer. ("I have three points to make about this concept. I will start with the first and move on to the second and then proceed to the third. The first point is...") But he's got great ideas. Read only if you're interested in the topic, but then definitely read him.
Lisa Witkowski
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well-written and thought-provoking, but also not as much new information as I was expecting. Not an essential read if you're already familiar with the subject matter, but a good introduction if you're not.
Mattheus Guttenberg
Cleansing the Doors of Perception is a collection of essays by Huston Smith and other writers interested in the overlap between entheogenic (psychedelic) mystical experiences and genuine religious experiences. The medicinal and spiritual uses of LSD, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, and more are explored in relation to their history of use within religious traditions (Mexican shaman, Hindu yogis, etc.) and to their relevance for revitalizing the "religious life." Devout followers of any religious ...more
Aitziber Madinabeitia
La percepcion divina es una colección de artículos sobre los enteógenos escritos a lo largo de muchos años.
Da una nueva visión, al tiempo cientifista y espiritual del uso de los enteógenos a través de la experiencia tanto del autos como de otras persones, tanto positivas como negativas. Resulta muy interesante para todos aquello que piensen en la psiconautica o les interese la dimensión antropológica del tema.
Recomendado para psiconautas, personas que trabajan en contacto con los místico, psicól
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Mar 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary c ...more
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