Psychedelic Mysticism: Transforming Consciousness, Religious Experiences, and Voluntary Peasants in Postwar America

Psychedelic Mysticism: Transforming Consciousness, Religious Experiences, and Voluntary Peasants in Postwar America

by Morgan Shipley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498509091
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Morgan Shipley is visiting assistant professor in religious studies at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: “Mysticism Sacred and Profane”: Psychedelics, Hippies, and the Limits of Representation
Seeing Differently: Hippies and Problems of Representation
Psychedelic Consciousness and a Perennial Altruism
Chapter Breakdown

Chapter One: “Exploring the Borderlands of the Mind”: Aldous Huxley, Transforming Consciousness, and Mapping Psychedelic Mysticism
Huxley and a Psychonautic Topography
Writing the Ineffable
Mapping the “Sacramental Vision of Reality”
From the Religious Mind of Huxley to the Altruistic Heart of Psychedelic Mystics

Chapter Two: “A Necessary but Not Sufficient Condition”: Psychedelic Mysticism, Perennial Oneness, and Questions of Authenticity
From Material Hedonism to Mystical Liminality
Perennialism, Comparative Mysticism, and Psychedelic Consciousness
Psychedelic Mysticism: Universally Available or Culturally Contingent?
From Psychedelic Mysticism to Entheogenic Religion—A Case Study

Chapter Three: “Awakened from a Long Ontological Sleep”: Timothy Leary, Deconditioning the Game, and Ecstatic Therapy
Acid Casualties, Mediated Images, and an “Empirical Metaphysics”
The Games of Life, Psychedelic Therapy, and Spiritual Efficacy
Religious Awakening and Changing Behavior
The Concord Prison Experiment—A Case Study

Chapter Four: “Trust your Divinity, Trust your Brain, Trust your Companions”: Psychedelic Manuals, Entheogens, and the Flowering of a Perennial Religion
Appropriating Beliefs and the Challenge of Mystical Release
“A Journey to New Realms of Consciousness”: An Ethics of Use
The Bardos and the Mystical Form of Psychedelic Consciousness
Psychedelic Manuals, Unitive Therapy, and the Void

Conclusion: “This Season’s People”: Stephen Gaskin, Psychedelic Unity, and a Religious Community of Social Justice
Psychedelics, Religion, and Moral Living
Psychedelic Communality and Religious Interbeing
Psychedelic Religiosity as “Right Vocation”
Standing “Behind his Principles”: Sacralizing Praxis


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