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A Variety of Religious Paths in Psychedelic Literature

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This article is by Robert Dickins, author of Erin, and editor of the Psychedelic Press UK Journal. INTRODUCTION: THE RELIGIOUS QUESTION In the mid-to-late 1950s, after the publication of Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception (1954) and Heaven and Hell (1956), a debate ensued as to whether hallucinogens, soon to be coined ‘psychedelics’ by Dr. Humphrey Osmond in a letter to Huxley, could be used in order to facilitate a religious/mystical experience. Although Huxley did not go so far as to equate the visionary experience of mescaline with the mystical in those texts, as described in various works of scripture,...

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Christianity's use of Psychedelic Substances in the Ayahuasca Traditions

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Christianity's use of Psychedelic Substances in the Ayahuasca Traditions

This article was written by Danny Nemu, author of Science Revealed (2014) & Neuro-Apocalypse (2016) Ayahuasca religion is a strange concept to get your head around, even before you drink ayahausca. At my first session about ten years ago, I was very keen to try the brew, but the shirts and ties and general Christian vibe made me feel instantly uneasy. A question arose: What does Christianity have to do with psychedelics? Amongst anarchists, occultists and hedonists, there is much which is objectionable about Christianity. This article is about my induction into the Christian mythos; but fear not, you proud and proper...

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The Importance of Occupy, Anarchy, and the Apocalypse: An Interview with Reverend Nemu

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Hi Reverend Nemu, thank you for agreeing to answer some of our questions. Science Revealed, part 1 of the Nemu’s End series, has just been published. The whole project is concerned with the apocalypse, but not necessarily the ‘end of the world’ variety filled with fire and brimstone. Could you tell us about what you mean by the apocalypse, and how it is relevant for people today? Well, thank you for agreeing to publish the result of a ten year compulsive disorder! The word apocalypse means unveiling (apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’). Other cognates are ‘discovery’ (dis-cover), ‘disclosure’ (dis-close) and ‘revelation’ (re- expressing reversal + velum ‘veil’ in...

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Messiah Apprehended at Heathrow by Reverend Nemu

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THE PREFACE TO SCIENCE REVEALED   To the Manic Messianic Man, Clinical stages of type 3 [Jerusalem Syndrome] • Anxiety, agitation, nervousness and tension, plus other unspecified reactions. • Declaration of the desire to split away from the group or the family and to tour Jerusalem alone… • A need to be clean and pure: obsession with taking baths and showers; compulsive fingernail and toenail cutting. • Preparation, often with the aid of hotel bed-linen, of a long, ankle-length, toga-like gown, which is always white. • The need to scream, shout, or sing out loud psalms, verses from the Bible, religious hymns or spirituals… • A...

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