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Dear Friends and Members,
As You may be aware, psychedelics or entheogens was the subject which I preached about on January 6, the Epiphany. (Above* is a link to a handout I shared summarizing some points in that sermon). And on February 24th, I’ll offer part two of the sermon. Then after the coffee hour on the 24th we’ll have a book group discussion of Michael Pollan’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind.” Why is this an important subject to bring our attention to? As we leap into the world we need, what we need most is a shift in our consciousness. To quote Einstein, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
We need to move to a more expansive awareness of ourselves, the world and our interconnectedness. We need mystical experiences. There are many practices that can invite these experiences such as meditating, creating music, singing, dancing, praying, waling in nature and so many more. We can’t force them but we can invite them.
Are psychedelics a valid avenue of mystical experience? Intelligent, well-intentioned people disagree on this question. We’re in a psychedelic renaissance where research is being conducted legally again at major institutions. And evidence is growing for the benefits of entheogens for numerous problems including alcoholism, PTSD, anxiety, end-of-life distress, addiction and more. And there is also a growing understanding, including among professionals, of the benefits of entheogens for folks who are seeking spiritual unfoldment rather than treatment for a malady. In his book, Michael Pollan explains and explores this beautifully. I think it behooves us as religious seekers to learn about, openly explore and respectfully discuss all avenues of mystical experience, including entheogens. You’re invited to join us for this exploration if You feel so included. May our expanded conversations and consciousness help us find creative ways to help heal our beautiful and broken world. See You at the Meetinghouse.